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John V. Latuscha

May 5, 1957March 14, 2021
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LEWISTON: John V. Latuscha, 63, of Lewiston, peacefully passed away on Sunday, March 14, 2021 at his home with his loving family by his side after a long battle with cancer. He was born in Lewiston on May 5, 1957, a son of the late Alfred and Rita (Fontaine) Latuscha. He grew up in Lewiston and attended local schools. He was a graduate of Lewiston High School, class of 1976. He fondly remembered a special teacher, Rene Chicoine, for all of his mentoring. John had a 30 year career at Bath Iron Works working as a sheet metal mechanic, taking great pride in being a part of the process of building ships for our nation’s defense. Upon retiring from BIW in 2009, John started a second career in real estate working for ERA Worden and then Berkshire Hathaway Home Services. He quickly gained the name of Realtor John and would try to sell a house to everyone he met. He was a member of Holy Family Church in Lewiston and the Knights of Columbus. John married the love of his life, Anne Pelletier, in March of 1992. Together, they enjoyed all the wonderful moments in raising John’s son, Craig. They truly became best friends. They filled their lives with many outdoor activities and worked side by side renovating many homes. John always stated, “family comes first.” He especially took pride in his son’s endeavors. He was known to refer to Craig as his “trophy”. To this day, he was known to speak highly of Craig to anyone he met, letting everybody know all the good Craig had accomplished. John eventually owned a camp in Readfield, Maine. Many fond memories were created at camp and fish tales were told of the many nights on the lake. John continued to claim that he held the record for the biggest catch on Torsey Pond. One of John’s favorite activities was relaxing in his hammock at the water’s edge. John was a friend to many and stranger to none. John will always be remembered for his love of the Yankees (mostly because he loved to get everyone going!). He loved going out to breakfast along with going out for ice cream on a daily basis. He was a lover of music and had an extensive record collection. He passed this love along to his son and grandchildren by getting them started with their own record players and collection. Daily dedication videos were known to be sent back and forth. John loved garage sales, both buying and selling. He loved talking to people and he loved looking for a deal. He was incredibly imaginative and creative, making detailed matchbox cities for his grandchildren, a treehouse up to camp with wood-carved animal cut-outs in the woods, and a hockey rink in his basement for them, just to name a few. He spent much of his time over the past few years renovating his camp to be a place of enjoyment where his family could spend time together enjoying the outdoors. John was so generous and kind. He would give you anything that he had if he thought you needed it. He would spoil his family, often buying one for everyone if he saw something that he liked. He was full of ideas and would give you advice whether you wanted it or not. He will be sadly missed by many. He is survived by his wife, Anne Latuscha of Lewiston, his son, Craig Latuscha and wife Julie of Lewiston; two grandchildren, Lincoln and McKinley Latuscha; brother, Bob Latuscha and wife Annie of Lewiston; sister, Diann Akerley and husband Scott of Lisbon; sister, and Carol Latuscha of Lewiston. He is also survived by his Uncle Bob and Aunt Joanne Baril of Lewiston and Uncle Bob Fontaine of Lewiston; step-mother Maxine Latuscha; several step siblings, many nieces and nephews; and special cat, Chicago. He was predeceased by his parents, Alfred Latuscha, Rita Beaudoin (Fontaine), and step-father, Lionel Beaudoin; and sisters, Linda Boucher and Janis Sylvester. The family would like to thank the staff of Androscoggin Home Health and Hospice for their kindness and care. Condolences and fond memories may be shared at www.thefortingroupauburn.com Visiting hours will be held at Fortin\Auburn on Sunday March 28, 2021 from 1-4pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Holy Family Church in Lewiston on Monday March 29, 2021 at 11am. Interment and committal prayers will take place at Mt. Hope Cemetery in Lewiston at a later date. Those wishing, in lieu of flowers, may make a charitable contribution in John's memory to Androscoggin Home Healthcare and Hospice. Arrangements are under the care of The Fortin Group \ Plummer & Merrill Funeral Home, Cremation and Monument Services 217 Turner St. Auburn, 783-8545.

Services

  • Visitation

    Sunday, March 28, 2021

  • Mass of Christian Burial

    Monday, March 29, 2021

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Helene Perry

March 26, 2021

Dear Ann,
I am so sorry to learn of your loss. I remember when you two were married.
My heart is with you.
May he rest in peace.

Fondly
Helene Perry

Micaela Tepler

March 24, 2021

Sending so much love to Anne and the rest of the family. In the Jewish tradition, we say "May his memory be a blessing".

Mark Peillet

March 23, 2021

Our sympathies for your family on John's passing.

Nancy Latuscha

March 22, 2021

Prayers for all the family during this time. Now, he is with his love ones in God's heavenly place.
Love Cousin Nancy

Judy Castonguay

March 20, 2021

Anne,

Our hearts ache for you at this difficult time. We offer our deepest condolences and hope the memories eventually bring some comfort.

Our deepest sympathy to you and family,

Judy and Paul Castonguay

Ricky Erwin

March 19, 2021

This is a picture of John and a few classmates with sheet metal and welding teacher

Annie Latuscha

March 19, 2021

Day of shopping with the Latuscha boys and they each had to get the same shorts. This picture was 10 years ago and since then, if one of them would say it was camo day, they knew to wear these shorts. They always like to do things together.

Tim Lafrance

March 19, 2021

John was such a great guy always willing to help out and always happy and out going, in our younger years we spent a lot of time together and I will miss him dearly, my condolences go to his entire family. Rest in peace John!

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John, Dad, and brother Bob

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John, Dad, and brother Bob

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My trophy!

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John and Dad

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