J. Paul Bergeron, 94: Engineer built planes, ships and family home

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BRUNSWICK — J. Paul Bergeron, 94, died March 17 at Mid Coast Senior Health Center.

He was born in Manchester, New Hampshire, on Dec. 28, 1920, the son of Joseph O. and Marie Langlois Bergeron. In 1939, Paul graduated from Sanford High School.

He was a 1943 graduate of the Academy of Aeronautics (now the Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology) in Elmhurst, New York. During World War II, Bergeron served in the U.S. Army Air Corps. He went on in 1957 to earn a bachelor’s degree with honors in engineering and management from Northeastern University.

Bergeron enjoyed a long and fulfilling career in engineering, working throughout the country for companies including United Aircraft Corp., Bethlehem Steel Co., Bath Iron Works, Litton Industries and Todd Shipbuilding. He also worked for General Electric Co., and toward the end of his career, returned to the company with great pleasure at its Lynn, Massachusetts, plant, from which he ultimately retired.

A registered professional engineer, he was active in the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and the Society of Naval Architects and Marine ?Engineers.

On Oct. 24, 1948, he married Virginia L. Brown. For over 60 years, the couple and their children enjoyed a summer camp they built on Square Pond, in Shapleigh. Eventually, Bergeron designed and built the family home in Brunswick.

He and his wife enjoyed travel throughout the continental United States, as well as memorable trips to Hawaii and Canada. Bergeron loved spending time with his family, entertaining at the camp, and exploring aeronautics, history and science.

Bergeron was predeceased by a sister, Aline Welborn.

He is survived by his wife, of Brunswick, and two daughters: Suzanne K. Bergeron, of Brunswick, and Janine B. Talbot and her partner, Elizabeth Johnson, of Livermore, Colorado.

A Mass of Christian burial was celebrated March 21 at St. Charles Borromeo Church-All Saints Parish. Memorial donations may be made to the church, at 132 McKeen St., Brunswick, ME 04011.

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