Philip Ouellette, 100: Knight of Columbus, known for his great stories
BRUNSWICK — Philip Ouellette, 100, died Feb. 20 at Mid Coast Hospital.
Born April 20, 1910, in Brunswick, he was a son of Cyprien and Marie Ann Plourde Ouellette.
On Oct. 2, 1939, he married Germaine Dugal.
Over the years he owned Phil’s Lunch on Maine Street in Brunswick, worked in construction and at Bath Iron Works until he retired in 1973.
His favorite pastimes were hunting, fishing, trapping and lobstering, and he enjoyed them regularly until he was 80 years old.
When his wife was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, he took care of her full time until she died on March 20, 2000.
A longtime member of the Knights of Columbus, he served as Grand Knight of the Sekenger Council 1947, and enjoyed getting together for coffee every morning with “the Knights of the Round Table” at the hall.
He was known as a great storyteller with an amazing memory for details.
He was predeceased by his wife Germaine Dugal after 60 years of marriage, three sisters, Claire Dehetre, Simone St. Pierre, and Cecile Field, and a brother, Bob Ouellette.
Surviving are four children, Stella St. Laurent and husband Maurice of Lisbon, Clarice McDonald and husband John Litwinowich of Massachussetts, and Rose Jordan and husband Jerry of Wells, one Paul Ouellette of Portland; two brothers, Tony Ouellette and wife Aline and Omer "Tulip" Ouellette and wife Priscilla, all of Topsham; sisters-in law, Bernadette Dugal and Sylvia Ouellette; six grandchildren, Debbie Bechard and husband Don, Jim St. Laurent and wife Linda, Duane McDonald and wife Alexia, Marty McDonald and wife Maureen, Michelle Ramos, and Scott Ouellette and wife Jennifer; 10 great-grandchildren Jerod, Brandon and Angela Bechard, Megan and Ben St. Laurent, Evan and Melina McDonald, Adriana and Kayla Ramos, and Emma McDonald; and many nieces and nephews
Visiting hours will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 25, at Stetson’s Funeral Home, 12 Federal St., Brunswick.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday, Feb. 26, at 11 a.m. at St. Charles Borromeo Church All Saints Parish, 132 McKeen St., Brunswick.
Burial at St. John’s Cemetery in Brunswick will occur in the spring.
Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association Maine Chapter, 383 U.S. Route 1 Suite 2C, Scarborough, ME 04074 or to a charity of choice.
Memorial condolences may be expressed and a video tribute viewed at stetsonsfuneralhome.com.