LITCHFIELD -- Maurice E. Hebert passed away unexpectedly at his home in Litchfield on March 16.

Maurice was born in Joliet, Ill., on June 13, 1936, the son of Maurice and Margaret Hebert.

He graduated from the College of Law at the University of Illinois in 1960 and was immediately commissioned in the Air Force Reserve as a Judge Advocate. He served with a Tactical Air Force Wing in Lakenheath, England, for the next three years. He and Gail Eveland, who was also working at Lakenheath, married and returned to the United States in 1964.

Maurice worked for Connecticut General Life Insurance Co. in Connecticut until 1973, when he decided private practice and Maine would be more to his liking. He joined the law firm which eventually became Southard, Hunt and Hebert in Augusta, and was there until an auto accident ended his active law participation in 1989.

Maurice and Gail traveled extensively in the years before 1989 ... their adventures taking them to more than 60 countries around the globe.

The years after 1989 were filled with everything that Maurice loved ... his wife Gail, a house full of cats and dogs, reading, music, and his computer. He was a devoted fan of the Constitution and actively participated in its preservation whenever he had the opportunity. Support of the Second Amendment was especially important to him.

Anyone who knew Maurice will remember his wonderful sense of humor and his genuine concern for others. He was a man who won't soon be forgotten.

He is survived by and sadly missed by his wife, Gail, of Litchfield; a sister, Eileen VadeBonCoeur, of Kankakee, Ill., and a brother, Gerald Hebert, of Elk Grove, Calif.

Anyone wishing to make a donation in Maurice's memory, please contact Best Friends Animal Park in Utah, at

Published in Central Maine on Apr. 18, 2013