AUGUSTA - Ernest T Bouffard, age 89, resident at the Maine Veterans Homes, died after a short illness on Monday, Dec. 9, 2013. He was born in Lewiston, Maine, on Sept. 9, 1924, son of Joseph and Emerentienne (Plante) Bouffard.
Ernest Served honorably in the US Army having been stationed in Pearl Harbor. Ernest attended local schools. He retired from St. Andrews Parish as the Sexton. He was an accomplished carpenter building and remodeling all his life. He also operated a farm for many years.
Ernest was a member of St Michael Parish at St. Augustine Catholic Church. He was a life member of the Calumet Club, an Honorary member of the Cushnoc Senior Citizens, The Sacred Heart League, VFW post in Augusta and was a 4th degree Knight of Columbus.
Ernest will be missed by all who knew him. He was a model father with great family values. He taught his children how to be independent and not to be afraid to go after their dreams. He unselfishly gave up his own dreams to make sure he provided for his family. He did not have a lot in monetary value but his family was blessed to have him as their dad. He always put his family first. He will be sadly missed by all and his smile will never be forgotten.
He enjoyed playing cards with Flo and Larry and with the staff at the Maine Veterans Homes. He loved spending time with his family and grandchildren and was very proud of their accomplishments. He loved to make people laugh and was often joking with everyone. He loved the lake, swimming, boating and fishing.
Ernest is predeceased by his first wife of 48 years and mother to his children, Bernice T (Robichaud) Bouffard who passed away July 12, 1997, three brothers Jerry Bouffard, Joseph Bouffard and Norman Bouffard and one sister, Paulette Schmitz.
Surviving are his wife, Noella Barker, three sons, Ronald Bouffard and his wife, Lisa, of Wales, Reggie and his wife, Paula, of Auburn, Bobby and his wife, Mayette, of Biddeford, two daughters, Patsy Gosselin and her husband, Norman, of Readfield, and Debra Lacroix and her partner, Jason, of Litchfield. Four grandchildren, Norman and his wife, Jackie, of Winthrop, Kelsey Bouffard, Kyle Bouffard and Jessie Villareal and her husband, Danny.
He leaves three step-children and step-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.
At his request there will be no visitation.
Friends and family may attend a committal service with military honors on Monday, Dec. 16, at 12 p.m. in the chapel at the Maine Veteran's Memorial Cemetery located at 163 Mt. Vernon Avenue, Augusta.
In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to: Maine Veteran's Homes, Residential Care unit, Activities Director, 310 Cony road, Augusta, ME 04330
The family would like to thank the entire staff in the Residential Care unit at the Maine Veteran's Homes for their heartfelt compassion given to Ernest during his stay there in particular, Maria and Tina.