Milton Joseph Gervais

10 years ago

    Gervais, Milton J., 85, February 24, 2014.  Spring interment will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery.  Arrangements by Dunn Funeral Home, Houlton.

    PT Milton GervaisHOULTON – Milton Joseph (Pete) Gervais, 85, died February 24, 2014, peacefully at home with his devoted wife at his side. He was born April 8, 1928, at Stockholm, ME, the son of Alsime (Sam) and Regina (Doris) (Gagnon) Gervais.
    As a young man, Pete worked with his father in the woods of Maine, hauling lumber for Atlas Plywood of Houlton. He was also a truck driver for A & P stores. Pete was a self-made and very successful real estate developer. He started his career by building homes in Millinocket and Woodland, then moved on to build and renovate numerous homes, hotels, apartment buildings, condominiums and dormitories from Maine to Florida. He designed and built beautiful homes for several family members. In Caribou, he bought and renovated the Crown Park Inn and built the Caribou Inn & Convention Center, and the apartment complex, A Place for All Seasons, which his son, Mark, now owns and manages. Pete and Terry moved to the North Road in 1953 and then to Madigan Street in 1961. In 1975, they took ownership of the Shiretown Motel from Pete’s parents. Together, Pete and Terry developed it from the 24-room motel his father and mother had started in 1953, to the Shiretown Inn and Suites of today. In 1992, Pete and Terry retired, and their son, Marty, now manages the family business.
    Pete was a great story-teller and was never happier than when surrounded by his extended family. Holiday gatherings and time spent with his wife, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren at the family camp at Drews Lake, with his two special boys – his pups, Jake and Charlie – by his side, filled him with joy and gratitude. His family, his God, and his faith were the central components of his life.
    Pete was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, uncle and brother, and he will be deeply missed by his beloved wife of 66 years, Theresa (Terry) Kathleen (Downing) Gervais and their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren: Carol, Richard & Jess Speake; Sally & Brian Cole and Emily, Dan, Collin & Jacob Lilley and Katherine & Bruce Currie; Linda Goodall and Becky, Jeff, Alexis & Jackson Cowie; Mark Gervais & Carolyn Campbell and Hannah & Olivia Gervais and Megan & Connor Arnott and Heather, John, Jazmine, John Jr. & Micah Curtis; Marty, Leslie, Porter & Ian Gervais; Judy & Dana Williams and Dana, Casey & Saige O’Keefe and Justin Wisniewski; Rachael, Chris & Anna Yarsevich; Carie, Spencer, Orley & Vita Garrett; Elizabeth & Kristen McIntire; Hayley, Dan, Willow & Rowan Newman; George Eyerer and Andrew Gervais; and one great-great grandchild, Benjamin Wisniewski; and by his sister, Nancy Ellis, and her children, Rick and Elen; and his sisters-in-law, Mary Graham and Anna Downing; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. Pete was predeceased by his parents, his wife’s parents and several brothers- and sisters-in law.
    A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Thursday, February 27, 2014, 10 a.m. at St. Mary of the Visitation Church in Houlton. A reception to celebrate Pete’s life was held immediately following at Saint Mary’s Family Center. Spring interment will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, those who wish may make a gifts in Pete’s memory the Milton Gervais Scholarship Fund, Ark Animal Sanctuary, or St. Mary’s Food Pantry, c/o Dunn Funeral Home, 11 Park Street, Houlton, ME 04730. Guestbook and con-dolences at dunnfuneral.com.