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Topsham- Jay "Red" Labbe age 79 of the River Road died Friday October 10th surrounded by his loving family and friends at his home.
He was born in Brunswick, October 27, 1928 the son of Demetrius and Agnes McKay Labbe. He was raised in Brunswick and attended St. John’s School.
At an early age Jay went to work at Jarvis Restaurant and Nickerson Trucking. Jay also started the Jay Brush with his cousin Mary Dall making brushes at his mother’s home and then recruited people to make the brushes at their homes. They then expanded the business to Elm Street in 1946.
Jay left the Jay Brush and went to work at Pejepscot Paper Mill retiring after thirty eight years of service.
In 1952 he married Jeanette Gagne.
Jay was a fireman for the Brunswick Fire Department until 1967 when he moved to Pejepscot and joined the Topsham Fire Department. Jay remained as a member of the Topsham Fire Department until retiring at age 72.
For 16 years Jay assisted his wife with the care of his sister in-law Marlene Pepin and always enjoyed helping others.
A grandson Wayne Labbe III and granddaughter Tabitha Harriman assisted Jay with care during his illness.
Jay enjoyed riding his golf cart, making puzzles, going to fires, spending time at his cottage in Sabattus where he fished and rode his pontoon boat. Jay also enjoyed taking bus tours and watching the Red Sox and the Patriots.
In addition to the Topsham Fire Department Jay was also a member of the United Lodge of Masons in Brunswick.
Surviving besides his wife of Topsham are two sons Wayne of Topsham and his companion Lorna Winslow and Joe of Lisbon Falls. Seven grandchildren and ten great grandchildren. He was predeceased by a grandson in 1973, and two daughters, Antoinette Williams in 1999 and Elizabeth Labbe in 2008.
Visiting hours will be 2-4 & 6-8 PM Tuesday at Stetson’s Funeral Home 12 Federal St. Brunswick. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10 AM Wednesday at St. Andrew’s Church Pejepscot. Interment will be in St. John’s Cemetery Brunswick. Memorial donations may be made to CHANS Hospice 60 Baribeau Drive Brunswick, Maine 04011. Memorial condolences may be expressed at stetsonsfuneralhome.com