BIDDEFORD — Roland L. Levasseur, 89, of Biddeford, died peacefully at home where he resided with his daughter.

He was born on March 9, 1926 to Athanase and Lena (Tremblay) Levasseur in Biddeford. He was educated in Biddeford schools.

On Sept. 4, 1948, he married Theresa L. Petrin at St. Andre’s Church. They shared 59 years together until her death on Feb. 18, 2007.

Roland worked for many years as a salesman. He started with Drakes, then Calderwood Bakeries until their closure. He then continued with Delorge’s Bakery until their closure. After that he worked at Pepperell Manufacturing Company for approximately 10 years before retiring in 1991.

He was involved in Boy Scouts and very active in volunteering in the church and local food pantry. He sang for many years in the church choir and was an avid fundraiser for restoring the organ at St. Joseph’s Church.

After the passing of his beloved wife, Theresa, he loved to dance every Sunday at the DAV with his “girls.” He loved his vegetable and flower gardens, bringing his Dahlias and roses to the girls at the bank, doctor’s office and his girls at Hannaford in Biddeford. He would go to Hannaford daily to buy a scratch ticket and talk to his lady friends.

One of his greatest joys were family gatherings when all his kids and grandchildren were together. He was always playing solitaire or making a puzzle when he wasn’t in his garden tending to his flowers. He was also an avid Red Sox and New England Patriots fan.

He is preceded in death by: one son, Richard Levasseur; three sisters, Lorraine Berticelli, Muriel Beauchesne, and Antoinnette Valliere; and brother, Arthur Levasseur.

Roland is survived by: two sons, Mark Levasseur and his wife Elaine of Dayton, and David Levasseur and his wife Debra of Biddeford; three daughters, Diane Bourque and her husband David of Biddeford, Ann Paquet and her husband Brian of Biddeford, and Susan Dewitt and her husband Gary of Biddeford; 14 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and his beloved dogs, Buddy and Rosie.

Visiting hours will be 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday, May, 27 at Hope Memorial Chapel, 480 Elm St., Biddeford, ME 04005.

A funeral service will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Thursday at Hope Memorial Chapel. Burial will be in St. Joseph’s Cemetery in Biddeford.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Roland’s name to The American Lung Association, 122 State St., Augusta, ME 04330, or a charity of your choice.

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