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Roland Walter St. Amour

May 4, 1923January 24, 2021

SOUTH PARIS: Roland St. Amour, 97, passed away peacefully on January 24, 2021 at the Maine Veteran’s Home in South Paris Maine. Roland was born to Walter and Melanie (Letourneau) St. Amour of Prospect Ave. Lewiston ME on May 4th, 1923. Just after High School at the age of 19 he was drafted in the US Army and trained as a gunner, consequently assigned to the 3rd Armored Division attached to the 486 Armored Anti-Aircraft Battalion. He landed at Omaha Beach during the invasion in June 1944 and saw action in Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland, and Ardennes-Alsace in Central Europe. Also, during WWII he was involved in the liberation of Dora-Nordhausen Concentration Camp, a story of war he did not speak of often. He was honorably discharged in December of 1945. After the war he worked for a time in Connecticut but returned to Lewiston. Attending the wedding reception of a family friend he met the love of his life, Rena Caron. They married on September 6, 1948, at Sacred Heart Church in Auburn ME. Subsequently they built a new home on Webber Ave in Lewiston. He was employed by Bates Manufacturing for over 30 years and retired as a supervisor in the Dye house. While at Bates he also worked selling Rawleigh products door to door on nights and weekends. After retirement from Bates he began working at Shaw’s on Lisbon St and then East Ave. He enjoyed helping customers and associates. He was Shaw’s employee of the year in 2001. He truly retired after working 15 years for Shaw’s Supermarket. Prior to and during his retirement, he and Rena enjoyed being with the grandchildren and traveling with friends and family to various states and international destinations, including Washington DC, Hawaii, Alaska and revisiting Normandy France. After 60 years on Webber Avenue, he moved to St Mary’s Residences in 2015 then to Maine Veteran’s Home in South Paris, Maine, in 2018. Roland was a proud member of the Knights of Columbus, Holy Cross Council since 1981. Roland is predeceased by his parents Walter and Melanie, brother Leopaul St. Amour and sister Theresa Montminy. Roland is survived by his wife of 72 years, Rena who resides in South Paris. Children Robert St. Amour of Bryan Texas, Michael St. Amour of Lewiston, Joline (Michael) Colby and Paul (Leola) St. Amour of Poland Maine. Grandchildren Joshua, Jacob and Nicholas Colby and Sarah St Amour. Great grandchild Alex Colby and step great grandchildren Aiden and Jesse. Roland, Pa, Pepere and Dad will be greatly missed. Condolences and fond memories may be shared at www.thefortingrouplewiston.com Visiting hours will be held at Fortin Lewiston on Friday January 29, 2021 from 4-7pm. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, only 50 people are allowed in the funeral home and the church at one given time. For this reason, the Mass that will be celebrated for Roland will be livestreamed by Prince Of Peace Parish on Saturday January 30, 2021 at 11am. Please visit www.princeofpeaceme.com to view Roland’s Mass of Christian Burial. Burial with military honors will take place at the Maine Veterans Cemetery in Augusta at a later date. Arrangements are under the care of The Fortin Group Funeral Home, Cremation and Monument Services 70 Horton St. Lewiston, 784-4586.

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  • Visitation

    Friday, January 29, 2021

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Patricia Lafrance

February 5, 2021

Michael, I want to offer you deepest sympathies at the loss of your wonderful Dad. Pat Lafrance

Roger & Yvonne Bouffard

February 2, 2021

To Mrs. St. Amour and family,

Our condolences to you and your family. May the wonderful times you shared with Mr. St. Amour comfort you today and always

Roger M. & Yvonne F. Bouffard

Kim Dubois

January 27, 2021

Roland will forever be fondly remembered for his sweet smile and humble manor. It was an honor and pleasure to know him! Prayers for you and your family. But most especially to Rena who loves to talk to me in French! Even though I don't understand. When I tell her I don't understand, she just laughs at me and tells me to stop playing.

Marsha Stearman

January 27, 2021

Bob,
So sorry to hear of the passing of your dad. You and your families are in my thoughts & prayers during this difficult time.

Anne (Montminy) Miller

January 27, 2021

I will miss Uncle Roland - it was always so nice to visit him and Aunt Rena when we were up in Maine. He always had a smile on his face and was happy to see us. My daughter Nicole was a nurse on his floor at Maine Med and she loved spending time with him - he was a hit with all the nurses! Thank you for your service Roland and may you rest in peace. Condolences to all my St. Amour cousins.
Anne (Montminy) Miller

Brenda Vinette

January 25, 2021

Devere and I are sending our deepest sympathy and condolences to all of the St. Amour and Colby families. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.

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FROM THE FAMILY