NORMAND R. LAJOIE
1937 - 2012
CYR PLANTATION, Maine – Surrounded by his loving family, Normand LaJoie, 75, died peacefully and with great courage at his home on Saturday, Dec. 22, 2012. He was born Sept. 6, 1937 in Cyr Plantation, the son of Gilbert J. and Marthe (St. Pierre) LaJoie. He is survived by his loving wife of 54 years and 8 months, Maxine (Ouellette) LaJoie of Cyr Plantation; eight children, Monica Beaulieu and husband Ray of Augusta, Gilbert LaJoie and wife Kim of Van Buren, Sarah Sirois and husband Marc of Winslow, Denise Hayes and husband Jerry of Brewer, Dr. Norma Desjardins and husband Paul of Mapleton, Dominic LaJoie and wife Rachel of Van Buren, Julie Moore and husband Steve of Midlothian, Va., and Gisele Gendreau and husband Scott of Brewer. In addition, he leaves his precious grandchildren, including 15 grandsons, 13 granddaughters, and seven great-grandchildren. He is also survived by three siblings, Jeannine Gagnon of Van Buren, Rev. Roland LaJoie of Tampa, Fla., and Gerard LaJoie and his wife Bernadette of Van Buren. Normand’s passion in life was farming the land on which he was born, following in the footsteps of his father and grandfather. He founded Grand Prix Farms and later passed on this legacy to his sons Gilbert and Dominic and grandson Jay, who founded LaJoie Growers, LLC. He also loved being a truck driver, and for 50 years he hauled up and down the East Coast. Normand was known to many as “Superfrog,” the harmonica-playing truck driver. One of his favorite pastimes was the collection and restoration of antique tractors, and he was an active member of the Northern Maine Antique Tractor Club. In 1993 Normand was recognized as Maine Potato Board Farmer of the Year, and in 2010 the LaJoie family was recognized as the Farm Family of the Year. Normand was a 50-year, Fourth Degree member of the Knights of Columbus and a faithful parishioner of St. Bruno-St. Remi Church in Van Buren. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 27 at St. Bruno-St. Remi Church in Van Buren. Visitation will take place from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 26 and from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 27 at St. Bruno-St. Remi Church. In lieu of flowers, those who wish may make a donation to Outdoors Again, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the construction of a family-oriented outdoor recreation facility for disabled individuals. Donations may be mailed to Outdoors Again, Attn: Ron Lemons, 661 Main St., Waterboro, ME 04087. Online donations may also be made at http://www.outdoorsagain.org. Funeral arrangements are a service of Ouellette-Thibault Funeral Home, 118 High St., Van Buren. To leave online condolences, visit www.ouellettefuneralhome.com.