Joseph F. Fournier, 79

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BRUNSWICK — Joseph F. Fournier, 79, of Maurice Drive, died Aug. 24 at Mid Coast Hospital.

Fournier was born Dec. 3, 1935, in Brunswick, the son of Joseph P.A. and Louisa E. Cloutier Fournier. He attended St. John’s School and was a 1956 graduate of Brunswick High School. He then earned an associate’s degree in criminal justice from the University of Maine at Augusta.

On Oct. 4, 1958, he married Dolores C. Favreau. She died Jan. 7, 2007.

Fournier worked at Varney Mill in Brunswick and Congress Sportswear in Bath. From 1966-1986, he was also well-known as the Brunswick Police Department’s “Officer Friendly.” He retired as the BPD youth aid officer, and then worked as a security officer for Bath Iron Works.

For 20 years, Fournier and his wife enjoyed wintering in Coconut Beach, Florida. He was an avid fan of the Boston Red Sox, the New England Patriots and the Boston Bruins. He also enjoyed golfing and bowling.

For over 40 years, Fournier was active in the Knights of Columbus, becoming a fourth-degree member. He was also a member of the Brunswick Elks Lodge.

In addition to his wife, Fournier was predeceased by seven sisters, Victoria, Louise, Peggy, Diana, Eva, Grace and Fern, and two brothers, Tony and Paul.

He is survived by a son, Thomas Fournier, and his wife, Holly, of Bowdoinham; three daughters, Terry Fournier and her partner, Cathy Laprise, of Sabattus, Laurie Fournier, of Auburn, and Karen Baer and her husband, Rick, of New Hampshire; a sister, Pauline Tenneson, and her husband, Alfred, of Topsham; four grandchildren, Marcie Biagetti, Seth Fournier, Courtney Baer and Alex Baer; a great-granddaughter, Lola Biagetti; and many nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian burial was celebrated Aug. 31 at St. John the Baptist Church in Brunswick. Burial followed in St. John’s Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to The Dempsey Center, Attn: CMMC Development Office, 300 Main St., Lewiston, ME 04240.