BRUNSWICK — Louis R. Lebel Sr., 78, of Hennessey Avenue, died Feb. 26 at Horizon’s Living and Rehab Center.
He was born in Lisbon Falls on Sept. 22, 1935, the son of Eddie Sr. and Odelie Gamache Lebel.
He was educated in Brunswick Schools, graduating from Brunswick High School in 1955. On April 21, 1956, he married Suzanne (Sue) Lavoie. He entered the apprenticeship program as an outside machinist at Bath Iron Works after graduating from high school. He traveled to both Taiwan and Canada representing Bath Iron Works and became an assistant foreman. He retired after more than 40 years of service. He was also a member of the National Guard for more than 20 years, and a member of the Topsham American Legion Post No. 202.
He loved carpentry, especially with his friend Roger Caouette, beginning in 1957. He continued to work on projects until well after retirement. He also enjoyed playing cribbage, participating in several tournaments and took part in nightly visits to McDonald’s, where he and his friends solved the world’s problems.
Besides his wife, Sue of 57 years, he is survived by three sons, Mark Lebel and his wife, Karen, of Canton, Ohio, Louis (Jay) Lebel Jr., of Brunswick, and Gerold and his fiancee, Jennifer Bouchard of Litchfield; two daughters, Deanna Butcher and her husband, Robert, of Waterville, and Lisa Alvey and her husband, Joseph, of Abington, Penn.; 14 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; sister-in-law Louise Lebel; and three nieces.
He was predeceased by his brother, Eddie Lebel Jr.; a sister, Jacqueline Dawson and her husband, Bill; and a daughter-in-law, Milane Jones Lebel.
A mass of Christian burial was held March 4 at St. Charles Borromeo Church-All Saints Parish in Brunswick, followed by military honors outside the church. Interment in St. John’s Cemetery, Brunswick, will be held in the spring.
Donations in his memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association – Maine Chapter, 383 U.S. Route 1, Suite 2C, Scarborough, ME 04074.
Memorial condolences may be expressed at stetsonsfuneralhome.com.