Rusty Joseph Duquette
November 7, 1978 – March 25, 2021
Rusty Joseph Duquette, 42, born November 7, 1978 at the Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, Jacksonville, North Carolina to Paula (Splude) and Robert Duquette of Sabattus, Me., passed away March 25, 2021 from lung and spinal cancer only seventeen days after his mother died on March 8, 2021 from COPD.
Rusty graduated from Lisbon High School and worked at Enterprise Foundry in Lewiston, Me. He loved hanging out with his two beautiful daughters, his brother and his parents.
He is survived by his two daughters; Dahlia Shirley and Lilly Anne Duquette both of Sabattus, Me., his father; Robert A. Duquette of Sabattus, Me., his older brother; Robert A. Duquette Jr. and his wife, Dawn of Lewiston, Me., his grandmother; Shirley “Gram: Duquette of Sabattus, Me., as well as many aunts, uncles and cousins.
Rusty was predeceased by his mother; Paula Duquette, his grandfather; Andre Duquette, grandparents; Betty and William Splude, uncles; William Splude Jr. and David Splude, and aunt; Susan Snellen. Online condolences may be left for Rusty’s family at www.thefortingrouplewiston.com. Burial will be at Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Sabattus, Me., with his mother in a double service, at a yet to be determined date.
A Memorial Service will be held on Sunday, April 11, 2021 at 1:00 pm at The Fortin Funeral Home in Lewiston.
Services are under the care of The Fortin Group 70 Horton St. Lewiston, Me. 207-784-4584.
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Rusty Joseph Duquette
April 10, 2021
Your daughters will truly miss & love you forever, cherishing the memories you gave them. They loved baking & cooking with you, they’ll miss the breakfasts especially ! You were a great father, always wanting & working on more for them. You always said I was the stronger of the two of us, but you were always the most patient & heartfelt. We had our differences after 10 years together but you gave me the most beautiful gift, two wonderful daughters & I will always cherish that. You will forever hold a place in all three of our hearts. One thing I’ve learned is when you’ve given your heart to someone, there’s an amount of time you can no longer take it back. It wasn’t easy seeing you struggling & hurting, heartbreaking. God has his reasons & sometimes during grieving we don’t understand, the girls & I know you’re in a better place with Gram no longer hurting/ battling cancer. You were the strong one, fighting until the end. The father of my girls & my friend forever we love you, please Rest In Peace. Papa & I will take it from here giving them the best life the girls can have.
April 5, 2021
Rusty, Our hearts are forever broken. Life isn't supposed to be this way. You were far too young to have suffered such pain, and to have left us so soon. You still had so much love and life to give, especially to those two beautiful little girls. The one consolation is knowing your suffering has ended. Our hearts will forever have an emptiness. We will cherish the memories of your smile. You are so deeply missed and loved. You will be forever in our hearts, and forever at GOD'S side. RIP Rusty. Love you Aunt Debbie
April 1, 2021
I remember when Rusty was born and I helped deliver him. I was in the marine corps. I had just got home and Paula told me it was time to go to the hospital. I got Paula and Bob jr. into the car and headed to the base hospital. We were there for a couple hours when Rusty started coming. The doctor let me go in the delivery room to " hold Paula's shoulders and help her breath ". Well a Navy nurse ended up at her shoulders cause I was at the other end. Once Rusty's head came out the Naval doctor , I think he was a Leautenate Commander, asked me if I wanted to finish delivering him. So I finished delivering him and cut the cord. In the meantime Paula is chewing me out like a marine drill instructor cause I was supposed to be up at her shoulders not " down there". The doctor and nurses were laughing and the doctor said " Don't worry Lance Corporal, your not the first one to mess up like this". But I got to deliver my boy, Rusty , and sadly now I have to deliver him back to Paula. I pray that they are together and with no more pain. I will miss and forever love you both. I really hope we all do see each other again. I love you Bob Sr. Paula's husband for 46 years and Rusty's dad for 42 years.
March 26, 2021
I'm am so sorry sweetheart, you were too young for this.
You will be so missed by many here, your beautiful daughters and your Dad, your aunts and uncles your bother and myself, For whatever reason the good lord called you home but now you are with your mom. RIP peace, Rusty Jo.
I love you