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Theodore W. (Ted) Sirois, Jr. (1951-2019)

Theodore W. (Ted) Sirois, Jr.

WILTON - Theodore W. (Ted) Sirois, Jr., 67, of Wilton, went to his eternal rest on June 3, 2019, at the Androscoggin Hospice House in Auburn, where he had been a patient for four days.

Born in Rumford on June 29, 1951, he was the third son of Ted and Kitty (Hodsdon) Sirois.

He attended parochial school, was an altar server at St. John’s Catholic Church, and delivered daily papers in and around his Franklin Street neighborhood. At a young age, he learned the values of spirituality, hard work, and responsibility. When he was 13, the family moved to Farmington. At Farmington High School he made the Honor Roll, played football and basketball, and was a member of the Interact Club.

Ted met his future wife, Mary Lorenzi, on a blind date when they attended different high schools. They married a year-and-a-half later and were blessed with two sons, Patrick and Jamie, who have been sources of happiness and pride throughout their lives.

In 1973, Ted earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Secondary Education from the University of Maine at Farmington. After his student-teaching experience at Skowhegan Area High School, he was hired to teach Physics.

He was awarded a Master’s Degree from the University of Southern Maine and pursued further graduate studies at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Esteemed by many students as an exceptional teacher of both physics and photography, he was able to convey not only his expertise in the subject matter, but also his fondness for his students in a manner that was humorous, sarcastic and witty.

In 2005 he was inducted into the Francis Crowe Society of the University of Maine College of Engineering as an Honorary Engineer. This tribute was given in recognition for the numerous students he had prepared so well for advanced physics and engineering classes.

Last summer he and Mary celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary by renewing their vows at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, renting a house at Higgins Beach in Scarborough for their family, and, in the fall, traveling to France with their dear friends, Harvey and Kerry Lasner of Syracuse, New York.

Ted loved spending time with his grandchildren: attending their sports events, doing science experiments with them, and taking them fishing. His hobbies included photography, cooking, gardening, hunting, snorkeling and traveling. He and Mary vacationed on many Caribbean Islands and in various Florida locations, and toured Italy.

Much of his time was spent on the Christmas tree farm that he and his brother, Bob, own. He took care of thousands of firs and evergreens. Planting, spraying, pruning, and harvesting, he made their care a year-round venture. He especially enjoyed seeing customers select near-perfect trees and wishing them a "Merry Christmas."

He liked helping neighbors and friends by snow blowing their driveways, shoveling walkways, restoring machinery and doing basic auto repairs. He was also able to fix everything that Mary wanted replaced.

Above all else, he was a loving caretaker of his family.

He leaves behind his devoted wife, Mary; son Patrick of Los Angeles, Calif.; son Jamie and his wife, Kristen, of Potomac Falls, Va.; grandchildren Jackson, Colton, Landon, and Boden; brothers Len (Judy) of Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada; Larry (Nancy) of Greene; Bob (Becky) of Farmington; and sister, Susan Mitchell, (David) of Fairbanks. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews, as well as cousins.

Memorial visitation will take place Saturday June 15, 2019 from 9:30 -10:30 a.m. at Wiles Remembrance Center: Adams-McFarlane Chapel 137 Farmington Falls Road, Farmington ME, with memorial mass following at 11:00AM at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church on Middle St. in Farmington. A comfort reception will follow at the church hall. A private interment will follow at Lakeview Cemetery in Wilton. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Franklin County Animal Shelter 550 Industry Road, Farmington ME 04938, or to the American Red Cross PO Box 37839 Boone, IA 50037-0839.

Friends wishing may leave a kind word on Ted’s memorial wall at www.wilesrc.com.

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  1. Mary and family,
    So sorry for your loss. Thinking of you in the days to come. May family and friends help you through this difficult time.

  2. Mary, I am so sorry for your loss of your beloved husband. God Bless him and your family. God's Peace

  3. Mary, Patrick, and Jamie, I am shocked and saddened with this news. I played basketball with Teddy for years. He was always friendly to me, and though I didn't see him often in the past few years, I still consider him my friend. My heart is with you in this time of sorrow. Mary, we'll talk sometime. Tom Knight

  4. We are very sad at the passing of a friend and neighbor. We enjoyed many hours of fellowship times with Ted and Mary. The sun may be shining today, but there is a sadness in our hearts. Ted will be greatly missed.
    Our neighborhood and community will remember his presence as the years move on and our sympathy goes out to your entire family.

  5. I am extremely sadden to hear of my friend Ted's passing. We have lost another classmate who we will all miss. Ted was an exceptional person. He was an extremely talented teacher and was able to pass on to his students his love of science and physics. Donna and I have many fond memories of double dating with Ted and Marty. We will forever cherish those memories and hold Ted dear to our hearts. Our condolences to Mary, Patrick, Jamie, and the entire family.

  6. Mary, Patrick and Jamie I'm so sorry for your loss, my thoughts and prayers are with you

  7. I am so saddened to hear of Ted’s death. My heart goes out to Mary, Jamie and Patrick at this time . Years ago when I decided to do childcare in my home, Jamie was my first. What a dear he was and I felt like the Sirois family
    Were part of my family. Haven’t kept in close touch but the memories of them all are very dear to me.

  8. My deepest sympathies to Mary, Patrick and Jamie for your loss.

  9. Mary, I am so sorry for you loss. Hugs & prayers for you & your family.

  10. Mary, Patrick, Jamie and all of the Sirois family,

    I am so sorry for your loss. I know words cannot take away the emptiness and sorrow you are feeling right now. But try to find some comfort in knowing so many folks are thinking of you with positive thoughts and love. Focus on the good memories of days gone by and share those stories and smile remembering Ted.
    Christmas tree shopping will never be the same....

    Bonnie

  11. Mrs. Sirois...so sorry for your loss.

  12. From across the miles I have to smile when I remember the adventures of one of Farmington's finest families. And what do you know, you all landed where you should be and I continue to admire Mary and her friend, Connie Davis, the bookends across the hall. Two fine ladies, Ted was so proud of you Mary and so were the rest of us. My thoughts are with you.

  13. Dear Mary and family,
    My thoughts and prayers are with you, as are more than can be counted. Ted's spirit is with you, always till you are together again. May your many memories be a comfort to you at this painful time.

  14. Mary, so sorry for your loss. I know exactly how you feel and what you're going through. In my prayers.

  15. The loss of a husband, brother, father, friend... the loss is incalculable, but it hurts all of us who know and love Ted's family. My sincere sympathies to Mary, to Patrick and Jamie, to Susan, and to all of you. May God hold you in the palm of his hand through this trial, and may He comfort you with the knowledge of His love.

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