Patrick J. Vaillancourt, 78

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BOWDOINHAM — Patrick J. Vaillancourt, 78, died Feb. 20 at his grandson’s home.

He was born in Fort Fairfield on June 26, 1933, a son of Anthony Smart and Clara Vaillancourt.

He attended North Primary and Morse High School. He served in the U.S. Army and in 1948 his father purchased Smarts Auto Body Shop in Bath. He moved to Connecticut where he became Chevrolet certified and worked as a painter and detailed cars on the side. He returned to Bath and was employed at Bath Iron Works and Pratt & Whitney.

On May 7, 1991, he married Claire M. Cyr.

He was a 50-year member of the Knights of Columbus in Bath and St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Bath.

In his spare time Vaillancourt enjoyed polishing cars, reading, tinkering in the garage and spending time with his family and friends. He was a great storyteller and could remember everything he’d ever done.

He was predeceased by his parents; sister, Joan Smart Vaillancourt; and his wife, Claire M. Vaillancourt.

He is survived by three stepsons, Jim Caron of Richmond, Robert Caron of Livermore and Gary Caron and his wife, Jessica, of Richmond; one stepdaughter, Carol Clark of Virgina; seven grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and several cousins.

Visiting hours took place Feb. 23 at Daigle Funeral Home. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Feb. 24 at All Saints Parish, St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Lincoln Street, Bath.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 1 Bowdoin Mill Island, Suite 300, Topsham, ME 04086.

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