OLD TOWN – Rudy Lavoie, 84, died peacefully Jan. 15, 2014, at his residence. He was born June 9, 1929, in Old Town, a son of George and Albertina (Cote) Lavoie.
Rudy was a self-made man and had many achievements in his long career as a business manager and salesman. He was an avid outdoorsman, craftsman, and car enthusiast. Rudy enjoyed a life of laughter and loved spending time with his family, he cherished the time he spent with his dogs, in the out doors, creating birdhouses, and creating many memories.
He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Virginia Lavoie; daughter, Mary Melanson and her husband, Allan, of LaGrange; son, George Lavoie and his wife, Gina of Wiscasset; seven grandchildren, Christopher Lavoie, Bethany Carl, Aimee McLoud, Megan Tardif, Michael Melanson, Aaron LeClair, and Adam LeClair; 17 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Imogene Richard and her husband, Gordon, of Old Town and Alvina Knapp and her husband, Arthur, of Bradley; many nieces and nephews; special niece, Carolyn Chewning and her husband, Wayne; and special nephew, Thomas Lavoie. He was predeceased by a son, Robert Lavoie; daughter, Christine LeClair; brothers and best friends, Roland Lavoie and Vinal Lavoie; grandson, Jack Melanson; brother-in-law and dear friend, Esborn Mills; and beloved companions, Pudgie and Pierre.
Friends may call 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, at Birmingham Funeral Home, 438 Main St., Old Town, where a celebration of his life will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday. Spring interment will be at St. Joseph Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Old Town Animal Orphanage, P.O. Box 565, Orono, ME 04473. Notes of condolences may be left at www.birminghamfuneralhome.com.