Edward Wilfred Lemire

June 2, 1939 ~ November 20, 2023 (age 84) 84 Years Old

Edward Lemire Obituary

Edward Wilfred Lemire Jr., a prominent businessman, entrepreneur, and beloved family man, passed away peacefully on November 20, 2023, in Lakeland, FL. Born on June 2, 1939, to Edward Lemire Sr. and Yvonne (Nolette) Lemire, in Biddeford, ME, he was a beacon of strength, resilience, and positivity, who left an impact on everyone he met.

Edward's early life was rooted in service and community. As an altar boy, he developed a strong sense of faith and devotion that would guide him throughout his life. His entrepreneurial spirit led him to become the owner of The Villager Motel and the founder of the first strip mall on Pine Island Road. He also owned Fishermen's Home Park in Matlacha, Florida, and ran a successful roofing and siding company, Champion Homes. His business acumen and dedication to his community were well recognized, particularly through his active involvement in the Lions Club in York Beach, Maine.
Ed proudly served his country as a Surgical Orderly in the US Air Force, being a part of the 818th Medical Group (SAC) at Lackland AFB in Lincoln, Nebraska. His four years of military service were a testament to his commitment and discipline, values he carried throughout his life. Following his military service, Ed continued to contribute to his community through active involvement in the Cypress Lakes Veteran's Association. His efforts within the association were not just acts of participation but of passion, as he sought to support fellow veterans and their families.
Edward's passion for life extended beyond his professional pursuits. He was an avid skier, finding joy on the slopes of Maine and Europe alike. He enjoyed golfing, fishing, and lobstering out of Cape Ellis, Maine, until health issues no longer allowed him. His love for golf persisted, and he spent his later years collecting golf balls, a hobby that brought him much joy. Edward's adventurous spirit led him to travel extensively with his wife. Together, they visited every state, Mexico, and Canada, creating a lifetime of memories.

Edward's most cherished role was that of a family man. He is survived by his loving wife of 25 years, Carole Lemire (Peirson), his children Doug (Susan) Lemire, Deborah Bailey, his sister Jeannine Leone, and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his sister, Connie Clark, as well as his deceased wife, Nell. Edward took immense pride in his role as a grandfather to Ryan Lemire and a great-grandfather to Jaelyn, Brooklin, and Skye. His love for his family was boundless, and he will be dearly missed by all who knew him.

Edward was actively involved in his local community. He enjoyed working the polls in Polk County, a testament to his commitment to civic duty and his belief in the power of democracy. He also was an active participant in the Lakeland Concert Band where he volunteered in both concerts and other types of performances. He was His dedication to his community, his entrepreneurial spirit, and his zest for life will be remembered by all who knew him.

In memory of Edward Wilfred Lemire Jr., we celebrate a life well-lived, full of love, service, and adventure. His legacy will live on in the businesses he built, the community he served, and most importantly, in the hearts of his loving family.

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May 31, 2024

11:00 AM
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