Joseph R. Guimond
July 3, 1926 - February 17, 2016
Service Date: February 22, 2016
Calling hours will be held on Sunday, Feb. 21st from 2 - 4 p.m. at the Autumn Green Funeral Home, 47 Oak St., in Alfred. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday, February 22, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. at the Good Shepherd Parish, St. Joseph Church, 178 Elm St., in Biddeford. Committal Prayers and burial will follow at St. Joseph Cemtery, 120 West St., in Biddeford.
Joseph R. Guimond, 89, a longtime resident of Lyman, passed away peacefully on February 17, 2016 at the Southern Maine Health Care Center in Biddeford, following a long illness.
Joseph was born on July 3, 1926 in Gorham, one of nine children born to J. Ovide and Amanda (Bernier) Guimond. He attended schools in Gorham and enlisted into the United States Army, during World War II and fought in the European Conflict in France and Germany; where he served with distinction and received many commendations; including earning the Bronze Star.
Following his years in the service, he married Theresa L. Morin of Biddeford, on July 19, 1947. Together they raised five children and settled into their home in Lyman. Joseph worked many jobs which included working at Wirthmore Feeds, the Tannery in Waterboro and as a truck driver for many years for Mayflower Moving Company, P & S Trucking Company, Paul J. Adams Trucking and Red Star Express Lines.
Joseph was also a Master Gardener, growing award winning heirloom tomatoes in his famous yellow buckets, and selling them at his infamous “Moxie” farm stand on Route 111 in Lyman. He especially loved attending and watching his children compete in the many horse show events throughout the state. Many friendships were made from attending the horse shows and he was proud when the kids won their hard-earned trophies and ribbons. Joseph possessed a good sense of humor and enjoyed playing cards with friends and neighbors. He was generous and caring towards his family and friends.
Joseph had been active within the Am Vets Post 3 in Sanford, the American Legion Post 26, in Biddeford and the Sanford Elks Lodge # 1470.
After 25 years of marriage, his first wife, Terry died in 1972. Once again, he let his heart fall in love and he married Nancy V. Wellman of Biddeford, in 1973, and a few years later, adopted her son, Mark Sawyer. Together they enjoyed attending country fairs and going out to play Bingo. They shared 41 years of marriage until her death in May of 2014.
Joseph was predeceased by both wives, Theresa and Nancy; his parents, his brothers, Corp. Alfred Guimond and Eugene R. Guimond; his sisters, Marion Letarte, Simone Bernier, Marguerite Riley, Rita Dyer and by his grandson, Michael Casey.
Joseph is survived by a sister, Lauretta Przyborowski of Smyrna, Georgia; and a brother, Gerard (Butch) Guimond and wife Barbara of Gorham.
He is also survived by his children, Richard Guimond and wife Linda of Lyman; David Guimond and partner David McMullen of Lyman; Irene Guillemette and husband Michael of Lyman; Ann Marie Carroll and husband Bernard of Limerick; Paulette Howard of Lyman; and Mark Guimond of Lyman; 15 grandchildren, 34 great-grandchildren and one great-great granddaughter; many nieces and nephews.
Family and friends may call on Sunday, February 21, 2016 from 2 – 4 p.m. at the Autumn Green Funeral Home, 47 Oak St., in Alfred. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday, February 22, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. at the Good Shepherd Parish, St. Joseph Church, 178 Elm St., in Biddeford. Committal prayers and burial will be held at St. Joseph Cemetery, 120 West Road, in Biddeford.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the York County Shelter Program, P.O. Box 820, Alfred, ME 04002.
The Autumn Green Funeral Home is respectfully handling arrangements.