Kirk G. Favreau, 44: Longtime Bowdoin employee touched lives of many

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TOPSHAM — Kirk G. Favreau, 44, of Topsham, died at home April 4 from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.

He was born in Portland on March 1, 1971, the son of Felix J. and Ruth H. Favreau. Kirk graduated from Mt. Ararat High School in 1989 and from Unity College in 1993.

For 19 years, he worked at Bowdoin College, starting as a groundskeeper and rising to become grounds coordinator. In his role, Favreau affected the lives of nearly every person on campus – handling everything from landscaping and gardening, to arena maintenance and snow removal, while overseeing the day-to-day work of his dedicated crew.

Favreau was known for the deep care he had for his work, his friends and his family. He was a respected cribbage and poker player, and an avid fisherman. His dry sense of humor was demonstrated on his wedding day in 2014, a date he chose to coincide with the opening of striper-fishing season so that, he explained, he would never forget his anniversary.

Favreau was predeceased by his parents.

He is survived by his wife, Paula; his sister, Carla Lovett; his brother-in-law, Stephen; his niece, Anne; extended family and many close friends.

A graveside service is planned for Saturday, May 2, at 1 p.m., at Rogers Cemetery in Topsham.

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