Rev. Bertrand R. Poussard
December 30, 1941 – January 23, 2019
Portland- Bertrand Robert Poussard 77 Went to be with his Savior on Wednesday January 23 at St. Joseph’s Rehab in Portland. He was born in Lewiston on December 30, 1941 a son of the late Robert and Yvette (Couture) Poussard. After graduating from Holy Family School in Lewiston, Bert attended high school at the Seminary of St. Hyacinth, in the Province of Quebec, and then college at the Montreal University. He completed his studies in philosophy and theology at the University of Ottawa and St. Paul’s Seminary, respectively. The Most Reverend Peter L. Gerety, then Co-Adjutor Bishop of Portland, ordained him to the priesthood at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Portland on May 20, 1967. During his years of full-time active ministry, Fr. Poussard served as Assistant Pastor at Notre Dame Parish, Skowhegan (1967-1973); Notre Dame Parish, Waterville (1973-1976); St. Hyacinth Parish, Westbrook (1976-1978). He then became Administrator at St. Joseph’s Parish, Wallagrass (1978-1979) Associate Pastor at St. Mary’s Parish, Westbrook (1979-1980); St. Joseph’s Parish, Biddeford (1980-1981); St. Mary’s Parish, Wells (1981-1982); St. Louis Parish, Auburn (1982-1985), then served as temporary Administrator: St. Philip’s Parish, Lyman (1985). Fr.Poussard became certified as a chaplain by the National Association of Catholic Chaplains and his final assignment before retiring was as Chaplain at St. Mary’s Hospital, Lewiston from 1985 to 2001. Fr. Poussard also served in the following capacities and assignments, Moderator: Maine Diocesan Council of Catholic Women, Representative to Priests Senate: North Cumberland Deanery, member of the Knights of Columbus 4th degree, Chaplain to: Fort Kent Knights of Columbus – Council # 1934, as well as their 4th Degree Knights of Columbus and Columbiettes Auxiliary; Chaplain to : Westbrook Knights of Columbus – Council #2219, Faithful Friar: Andy Valley Memorial Assembly – 4th Degree Knights of Columbus (Auburn). Fr. Poussard formally retired in 2004, due to health issues. Bishop Joseph Gerry, OSB, once wrote to Fr. Poussard: “I have been deeply impressed with the humility and honesty with which you recognize your gifts and the graciousness with which you have placed yourself at the service of the Church.”
Fr. Poussard is survived by his sister, Louise, and her husband Fernand Roy of Lewiston, two nephews Jim Roy and wife Marlene of Monmouth and their two children Matt and Zack, and Larry Roy and his wife Diana of Mechanic Falls and their two children Sam, and Cassie.
Reception of the body will be Thursday, January 31, 2019 at 3:00 PM, at Holy Family Church of Prince of Peace Parish, 607 Sabattus St. Fr. Robert Lariviere, Presider/Homilist. Visitation immediately following the Reception of the Body until 7:00 PM, at Holy Family Church of Prince of Peace Parish. Mass of Christian Burial Friday, February 1, 2019 @ 11:00 AM, at Holy Family Church of Prince of Peace Parish, (Bishop Robert Deeley, Presider). Committal following the Funeral Mass at St. Peter’s Cemetery, Switzerland Road, Lewiston.
Those wishing to make memorial donations in his name may do so to The Clergy Benefit Plan C/O The Portland Diocese 510 Ocean Ave. Portland, ME 04104.
You are invited to offer condolences and pay tribute to Fr. Bert’s life by visiting his guest book at www.thefortingroupauburn.com
Arrangements are under the care of The Fortin Group Funeral Home, Cremation & Monument Services 217 Turner St. Auburn 783-8545.
- Fr. Poussard is survived by his sister, Louise, and her husband Fernand Roy of Lewiston, two nephews Jim Roy and wife Marlene of Monmouth and their two children Matt and Zack, and Larry Roy and his wife Diana of Mechanic Falls and their two children Sam, and Cassie.
The Clergy Benifit Plan
510 Ocean Ave., Portland, Maine 04104
- Visitation Thursday, January 31, 2019
- A Mass of Christian Burial Friday, February 1, 2019
Rev. Bertrand R. Poussard
February 2, 2019
I got to know Bert when we both worked at St. Mary's in the late 1980's. He was always very friendly and supportive of everyone I saw him with, both at St. Mary's, and when he filled in at St. Philip's in Auburn and joined parish groups after Mass. I remember one funny thing that might give people a little chuckle. We ran into him at the Chinese buffet at the Lewiston Mall several years ago. He was seated alone before we joined him, and he had the biggest heaping plate of Chinese food I ever saw. I teased him that I could see what his favorite thing in life was. He quickly rebuked me, telling me that God was always #1, then food #2.
February 2, 2019
Our love and prayers to you at this time.
Have known Fr. Bert since he began living at St. Joseph's manor until the current time.
Shared many conversations each Saturday with Fr. Bert , as a weekend volunteer.
Fr. Bert and I always made sure other elderly in need would be visited.
Being a truck driver was a memory of years past.
Sorry that a bad cold prevented me from being present at the funeral.
Will send a contribution for prayer for your family.
February 1, 2019
I remember Father Bert as a very good priest at our St. Louis Parish in New Auburn. Later on he was transferred to St. Mary's Hospital where he served as an excellent chaplain comforting the sick and consoling their respective families. My wife Patricia and I benefitted from his spiritual guidance and we became very close to him. He was there for us when my mother Regina was terminally ill with cancer. He administered the "Last Rites" to her in January 1990 and she went to heaven. In 1996 and 1997 we lost three of our parents inside of 9 months. Again Father Bert was there for us. My wife lost her mother Elizabeth and father Raymond and she relied deeply on Father Bert's spiritual guidance. My father Alfred died in February 1997 and Father Bert helped send him to heaven. We always admired Father Bert and his service to God and our Catholic faith. Every year since my mother died in 1990 we gladly rejoiced by remembering our dear friend Father Bert by sending a Spiritual Christmas Card and a small check in deep appreciation for what he did for us. We sent our last Christmas card and check in December 2018 and received a nice thank you call from his sister. We won't be able to send you any more cards Father Bert but we are sure you have a special place in heaven as your reward for helping guide thousands of people during your lifetime. RIP in heaven Father Bert!
January 30, 2019
To Fr. Poussard's Family,
Our condolences to your family. May your memories of the wonderful times you shared with Fr. Poussard comfort you and your family, today and always.
Roger M. & Yvonne F. Bouffard