Paul L. Morrissette

WATERVILLE – Paul L. Morrissette, 74, of Winslow passed away suddenly on Friday, November 26, 2021 at the MaineGeneral Medical Center Alfond Center for Health in Augusta, with his family by his side. Paul was born on February 16, 1947, to parents, Lucien J. and Gloria H. Morrissette, thus completing their family of two sons.

After graduating from Winslow High School in 1966, Paul served our country by enlisting in the United States Navy and was assigned to the USS Joseph K. Taussig during the Vietnam War. After receiving an honorable discharge, Paul returned home and quickly found employment with Scott Paper Company. His call to return to service led him to integrate the police academy where he began his career in the police. Paul served the town of Waterville as a patroller for 25 years. He “kept pace” for many years in the downtown business district, getting to know local shop owners and checking them in daily. During this time, he also taught driver education with the Elm City Driving School, teaching both the young and the young at heart.

Following his retirement from the Waterville Police Department, Paul’s Call to Service brought him back to his hometown of Winslow where he joined the Winslow Police Department becoming their Field Training Officer and later promoted to Sergeant . Throughout his 18-year career with Winslow PD, he mentored many young officers, some becoming more like family than colleagues. Paul taught these recruits that the police were there to serve their community and that compassion, empathy, and respect were important tools every officer should wear every day.

After leaving the police, Paul’s admirable work ethic led him to MaineGeneral Medical Center where he worked as a security guard and then a dispatcher. Even on his last day on earth, Paul showed up for work. His family always encouraged him to retire, but Paul disagreed that he enjoyed his daily interactions with his colleagues. His military background was still prevalent as he answered dispatch calls with a professional welcome from sir or madam to every caller.

Paul’s quick and offbeat sense of humor was his real charm. He always had a funny joke or riddle to share. He also liked to give financial advice telling people “not to take nickel in wood”. Her joy and hobby was spending time with her family, including her beloved dog Jack and her little dogs, Gabe, Lilli, Kalley and Lady. Paul’s quiet generosity touched many lives. He was humble and never wanted public credit for any of the kind, thoughtful things he did.

Paul was predeceased by his parents and his brother Jacques. He is survived by his fiancée, Marge Nadeau; her daughter, Tanya Verzoni and her son-in-law, Chris Verzoni; the children of her fiancé, Ben Nadeau, Joe Grenier and his daughter, “baby Joey”, and Ken “Bub” Nadeau and his wife Vanessa, and their children, Trafton and McKenna. He is also survived by several nieces, nephews, cousins ​​and special friends.

The family would like to express their gratitude to the staff at the MaineGeneral emergency room, especially Dr Giles Gifford and a special nurse, Jaron Avance. Their compassion, empathy and professionalism were greatly appreciated during these difficult times.

A Christian Burial Mass will be celebrated at 10 am on Monday, December 6, 2021 at St. John the Baptist Church, 26 Monument Street, Winslow. A private burial at St. Francis Cemetery will be reserved for family and guests.

Arrangements are under the direction and care of Gallant Funeral Home, 10 Elm Street, Waterville. An online guestbook can be signed, condolences and memories shared at http://www.gallantfh.com

Instead of flowers, the family asks you to donate to a veterans charity or local humanitarian society, two of Paul’s most cherished causes. In memory of Paul, please consider performing a humble act of kindness this holiday season

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