Ronald Groleau

Ronald R. Groleau

Tuesday, March 13th, 1934 - Tuesday, August 20th, 2019
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Lewiston- Ronald R. Groleau, 85, a resident of Lewiston, passed away Tuesday morning, August 20th, at St. Mary’s d’Youville Pavilion, due to complications resulting from dementia. He was born March 13, 1934, in Chisholm, the son of Arthur Groleau and Loretta (Deshaies) Groleau. He attended St. Rose of Lima School and graduated from Jay High School in 1952. He also received his Bachelor’s Degree from Bliss College in Lewiston. On November 8, 1986, he married Rosemarie “Olive” Cote Pelletier, in Augusta. Ronald worked 41 years for International Paper Company, Woodlands Division, first as an accountant and retiring as a purchasing agent. He was a member of the Quarter Century Club at International Paper, the I.P. Supervisor Club, a former communicant of St. Rose of Lima Church in Jay, where he also taught Catechism. He loved traveling with his wife, both nationally and internationally, and spending summers at Ocean Park and winters in Florida. He enjoyed reading, woodworking and loved spending time with his grandchildren. He is survived by his wife Olive Groleau of Lewiston, his daughters, Dianne Leavitt and her husband Bryce of Okinowa, Japan and Woolwich, Celeste Chaloux of Lewiston, and Denise Jewell-Balman and her husband Jim of Scottsdale, Arizona; his sons, Rick Groleau and his wife Joanne Malloy-Groleau of Framingham, Massachusetts, James Groleau and his partner John Lindsay-Poland of Oakland, California and Sorrento, Maine, and Michael Pelletier and his partner Kim Truskowski of Eustis; his grandchildren, Olivia Leavitt, Jacob and Nathan Chaloux, Hilary and Stephen Jewell and Benjamin and Bradley Groleau; his first wife Marthe (Gosselin) Groleau of Vallejo, California, his sister, Geraldine Richard of Jay, and his sister-in-law Theresa Bernier and her husband Roger of Greene. He was predeceased by his brother-in-law Louis Richard. The family would like to thank the staff at St. Mary’s d’Youville Pavillion and the Beacon Hospice House for their care for Ronald. Rick and James would also like to give special thanks to Olive for her advocacy and loving care toward their father. Messages of condolence may be sent to the family at

Groleau- Ronald R., 85, a resident of Lewiston, passed away, August 20, 2019, in Lewiston. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 11AM, Monday, August 26, 2019 at St. Rose of Lima Church, 1 Church Street, Jay, Maine. Interment Holy Cross Cemetery, 445 Park Street, Livermore Falls, Maine. Arrangements made by FINLEY FUNERAL HOME, 15 Church Street, Livermore Falls, Maine. Following the burial, the family would like everyone to join them at LaFleur’s Restaurant for a meal of comfort.
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  • Service

    Monday, August 26th, 2019 | 11:00am
    Monday, August 26th, 2019 11:00am
    St. Rose of Lima Church
    1 Church Street
    JAY, ME 04239
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    Father Paul Dumais
  • Interment

    Holy Cross Cemetery
    445 Park Street
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  • Reception

    LaFleur's Restaurant
    Main Street
    JAY, ME 04239
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    The family would like everyone to join them at LaFleur's Restaurant after the burial for a meal of comfort.


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Pierrette et Michel Légaré

Posted at 07:12am
Bonjour Olive, Rick et James. Nous voulons vous offrir nos plus sincères condoléances pour le départ de Ron ainsi qu'à toute votre famille. Nos pensées sont avec vous. Pierrette et Michel

Terry Fouquette

Posted at 04:14pm
I am so sorry for your loss, Olive. I enjoyed getting to know both you and Ron at Woodlands. Ron was such a kind and gentle soul.
You were a wonderful caregiver to him. You went above and beyond to make sure he was always well taken care of. I know he knew how much you loved him. I hope these days will bring some calmness knowing that he is at peace. With sadness and smiles, Terry Fouquette (Roger Fortin's daughter)

Jim McLean

Posted at 10:29am
Our deepest sympathy to you, Olive, and your family on the loss of Ron. Jim and I have a lot of fun memories of you both in St. Pete and the good times that were had by us all... the wonderful times we all had with our other St. Pete friends at dinner parties, going out to lunch... Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time. Fondly, Jim & Linda McLean

Dianne Leavitt

Posted at 03:19pm
Father by Marriage
By Dianne Leavitt
August 21, 2019

Ron, father of Rick and James
Met my mother Olive
They both found love again

Ron, accepting of Olive’s children
Teens and young adults, later with spouses and their children,
Welcomed us all in

Ron, who married my mother Olive
Never liked the title of stepfather
Preferred “father by marriage” instead

Ron, for whom family was important above all things
Made sure the table full of food and big enough for everyone to sit around
At family gatherings with the small house busting at the seams

Ron, who had so many friends
Was always generous with his time
Ready with a smile and a helping hand

Ron, too many things will always remind me of you
The beach, the trailer, never burned popcorn over the campfire, s’mores, whoopie pies, refrigerators full of beer and soda, leftover Thanksgiving turkey to be raided in the garage, piles of spaghetti around your table, and the big hugs given to everyone in your life

Ron, father of Rick and James
Loving husband to Olive
Father by marriage to Mike, Celeste, Denise and me
Father-in-law to our spouses and partners
Grandfather to Jacob, Nate, Ben, Brad, Hilary, Stephen, and Olivia
Brother, uncle, great-uncle and friend to so many
Your legacy of love lives on

Ron, father by marriage, you will be missed

Photo, Ron enjoying his family.

Rev Ray Richard Posted at 04:21pm

"Let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me" ...recalls the purpose of the Wisdum Program at St Paul's Center. Olive, this seems to me the best way to connect with you and your family as you lift up Ron and put him in God's eternal care and peace. I remember well your support , and Ron's, as we shared the friendships and program at the Center that was helpful to so many people. Today I merely wish to "visit in memory" the countless moments that nourished our friendship: The fact that presided at your wedding in 1986 at St Andrews Church in Augusta, the wonderful supper I enjoyed at your house in Lewiston, the meetings at St Paul's Center...….Oh, how many the thoughts that come to mind as Ron first came to visit with me and, of course, meeting with you and led to that day on Nov. 8th in 1986. Please know that I continue to hold you and your family (I remember your children also) in my memories and prayers. Perhaps God will add to this day the blessing of seeing you and yours once again. Let there be peace!!! and Love to All! simply "Fr Ray"

Pat Herring

Posted at 01:50pm
Sincerest sympathy to Ron's family and friends. I worked with him at IP in Augusta for a number of years. He was such a nice man. Please know my thoughts and prayers are with you.
Pat Herring

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