BRUNSWICK — John B. Marquis Jr., 87, died peacefully June 7 at Winship Green Nursing Center, after a battle with Alzheimer’s disease.
He was born in Brunswick, March 13, 1926, the son of John B. and Exilia Bouchard Marquis, and attended St. John’s School.
He married Helen A. Pelletier in Brunswick on June 24, 1950. She died June 9, 2011.
Marquis served in the U.S. Army during World War II. After being wounded in Germany and following his release from the hospital in Paris, he was transferred to the military police.
Afer returning to the United States, he was employed for several years as a truck driver with Thibeault’s Express, prior to becoming a Brunswick police officer in the early 1960s. Following his retirement, he became a private detective and also worked as a deputy with Cumberland County Sheriff’s Department. Later, he served as town constable until retiring in 1995, and also worked in the athletic department at Bowdoin College.
Marquis and his wife enjoyed wintering in Florida. He was an avid golfer and occasionally worked as a ranger and head gangbuster at the Brunswick Golf Club.
He was an active member of the Brunswick Lodge of Elks, Sekenger Council, Knights of Columbus, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
He is survived by two sons, John B. Marquis III, of Tampa, Fla., and Neil J. Marquis, and his companion, Kim Carpentier, of Brunswick; daughter Jane L. Fournier, of Brunswick; brothers Alfred Marquis, of Brunswick, and Donald Marquis, of Arlington, Mass.; sister Marcelle Corthell, of Portland; grandchildren John B. Marquis IV and wife Karina, James Taylor, Trinity Lewis, Hannah Marquis, and Hilary Warren and husband Phillip; and great-grandchildren Marley Mae, Amaiya and Phillip Warren.
Marquis was a well-known and highly respected member of Brunswick’s business and social society. He was known as a hard worker and devoted family man. He had many friends throughout out the area who loved him.
A funeral service with police and military honors was held Wednesday at Brackett Funeral Home in Brunswick.