ROSAIRE LAGASSEY ST. AGATHA – Rosaire Lagassey, 98, passed away unexpectedly Aug. 31, 2008, at Ridgewood Estates, Madawaska. He was born Nov. 21, 1909, one of 11 children to Eloi and Euphemie (Hebert) Lagasse. After graduating from Notre Dame de la Sagesse High School, Class of 1927, he then worked at various jobs in the area, as well as for Great Northern Corp., Millinocket. Rosaire eventually settled on the family farm on Long Lake, where he raised quality seed potatoes for more than 40 years. A prominent side occupation of his was selling farm and garden supplies for Eastern States Corp., later for Agway Co., and lastly for Nutrite. He retired at age 89. He served on the board of selectmen, school board and was a director of the credit union. As a great advocate of education, he and his wife, Juliette, made great sacrifices to fulfill that goal for their children. From 1995 to 2006, he spent his winters in Tucson, Ariz., which opened up new horizons for him. He enjoyed his travels and also renewed an affinity for billiards while at the Voyager RV Resort. His keen intellect and wonderful memory were a source of amazement to all who knew him. He will be dearly missed by his loving family and friends. On Oct. 26, 2003, he was presented the Golden Cane Award by St. Agathe Historical Society, as the town’s oldest living citizen. Mr. Lagassey is survived by four of his five children, Bernice and Roger Martin of Madawaska and their children, Lisa, Mark, Lynn and Jane; Robert and Louise Lagassey of Bangor and their children, Renae, Karen and John; Lorraine and Richard Mullins of Dixfield and their children, Michelle, Colette and Nicole; Paul, who died in 2006, and his children, Tina, Shelley, Jessica, Eric and Natalie; and Florence Mullins of Little Bras D’Or, Nova Scotia, and her children, Paul, Mark and Monique. Rosaire is also survived by 24 great-grandchildren; a sister, Blandine Gain of Portland; two sisters-in-law, Leonie Lagasse of St. Agatha and Betty Lagassey of New Britain, Conn. Also the following members of his extended family who were close to him: Normand and Stella Ouellette, Paul and Cleo Ouellette, Lucille and Tom Martin of Frenchville, Cecile and Roland Morin of St. David, Lucien and Clara Ouellette of Fort Kent, Maurice and Janet Ouellette of Florida; Brother Roland Ouellette, SC of Rhode Island, Normande Collin, Rachel Ouellette, and Claudette and Leo James Sirois of Connecticut, Evelyn and Roland Michaud of Eagle Lake; many nieces and nephews; and very special godchildren, Julie Cyr, Paul Lagasse and Maurice Ouellette. He was predeceased by his beloved wife of 50 years, Juliette Ouellette, in 1985; his son, Paul; a son-in-law, Lowell Mullins; his parents; four brothers, Vital, Armand, Montfort and Philip; and five sisters, Elvine Caron, Egline Cyr, Phelime Michaud, Caroline and Marie Celine. Calling hours will be held 6-9 p.m. Wednesday at Michaud Funeral Home, St. Agatha. Please note that there will be no visiting hours before the Mass. A funeral Mass will be held 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Agatha Catholic Church with the Rev. Philip Cyr officiating. Burial will be at the lower parish cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to St. Agathe Historical Society, P.O. Box 237, St. Agatha, ME 04772 or to a charity of one’s choice.