Albert E. Lemieux, 82 of Baldwinville, MA passed away Friday October 8, 2021 at Heywood Hospital, Gardner, MA.
Born on March 5, 1939 in Lowell, MA he was the son of the late Albert L. and Simonne (Gregoire) Lemieux.
Albert entered the Walter E. Fernald State School in Waverley, MA, a school for the mentally challenged, on June 26, 1947 where he lived until May of 1955 when he was moved to the Templeton Colony Farm in Templeton, MA. The Colony was located on a 2000 acre farm with brooks, streams, orchards and groves all around them. They raised their own cattle, chickens and pigs and grew their own fruit and vegetables. The men were all a part of the community and given jobs they loved to do. The facility offered the young men the opportunity to work in the fields farming, as well as the options to work with steam fitting, carpentry, masonry and lumbering as well as working in the dorms tending to everyday needs. Albert loved keeping things clean and he was happy to the one chosen to clean the dorms and working in the laundry areas. The Colony was his home for 61 years. In 2016 Albert was moved a big old farm house on the farm grounds that was converted into a group home and he lived out the rest of his life there with an amazing, loving staff and friends.
After many years of working on the farm, Albert was given the opportunity to go off the grounds and work. He worked for many years at Cushing Academy, working in the kitchen, doing jobs from, washing dishes, cleaning off tables and sweeping floors. He was very proud of what he did and he did his job well. He was loved by all. He worked at the school until he was in his late 70s and whenever asked if he wanted to stop working and stay home, his answer was always, “No, I go to work!”. His career did end at Cushing but only because the school closed. Once that job ended he began working at the recycling center on the farm. He was a good worker and was an asset to his community.
Albert was part of a bowling team for several years and enjoyed the sport very much, just like his Dad.
Albert loved music and always had his radio with him and playing tunes as he sang and moved to the music. He loved watching old cowboy shows and Gunsmoke was he love. He also loved to shop and go to tag sales. Whenever there was a van going you could be sure that Albert was on board. His biggest love was to travel. He went on cruises to Hawaii & the Bahamas. He also took several trips to Disney World, NE to visit his sister and bus trips that were offered to him.
He is survived by his sister and brother-in-law, Priscilla and James Cook of Blair, NE, his brother & sister-in-law, Richard & Barbara Lemieux of Concord, NH and his sister & brother-in-law, Pauline & Howard Lamica of Cornville, ME. He also leaves 6 nieces and nephews, James Cook, Rebecca Smith & David Cook all of NE, Suzanne Martin of NH, Scott Elliott of NY and Elayne Bowes of NH. He also leaves several great nieces and nephews. And he also leaves behind all the guys he lived with, his extended “family” that he loved so much, as well as the staff that took such good care of his needs and loved him so much.
A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Bingham, Maine. Burial will be Tuesday Nov 2, at 11AM in St. Joseph Cemetery, Windham. To send an online expression of sympathy, please visit www.baconfh.com