Gerald Edward Fortin

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Fairfield, ME

BENTON - Gerald Edward Fortin, 79, of Benton, Maine, passed away unexpectedly on Dec. 31, 2018, while recovering from recent surgery. Rita, his wife of 56 years, was by his side.

Jerry was born on Oct. 18, 1939, in Waterville, Maine. He graduated from Lawrence High School in Fairfield, Maine in 1958, and immediately entered his lifelong profession as a nurturer; self-employed as a dairy farmer. In 1972, he and Rita moved their growing family to the Fortin Farm in Benton, where he raised his family of five children surrounded by love, hard work and lots and lots of laughter. He loved God and family above all, and had a passion for life and a fun-loving spirit that attracted all likes of people. He was a mentor to generations of young people through the day-to-day interactions of the family farm, where farm chores included a healthy dose of insightful wisdom mixed liberally with good-natured pranks and jokes. While he was the father of five children, over the years, many more considered him a second father.

An active member of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, he served several years as a Eucharistic Minister and Usher, he was on the Parish Council, and was a Fourth Degree member of the Knights of Columbus Order 11303. Jerry was an active Grange member for nearly 70 years. During his Grange membership, he served two years as Master of the Fairfield Center Grange and also a year as Master of the Junior Grange.

Jerry leaves behind his beloved wife, Rita Fortin, and their children: Judy Fortin of Bangor; Joan Fortin and her husband, Chet Randall and their two children, Michael and Lainey Randall of Portland; Andy Fortin and Sandy Irving of Benton, and Andy's children Anthony Fortin of Portland, Timothy Fortin of Windham, Nakita Fortin of Metairie, La., and Gary Wilber of Wasilla, Ark.; Jan Bancroft and her husband, Ryan, of New Orleans with their children, Sarah, Rachel, and Matthew; and Allan Fortin and his wife Pamela of Fairfield, with their children Madelyn and Jackson.

He is also survived by his siblings Roger Fortin of Wales, Maine; Mary Puls and her husband, James, of Walpole, N.H.; Linda Lewis and her husband, Ron, of Cornville, Maine; John Fortin of Vassalboro, Maine; as well as an array of beloved nieces and nephews. Jerry was preceded in death by his parents Leo and Louella Fortin and his older brother, Leo "Billy" Fortin Jr.

Visiting hours will be at Lawry Brothers Funeral Home, Main Street in Fairfield on Friday, Jan. 4, 2019 from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, January 5, at Notre Dame Catholic Church, on Silver Street in Waterville at 11 a.m. A reception will follow immediately after the mass. Arrangements are by Lawry Brothers Funeral & Cremation Care, 107 Main St., Fairfield.

An online guestbook may be signed, and memories shared at

In lieu of flowers, donations in Jerry Fortin's name can be made to:

The Knights of Columbus, Order 11303

(Attention: Jules


21 Somerset Avenue

Fairfield, ME 04937)

Published in Central Maine on Jan. 3, 2019
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