Regis J. Fortin, 93: Veteran, volunteer could never say 'no' when asked to help

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BATH — Regis J. Fortin, 93, formerly of Marshall Avenue, died May 16 at Hillhouse Assisted Living Facility, after a long illness.

Fortin was born April 6, 1922, in Brunswick, the son of Ludger J. and Laura (Bard) Fortin. He graduated from Brunswick High School in 1938.

Regis was a veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Army Air Corps as a bombardier-navigator instructor to cadets in France. He also served in the Army during the Korean War, and was discharged as a first lieutenant.

He was employed at Bath Iron Works until his retirement in 1985, after more than 44 years of service.

Along with his wife, Mamie, Fortin was a dedicated volunteer, and could never say “no” when asked for help. He served as a member of the Brunswick Elks Lodge for many years, and was active in its Santa Claus Fund.

The couple also loved to travel. They spent many summers in Mississippi, Mamie’s home, enjoying the trip south as much as their stay.

Fortin was predeceased by his wife, Mamie E. (Clay) Fortin; a sister, Gloria S. Fortin, of Brunswick; a brother, Sulgence (Phil) Fortin; and a stepdaughter, Donna R. Smith, of Passiac, New Jersey.

Surviving are a brother, Reginald and wife, Pauline, of Sabattus; a sister, Prudence Brandenburg and husband, Robert, of San Diego; two stepsons, David Smith and wife, Margo, of Bath, and Dale Smith and wife, Dena, of Georgetown; and many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins.

A graveside service was held May 27 at Oak Grove Cemetery, in Bath.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 417005, Boston, MA 02241-7005, or to the American Cancer Society, 1 Bowdoin Mill Island, Suite 300, Topsham, ME 04086.

Fortin’s family extends their gratitude to all the staff and employees of Hillhouse Assisted Living for their compassion, patience and understanding.