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Smart & Edwards Funeral Home

183 Madison Ave, Skowhegan, ME

OBITUARY

Roger J. Poulin

February 18, 1942October 26, 2019

Roger Poulin passed away on October 26, 2019 with his family by his side. Roger was born in Augusta, ME, and grew up in Skowhegan. Roger attended Catholic school in Skowhegan before going to St. Francis High School in Biddeford. After graduating from high school, Roger went to Assumption College where he received a B.A. in economics, then went on to American University where he received a M.A. in economics. While in graduate school, Roger married Sally Mickeriz. After receiving his M.A., Roger joined the Foreign Service, Agency for International Development (AID), where he worked for 12 years. During that time, he had three-year assignments to India, Washington D.C., Nigeria and Ivory Coast.

In 1978, Roger left AID and returned to Skowhegan where he and his wife purchased the Towne Motel. Between 1978 and 2012, Roger continued working for AID part-time, consulting on economic development projects. During that time he worked in over 30 developing countries, mostly in Africa, but also in Asia, and closer to home, Haiti. Several years after the death of his first wife, Roger married Deborah Donnelly and together they continued operating the Towne Motel.

In addition to operating the Towne Motel and consulting on development projects around the world, Roger was very involved in community affairs, serving on many government and non-profit organization boards, including: Skowhegan Economic Development Corporation, Kennebec Valley Mental Health Center, Kennebec Valley Tourism Council, Maine Tourism Commission, Redington-Fairview General Hospital, Somerset Woods Trustees (SWT), and Main Street Skowhegan. He was a member of the Rotary Club for many years. He also served on the board of directors of Skowhegan Savings Bank. In recent years, most of his volunteer work involved SWT projects. He spent many enjoyable hours doing trail maintenance, clearing and blazing property lines, and monitoring the condition of many SWT properties.

Roger is survived by his wife, Deborah (Donnelly) Poulin; his children: Christopher Poulin, Monique Poulin, Michelle Lehigh, Rebecca Poulin, Sarah Carlson, and step-son Jonathan Skerlick, and their spouses. Roger is survived by six grandchildren: Conner and Sally Lehigh, Finn and Callahan Towle, and Jack and Wyatt Carlson. He is also survived by his sister, Suzanne Poulin, his sister-in-law- Paula Poulin, and a step-brother, Roger Labonte and his wife Francoise. Roger loved his family very much. He is pre-deceased by his first wife Sally (Mickeriz) Poulin; his parents, Joseph and Cecile Poulin, his step-mother Rita Poulin, and his brother, Raymond Poulin.

Visiting hours will be held for friends and family on Sunday November 3, 2019 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Smart & Edwards Funeral Home, 183 Madison Ave., Skowhegan, Maine. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday November 4, 2019 at 11 a.m. at the Notre Dame de Lourdes Catholic Church, Water St., Skowhegan, Maine, with a burial to follow at the Calvary Cemetery in Skowhegan, Maine. The family wishes to thank Dr. Kim and the staff at Redington-Fairview Oncology Department as well as Maine General Hospice for the wonderful care and personal attention while Roger received treatment.

In lieu of flowers or gifts, please consider contributing to the Somerset Woods Trustees, PO Box 833, Skowhegan ME. or by calling 207-716-6595.

  • FAMILY

  • Roger is survived by his wife, Deborah (Donnelly) Poulin; his children: Christopher Poulin, Monique Poulin, Michelle Lehigh, Rebecca Poulin, Sarah Carlson, and step-son Jonathan Skerlick, and their spouses. Roger is survived by six grandchildren: Conner and Sally Lehigh, Finn and Callahan Towle, and Jack and Wyatt Carlson. He is also survived by his sister, Suzanne Poulin, his sister-in-law- Paula Poulin, and a step-brother, Roger Labonte and his wife Francoise. Roger loved his family very much. He is pre-deceased by his first wife Sally (Mickeriz) Poulin; his parents, Joseph and Cecile Poulin, his step-mother Rita Poulin, and his brother, Raymond Poulin.

Services

  • Viewing Hours Sunday, November 3, 2019
  • Funeral Mass Monday, November 4, 2019

Memories

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Brian Burnikel

November 3, 2019

Uncle Roger was always so caring and fun. It was always such a good time as a child visiting and playing in the barn and at the motel. I always admired his intellect and how he was such a world traveler. He will be missed, but yet we will cherish such good times spent together. Our thoughts are with all of my amazing cousins and family. Love, Brian & Candace Burnikel.

Lisa (Lachapelle) Jones

October 30, 2019

Chris, Monique, Michelle, Becky & Sarah, Thinking of you at this time. I have lots of wonderful memories of time spent with Roger, Sally and all of you. It was very special visiting with him in Washington when he was there for work. My condolences to you all.

Sue Burnikel

October 30, 2019

We all will miss you. I will remember all the good times we shared Roger. Hope to find a place close to you and Sally up there in heaven. Love, hugs and blessings to all the family. Sue Mickeriz Burnikel

Tom and Sue Burnikel

October 29, 2019

I am so thankful that my sister found you and had many years together building a beautiful family with you. You made her very happy. We did have some great times together Roger, and I thank God you came into our lives. Love, hugs and blessings from Sue and Tom

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