Leonard Douglas Poulin Sr.

December 15, 1940September 14, 2022
Obituary of Leonard Douglas Poulin Sr.
Leonard Douglas Poulin, Sr., 81, passed away in his workshop on Wednesday, September 14, 2022. Leonard was born on December 15, 1940 and lived in Winslow his entire life. He graduated from Winslow High School in 1959 and married Yvette Lachance, his high school sweetheart, on September 2, 1963. They had just celebrated their 59th wedding anniversary. Doug & Yvette were lifelong parishioners and generous supporters of St. John the Baptist Church in Winslow. After high school, Doug joined the Air National Guard Reserve, serving for 6 years and graduated from Maine Vocational Technical Institute with a degree in Building Construction. In his early 20’s he began his career with the Maine Department of Transportation where he worked as a Civil Engineer and Superintendent until his retirement. He worked on and supervised many road and bridge projects throughout his career, notably the creation of portions of Maine Interstate-95 and the Donald Carter Memorial Bridge. His years of career experience allowed him to sit and pass the State of Maine Professional Engineer License Exam in 1993. Doug and Yvette were real estate investors right from the beginning of their marriage. They built their home on Marie Street and went on to own and operate over 40 rental units in addition to having full-time careers and two children. After retirement, Doug could be found at his 300-acre woodlot where he and his brother, Mike, spent countless hours harvesting, cutting and splitting firewood that he shared with his family to heat their homes. At the same time, his woodlot served as a multi-use recreation area for his family where we all enjoyed the miles of trails he built throughout to camp, hunt, walk, snowshoe and enjoy nature. He and Yvette loved 4-wheeling to their favorite spot by the brook to picnic or just sit and enjoy its quietude. His greatest satisfaction in life came from spending time with his extended family and many friends. His daily schedule revolved around his “meetings” at The 107, McDonalds, and his shop solving all the town and world problems. He continued to keep in touch with coworkers and friends from the Maine DOT and from his high school class. He particularly loved seeing his children, grandchildren, great granddaughter and all their cousins and friends swimming in the backyard pool that he worked so hard to maintain every summer since 1974. For many years after retirement, he could be found in his garage “man cave” reading, watching television, and welcoming his many visitors. He always had special treats ready for both visiting children and pets. He was a “demon” at playing cribbage and did it every Wednesday for years with his brother, Mike, a game he first learned to enjoy as a lifelong member of the Waterville Elks Lodge. He was a generous father, neighbor and friend always anticipating our needs and making sure they were met or would lend a hand. During winter snowstorms, after plowing all his family’s driveways, if he saw that town plows had blocked the end of his neighbors’ driveways, he would always be sure plow those too. Leonard was predeceased by his parents, Joseph Noel Laurier Poulin and Yvette Ferland Poulin. He is survived by his wife Yvette (Lachance) Poulin, his children Leonard Poulin, Jr. and partner Laurie Allen, his daughter Leslie Wilson and husband Ian, grandchildren Joshua, Jorja, and Liam Poulin, great-granddaughter Harper Poulin, his brothers and their wives, Warren and Patricia Poulin, Michael and Madeline Poulin, and Tom and Roberta Poulin, and his sisters-in-law Lucille Roy and Juliette Akins. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Thursday, September 29, 2022 at 10:00 am at St. John the Baptist Church in Winslow with a Celebration of Life at the Waterville Elks Lodge immediately following. Arrangements are under the care and direction of Veilleux and Redington Funeral Home. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at for the Poulin family.

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