FORT FAIRFIELD – Real J. Oakes Sr., 61, husband of Rita (Guimond) Oakes, died unexpectedly Sunday morning, Sept. 23, 2007, in Fort Fairfield, while doing what he loved most, enjoying nature with his grandson, Brandon. He was born Aug. 13, 1946, in Connors, New Brunswick, son of Lucien E. and Fleaur-ange Oakes. He attended Connors, New Brunswick, schools and was married to Rita Guimond, Aug. 13, 1966. He had been employed by Columbia Forest Products, Presque Isle, for more than 24 years in various capacities, most recently as a licensed scaler. Real was a devoted communicant of St. Denis Catholic Church, Fort Fairfield, where he served on the Church Life Committee. He was a fourth degree Knight of the Knights of Columbus, Council No. 1753, Fort Fairfield, for more than 25 years. He was also a member of Fort Fairfield Rifle and Pistol Club and Star City ATV Club, Presque Isle. He will be remembered as a loving husband, father and grandfather. In addition to his parents, Real was predeceased by two brothers, Ivon and Ronald Oakes. He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Mrs. Rita Oakes of Fort Fairfield; two sons, Daniel R. Oakes and his wife, Manon, of Frenchville and Real J. Oakes Jr. of Presque Isle; seven brothers, O’Neil Oakes and his wife, Mary-Jane, Roderick Oakes, Armand Oakes, all of Connors, New Brunswick, Euclide Oakes, Paul and Kathy Oakes, all of Plainville, Conn.; Morris Oakes and his wife, Ann Marie, of Connors, New Brunswick, and Jack Oakes of Colorado; one sister, Bernadette Lloyd and her husband, Frank, of New Britain, Conn.; seven grandchildren, Brandon Oakes of Presque Isle, Megan, Nathan, Niki, Natalie, Andrew and Adam Oakes, all of Frenchville; numerous nieces and nephews. Friends may call 7-9 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 25, at Giberson-Dorsey Funeral Home, 144 Main St., Fort Fairfield, where a vigil prayer will be conducted 7:30 p.m. by the Rev. David Raymond. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 26, at St. Denis Catholic Church, 147 Main St., Fort Fairfield, with the Rev. David Raymond, celebrant. Friends may also call 10 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home until the time of departure for the church. Interment will take place at St. Denis Catholic Cemetery, Fort Fairfield, immediately after the funeral Mass. A time of continued fellowship with refreshments will be held at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 260 Main St., Fort Fairfield, immediately after the interment service. Those who wish may contribute in memory of Mr. Oakes to St. Denis Memorial Fund, 147 Main St., Fort Fairfield, ME 04742. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.