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Lionel Spike Dionne

January 17, 1933 - January 25, 2017
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Brunswick-Lionel (Spike) Joseph Dionne, age 84 of Buttermilk Cove Road died Wednesday, January 25th at Mid Coast Hospital in Brunswick.

He was born in Brunswick on January 17, 1933, the son of Adelard J. and Elaine E. (Bernier) Dionne.

He attended St. John’s and Brunswick High School, leaving school before graduation at 17 to join the Navy in 1950, serving four years as an electrician’s mate during the Korean War.

On June 20, 1953 he married Edna G. Bernard.  She passed away on April 5, 1995.He worked at Ben’s Filling Station, Stetson’s  and Demer’s Funeral Homes, did roofs with Frankie LeBlanc, and was a Special on the Brunswick, Police Force for several years before being hired on as an officer in 1962.  Police work was his passion and he worked his way up to Lieutenant before his retirement in 1982.

He was a member of the Elks Club and the American Legion. 

After his retirement, he enjoyed lobstering, picking crabs, making coffee and end tables, boat planters and other wood crafts, word search puzzles, and going over to Eldridge’s Store first thing in the morning to get the coffee pots going for all the fishermen that would come in to shoot the breeze.

He is survived by his companion of 23 years, Marie Reil of Brunswick and her two daughters Elaina LeClaire of Brunswick and Cheryl Kreidler of W. Bath; three children, Kathy Kershner and her husband Rick of Harpswell, Carol Carter of Sioux City, Iowa, and David A. Dionne and his wife InSun of Brunswick, his sister, Irene Jewett of Brunswick, seven grandchildren: Jaime, Chelsea and Noah Kershner, Brandon and Heather Carter, and Joshua and Jenn Dionne, nine great-grandchildren and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Visiting hours will be held Tuesday, January 31 from 5-7PM at Stetson’s Funeral Home, 12 Federal St., Brunswick.  Burial will be on Tuesday, May 2nd at 12 Noon in Maine Veterans’ Memorial Cemetery, Civic Center Drive, Augusta.

In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to the Maine Children’s Cancer Program, 100 Campus Dr., # 107, Scarborough, ME 04072.

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