Richard J. Michaud
Approximately 6-7 years ago, his life, career and health took a downward turn, when he was found to have and was diagnosed with colon cancer, which he fought and conquered but remained with lingering health issues and to an early retirement. That didn’t slow him down though, always with a smile and a helping caring hand, he volunteered his time and effort at a local food pantry as much as he possibly could. Drove his elderly neighbors and others to their doctor appointments and treatments. Went on to travel abroad and visited many of the states and made his dream a reality by purchasing a second home in the sunny and warmth of the Dominican Republic, inviting family and friends to enjoy it with him.
He loved his nieces and nephews as his own. Also had children of friends throughout his life that he loved as his own and they in turn loved him as a Dad-like figure in their lives. He was such a loving, compassionate, giving, loyal, caring, kind and humble brother, uncle, cousin, Pal and friend, just an all-round kind gifted soul throughout his life. He will be and is greatly missed.
He is survived by two sisters, Adeline (Ad) Michaud and Carol and husband Jerome Ouellette of Fort Kent, Maine. 3 brothers, Robert (Bob) and wife Linda of Fort Kent, Maine; Roger and wife Christine of Charlevoix, Michigan and James and his companion Lise of Fort Kent, Maine. Seven nieces and nephews, Philip Michaud, Krystal Turton, Jenny Downie, Laura O’Leary, Zachary Ouellette, Andrew Michaud and Adam MIchuad. Also three grandnieces that he loved and adored, Zoe, Lee and Summer. And his dear friend, Raul Diaz. He was predeceased by his father, Philip in 1976, his mother, Gloria in 1991 and sister, Phyllis in 1961.
To the family and friends…..
Now that I am gone, Remember me with smiles and laughter. And if you need to cry, Cry with your brothers and sisters…. Who walk in grief beside you. And when you need me, Put your arms around anyone, And give to them what you need to give to me. There are so many that need so much…. I want to leave you something…. Something so much better than words or sounds. Look for me in the people I’ve known, Or helped in some special way. Let me live in your heart as well as in mind. You can love me most by letting your love reach out to our loved ones, By embracing them and living in their love. Love does not die, people do. So, when all that’s left of me is love, Give me away as best as you can…..
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