Reginald J. Saucier, 98: Oldest BIW retiree was always on the go

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BATH — Reginald J. Saucier, 98, of Bath, formerly of Madison, died Dec. 30 at Winship Green Nursing Home.

Saucier was born in Fort Kent on Oct. 17, 1915, the son of Victor and Hedwedge Saucier, and graduated from Howland High School with the class of 1933. After graduating, he took a job as a meat cutter for a few years. Wanting more out of his career, he ventured to Bath and eventually took a job a Bath Iron Works in 1939.

In 1941, he married Marie Katherine Smith and the couple resided in Bath to raise their family. He then joined the U.S. Navy and served his country until an injury forced him to return home. He resumed his work at BIW, and retired in 1982 as a maintenance foreman, after over 40 years of service. He was an intricate part of the construction of the large crane that stands at the works today, and was the oldest living retiree at BIW, an accomplishment of which he was very proud.

In 1986, he married Alice Ouellette and the couple resided in Madison.

Saucier was a hard worker and always on the go. In his spare time, he butchered game, painted cars, built barn board frames, sold real estate and managed properties. He was also an outdoorsman, avid hunter and fisherman. In his early 70s, he went on two fishing adventures to Alaska with Harry Crooker. He also loved to work with wood, and in his later years he built bird houses. When he had time off in the summer, he spent it with his family on St. George’s Lake in Liberty. His family and friends meant everything to him.

He was predeceased by his first wife, Marie, who died in 1982; six sisters; and three brothers.

He is survived by his wife, Alice, of Madison; daughter, Karlene Saucier, of Brunswick; granddaughter, Shari Boyington, of Brunswick; great-grandsons, Joseph Boyington and Noah Benoit; great-granddaughter, Madison Benoit; two great-great-granddaughters, Kamryn Boyington and Sophia Boyington; sister, Geneva Higgins and husband Harold, of Millinocket; and many nieces, nephews and close friends.

A funeral was held Jan. 8, at the David E. Desmond & Son Funeral Home, Bath.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that memorial donations in Saucier’s name be made to Warm Thy Neighbor, 14 Middle St., Brunswick, ME 04011.