BUCKSPORT and ORRINGTON – After a short brave fight with brain cancer, we lost our beloved wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, sister, aunt, cousin, godmother, mother-in-law, sister-in-law, best friend, mentor and friend to many, Lydia C. Guimond, 59, March 8, 2012. She was born April 20, 1952, in Placerville, Calif.

After graduation from Wisdom High School, class of 1971, she and her high school sweetheart, best friend and husband, Pat Guimond, moved to Bangor, where she became a portrait photographer, photographing many local students, families, children, special events and weddings. She retired from her photography business to focus on the loves of her life – her husband, children and grandchildren. Her grandchildren were her ultimate pride and joy. She was so happy being a grandmother. Lydia was a special person, who loved life, family and her country. She was an excellent cook, singer, dancer, decorator, advisor, shopper and loved to host family gatherings. She always made sure others needs came before her own. She did so much for so many people – and she loved doing it without complaint. She was a very special angel that we had for only a short amount of time.

Surviving in addition to her husband, Patrice Guimond, are her son, Jarrod Guimond and his wife, Erin, and grandson, Jackson, of Holden; daughter, Nicci and her husband, Dan Hutchins, and granddaughters, Autumn and Olivia Guimond, and newly born baby, Boston Hutchins, of Bangor; mother, Dora Harper of Hurricane, Utah; sisters, Phyllis Barriga and husband, Richard, of Phoenix, Joni Dunn and husband, Thom, of Orono and Julie Harper and her partner, Jeff, of Bangor; brothers, Michael Aldrete and wife, Carmen, of New York, Philip Aldrete and his wife, Joanne, of North Carolina and Jim Harper and his wife, Rhonda, of Georgia; extended family of half brothers and sisters; many nephews, nieces, cousins, aunts, uncles and many friends. All of our lives were that much better for having known Lydia. She was predeceased by her father, Phillip Aldrete; her dad, Milton J. Harper; infant baby granddaughter, Katelyn Guimond; niece, Andrea Barriga; cousin, Tony Alcala; uncle, Peter Montana; and brothers-in-law, Ken and Leon Guimond.

Relatives and friends are welcome to call 6-8 p.m. Thursday, March 15, at Brookings-Smith, 133 Center St., Bangor.

A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated 11 a.m. Friday, March 16, at St. Paul the Apostle Parish, St. John Catholic Church, 207 York St., Bangor.

The family invites relatives and friends to share conversation and refreshments at the parish hall after the service. Interment will be held later in the spring.

Those who wish to remember Lydia in a special way may make gifts in her memory to Katelyn’s Toy Box, March of Dimes, care of Bangor Savings Bank, 3 State St., Bangor, ME 04401 or to a charity of one’s choice. Condolences to the family may be expressed at