OCALA, Fla., and VAN BUREN – Richard John “Dick” Cormier, 82, of Ocala, Fla., passed Monday, Aug. 27, 2012, at Munroe Regional Hospital after a brief illness. He was born March 3, 1930, in Fort Fairfield, son of the late Jack and Anna Cormier.
After graduating from Fort Fairfield High School Dick attended Ricker College receiving a Bachelor of Arts in social sciences and later a master’s degree in education from Boston University. Dick was also a veteran serving in the Army Reserves from 1953 to 1955. Dick was a natural athlete and enjoyed many years playing and coaching baseball and basketball. He played for semi-pro baseball teams in New Brunswick and Maine Augusta Millionaires, being offered two opportunities to play pro ball with the Boston Braves and Pittsburgh Pirates, which he turned down to complete his education. He was inducted into Maine Baseball Hall of Fame in 1992. In 1959, Dick moved to Van Buren, where he met his wife, Della, whom he married in 1960 and raised four daughters. Dick enjoyed a long career in education in Van Buren, teaching health and physical education, later serving as principal of Van Buren District Secondary School, retiring in 1986. Dick was very active in the community as a member of the Jaycees, Rotary Club, American Legion and Knights of Columbus. Upon retirement, Dick moved to Ocala, Fla., with his wife, Della, where he enjoyed playing golf and taking trips back to Maine visiting with family. In Ocala, Fla., he was an active parishioner to St. Jude Catholic Community Church.
Dick was predeceased by his wife of 51 years, Della Cyr Cormier. He is survived by four daughters, Cheryl Batter and husband, Jeffrey, of Meriden, Conn., Lisa Cormier Smith and husband, Thomas, of Casco, Beth Cormier and partner, Joanne Stinson, of Raymond, and Tanya Lapierre of St. David; grandchildren, Tyler Lapierre and wife, Kylie, and Connor Lapierre of Van Buren; step-granddaughter, Sara; great-grandchildren, Emily and Bradley; and great-stepgranddaughter, Autumn. He is also survived by two sisters, Patricia MacNaughton of Ocala, Fla., and Marjorie Michaud and husband, Bill, of Melbourne, Fla.; several brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews.
A funeral Mass to celebrate his life will be held 1 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 12, at St. Bruno-St. Remi Catholic Church, Van Buren. A burial will be after at Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Caribou. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Bruno Parish, 174 Main St., Van Buren, ME 04785; or St Jude’s Catholic Community, 443 Marion Oaks Drive, Ocala, FL 34473. Arrangements are a service of Ouellette-Thibault Funeral Home, 118 High St., Van Buren. To leave online condolences, please visit www.ouellettefuneralhome.com.