SPRINGVALE – EJ Roland Normand, 77, of Springvale, passed away September 7, 2022, with his beloved family by his side.
Roland was born in Portland on September 28, 1944 to Ernest and Sadie (Morin) Normand. He grew up in Sanford where he attended local Catholic schools and graduated from St. Ignatius High School in 1962. Roland went on to earn his bachelor’s degree from Franklin Pierce College and his master’s degree from the University of Southern Maine.
After college, he began a teaching career in New Hampshire before returning home and continuing to teach elementary school at Notre Dame School. He then taught at Sanford Junior High School and ended his career there as a guidance counselor. During his career at Sanford Junior High School, he met his future wife, Mary-Ellen Reeks. They married in 1975, and together they raised three children and shared 47 blessed years of marriage and family love.
In 1976, after quitting his teaching career, Roland began working for his stepfather at Walter Reeks Buick-Oldsmobile in Sanford. He became the main dealer in 1980 until his retirement in 2008.
After retiring, Roland developed a great love for the game of golf. It has become a favorite pastime. He was a longtime member of the Sanford Country Club, where he regularly enjoyed tee times with the “Bandits” and other local golf groups. Roland was a past or present member of the Knights of Columbus, Kiwanis, Elks and Lions Club. He was a long-time communicant of Our Lady of Springvale Church.
Roland had a great joy for music, dancing, guitar, woodworking, Wells Beach, and ice cream (Butter Pecan, in particular). He sang and performed in many musicals as a student.
After retirement, he and his wife spent the winter at their home in Florida, enjoying the company of wonderful neighbors and special friends they had made over the years.
He will be remembered as a devoted, kind, fun-loving and patient husband, father, grandfather and friend. Her grandchildren held a special place in her heart. He liked to share and show their photos which were always in his wallet or phone.
Roland was predeceased by his parents; and his sister, Joan of Arc Therrien.
He is survived by his beloved wife, Mary-Ellen of Springvale; three beloved children, Sara-Jane Normand of Sanford, Dr. Jonathan Normand and his wife, Jennifer, of Sanford, Erin R. Therrien and her husband, Jeffrey, of Springvale; four grandchildren, Sophie, Maeve, Finley and Bryce Therrien; a nephew, Dale Ashby and several other nieces and nephews.
A Christian burial mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, October 5 at Sainte-Thérèse de Lisieux parish, Sainte-Famille de Sanford church, followed by a private burial.
Special recognition and thanks to the Southern Maine Hospice team for their support and kindness.
Arrangements are under the direction of Black Funeral Homes and Cremation Service, Sanford-Springvale.
To leave a message of condolence for the family, please visit www.blackfuneralhomes.com.
In lieu of flowers, those considering expressing sympathy are asked to consider sending a memorial contribution to the
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