YARMOUTH — Joseph Thomas Beaulieu, 78, died at his home Aug. 8, surrounded by the family he loved dearly.

He was born Feb. 16, 1935, the son of Thomas J. and Juliet D. Beaulieu. He was raised in Skowhegan where he graduated from Skowhegan High School, class of 1953.

Beaulieu served in the Air Force from 1955 to 1959 as an electromechanical technician and then later in the National Guard for seven years. It was his work in the Air Force that prompted a lifetime of working in the electrical instrumentation field including positions at IBM in Essex Junction, Vt., and at Georgia Pacific in Baileyville. He was proud to have graduated from Washington County Technical College in 1992 with a certificate in electronic communications while he was working full time and raising five children.

Beaulieu was a communicant of Notre Dame de Lourdes Catholic Church in Skowhegan where he was active in the Knights of Columbus, serving as a fourth degree knight. He had a profound faith and it was his devotion to the Lord and the Blessed Mother that aided his peaceful journey to eternal life in heaven.

He enjoyed learning to oil paint landscapes and tending his lawn and garden during his retirement. He kept busy as a jack of all trades handyman around the home. Most importantly he loved his family. He looked forward to family get-togethers where he loved to laugh.

Beaulieu is survived by his loving wife of 50 years, Gisele Beaulieu; children Paul Beaulieu and his wife, Marie, of Skowhegan, Michelle Hilton and her husband, Timothy, of Yarmouth, Peter Beaulieu, of Gray, Marc Beaulieu and his wife, Sharen, of Gray, and Todd Beaulieu and his wife, Amy, of Fort Wayne, Ind; grandchildren Maria, Matthew and Nicolette Beaulieu, Charles, Noah and Jacob Beaulieu, Vincent, Giovanna, Alexandre and Gisele Beaulieu and Samuel Beaulieu; and a loving extended family.

A Mass of Christian burial was celebrated Aug. 16 at Notre Dame de Lourdes Catholic Church, in Skowhegan followed by interment with military honors at St. Francis Cemetery, Waterville.

His family extend their deepest gratitude to Dr. Aronson, nurse practitioner Stephanie, the team at Hospice of Southern Maine, and all of the medical and office staff at the Maine Center for Cancer Medicine for the kind, compassionate and knowledgeable care they provided to Beaulieu.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Southern Maine 180 U.S. Route One, Suite #1, Scarborough, ME 04074

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