Joseph Caron

June 11, 1932November 7, 2013

Lewiston- Joseph W. Caron, 81, of Oak Park, Lewiston died Wednesday, November 6, 2013. He was born in Brunswick, Maine on June 11, 1932, a son of the late Gaudias and Edith (Painchaud) Caron. He proudly served his country in the United States Army as a paratrooper. This is also when he started his career as a chef. Joseph married his one true love, Gisele (Boivin) on January 20, 1951 in Fort Benning, Georgia. She predeceased him in March 2012. He was a loving husband and has missed Gisele every day since her passing. Joe worked the majority of his career as a chef at Bowdoin College before retiring from Bowdoin in 1991. He was a former member of the VFW. He leaves his four children, Linda Marquis of Brunswick, Ronald Caron of Lewiston, Donald Caron and wife Linda of Lewiston and Lisa Erskine and husband James of Turner, four grandchildren John Marquis and wife Karina of Connecticut, Sarah Dumais and husband Greg of Lewiston, Morgan and Courtney Erskine of Turner and two great grandsons, Benjamin and Dominic Dumais of Lewiston. He was predeceased by a son Cornel Caron, a sister Jeannine Caron, and a brother Nelson Caron. You are invited to offer condolences and pay tribute to Joseph's life by visiting his guest book at

At his request there will be no visitation. A funeral service will be celebrated on Tuesday, November 12 at 11AM at The Fortin Group. A service of The Fortin Group Funeral Home, Cremation & Monumnet Services 70 Horton Street, Lewiston 784-4584.


  • Funeral Service Tuesday, November 12, 2013

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Dianne (Caron) Hartin

March 5, 2014

I knew him as Uncle Willie....just found out today he had passed....he was my favorite uncle....he was just the best....I will forever miss him..

Jennifer Cote

January 6, 2014

Dear Joe,

Thanks for all your years at Alpha Delta Phi! You put up with the shenanigans of college students, taught many of us how to cook, and cared about us (yes we knew, you big old toughie!). Loved learning how to cook for a hoard, some of my favorite memories. Thanks Joe! Happy travels into the light. Jennifer Cote, past Steward.

David Shef

January 5, 2014

I knew Joe Caron from Alpha Delta Phi as well. He taught me some surprising life lessons. How to appreciate veal scallopini. That a truly good knife is both an exceptional tool and a treasured possession (I have since bought each of my grown children at least one good kitchen knife). The joy of baking bread, and I still bake bread for my family, often in the same pans Joe used (aquired after the house closed years later).

Nessa Burns Reifsnyder

January 4, 2014

Joe Caron was the chef at my Bowdoin fraternity, Alpha Delta Phi. I served as his steward, proudly, and spent many afternoons sitting on one of the silver tables in his kitchen, deep in conversation with him. We learn many things in college; oftentimes it is not our professors who teach us. Such was the case with Joe. We shared a lot of stories about our lives, and the decades of age difference between us meant nothing. My prowess as a cook (for a family of 4 kids and husband!) is partly due to his example. Joe was wise, but also loved to laugh and joke; he was a stable influence for young people, and his food kept us healthy and ready for what each day brought to us. I practically ran back to AD every noon to get hot lunches served by him through the little window that separated the kitchen from our dining room! I will never forget Joe, and my deep condolences to all of you who mourn him. Thank you so much for sharing him with generations of Bowdoin students.

Tracy Geer

November 9, 2013

Joe, you were a class act, like a father to me always there with words of wisdom, when I left Lincare I didn't leave you. for 3 yrs 9 months you made my visits memorable.Knowing you made me a better person. My heart felt sympathies go out to the the entire Caron family. There was no one better than Joe. I am truly going to miss you . Tracy Geer