OBITUARY

Robert Henry Tetreault

December 20, 1954December 17, 2020

AUGUSTA- It is with great sadness the Tetreault family announces the passing of Robert (“Bob”) Henry Tetreault on December 17, 2020 after a difficult year battling with cancer. He was born December 20, 1954 in West Springfield, MA to Laurence W. Tetreault and Norma Jacqueline (Fraser) Tetreault. Bob graduated from West Springfield High School in 1972, and subsequently received a BA in education from New England University in Henniker, NH. In 1980, at age 25, Bob experienced the most profound event of his life, which thereafter completely changed the course of his future. At this momentous juncture, Bob repented of his sins and accepted Jesus Christ as his personal Savior, spending the remainder of his life enjoying the love of God, and warning and pleading with others to “flee from the wrath to come (Hell)” in the afterlife. Toward this end, Bob began a radio program and web site in 1994 called, “Roadmap to Heaven” (www.roadmaptoheaven.net), conducted Bible studies for many years in various county jails, and served on a church evangelism team. After college, Bob moved to southern Maine, where he worked, resided and served as an assistant pastor at Bethel Church in Arundel under Rev. Daisy A. Leavitt. About 1998 Bob relocated to Winslow, and began working as an educator at the Maine State Museum in Augusta. On October 7, 2000 Bob married the love of his life, Mary (Poulin) Tetreault of Mercer (formerly of Augusta and Skowhegan), eventually moving to a scenic spot on 7-Mile Stream in Vassalboro. (Their unusual courtship account can be read at www.roadmaptoheaven.net/marys-story-part-two/). On January 2, 2011, Bob and Mary became Florida snowbirds, migrating to Pine Island in Southwest FL. There Bob enjoyed his job managing a mobile home park called “Shangri-La”, which had been in the family for three generations. Bob loved Florida, and had really come to despise Maine winters. He and Mary became actively involved in a local evangelical church, “Christian Life Fellowship” of Cape Coral, where Bob served as an elder, and for which they hosted home group meetings for many years. Backed by the capable support of two faithful, valued employees, Betty Provencha and Kenny Cripe, Bob and Mary were able to return to Maine every summer. The summer of 2015 found them selling their home in Vassalboro and moving to “More to Life Family Campground” in Winthrop where they cherished close, rich friendships. Bob enjoyed life to the fullest, and was a “people person”. He was happiest in gatherings of family and friends. He loved people, and always saw only good in others. He delighted in opportunities to give and help. Bob was unselfish and an optimist, “seeing the glass ALL full” – not half full! Bob was a consummate musician, playing at least ten instruments at various points of his life. His favorite instrument was the mandolin, and his favorite music style was Gospel Bluegrass. Bob and Mary began kayaking in early 2014, a hobby which quickly became their favorite, and which they enjoyed in both Maine and Florida. Together they also enjoyed visiting museums, history, visiting lighthouses and the ocean, etc.. Bob is survived by his wife, Mary Tetreault of Mercer; his twin brother, William “Bill” Tetreault of Freeport, NY and wife, Phyllis; his sister, Laurie Steffey of Longwood, FL and husband, Ken. He is also survived by beloved nephews and nieces: William Tetreault of Moore, OK and wife, Ashley; Daniel Tetreault of New York, NY; Patience Mhlanga of Washington, DC; Abigail Steffey of Longwood, FL; Peter Steffey of Chattanooga, TN; and Naomi Steffey of Longwood, FL. He is preceded by his father and mother, Laurence and Norma (Fraser) Tetreault. A memorial service celebrating Bob’s life will take place on Saturday, January 2nd, at 1:00 pm at Cornerstone Christian Fellowship, 2539 Riverside Drive (Hwy 201), Vassalboro, Maine (www.ccfmaine.com/visit-us), with the service broadcast into the parking lot for those who would like to exercise additional precautions in regards to Covid-19. To attend an internet livestream of the service, please click: https://youtu.be/odPJ2c_5BTQ To leave condolences and memories, please visit www.veilleuxfuneralhome.com In lieu of flowers, contributions in Bob’s memory may be made to the “Building Fund” of Cornerstone Christian Fellowship in care of: Mr. Dana Watson, P.O. Box 645, So. China, ME 04358. Arrangements are under the care and direction of Veilleux and Redington Funeral Home.

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Mark Whelan

January 2, 2021

Much love in Christ, Mary and sympathy. Bob and I were in gymnastics together. High school close friends. He reminded me that I had invited him to a Bible study where he began his journey with Jesus. I remember praying for his salvation fervently out of love for him for the friend that he was to me. He was accepting and a bright light. We reunited by phone with Billy, Greg, and Dave Burgoyne. (West Side Geezers) we had such good prayer and Bible study. I consider the twins as some of my best friends. Blessings.

Dave Burgoyne

January 2, 2021

I knew Bob when we were in high school in West Springfield, MA. Bob was an excellent gymnast and had a good nature. He was beginning to show his music skills and played in our rock band. After high school we did not see each other for forty-seven years, but recently we were having telephone prayer conferences with Bob's brother Bill, along with two other high school friends of Bob's, Mark Whelan and Greg Gilbert. It was inspiring to hear Bob's voice and to learn of his great ministry, and to see the strong man of God which he had become. His passing causes me grief but also a sudden, still hope - one of our group has graduated.

Michelle Ericson

January 2, 2021

I first met Bob at a class in church. After a short conversation, Bob invited me to his and Mary's home for a bible study. It was my first, as a new Christian. We talked, studied the bible, sang old time hymns, while Bob played the guitar. I loved this time spent with them. I knew that whatever made them so beautiful, with that shinning light, is exactly what I wanted for my own life. It was the light of Christ! I will be forever grateful for their kindness and guidance while mentoring me. What a blessing to my life. Much love to you, and prayers of great comfort my dear friend, Mary!

William Tetreault

January 2, 2021


Bob, my brother, my best friend. He is my twin brother “Bobby”. Bob and I grew up in West Springfield, Ma. We had a happy childhood. We were raised by loving and caring parents. We did most things together; from snow forts, exploring the neighborhood, ski trips, tennis, biking, hunting birds, chipmunks and squirrels. We hung out with the neighborhood “gang” always supportive of each other. Our favorite place to go each summer was our Grandmother Fraser’s cottage in Old Saybrook, CT. It was built by our Dad, Grandfather and Uncle Ken. This is where our best memories were. There was fishing, swimming, good laughs, good friends. In High School Bob was Student Council President. Bob was voted by the senior class as most likely to succeed.
After High School as teens we began to wonder about the “Big” questions in life. Our lives lacked direction and we began to search for answers. We decided to live out in the woods as hippies to try to find the answers. Quickly, our lives began to spiral downward, much to our parent’s dismay.
Bob was the first to discover other teens that had a relationship with Jesus. They were in a group called Young Life . This was the beginning of his New Life in Christ and soon mine. Our parents noticed the positive changes in our lives us and began to search for answers themselves.
Even as adults Bob was always someone I could call and discuss all the issues going on in my life. He was never too busy to listen, pray and give wise council. He was best man at my wedding and I was best man at his. He and his wife Mary always prayed for us. He was a wonderful Uncle to our two sons, William and Daniel. He was the best brother anyone could ever have!
Love Bill (William) Tetreault

David Stewart

December 31, 2020

My wife and I met Bib about 10 years ago and he came down from Maine to CT where his mom stayed for the summer He came to the house and we were part of one of his pod casts about marriage. He made us feel so welcomed he was a true man of God. Gina and have been so blessed to know the family Lord we pray for peace and comfort for the family

Gigi Hutchins

December 31, 2020

Dear Mary & all of Bob's family,

I'm Gigi Hutchins and Bob was my co-worker at the Maine State Museum for many years. I am so very sorry about Bob's passing... taken too young for sure. He and I did some jail ministry together, and I always enjoyed our talks about our faith while in the Museum galleries (when it wasn't busy of course)! He lived his faith out loud but in a soft spoken way. He radiated his love of our Lord and his faith, and I don't think there's anyone who didn't feel completely at ease and relaxed around him, such a gentle spirit. My heart breaks for you, Mary. If ever there were soul mates meant to be together, it was certainly you and Bob. But you can rest assured you have one heck of a guardian angel now!! I'm praying for you Mary and all of Bob's family... God bless and comfort you all.

With great sympathy,
Gigi Hutchins

Judy Washuk

December 29, 2020

Mary, I worked with Bob at the museum. My heart sank when I heard of Bob passing. We were so happy when you married. What a team. My immediate thought is the song of letting light shine. Bob did not hide his light under a bushel. He shined and shined and shined! His evangelistic spirit was sincere to his core. Half of you is gone and I ache for you. Sending a hug, Judy

Alicia Galante

December 29, 2020

Mary, so sorry for your loss Alicia Galante

Gabrielle Stanhope

December 28, 2020

I am so sorry to learn of Bob's passing. We were co-workers at the
Maine State Museum and I have to say I've never met a more caring and sweet person than Bob was. He will be missed by so many people. My condolences and prayers to his family, especially to Mary.

Adam Welch

December 28, 2020

My heart and love goes out to Mary and the Tetreault family with the passing of Bob. I could write thoughts and memories of Bob for the next year, if I had the time and space because he had such a deep effect on my life. Bob is the most humble and genuine man I have ever met. He was a giant in the Christian faith in both my eyes and most all who had the privilege of knowing him. He was and is one of my heroes. A man who so abided in his King and Savior Jesus Christ that he reflected Him in his daily life and displayed the fruits of the Spirit of Jesus. I loved hearing Bob quote Scripture; the combination of his deep radio voice, storehouse of memorized Bible scriptures, and heartfelt passion always left a lasting impression. His passion for truth and particularly his deep love and experience of the cross of Christ directed his life to be a herald of the good news, love people well, and overflow in worship for God. I will miss our long conversations, his bright smile, giant bear hugs, and profound love for Jesus and people. I know he is in the presence of the Lord and his reward will be massive. I hope to be half the man that Bob Tetreault was.

FROM THE FAMILY