Brian Carroll Lamoreau

CHELSEA -- On Aug. 26, 2006, Brian Carroll Lamoreau passed away at home, surrounded by his family, after a long and valiant battle with pancreatic cancer.

He was predeceased by his grandmother, Eula Terrell; his father, Arnold Lamoreau; his uncle, "Spike" Arthur Terrell; his uncle, Professor Carroll Terrell; and his sister-in-law, Helen Taber.

He was born on May 23, 1943, to Arnold Lamoreau and Glenys Terrell Lamoreau, and raised in Richmond. As a youth, he performed in school bands, glee club and plays. In high school, he played varsity football and baseball. Outside of school, he worked in his uncle's store and hung out with his friends. Throughout his life, Brian was the drummer for various rock and country bands.

In 1966, he proudly answered the call from his country and served in the Army until 1968. He enjoyed telling stories of his time stationed in Germany.

As a civilian, Brian served the American Legion for 33 years at Post 132 in Richmond and Post 205 in Augusta, and the Voiture Locale 308/40 & Eight of Augusta for 10 years.

He was honored to be in the color guard and especially enjoyed providing cadence in parades. He became known as Brian "Bingo" Lamoreau for his perseverance in establishing and maintaining bingo for Augusta Post 205. Brian didn't even miss bingo the week of the Windsor Fair, where he sold sealed tickets. He loved the camaraderie of the "Windsor Fair Crew."

In 1968, Brian met his wife of 36 years, Ellen French. They developed an instantaneous connection and commitment to each other and were married in December 1969. Brian always worked hard to provide for his family, and no one could ever doubt that nothing was more important than family.

He is survived by his wife, Ellen Lamoreau; his mother, Glenys Lamoreau Brice; his brother, Lowell Lamoreau; his sister, Marilyn Stinson and her husband, Bradley; his three daughters, Tracy Brown and her fiancé, Michael Emond, Holli Pullen and her husband, David, and Heidi Lamoreau and her companion, Stacey Bernier; his son-in-law, John Ferguson; his son, Michael Lamoreau; his grandchildren; his great-grandchildren and two grandpuppies.

He is also survived by his brother-in-law, Merle French and wife Mary; his brothers-in-law, James French, Sam French, Thomas French and John Taber; his sisters-in-law, Judith French and Nancy French; as well as several cousins, nieces and nephews, on both sides of the family.

His warm heart, his easygoing style, and his sense of humor kept Brian surrounded by friends his entire life. He touched many lives and will be truly missed forever.

The family extends its sincerest appreciation for the care and support Brian received at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center at Togus, MaineGeneral Medical Center of Augusta and HealthReach Homecare and Hospice.

A visitation will be 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 29, at the Richmond Grange Hall. A graveside funeral service will be at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 30, at the Litchfield Cemetery and a celebration of life at the Richmond Grange Hall will immediately follow the funeral.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Autism Society of Maine, 72B Main St., Winthrop, ME 04364.