BANGOR – Renee M. Laidlaw, 95, died after a long wonderful life March 31, 2013, at a Bangor health care center. She was born Jan. 20, 1918, in Richmond, England, daughter of Silka and André Goulé.
Renee grew up in England and France and enjoyed hiking the English countryside with her family. She later joined the family business, becoming a hairdresser. She courageously defied the London Blitz during World War II and helped bombing victims find safety and transport. Also, in World War II, her first husband, Victor Williams, a Royal Air Force pilot, was shot down over France, captured by the Germans and killed. After the war, she married Andrew Drummond and had two children: a daughter, Susan; and son, Francis. She moved to South Africa soon after the birth of her son and had many great adventures. In the late 1950s, she moved to Newport, R.I., and became a U.S. citizen. She loved the U.S., but remained a loyal supporter of the queen. She married her third husband, Kenneth Laidlaw, in 1976. In 2003, Renee and Ken moved to Bangor to be closer to their son, Francis. Renee loved gardening, swimming, hiking, reading and spending time with her grand children. She had a happy outlook on life, a good sense of humor, and a great sense of adventure. She tried cross-country skiing at 70, played soccer at 75, and traveled the world throughout her life.
In addition to her parents and previous husbands, Renee was predeceased by her husband, Kenneth Laidlaw; daughter, Susan Ajello; and two brothers, André and Louis Goulé. She leaves behind her son, Francis Drummond; daughter in-law, Ellie Groden; son-in-law, Ralph Ajello; four grandchildren, Brie Drummond and husband, Jeff Williams, Nate Drummond and wife, Gabrielle Gosselin, Christina Langrall and husband, Nick, and Stephanie Ajello; and precious great-granddaughter, Sophie Williams.
A private family celebration of her life will occur in the summer.