Joseph M. Turcotte

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  • "May the hope of everlasting life sustain and comfort you..."
  • "I worked with Joe at AG ,he always took time to say hi..."
    - Tim Boynton
  • "Prayers to the family. Your in our thoughts and prayers."
    - Barbara Thomas
  • "My best to all of Joe's family! Chris"
    - chris Albee
  • "My heart is so sad to think we have lost another classmate...."
    - Mary Bragdon Jewett

AUGUSTA - Joseph M. Turcotte, 74, passed away peacefully on Oct. 31, 2018, at home in the presence of his wife Raye and family, after a long and courageous battle with cancer.

He was born on July 6, 1944 in Gardiner, the son of Lionel "Babe" Turcotte and Theo Malcolm Turcotte. He grew up in Farmingdale, attending the Elementary School on Sheldon Street, and graduating from Gardiner Area High School in June of 1963.

During his elementary school years, he was active in sports, in particular, Little League Baseball and Babe Ruth Baseball. In 1956, he was a proud member of the Maine State Champion Little League team that went to the New England Tournament in Woburn, Mass. Part of his routine on game days was coming home from school and requesting a tuna fish sandwich, a glass of milk and two or three Oreo cookies before climbing on his bicycle to pedal to the ballfield. This remained one of his favorite meals throughout his life. He was a fan of all sports, especially the Red Sox, Patriots, Bruins, Celtics, and NASCAR. He also enjoyed bowling (was in a league) and was a big fan of antique cars, especially his 1984 Ford Mustang.

Throughout his working life, he worked as a truck driver delivering product for Associated Grocers and Progressive Distributors. He later worked at Tire Warehouse and at Motor Supply delivering parts. His last job was as a courtesy van driver for Charlie's Motor Mall delivering people.

Joe is survived by his wife of almost 33 years, Raye, his special buddy, Bruce the Maltese; his children, Joe, Jr. and his wife, Kristin; and grandchildren, Austin and his wife, Danika, GraceAnn and Jacob, and a daughter, Gina; and granddaughter, Jenna, and great-granddaughter Aria.

He is survived by his four siblings, Sherry Turcotte, Jude Torrington and her husband, Rawn, Kerry Tracy and her husband, Dennis, and Bob Turcotte and his wife, Cindy, and an honorary sister Pam Taylor and her husband, Steve. He will be greatly missed by his special nieces and nephews as well, and they include, Tammy Turcotte, Shelby Turcotte, Eric Tracy, Kristy Dawes, and Tom Torrington and their families. He is also survived by his special aunt Madolyn Upton and several cousins. In addition, he leaves behind stepchildren, Kathryn Sounier, Fritz Miller, Will Miller, Ricci Abbott; and step-grandchildren, Matthew and Mitchell Sounier, Cyril and Eli Miller, William 5th and Shon Darling, Nicholas Abbott and Kailey Abbott Barrett; as well as step-great-grandchildren, Mariah, Madison, Mason Sounier and Quinn Barrett.

The family would like to thank Hospice nurses Donna and Terry and Home Health aides Shannon and Julie for all their help and wonderful care of Joe in his final days.

Visiting hours will be from 9-11 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018, at Staples Funeral Home and Cremation Care, 53 Brunswick Avenue, Gardiner, where a service will be held at 11 a.m., followed by a casual reception at Joe and Raye's home.

Condolences, memorial and photos may be shared with the family at: www.familyfirstfuneralhomes.com, or www.centralmaine.com or [email protected]

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to:

The Salvation Army

Capital Region Corps

Processing Center

P.O. Box 196

Lewiston, ME 04243-0196

or,

for Children

P.O. Box 1510

Ranson, W.V. 25438-4510

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Staples Funeral Service
53 Brunswick Avenue
Gardiner, ME 04345
(207) 582-3102
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Published in Central Maine on Nov. 7, 2018
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