LUDGER (“TI-LOU”) OUELLET
1920 - 2011
FORT KENT - Ludger (“Ti Lou”) Ouellet left this world as he lived his life, with peace and grace, early in the morning of May 31, 2011. During his life of nine decades, Ludger created a legacy of integrity, generosity, love and citizenship as a model for others to emulate. “Ti Lou” was very proud of being 90 years old… “going on 91,” as he began saying the day after his birthday. He was born on November 22, 1920, the third son of Joseph and Modeste (Roy) Ouellet.
Lou was a lifelong communicant at St. Louis Parish, where he began his spiritual life as an alter server. Lou received his early education at St. Louis Covent School and at the Madawaska Training School in Fort Kent. He furthered his education at Bliss Business College in Lewiston, Maine.
Upon returning to his hometown, he worked for his Uncle Emile Ouellet, who owned a Ford dealership. Shortly thereafter, in 1947, he married Sylvia (Vi) Roy, the love of his life. In the passage of time, they became the parents of five children and grandparents to three boys. Ludger eventually came to own the Ford dealership, moved it to its present location on East Main Street in Fort Kent, and went on to create an association with the public that lasted 42 years, retiring in 1988.
Lou’s commitment to his community was evident in many ways. He found the time to participate in many leadership roles as the town grew. He was the founder of the Fort Kent Credit Union, treasurer of the Fort Kent Housing Corporation, director of the Valley Snow Riders Club, director of the Fish River Lake Water Quality Association, past president and treasurer of the Senior Citizens Club, and charter member of the Fort Kent Golf Course.
In addition, he has been a member of the Rotary Club, Jaycees, Chamber of Commerce, Church Life Commission, Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus, Catholic Order of Foresters, and RSVP Senior Volunteers, to name a few. “Ti Lou” and his beloved wife, Vi, thoroughly enjoyed their retirement together. The four seasons of the St. John Valley were special to them. They golfed for many years, but especially enjoyed snowmobiling in the winter, spring fiddlehead picking, partridge hunting at Rock’s camp in the fall, and entertaining during summers at the family camp, “The Seven Os.”
Lou spent the last year and a half living at Crosswinds, where he was lovingly referred to as “Mr. Lou.” The family is grateful to have his residency there be filled with love, concern, and personalization by the entire Crosswinds family. Whether one referred to him as Dad, Pépère, Ti Lou, or Mr. Lou, this man will be deeply missed.
Lou was predeceased by his devoted wife Vi, in October, 2009, by his parents, brothers Valier Ouellet and Rock Ouellet, and sisters Lorette, Martha, and Evangeline. He is survived by his sister, Delores Blanchette, children Louise Kirkland and husband, Kenneth, of Brewer; James and his wife, Marie, of Sebastian, Fla.; Bob and his wife, Val, of Wallagrass; Susan Pozanac and husband, Chuck, of Riverside, Calif.; and Denise Nowinski of North Yarmouth. Left to carry on Pépère’s legacy are three adoring grandsons, Aaron and Mitchell Ouellet, and Austin Nowinski.
Friends called from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Friday, June 3, at the Daigle Funeral Home, Fort Kent. A Mass of Christian Burial with full Fourth Degree Honors was celebrated 1 p.m. Friday at the St. Louis Catholic Church in Fort Kent. Committal services followed in the parish cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, consider a donation to the St. John Vianny Parish Renovation Fund, Crosswinds’ Activities Fund, or the Alzheimer’s Association at 383 US Rt. 1, Suite 2C, Scarborough, ME, 04704.
Envelopes are available at the funeral home.