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BRUNSWICK — Lawrence Bernard Caron, 89, of River Road, died Nov. 3 at his home. He was born in Brunswick May 1, 1923, the son of Elzear Joseph and Henriette Poirier Caron. He graduated from St. John’s Catholic School and attended Brunswick High School.
On June 28, 1947, he married Lauriette Tetreault. She died Oct. 16. The couple celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary this past June.
Caron enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps at 19 to serve his country during World War II, and fought in the Pacific from January 1943 to November 1945. He landed in Nagasaki, Japan, five days after the dropping of the atomic bomb on that city. He was honorably discharged with the rank of line corporal.
Upon returning home, Caron worked at Verney Mill as a loom fixer until the mill’s closing. In the 1950s, he went to work as a security guard at Brunswick Naval Air Station, and later in the BNAS Crash & Rescue Department. There, he served as a firefighter and was promoted to captain. He remained in that capacity until he retired in 1978, and then briefly worked for the Brunswick Public Works Department.
Caron raised three daughters with his wife. In the summer months, the family would vacation at Sebago Lake State Park and Old Orchard Beach.
Caron was an avid sportsman. He played ice hockey and softball in local leagues after the war, and won several candlepin bowling championships. He found his true sports passion in golf. He won several Brunswick Golf Club Championships and tournaments throughout the state, and finished as runner-up in the 1967 Maine State Amateur Championship. He also enjoyed hunting and fishing with his brother, Leopold, in their younger years and then continued going to the woods with his good friend, Eddie Hill.
He found his peace in being outdoors. If he wasn’t in the woods or on the golf course, he was working on his home’s lawn or garden. He enjoyed raising fruits and vegetables, and spendng the long Maine winters in his garage or basement workbench tinkering with something that needed repair.
After the couple had both retired, they traveled with their friends on several bus tours and visited friends in Arizona. For several years they wintered in Punta Gorda, Fla., where Caron could practice his golf game.
During the past few years, Caron and his wife were home-bound and cared for by Aging Excellence of Brunswick.
Caron was a life-long communicant of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church. He was a fourth-degree and 70-year member of Brunswick’s Sekenger Council #1947 of the Knights of Columbus, and was an honorary member of the Brunswick Golf Club. He was a member of the American Legion and the Brunswick Elks Lodge.
Caron was predeceased by his parents; his brother, Leopold, and sister-in-law, Yvette Tetu Caron; and his wife, Lauriette.
Surviving is his daughter, Lorraine, of Brunswick; daughter Suzanne Berry and her husband, Christopher, of New Jersey; daughter Evelyn Keating and her husband, Dennis, of Florida; and two grandsons, Andrew J. Keating and Adam J. Keating; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
A funeral was held Nov. 8 at St. John’s the Baptist Church in Brunswick.
Memorial donations may be made to the Knights of Columbus, c/o Grand Knight Bruce Talbot, 2 Columbus Drive, Brunswick, ME 04011.
Memorial condolences may be expressed and a video tribute may be viewed at stetsonsfuneralhome.com.
Lawrence Bernard Caron