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West Gardiner - Edward Maillet Jr., 78, passed away peacefully at MaineGeneral Medical Center Monday, March 12 surrounded by family. He was born in Waterville to Edward and Rosalie (Huard) Maillet Sr.
Mr. Maillet was a 1958 graduate of Waterville High School. He received the Governor’s Award that same year for being the top vocational student in the state. The award was presented by then Governor Edmund Muskie. It was his passion for automotive repair that would set the course for his career. He joined the National Guard where he continued his education to hone in his mechanical skills. His first position was with Drummond Trucking out of Sidney. He then worked for Lipman’s as one of the main mechanics. In 1970 he was hired by the City of Augusta to work in the Public Works Dept. After a short stint there he was transferred to the Harford Fire Station. It was here he would spend the next 33 years as the sole mechanical technician keeping all the fire and police equipment maintained. He was also an accomplished Electrician and Carpenter as he taught many of these skills as a Vocational Instructor.
He was also part of the Mason’s Rule Lodge #53 in Sidney.
In 1983 he received a community award because of his bravery assisting several other fire fighters rescuing a woman on the Memorial Bridge in Augusta in 1981.
After retiring in 2003 he spent much of his time in his shop continuing to fix whatever was broken or what he felt needed to be redesigned. He also got himself back into bird hunting and he enjoyed an annual trip to Rangeley with his boys.
He was extremely devoted to his family and would do anything for them. The last 40 years he spend with his Life Partner Barbara. They regularly traveled every summer to Casey’s Spencer Bay Campground, Oceanwood Campground and Edgewater Cabins near Bar Harbor.
He most certainly will be remembered as an exceptional and talented jack of all trades but nothing will match the level of fatherhood he accomplished.
He is predeceased by his brother Raymond, sisters Rita Maillet and Irene Dawes. He is survived by his Life Partner Barbara Bayles, sister Jeannette Thibodeau, son Edward Maillet III, Grandson Kyle Maillet, Life Partners Children Brenda Bayles, Scott Bayles and Wife Wendy and Step Grandchildren Jennifer Bayles, Crystal Bayles, Scotty Bayles and Great Grandchild Finnley.
There will be visiting hours Sunday, March 18 from 12-2pm followed by a celebration of life service at Staples Funeral Home 53 Brunswick Ave, Gardiner, ME.
In lieu of flowers please make a donation to The Professional Fire Fighters of Maine 162 Plymouth Rd Etna, Me 04434
The Professional Fire Fighters of Maine
162 Plymouth Rd, Etna ME 04434