SACO – Paul R. “Dick” Lajoie, 82, died at home November 6, 2022. Dick was born in Lewiston on May 13, 1940, the son of the late Ernest and Amelia Lajoie. Growing up in Portland, he graduated from Deering High School in 1959. Upon graduation, Dick enlisted in the United States Navy. After his honorable discharge, Dick moved to New York to continue his technical training to establish his career with the old New England Telephone Company. Still wanting to return to Maine, Dick requested a transfer back to his Maine home. For more than 36 years, Dick worked throughout Maine installing and repairing telephone systems in commercial and residential buildings, retiring in 1999. After retirement, Dick enjoyed his pursuit of lifelong learning and fitness. He enjoyed woodworking, home remodeling and furniture restoration, dirt biking, golfing, skiing, reading, and studying military history. However, his greatest passion in life was his love for long-distance running. Throughout his life he participated in many road races, marathons and several Beach to Beacon road races where he was proud to place in his age group. Although he was devastated to give up running later in life, he supported, taught, mentored and coached many others to help them achieve their fitness goals. He was a very generous and generous person with a great sense of humor who had the ability to communicate with anyone, regardless of age. He was an avid Patriots and Red Sox fan who loved family gatherings and spending time with those he loved. Dick was an incredible soul who will be deeply missed. Dick’s family would like to express their deepest gratitude to the caregivers at Hospice of Southern Maine. He is predeceased by his sisters, Doris Burke, Rochelle Malia and Joan Wilcox; brother, Robert Lajoie and his beloved cats, Abbey and Mr. Stubbs.
He is survived by his beloved wife, Nian Lyman-Lajoie of Saco; daughter, Amy Lajoie of Nevada; stepsons, Eric Severy and his wife Ashley of Durham and Joel Severy of California. He also leaves to mourn his brother, Thomas Lajoie and his wife Joan of Florida as well as several nieces and nephews. A funeral service with military honors will be held on Friday, November 18, at 1 p.m., at Brooklawn Memorial Park, Congress Street, Portland. A reception and celebration of Dick’s life will follow from 2-4 p.m., at the Conroy-Tully Walker Funeral Home, 1024 Broadway, South Portland. To view Dick’s memorial page, or to share a condolence, please visit http://www.ConroyTullyWalker.com.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made either to the Hospice of Southern Maine or to the Special Olympics, an organization Dick held near
to his heart.
Obituary: Margaret “Peggy” Louise Carmichael