January 5, 2011

Bonds of LePage family survive a troubling, often brutal, upbringing in Lewiston

Gov.-elect Paul LePage's siblings and relatives speak with admiration for his ability to rise above adversity.

By Tom Bell tbell@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

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Diane Saindon, seated right with her daughter Nikki, is a sister of Gov.-elect Paul LePage. Health issues will prevent her from traveling to Maine from Florida to attend her brother’s inauguration, but she says she will call today to congratulate him.

Photo courtesy Nikki Saindon

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"He always wanted to go to college," said Roland LePage. "That was his dream. And he did it."

Paul's niece Nikki Saindon said his success encouraged her to move to California and realize an ambition of becoming a filmmaker.

Saindon, 36, who lives in San Francisco, owns a small production company that does special effects for films and television commercials.

"Looking at what he went through as a child inspired me to pursue my dreams," she said.

Paul LePage's mother died two years ago; his father died in 2005. Both died in Florida.

Before his father died, Moe LePage went to another sister's house in Florida to move his father out because a hurricane was approaching the area.

He hadn't seen him for several years and was startled by what he found.

"He was a big, giant man in my mind," he said. "But here was a tiny, frail, little old man. I picked him up like a little baby in my arms."

Moe LePage cared for his father for several months, until his father died from cancer. Moe said he hoped that his father would one day tell him why he beat his own children. His father never spoke of it.


MaineToday Media State House Writer Tom Bell can be contacted at 699-6261 or at: tbell@mainetoday.com


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