Michael E. Barriault, 64: Photographer with a zest for life

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PORTLAND — Michael Edward Barriault, 64, died Sept. 18, at Gosnell Memorial Hospice House after a brief, noble confrontation with terminal cancer.

Born in Old Town Maine in 1947, he grew up in Presque Isle and Augusta where he graduated Cony High School. Later on he attended Georgia Tech, University of Maine at Orono, and USM.

Barriault, a freelance photographer, and vivid, animated observer of life, lived vibrantly and fully until the end. He was known for his boundless energy, warmth and humanity. His passion and zest for life were extraordinary.

His photos enlivened the pages of local publications such as The Forecaster, Maine Magazine and Downeast, as well as many restaurant websites. One of Portland’s most active food bloggers, his images were an exciting addition to the local food scene through his blog at PortlandTown.blogspot.com.

He lived in Portland with his wife of 24 years, Toby Rosenberg.

A memorial service was held Sept. 25 at Congregation Bet Ha’am in South Portland.

To offer words of condolence to the family, sign a guest book, or to share memories, please visit independentdeathcare.com.

Memorial donations may be made to the Bikur Cholim Fund, in support of hospital chaplaincy, at Congregation Bet Ha’am, 81 Westbrook St., South Portland, ME 04106.

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