WATERVILLE -- Charles Alfred Breton, "Charlie" to those who knew and loved him, died peacefully, on May 13, 2013, at Lakewood Continuing Care Center, surrounded by his loving family. Born on Oct. 14, 1918, in St. Juste, PQ, Canada, he was the son of Rosaire and Alma (Bureau) Breton.
Charles was an involved member of the greater Waterville community. As a faithful member of the Corpus Christi Parish, Charlie was an active participant on the parish council for many years, and attended St. Francis de Sales Church with his wife, Dorothy, and their family every Sunday. Charlie was well liked by many, and left a lasting impression where ever he went, and with whomever he met.
A self-made business man, Charlie's hard work and charisma lead him from his days as a meat cutter for the A&P and Cottle's Market, to opening his own grocery stores, the first in 1970, (Oakland Superette), and the second in 1980, (Madison Superette).
A caring and giving man, Charlie supported many charities. In particular, he had a special place in his heart for the Ursuline Sisters and Mount Merici School, to which he donated his time and resources, on many occasions.
An avid sportsman and member of the "Big Bucks Club" of Maine, he had an incredible passion for hunting. His favorite place on earth was at his camp in the Allagash. Charlie always had a hunting camp story ready to share, highlighting the unforgettable and funny memories made up at camp, with his brothers, and later on his children and grandchildren. His camp in the Allagash was truly his place of happiness.
When not hard at work or spending time at his camp, Charlie could be found fervidly cheering on "his" Montreal Canadiens, New York Giants and Yankee teams.
Charlie enjoyed a rich and full life, which he shared with his beloved wife, Dorothy, until her passing in 2001; as well as his loving family, friends, and countless acquaintances. Charlie was a good man, a giving man, a man devoted to his faith, and a man who loved his family wholeheartedly. He will be missed by all of us, who love him.
Charles was predeceased by his parents; his wife, Dorothy (LeClair) Breton; three brothers, Francis, Henry and Jean Paul; and three sisters, Carmelle, Alice and Gabrielle.
Surviving are his five children, Charles F. Breton and wife Shirley, of Mechanic Falls, Linda Bragg and husband Tom, of Sidney, Arlene Brown and husband Steve, of Fairfield, Carol McKinnon and husband Gary, of Oakland, and Alan Breton and wife Ammie, of Oakland; a sister, Marie Beth Hutchison, of Waterville; a sister-in-law, Jeannette LaPointe and husband Larry, of Winslow; seven grandchildren, Lisa, Julie, Nicholas, Kelly, Steffanie, Katrina, and Brian; four great-grandchildren, Marcel, Matthew, Rachael and Ashlyn; as well as several nieces and nephews.
Visiting hours will be from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, May 16, at Veilleux Funeral Home, 8 Elm St., Waterville. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Friday, May 17, at Sacred Heart Church, Pleasant Street, Waterville. Burial will follow at St. Francis Cemetery, Grove Street, Waterville.
The family would like to thank the warmhearted, attentive and caring staff at Lakewood Continuing Care Center on the Moonlight Bay Unit for taking such good care of Charlie during the time that he was under their care. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Charles to Mount Merici School, 152 Western Ave., Waterville, ME 04901. Arrangements are under the care and direction of Veilleux Funeral Home, 8 Elm St., Waterville; www.veilleuxfuneral home.com.