SACO — Albert Gadbois, 94, born July 5, 1921, passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family on July 22, 2015.

“Al” was one of 16 children born to Wilfred and Ubaldine Gadbois.

He served in the U.S Army during World War II as a staff sergeant and was decorated with a number of medals.

After his service, he married Theresa Nicholas, who preceded him in death in 1998; and raised six children, Jack White and his wife Carolyn of Saco, George Gadbois and his wife Diane of South Portland, Tom Gadbois and his wife Evangeline of Alfred, Nancy Delarosa of South Portland, Linda Binette of Arundel, who preceded him in death in 2010; and two stepchildren, Susan Kinnard of Islamorada, Florida, and Michael Fournier of Atlanta, Georgia.

In addition to five children, Albert is survived by: several grandchildren and great grandchildren; as well as his wife, Priscilla Fournier, whom he married in 2001; and two brothers, Phil Gadbois of Biddeford, and Gerry Gadbois of Connecticut. 

In his lifetime, Al wore many hats, including being a general contractor, running his own construction company and owning a reputable and well-known floral shop named Al’s Greenhouse.

In addition, he was a devoted benefactor. He offered immeasurable amounts of time and energy into fundraising efforts for the development of clean water wells in Africa, Haiti and Uganda.

He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather who dedicated much his life to helping others, practicing and spreading the word of his faith and spending time with his family.

Albert will be remembered fondly for his energy, spirit and not-so-uncommon sayings such as “You’re just in time,” and “Learn to move fast.” It’s not goodbye, it’s we’ll see you soon.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Christopher’s Church in York on Friday, July 31 at 11 a.m.