MADISON -- Paul W. Croteau, 65, died Friday, Dec. 7, 2012, after a battle with cancer. He was born March 30, 1947, in Skowhegan, the son of Francis and Rita (Lavallee) Croteau.
He attended Madison area schools until he graduated in 1966 and joined the Navy, where he served from 1966 to 1970, at which time he received an honorable discharge. In 1967 he married Judith Henry; then after being discharged from the Navy, he was employed by Central Maine Power Co. in 1970 and began as a meter reader. He worked his way up to a line supervisor until he retired in 2002.
Paul was a longstanding member of the Skowhegan Elks Club, where he enjoyed many games of cribbage and volunteered his time to many events and community service.
He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Judith (Henry) Croteau, of Madison; a daughter, Tami (Croteau) Drake, and husband James, of Kennebunk; two grandsons, Tyler Drake and Caleb Drake, of Kennebunk; a brother, David A. Croteau, and wife Pat, of California; a sister, Judy Lapointe, and husband Tom, of Skowhegan; sister-in-law Lorraine Hayden, of Starks; brother-in-law Mark Henry, of Florida; brother- and sister-in-law John Henry and wife Debra, of Anson; and nieces, nephews and many cousins.
A celebration of life will be held at the Skowhegan-Madison Elks Lodge on Silver Street in Skowhegan on Sunday, Dec. 23, 2012, at 1 p.m. In lieu of flowers, friends wishing may make donations in Paul's memory to the Somerset Humane Society, P.O. Box 453, Skowhegan, ME 04976.
Arrangements under the care and direction of Dan & Scott's Cremation & Funeral Service, 445 Waterville Road, Skowhegan, ME 04976.