Maurice L. Galarneau

September 3, 1924February 27, 2014

Worcester, MA-Maurice L. Galarneau 89, of Auburn died Thursday February 27, at U Mass Memorial Hospital, after a brief illness. He was born in Lewiston on September 3, 1924 the son of the late Louis and Jeanne (Chenard) Galarneau. He was a lifelong resident of Auburn and attended Auburn schools. Maurice proudly served his country during WWII with the US Marine Corps 2nd division for more than three years, seeing action in Tonga, New Caledonia, Russell Island, the Gilbert and Marshall Islands, Eniwetok, Tinian, and Okinawa. He was in Saipan when the war ended, training to invade Japan. He served in the occupation force, entering Nagasaki forty-five days after the atomic bomb was dropped there. Maurice was a roofer for St. Hilaire Roofing his entire career and retired when he was 62 years old, only to continue working on his own, cutting and splitting six cords of wood for his stove each year. He was an avid outdoorsman and Maine Guide, enjoying hunting and fishing. He also loved playing cards and spending time with family including his cat, Tina. Each day started with a trip to Dunkin Donuts to meet with friends and have their daily chat.He leaves behind a sister Marguerite Grenier of Danielson, CT, a son Moe of Auburn, two daughters, Sue McAllaster and husband Don, of Shrewsbury, MA, and GG Galarneau and husband Tony LaJudice of Denver, CO, four grandchildren: Ryan and Jeff Galarneau of Auburn and Mary and Liam McAllaster of MA, as well as three great grandchildren: Haylee Cunningham, Aaleigha and Erica Galarneau. He was predeceased by his wife of 51 years Cecile (Barre) Galarneau, son James and sister Lucille Grenier. You are invited to offer condolences and pay tribute to Maurice's life by visiting his guest book at

Visitation Fortin LEWISTON Sunday March 2, from 3-6 PM. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Sacred Heart Church, Monday March 3 at 11 AM. Committal will be held at a later date. Those wishing to make a donation in his memory may do so to: Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675 or A service of The Fortin Group Funeral Home, Cremation & Monument Services 70 Horton St. Lewiston 784-4584.


  • Vsitation Sunday, March 2, 2014
  • Fneral Service Monday, March 3, 2014

Maurice L. Galarneau

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March 26, 2014

GG, Sue and Moe,

I'm sorry to learn of your father's passing. My sincerest sympathy to your entire family. I enjoyed listening to his stories and have some fond memories of him. Both of your parents were very good to me and always made me feel welcome. Sorry for your loss.

Kim (Cusson) Cote

March 12, 2014

Dear Sue and Gigi,
So sorry to hear of the loss of your Dad.

Claire MacDonald Rieger

March 8, 2014

To my cousins, Moe, Susan, and GG,
I was saddened to hear the news of your father's passing. I have so many happy memories of your family and of spending time at your house; Christmas visits, playing in the basement, writing on the chalkboard, playing with the barbie dolls, the Mousetrap game, drinking Moxie, eating Devil Dogs at the little kitchen table, 'the chute' and of course your dad sitting in the big red chair after a hard days work. I also remember your dad and Jimmy taking us for snowmobile rides in the winter and in the summertime finding pennies at the bottom of the swimming pool that seemed so big at the time! And I remember vividly watching your dad as he would down with relish great handfuls of peanuts that he kept by the sofa. Then when my mother was sick for so long and my sisters and I would spend extended periods of time with you, it was a great time for us, never realizing at the time all the extra work it was for your mom and dad. Yet, they always made us feel like part of the family and I will forever be grateful for the love and care they showered on me. As I strive to pass on to others what I have been so generously given, I remember your mother and father with a glad heart. God bless you all. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Love, Claire MacDonald Rieger

March 6, 2014

To my cousins Moe,Sue and GG,
I am thinking of you all at this time. So many memories come to mind of my younger years when we use to visit your family at Christmas time. The times when your dad was always teasing your mom and mine. Thinking of the deer meat we sometimes received from your dad when he got the big one. He was a humorous man. Happy thoughts go your way of all your memories that time can not take away. My condolences to you all. Diane Bosse Veilleux

March 5, 2014

Dear Moe,Sue and Gig,
I pray that Our Lord Jesus Christ will grant mon Oncle a place of light and peace for all eternity. I can't begin to express my gratitude for all that he and ma Tante Cecile had done for my family. You three certainly know that! I love them and all of you so much, and hope to spend eternity with you and them!A holy Mass will be offered for the repose of mon Oncle's soul. With all my love, Corinne (and Rob)

March 3, 2014

Sue, GiGi, Moe---- So sorry to hear of the loss of your Dad--- both your parents were like second ones to us in the Fontaine house next door-- we are thinking of you in your loss-- With Sympathy, Mickey

March 2, 2014

Dear Moe, Sue and GG,

I was deeply saddened to learn of your Dad's passing. He was a terrific friend and neighbor to our family. Please accept my deepest sympathy for your loss.

Warm wishes to you all.

Joiine Fontaine

Kimberly Sampson

March 2, 2014

So sorry to hear of your loss. Your family remains in my thoughts and prayers. I hope you find comfort in many happy memories.


March 2, 2014

Sue, GG and Moe,

Words can not express how sorry I am about your Dad's passing. He was one of a kind and I will forever miss him. May God give you peace at this difficult time.

March 2, 2014

Dear GG, Sue, and Moe,
My sympathy to you and your families.
My thoughts are with you.
Julie Fournier Chasse