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Bertrand D. Mathieu

February 24, 1922October 10, 2021
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Bertrand D. Mathieu 1922-2021

LEWISTON -Bertrand "Bert" David Mathieu, 99 years old passed away peacefully at his home by his fireplace on October 10, 2021. Bert was born on February 24, 1922, the son of Roland and Yvonne (Morin) Mathieu. He left school at the age of 14 to work in the shoe industry. In 1936 he joined the Maine National Guard 103rd infantry unit. He later enlisted in the Army, being assigned to the 32nd Cavalry Reconnaissance Squadron. His unit landed on Omaha Beach in June 1944. They were later assigned to the Battle of the Bulge in Belgium. He received many military medals for which he was very proud.

Back in Lewiston in 1945, he returned to the shoe industry joining Compo Shoe Machinery, a career that lasted 42 years. A licensed electrician, he had a television repair shop "Bert's T.V." in his home. In 1967, he returned to school and earned his Basic Adult Education certificate.

Bert was an active member of the American Legion, Post 22. He attended many veteran's funeral services and played Taps or Amazing Grace on his harmonica. In 2016, he participated in Honor Flight of Maine saying it was a trip of a lifetime. He was also recognized in 2020 by the Remember ME program which honors residents in long-term care and assisted living facilities. Until his stroke in 2015, he volunteered at Pamco Shoe Machinery

Bert is survived by his daughter, Donna Morin and significant other Gerry Chenard of Lewiston, his brother Robert Mathieu(Cecile) of Lewiston, step-sons Donald Legare(Rachel) of Auburn, Richard Legare(Denise) and Gerry Legare(Becky) all of Lewiston, grandson Derek Morin (Michelle) of Catonsville MD, granddaughter Kristen Marcella (James) of East Bridgewater MA, granddaughter Heather (Brian) of Hainesport NJ, grandson Jason White of Eastampton NJ, great-grandchildren Brandon and Meadow Major, Lauren and Jake Marcella, and many nieces and nephews as well as members of his large extended family.

He was predeceased by his parents, wife Laurette(Lauze). After her death he married Bertha (Legare) who also passed away, his daughter Patricia White and son-in-law Michael White, son-in-law Ron Morin as well as his sisters Anita Gosselin, Jeannette Laflamme and Lucille Bergeron.

Bert was a proud World War II veteran and loved his country. He loved music,dancing and playing his harmonica and attending Veteran's Day, Memorial Day, D-Day and 4th of July events. While he was a resident of Clover Living Center and Marshwood Center he enjoyed all participating in activities and helped staff choose musical entertainers. He loved his sweets and liked to pass out candy (Life Savers and Kit Kats) to everyone. And everyone knows how much he enjoyed scratch tickets. Up until a few weeks ago he played Yahtzee and even kept score.

The family would like to thank all staff at Clover Healthcare, Marshwood Center, Va Togus, Lewiston VA Clinic and Androscoggin Home Health and Hospice for all the wonderful and compassionate care they gave Bert over the past 6 years. Also a special thank you to all the caregivers that helped out at his home after his stroke in 2015.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Androscoggin Home Health and Hospice 15 Strawberry Ave Lewiston, ME 04240 or Activities Department, Marshwood Center 33 Roger St. Lewiston ME 04240

Visitation will be held Sunday October 17th 2pm to 6pm at The Fortin Group 217 Turner St. Auburn. An in house service will be held Monday October 18th at 11am with a committal to follow graveside at St. Peter’s Cemetery.



  • Visiting Hours The Fortin Group Auburn

    Sunday, October 17, 2021

  • In House Service

    Monday, October 18, 2021


  • Committal st St. Peter's Cemetery to follow


Bertrand D. Mathieu

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Candice LaFlamme

October 21, 2021

Uncle Bert you will be missed. Everyone you knew you touch there lives in one way or another. R.I.P Uncle Bert. My thoughts and prayers are with you Donna and your family during this difficult time.

Leta Richards

October 20, 2021

I just saw this in the paper and wanted to say what a wonderful man Bert was. He loved coming to "Gilly's" variety store and we loved it when he came. We would sit and chat with him and his lovely wife. I have so often thought and remembered Bert and remembered what a joy he was to the world. He was a very happy man. He loved everybody. Also he loved to eat and loved watching us prepare his meals. This is a memory that I will have forever and will say I was blessed to know Bert. See you in the garden of flowers Bert.

Bob Swinconeck

October 16, 2021

So many fond memories of Uncle Bert and Laurette when we visited. I remember once when Bert dove off his porch roof into the pool. Bert and myself both worked for Compo. Once a month I would join Bert in Lewiston for our trip to his accounts to conduct trials or "trouble shoot" factory problems. We would visit New Balance, Eastland and Spot-Bilt just to name a few. I learned a lot working with Bert in the footwear industry.
Our sincere condolence to Mathieu family. We all loved Uncle Bert and he will be remembered in our prayers. God bless you all.


October 16, 2021

Uncle Bert always made you feel at home. Whenever there was a get together at his house it would be something to remember.
If you were a kid it was even better. When the adults were on the side lawn dodging JARTS. Uncle Bert would become a Kid. I remember him teaching my daughters how to stand on there head. He had no problems standing on his head.
If he wasn't doing flips off the diving board, jumping off the roof of the house into the pool or standing on his head he was enjoying life to the fullest.
Uncle Bert was an amazing man and a true Patriot.
Rest In Peace Uncle Bert.
God Bless You.

Lisa Wing

October 16, 2021

I will always remember uncle Bert visiting the office on Veteran's Day in full uniform. And the tomato plants! Not sure what he fed them but they were AMAZING!
Such a light in this world, so glad to have known him. Donna and Gerry, my best to you both. Miss you two!

Patrick Clements

October 14, 2021

What a great man. I feel honored to have known him. A great patriot.

Bob and Judy Sylvester

October 13, 2021

What a wonderful fun man .
He always lit up the office. Everyone loved him. He was so proud of Donna. He gave great fun parties in his garage
Danced the night away at Krissy's wedding in Aruba. A great long life. So sorry for your loss Donna and family .
Dr. Bob and Judy

Rita Lavoie

October 13, 2021

Donna saw the Obituaries very nice, it captured everything he did during his lifetime it was very well said.
Bert was a very liked man, loved people hard worker and very kind, his door was always opened.
He always made me feel welcome when ever I would go visit and stayed with him.
when I went to Maine I always made it a point to go visit you at the Nursing Home and bring you scratch tickets and you were always dressed up Red White and Blue I thought you were so cute
No words can describe the kind of person you were you were one of a kind
I will never forget you
Bert Love You R.I.P. ❤️🙏🌹🇺🇸

Peg Phelan

October 13, 2021

What a wonderful man and "Uncle Bert" to so many. Thinking of you Donna and all of your family at this time. RIP Uncle Bert.

Meddy and Due Perry

October 13, 2021

Rest in Peace, we are sure you will be watching over the rest of us!