Roland T. “Frenchy” Litalien
RUMFORD -– Roland T. “Frenchy” Litalien, 86, of Harlow Hill Road in Mexico, died on July 30, 2011 at Rumford Hospital following a brief illness.
He was born in Jay on August 17, 1924, a son of George and Mary (Vaillancourt) Litalien. Roland was educated in Jay schools and served in the U.S. Army during World War II.
He married Catherine McDonald on July 17, 1948 and together they celebrated 63 years of marriage.
Roland was employed for 40 years with Oxford Paper Company. He was a communicant of Parish of the Holy Savior, and a 27-year volunteer for the Mexico Fire Department.
He was a 68-year member of the American Legion, a longtime member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles and the LeParesseux Snowshoe Club.
Roland enjoyed hunting, fishing, playing pool, and most recently playing beano.
Surviving are his wife of 63 years, Catherine (McDonald) Litalien; sons, David Litalien and wife, Susan of Mexico, Gerald Litalien and wife, Elizabeth of Mexico, and Paul Litalien and companion, Tammy Martineau of Rumford; three sisters, Bernadette Arsenault of Lewiston, Yvonne Hurd of Brunswick, Theresa LaPlante of Peru; two brothers, Roger Litalien and wife, Cecile of Bowdoinham, and George Litalien, Jr., and wife, Anita of Peru; nine grandchildren, and ten great-grandchildren.
He was predeceased by his parents; three sisters, Albertine Smith, Joanne Fournier and Irma Bilodeau; and a brother, Donald Litalien.
The family offers a special thank you to the staff at Rumford Hospital for the wonderful care given to Frenchy.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Parish of the Holy Savior. Interment will follow in St. John Cemetery. A reception will follow in the parish hall following the committal.