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FRENCHVILLE – Leon A. Guimond died peacefully Feb. 13, 2012, surrounded by his family at a Madawaska health facility. He was born June 14, 1932, in Frenchville, son of Albert and his birth mother, Leona (Marquis); and stepmother, Anysie Guimond.

He was a U.S. Army veteran and served during the Korean War. He was a cement finisher until his retirement. Leon dedicated the past 40 years researching genealogy; most of his work was focused on Franco American families. He had one of the largest collections on the East Coast.

He is survived by his wife, Patricia (Gagnon) Guimond of Frenchville; one son, Gary and his wife, Debbie, of Plainville, Conn.; four daughters, Joyce Gerhart of Chandler, Ariz., Denise Jolie of Holyoke, Mass., Sharon and Scott Dryburgh of Enfield, Conn., and Lynn and Kelly Stover of Frenchville; 10 grandchildren, one great-grandchild; five brothers and their wives, Phillip and Connie of St. Agatha, Raymond and Patricia of Enfield, Conn., Robert of Rochester, N.Y., Patrice and Lydia of Bucksport, and Maurice and Betsy of Barrington, N.H.; three sisters, Clair and husband, Stephan Dobert, of Tracey Landing, Md., Michelle and husband, Miles Wolff, of Chapelhill, N.C., and Suzelle of Fort Kent; and one sister-in-law, Beverly Guimond of Somers, Conn. He was predeceased by his parents; and one, Brother Kenneth.

Friends and relatives may call 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 15, and 8:30 a.m. Thursday until the time of services at Michaud Funeral Home, Frenchville. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Luce Catholic Church, Frenchville, with the Rev. Richard Ouellette officiating. Burial will be at Maine Veterans Cemetery, Caribou.

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