LEWISTON — George E. Couturier, Jr., a Lewiston resident, passed away peacefully with his daughter and a special family friend by his side after a sudden illness.
He was born in Lewiston on April 17, 1939 in Lewiston, the son of George, Sr. and Margaret (Gallant) Couturier.
He married Elizabeth (Knowles) on April 20, 1963 in Lewiston and enjoyed 32 years of marriage. He lost the love of his life on July 23, 1995 in a tragic car accident.
He proudly served his country in the US Air Force for 20 years and is a Vietnam Veteran. After the army, he worked 20 years in the United States Postal Service and served as union president for several years until his retirement.
George had a special bond with his two grandchildren, Nicole and Austin. They have fond memories of when he lived with them, going up to his apartment and spending time with them. They would enjoy their ice cream and TV time with him. He had a tradition of picking them up from school and having lunch with them. He loved doing stained glass and projects with them and making special pieces out of them.
Survivors include her daughter, Susan Smith and her husband, Randall, of Greene; two grandchildren, Nicole Smith and her partner, Christopher Lemmons, of Stoneham, Mass. and Austin Smith of Alexandria, Va.; one sister, Mary-Ann Leger and her husband, Bruce, of Biloxi, Miss.; three sisters-in-law, Dolores Couturier of Sabattus, Delores Rioux of Monmouth and Elaine Knowles of Greene; as well as several nieces and nephews. He also leaves to mourn a companion, Donalene Chandler and her family.
He was predeceased by his parents; his wife, Elizabeth; and his brother, Louis Couturier.
The family is very grateful for their special friendships with Jennifer Jordan and Joanne Lebrun. The family would like to thank the nursing and support staff on T-1 and M-1 at Central Maine Medical Center as well as Nicholette Erickson, MD and Sarah Gray, MD for their compassionate care for George during his hospitalization.
The Fortin/AUBURN tours will take place from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. on Sunday, October 16 at Groupe Fortin, 217 Turner Street, Auburn.
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, October 17 at the funeral home.
Online condolences can be shared with his family at http://www.thefortingroupauburn.com
In lieu of flowers, George asked for donations to the Travis Mills Foundation to help support veterans.
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