Obituary: Laureate “Larry” J. Thibeault


Laureate “Larry” J. Thibeault

Laureate “Larry” J. Thibeault 1926 – 2021 TOPSHAM – Laureate “Larry” J. Thibeault, 94 years old, Wednesday November 24, 2021 following a long illness, Larry returned home to God and will spend this Christmas and forever, at paradise. Larry was born in Brunswick on December 12, 1926, the third child of Alfred and Delia (Bernier) Thibeault. There would eventually be eleven children on the Thibeault’s Mere Point farm. Larry spent much of his youth working on the farm and helping the surrounding farms. He attended and graduated from St. John’s School in Brunswick. Besides the time spent learning, Larry also met the love of his life, Simienne Levesque, with whom he would eventually marry and spend nearly 54 years. The couple were married on May 28, 1949 at St. John’s Church in Brunswick. Like many children of this generation, Larry worked on the farm, and when he was old enough started working at the Verney Mill until it closed. Larry worked for many years at US Gypsum in Lisbon Falls, worked in carpentry for many contractors, cut slate at Harpswell House, and ended his professional career as a gatekeeper at Brunswick High School. After his retirement, Larry was busier than ever with his beloved gardening and woodworking chores. He made birdhouses, toys of all kinds, and even wooden creations that a local artist used for painting. One of the highlights of the latter part of his life was greeting the students and teachers at St. John’s School after their Friday morning “Hello, Pepere! The other best thing was to be at camp with everyone and to go around Damariscotta Lake on the pontoon boat. It was best for him! Larry’s life changed on March 14, 2004, when his wife, Simienne, passed away. Larry was also predeceased by his parents, his sisters, Carmelle Thibeault, Dorothy Rose and Cécile Lévesque and his brothers, George and Ernest Thibeault. Larry is survived by his sisters, Yvonne Levesque of Topsham, Jeannette Painchaud and Rita Forcier and her husband Jay of Midewest City, Okla., And his brothers, Roger Thibeault of Midwest City, Okla. and Roland Thibeault from San Diego, California. Larry leaves behind his children, Russell and his wife Lisa of Pawtucket, RI, and Jaline and her husband Art Cogswell, Jr. of Topsham. His grandchildren are Joshua and his wife Suzanne Thibeault of North Smithfield, RI, Dr Lindsay Thibeault and Jacob and his wife Rebecca Thibeault of Lincoln, RI, Amy (Cogswell) and her husband Jeff Pelletier of Leeds, and Sarah Thibeault of North Smithfield , RI, Jackson and Isabelle Thibeault from Lincoln, RI, Jillian and Abigail Pelletier from Leeds, and Keegan and Jocelyn Williams from West Bath. Larry was a longtime communicant of St. John the Baptist – All Saints Parish in Brunswick. At Larry’s request, there will be no visiting hours. A Christian funeral mass will be held on Friday, December 3, 2021 at 10 a.m. at St. Johns Church, Brunswick. The family would like to thank CHANS – Hospice of Brunswick, Chaplain Lucy, Gus, Theresa Russell, Dr DeMars and the staff at Midcoast Hospital for the excellent care they provided to our father during his last days on this good land. To share your thoughts and condolences with the family, please visit In lieu of flowers, donations will be made in Larry’s name at MCHPP.

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