OBITUARY

Leonel Henry Turcotte

May 18, 1931November 5, 2018

Cornville - Leonel “Lee” H. Turcotte, 87, beloved husband, father and grandfather, passed away peacefully at his home, on November 5, 2018, surrounded by his family.

He was born on May 31, 1931in Skowhegan to Adolph and Delphine (Beaulier) Turcotte. As a child, Lee attended Notre Dame de Lourdes Catholic School, and graduated from Skowhegan Area High School, class of 1950. After graduating, he served in the United States Air Force, stationed at Sheppard's Air Force Base in Texas. Upon returning to Skowhegan, he attended Skowhegan Business School where he received a degree in accounting. He worked for a short time at Hartland Tannery before spending the next 41 years as an accountant with Graffman's, which later became Motor Supply.

Lee was an active member in his community. He was a communicant of Christ the King Parish, bringing communion to shut-ins and setting up for the masses at area nursing homes, and he was a volunteer firefighter for the Cornville Fire Department. Lee worked hard to start and maintain the Cornville/Athens Food Pantry and has been known by many as the ''Tabman" collecting can tabs in more than 100 area schools for the children at the Shriner's Hospital. After losing his oldest daughter to cancer Lee spent the next few years collecting bottles for the American Cancer Society. In one year, he raised $12,215 dollars, one bottle at a time. Over the three years he raised a total of $25,000 and spent many hours chatting with the people he met along the way.

Lee was working in his vegetable and flower gardens and raised the most beautiful gladiolus, which were displayed at the Skowhegan State Fair for many years. Lee was also an avid sports fan and spent much of his younger years playing baseball and bowling. He absolutely loved watching the Red Sox play baseball and rarely missed watching a game.

Lee was predeceased by his first wife Edith (Bachelder) Turcotte, his daughter Pamela Turcotte, and his brother William Turcotte.

He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Lois; two sons, David Turcotte and wife Nancy of Cornville, and Mark Turcotte and girlfriend Bridget of Cornville; three daughters Susan Pelletier of Skowhegan, Patricia Kilton and husband Gary of Durham, and Caryl Estabrook and husband Philip of Cornville; son-in-law Mark LeBlanc of Skowhegan; two stepsons, Richard Quimby Jr. and wife Linda of Norridgewock, Darren Quimby and wife Jennifer of Cornville; two stepdaughters Cheryl Greeley and husband Steve of Pittsfield, and Brenda Dyer and Jerry Prescott of Cornville; eleven grandchildren; one great granddaughter; nine step grandchildren; eight step great grandchildren; two brothers Linwood Turcotte and wife Betty and Harold Turcotte and wife Leona of Norridgewock; and many nieces and nephews. ''Well done, my good and faithful servant" (Matthew 25:21) May you rest in peace now.

We would like to thank all the Maine General Hospice volunteer's and nurses, the Bridge's Home Healthcare aides Shae-lynn and Barbara, and the VA nurse Mary Beth for your great care.

Visitation will be held from 5-8pm, Friday, November 9, 2018 at Smarts and Edwards Funeral Home, 183 Madison Ave. Skowhegan. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10am, Saturday, November 10, 2018 at Notre Dame de Lourdes Catholic Church, Water St., Skowhegan. Burial with military honors will follow at Calvary Cemetery.

In Lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Cornville/Athen's Food Pantry, 493 W. Ridge Rd., Cornville, ME 04976

  • FAMILY

  • He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Lois; two sons, David Turcotte and wife Nancy of Cornville, and Mark Turcotte and girlfriend Bridget of Cornville; three daughters Susan Pelletier of Skowhegan, Patricia Kilton and husband Gary of Durham, and Caryl Estabrook and husband Philip of Cornville; son-in-law Mark LeBlanc of Skowhegan; two stepsons, Richard Quimby Jr. and wife Linda of Norridgewock, Darren Quimby and wife Jennifer of Cornville; two stepdaughters Cheryl Greeley and husband Steve of Pittsfield, and Brenda Dyer and Jerry Prescott of Cornville; eleven grandchildren; one great granddaughter; nine step grandchildren; eight step great grandchildren; two brothers Linwood Turcotte and wife Betty and Harold Turcotte and wife Leona of Norridgewock; and many nieces and nephews.
    Lee was predeceased by his first wife Edith (Bachelder) Turcotte, his daughter Pamela Turcotte, and his brother William Turcotte.

Services

  • Visiting Hours Friday, November 9, 2018
  • Mass of Christian Burial Saturday, November 10, 2018
REMEMBERING

Leonel Henry Turcotte

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Kathleen Clark

November 13, 2018

I enjoyed Lee very much, especially when we talked gardening. He loved his glads! And he planted more garlic than anyone else I know! And he loved to share! I will keep him in my daily prayers. You, too, Lois--may God console you as only He can when you most need it.

Love,
Dr. Kathie

Leonard Turcotte

November 7, 2018

Spent many days and evenings with my cousin as I grew up. He was a 1st cousin. Most of our meetings were when he was married ti his first wife Edie. He came to visit my mother often, both when she was in good health and when she was ill. Remember Halloween making popcorn as fast as he could in an attempt to keep up with the flow of trick or treaters. Although a lot older than me spent time in Cornville where he grew gladiolers and tended to his garden and bees (had some great honey. He will be remembered. Condolences to his entire family. May he Rest In Peace

Pamela Lynam

November 6, 2018

I had the distinct pleasure of growing up next door to the Turcotte family, and spent hours/days with them throughout my childhood. Lee was always willing to talk with me and share his love of gardening. I am so sorry to hear of his passing. My deepest sympathies with all of you. He was a special man, who held a very dear spot in my life. Love to you all.

FROM THE FAMILY