Richard C. Clavette

MADAWASKA, Maine — Richard C. Clavette, 79, of Madawaska, passed in the early morning hours of March 28, 2018, at a Presque Isle health care facility after a brief illness. He worked as an auto-mechanic for many years until an industrial accident crippled him for life. Once he was able to walk again, he found great satisfaction working at the Fraser Guest House, as groundskeeper. His strong work ethics were taught to all who worked for him.

Richard was a member of the Madawaska Fire Department for many years, where he forged lifelong friendships. He enjoyed hunting, making puzzles, going for rides, spending time with his grandsons, and sitting on the porch. He is survived by his three children, Micheline Epstein and her companion Joshua of Brooks, ME, Daniel Clavette and his husband, Brendan, of Revere, MA, and Phil Clavette of Madawaska; three grandsons, Nicholas Epstein and his companion, Dee, of Madawaska, along with their son, Elijah – Richard’s great-grandson, Joshua Epstein and his companion, Danielle, of Fort Kent, and Zack “Peewee” Epstein and his companion, Katie, of Orono; six brothers and sisters, Jimmy Clavette and his wife, Diane, of St. David, George Clavette and his wife, Sandy, of New Britain, CT, Roger Clavette and his wife, Elaine, of Klamath Falls, OR, Maxine Clavette of St. Agatha, Norman Clavette of Madawaska, and Reno Clavette and his wife, Susan, of  Goldendale, WA. Richard was predeceased by his wife, Georgette “Theriault” Clavette, in 2005, his mother, Cecile “Picard” Clavette, in 2002, and his father, Albert Clavette, in 1961.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on April 14, 2018 at the St. Thomas Aquinas Church in Madawaska. Family and friends may call at the church from 9 – 9:45 the morning of the service. Arrangements have been entrusted to Lajoie Funeral Home. For online condolences please visit

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