MADAWASKA – Albert R. Ouellet, 77, died March 21, 2010, at High View Manor after a courageous battle with lung cancer and dementia. He was born May 23, 1932, in St. Joseph, New Brunswick, to Irene Morneault and Magloire Ouellet. Albert was a mason, as was his father before him, and brought his trade with him when he emigrated from Canada to Maine in the 1950s at a time when a man’s word was his bond. Albert put these convictions into practice and developed his highly successful general contracting business, Ouellet Construction. Aside from his passion for his work, he developed a passion for flying, quickly mastering this as well. He also enjoyed golfing, playing cards and sharing his dry sense of humor with family and friends. He especially cherished dancing with his devoted wife, Agathe. He adored his family and he was dearly loved in return. In addition to his parents, Albert was predeceased by his daughter, Francine; and brothers, Jean-Dominique and Jean. He is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Agathe; and seven children, Carmel and wife, Diane, of Rockport and their daughters, Allison, Carolyn and Christine; Carmela of Franklin, Tenn., and her daughters, Natalie and Meridith and her son, Justin; Michel of Brunswick and his daughters, Jenny and Denise and son, Luke; Charlene of Brunswick and her son, Chad and daughter, Nicole; Richard of Biddeford and his sons, Preston and Nathan; Donald and wife, Trixie, of Topsham and their daughter, Vanessa and sons, Kyle and Dominic; Dean and wife, Erica and their dog, Buddy. Albert is also survived by his brother, Origene; and sisters, Olia, Pierrette, Noella, Solange, Lisette, Violette and Jeanne-Mance. A funeral service will be held 10 a.m. Thursday, March 25, at St. David Church. Friends and family may call 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, March 24, and 9 a.m. until the time of service Thursday at Lajoie Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the IRIS Network, 189 Park Ave., Portland, ME 04102. The Iris Network is a statewide resource and catalyst for people who are visually impaired or blind so they may attain their determined level of independence and integration into the community. For your convenience, a drop box for the IRIS Network will be provided at the funeral home.