WATERVILLE - Henry Fidele Poirier, DDS, 85, of Waterville, died at home Tuesday, Sept. 21. He was born on April 28, 1925 in Fort Kent, son of the late Dr. John P. Poirier and Gertrude (Nadeau) Poirier. He graduated from Fort Kent High School in 1943 and served on the USS Ordronaux in the Navy during WWII. He went on to graduate from Colby College in 1950 and subsequently from the University of Montreal Dental School. Henry married his wife, the late Joyce E. (Black) Poirier, in 1961.
Like his father and late brother, John E. Poirier, Henry practiced dentistry in Waterville, as his nephew, John P. Poirier, continues doing so. Henry maintained his private practice for over 40 years before retiring in 2004. Henry was a loving and dedicated husband and father, as well as an energetic and avid skier, tennis player and golfer. He was a well known and respected professional in the dental community for many years. He was a member of the Delta Upsilon fraternity while at Colby, a member of the Lions Club in Waterville, a member of the Maine Dental Association, and one of the pioneers at Sugarloaf Mountain, racing in the first Sugarloaf Schuss. Survivors include his twin sister, Henrietta (Poirier) St. Onge of Brunswick, daughter Elizabeth Keith of Waterville, two sons, Henry D. Poirier of Waterville and Phillip A. Poirier of Stamford, Conn., and two grandchildren, Ian M. Keith and Alexsis M. Keith of Waterville.
A visitation was held at Redington Funeral Home 5 Park St. Waterville on Sunday, Sept. 26, from 3 to 5 p.m. A Mass of Christian burial was celebrated at Sacred Heart Catholic Church on Pleasant St. Waterville at 11 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 27; committal followed at Maine Veteran’s Memorial Cemetery on Civic Center Drive in Augusta. Arrangements were under the care and direction of Redington Funeral Home 5 Park St. Waterville, ME 04901. 873-3611.