Albert Laurier Bernier

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Albert Laurier Bernier
1922 - 2017
WATERVILLE - Albert Laurier Bernier, 95, passed away on Dec. 3, 2017. He was born in Waterville, on Aug. 21, 1922.
He was the beloved husband of the late Shirley Anne Bernier.
He is survived by his children and their spouses: Michelle and Roger Hatch, of Littleton, Mass.; Maureen and George Jakubson, of Ithaca, N.Y.; David Bernier and Karen Unger, of Waterville; Maryanne Bernier, of Waterville; Meg and Greg Boyd, of Waterville; Paul and Elaine Bernier, of Upton, Mass.; and Daniel and Jennifer Bernier, of Waterville; 17 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and his nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his sisters, Fernand Bernier, of Waterville; and Alice Lander, of Portland.
Albert began his college career at Colby College in 1941, but delayed finishing when he joined the Navy in October 1942, serving as a quartermaster in the Pacific on USS PC 555 until March 1946. He graduated from Colby College in the Class of 1950. He married Shirley Fellows on Dec. 31, 1949, a marriage lasting 67 years until her death in November 2016. He graduated from Yale Law School in the Class of 1953, and returned to Waterville to practice law. He joined the firm Dubord, Dubord and Bernier in 1953, which became Marden, Dubord, Bernier, Chandler and Stevens. At a political level, he was, in succession, a common councilman, a member of the state house of representatives, city solicitor, and then mayor of Waterville.
In civic affairs, he was chairman of the Sacred Heart Board of Trustees, the Colburn Classical Board of Trustees, the Board of Library Trustees, Mid-Maine Medical Center Board of Directors; and was a member of the Maine Council of Humanities, and a long-term director of Kennebec Federal Savings.
Albert was a lifelong member of Sacred Heart Parish in Waterville, where he served as an altar boy, met his wife, stood in for a groom away in military service, and later as a lector.
His home and summer home were the center of frequent family gatherings.
His children and grandchildren share golden memories of camping, canoeing, cross-country skiing, backpacking the Appalachian Trail, mountain climbing and enjoying the bountiful produce from his garden.
Visiting hours will take place at Veilleux Funeral Home, 8 Elm St. in Waterville on Friday, Dec. 8, from 4-6 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 72 Pleasant St., Waterville, on Saturday, Dec. 9, at 11 a.m., and followed by interment at Saint Francis Catholic Cemetery, 78 Grove St., Waterville. To share condolences, memories and tributes with his family, please visit:

In lieu of flowers,
donations can be made to:
The Waterville Public Library
73 Elm Street
Waterville, ME 04901

Published in Central Maine on Dec. 6, 2017
Arrangements under the direction of:
Veilleux Funeral Home
8 Elm Street | Waterville, ME 04901 | (207) 872-7676
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