Normand Maigret
Normand Maigret

Obituary of Normand Maigret

NORMAND J. MAIGRET “La Vie en Rose” Music was his life’s passion Normand J. Maigret of Providence died peacefully at age 92. He was predeceased by his life long friend, Marcel Coutu. Born in Providence, he was the proud son of French Canadian parents, Joseph Maigret and Albertina Pelland. Normand was raised in a large family with siblings Arthur and Ernest, Blanche Audette, Rita, Doris Montpetit and Claire Guerra. He is also survived by a boat load of nieces and nephews scattered throughout the U.S., Canada and France. Normand was a life long member of Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Providence. He attended Our Lady of Lourdes School and graduated from La Salle Academy. Normand was employed by the US Postal Service for 25+ years. Normand was an devoted son, living with his unmarried siblings till nearly the age of 65. Normand was unable to service in the military due to a noted medical condition. He watched as both of his brother’s, Arthur and Ernest, endured the ravages of WWII, his brother Arthur, at Pearl Harbor under siege. Normand always retained his love of the french language, the religion, and the traditions of his family’s mother country--Canada. Strangely, Uncle Normand’s DNA results indicated that he is nearly 41% British/Irish--hence the red hair and freckles. He accepted it with humor, saying, “I will always identify as a French man.” His first love was music and Normand actively entertained others while singing. He continued a life long connection with his french family in Canada and also enjoyed traveling to Europe. Normand was actively involved in French genealogy and was a member of the Alliance Francaise de Providence as well as the Foyer Club, and L'Union de St. Jean-Baptiste Catholic Financial Life. During his lifetime, Normand downsized to several locations leaving Providence (Mt. Pleasant) for Albion, Woonsocket and finally, St. Elizabeth’s Court in Providence, RI. During his final years, Normand was cared for by Hospice of Providence.Our outmost thanks goes to this dedicated group of people who cared for Normand during this most difficult time. A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 11 a.m.Saturday, November 25, 2017 in St Sebastian’s Church, 67 Cole Avenue, Providence, RI. Normand will be buried with his parents and siblings at St.Ann’s Cemetery, Cranston, RI. The Burial will be private. His favorite song was “La Vie en Rose.” Hopefully, this song played will continue to be a reminder of such a kind and gentle man. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory can be made to: Providence Gay Men’s Chorus (PGMC) P.O. Box 41482 Providence, RI 02940-4182
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