Harold O. Bouchard

Posted Feb. 25, 2013, at 8:53 p.m.

HERMON – Harold O. Bouchard passed away peacefully Feb. 22, 2013, at a Florida hospital. He was born June 3, 1935, in Soldier Pond. He was the son of the late Edmund and Lucienne (Saucier) Bouchard.

Harold played tennis for many years until he was introduced to golf. He enjoyed playing card games with friends. Harold was passionate about cars and was known for keeping them spotless. He also kept his landscaping at his homes very well manicured. His neighbors in both Maine and Florida also benefited from his willingness to help keep theirs kept up as well. He was the current president of Legends home owners’ association at his beloved Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., community. Harold was happiest being surrounded by people and loved spending time with family and friends at birthdays, holidays and company picnics. On June 3, 1958, HO borrowed $300 from his father and headed to Bangor to work for two weeks with his dump truck. This was the start of H.O.Bouchard, Inc. Another company, Comstock Woodlands was formed in 1991. He never envisioned that he would create such dominant companies in the trucking and logging industries. The companies now operate 100 trucks and employ 175 employees. He was very proud of the safety record of both of these companies. He was very devoted to the employees and was very proud of the accomplishments of both companies. In the 70s and 80s, he assembled a management team that now has in excess of 265 years with the companies. Harold was a member of the fourth degree assembly, Knights of Columbus of Bangor. He was one of the founding members of two associations, American Loggers Council (National) and Professional Logging Contractors of Maine. He was also involved with Maine Forest Products Council, Forest Resource Association, Northeast Loggers Association, Maine Motor Transportation Association, Maine Better Transportation Association, and Associated General Contractors of Maine. In 1991, Harold was awarded Outstanding Logger of the Year through Northeast Loggers Association, He was named Person of the Year by the Hampden Business Association in 2001, and Harold was the recipient of Bangor Chamber of Commerce Norbet X Dowd Business Man of the Year Award in 2003.

In addition to his parents, Harold was predeceased by three brothers, Edmund Bouchard Jr., Joel Bouchard, Herman Bouchard; brothers-in-law, Mario Tiezzi and Gerard “Jack” Raymond; sister-in-law, Beulah Bouchard; several aunts and uncles. He is survived by his wife, Evelyn (Granese) Bouchard of Hermon; children, Brian Bouchard and his wife, Libbie, of Hampden, Brenda Bouchard of Hampden, Christine Bouchard and her partner, Marlene Myslinski, of Bangor; stepchildren, David McManus and his wife, Nancy, of Milford, N.H., and Jean McManus of Bernardsville, N.J.; grandchildren, Jason and Jeffrey Bouchard, Kevin Dunham and Benjamin Chamberlain; stepgrandchildren, Michael, John and Kaitlyn McManus, Amanda and Allison Wilson; great-grandchildren, Christopher and Jonathan Bouchard, Natalie and Liam Dunham; and a special great-granddog, Brewski “Bean;” siblings, Joan “Kate” Raymond of Augusta, Paul Bouchard and his wife, Leola, of Fort Kent, Pauline Tiezzi of Meriden, Conn., and Joella Mudry and her husband, Joseph, of Bristol, Conn.; sisters-in-law, Patsy Bouchard of Soldier Pond, and Mona Bouchard of Van Nuys, Calif. He is also survived by a special aunt, Bernadette Daigle and several other aunts.

Relatives and friends are invited to call 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28, and 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Friday, March 1, at Brookings-Smith, 133 Center St., Bangor. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated 11 a.m. Saturday, March 2, at St. Paul the Apostle Parish, St. John’s Catholic Church, 207 York St., Bangor. Interment will be at Mount Pleasant Catholic Cemetery, Bangor and the family requests that the committal service at the cemetery be for family members only. The family invites relatives and friends to share conversation and refreshments at a reception hosted by the Dysart family at Kevlan/Dysart’s, 1110 Broadway, Bangor, immediately after the church services on Saturday. Those who wish to remember Harold in a special way may make gifts in his memory to CancerCare of Maine, Lafayette Family Cancer Center, care of Healthcare Charities, P.O. Box 931, Bangor, ME 04402-0931, where the “Harold O. Bouchard Family Living Room” was named in honor of his tireless efforts in raising funds for the center. Gifts may also be made to Edmond and Lucienne Bouchard Memorial Scholarship Fund, care of University of Maine Fort Kent, 23 University Drive, Fort Kent, ME 04743. Condolences to the family may be expressed at www.BrookingsSmith.com.

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