VAN BUREN – Lionel J. Soucy, 73, died Nov. 1, 2003, at a Van Buren healthcare facility. He was born March 23, 1930, in St. Leonard, New Brunswick, the son of Florent and Emelia (Cote) Soucy. Lionel worked as an industrial pipefitter for many years and was a member of the Plumbers and Pipefitters Union Local No. 321. He was very involved in his community, helping out in many local volunteer projects, including the Main Street beautification campaign during the past several years. His most special involvement, however, was work he did within and for his parish of St. Bruno-St. Remi. He was a former member of the St. Vincent de Paul Society, obtaining, preparing and delivering food and other items to needy area families for many years. He was a past member of the St. Bruno-St. Remi Parish Council and served in various parish ministries, including altar server at many funerals. He was also a member of the Third Order of Mary, the lay branch of the Marist Fathers and Brothers. In recent years, Lionel took great pride in serving on subcommittees and volunteering countless hours and his many skills in completing the renovation of St. Bruno-St. Remi Church, which was rededicated in 2002. For the past decade and more, he was very active in the Cursillo Movement in northern Maine, serving on several weekends as a team leader. Lionel was a member of the Knights of Columbus Council 1635 of Van Buren, and the Fourth Degree Assembly 0349, having served as Faithful Navigator and Faithful Pilot. He is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Mildred (Thibodeau) Soucy of Van Buren; two daughters, Martine Dinsmore and her husband, Seward, of Nine Mile Falls, Wash., Lou Ann Theriault and her husband, Fox, of Colorado Springs, Colo.; two sons, Clarence “Cur” Soucy and his wife, Patrice, of Wallagrass, Ken Soucy and his wife, Zoe, of Centerville, Ohio; one sister, Anita Rivard of Longueille, Quebec; 11 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews, brothers and sisters-in-law. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his stepparents, Raymond and Azilda (Levesque) St. Pierre; and by numerous brothers and sisters. Relatives and friends may call 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Tuesday and from 9 a.m. until time of service on Wednesday, at the Ouellette-Thibault Funeral Home, 12 High St., Van Buren. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the St. Bruno-St. Remi Catholic Church. Interment will be in the parish cemetery. In lieu of flowers, those who wish may contribute in his memory to the Edgar J. Paradis Cancer Fund, 194 E. Main St., Fort Kent, ME 04743 or to the St. Bruno-St. Remi Memorial Fund, 336 Main St., Van Buren, ME 04785.