David P. Bourget, 59: Firefighter, lobsterman took pride in his school, served his community

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WEST BATH — David Paul “Beav” Bourget, 59, formerly of Bath, died unexpectedly on May 23.

Bourget was born in Bath on April 2, 1956, the son of Raymond Howard and Jane Evelyn (Leeman) Bourget.

David was educated in Bath schools and graduated from Morse High School in the class of 1974. He took great pride being a Morse alumnus, and never missed a school reunion.

Bourget was a member of the Phippsburg Fire and Rescue Department for over 40 years, at one time serving as assistant fire chief. He was an emergency medical technician as well.

After moving with his wife and daughter to West Bath in 1988, Bourget continued to believe in the importance of contributing to his community. He served on the town’s board of selectmen for nine years until the time of his death.

He also was a regular communicant of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Bath, and was active in organizations such as the Bath Alumni Association and the Maine Lobsterman’s Association. 

Bourget greatly enjoyed lobstering, and nothing seemed to give him greater pleasure than being at the helm of his boat, the Odyssey, and hauling a few traps. He also was an avid hunter, and looked forward each year to a trip with his friends to Mt. Vernon. The history of Bath was another of Bourget’s interests, and he had a vast knowledge of the area.

Bourget was known for his integrity, kindness and dedication, and did much for others with very little fanfare.

He is survived by his wife of 31 years, Patricia Bennett Bourget, of West Bath; his daughter, Rachel Marie Bourget, of Phippsburg; his mother, Jane Leeman Bourget, of Bath; two sisters, Sally Mesi and her husband, Joe, of New York, and Barbara Forsberg and her husband, Ian, of New Mexico; his mother-in-law, Rita M. Bennett, of Bath; two brothers-in-law, Joe Bennett and his wife, Pros, of Bangor, and Tom Bennett, of West Bath; his sister-in-law, Julie Bennett Harden and her husband, Mike, of Florida; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

A Mass of Christian burial was celebrated May 29 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, followed by a gathering of family and friends at the Phippsburg Fire Department.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Phippsburg Fire and Rescue, P.O. Box 85, Phippsburg, ME 04562, or to the Morse High School Alumni Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 1030, Bath, ME 04530.

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