Obituary - Normand R. LaJoie

28 December 2012
1937 - 2012

Normand R. LaJoie

CYR PLANTATION – Surrounded by his loving family, Mr. Normand LaJoie, 75, died peacefully and with great courage at his home on Saturday, Dec. 22, 2012. He was born in Cyr Plantation, on Sept. 6, 1937, the son of Gilbert J. and Marthe (St. Pierre) LaJoie.

He is survived by his loving wife of 54 years and eight months, Maxine (Ouellette) LaJoie of Cyr Plantation, eight children, Monica Beaulieu and husband Ray of Augusta, Gilbert LaJoie and wife Kim of Van Buren, Sarah Sirois and husband Marc of Winslow, Denise Hayes and husband Jerry of Brewer, Dr. Norma Desjardins and husband Paul of Mapleton, Dominic LaJoie and wife Rachel of Van Buren, Julie Moore and husband Steve, of Midlothian, Virginia and Gisele Gendreau and husband Scott of Brewer. In addition, he leaves his precious grandchildren: 15 grandsons, 13 granddaughters, and seven great-grandchildren. He is also survived by three siblings, Jeannine Gagnon of Van Buren, and Rev. Roland LaJoie, SM of Tampa, Florida and Gerard LaJoie and his wife Bernadette also of Van Buren.

Normand’s passion in life was farming the land on which he was born, following in the footsteps of his father and grandfather. He founded Grand Prix Farms and later passed on this legacy to his sons Gilbert and Dominic and grandson Jay, who founded LaJoie Growers, LLC. He also loved being a truck driver, and for 50 years, he hauled up and down the East coast. Normand was known to many as “Superfrog,” the harmonica-playing truck driver. One of his favorite pastimes was the collection and restoration of antique tractors, and he was an active member of the Northern Maine Antique Tractor Club. In 1993, Normand was recognized as Maine Potato Board Farmer of the Year, and in 2010 the LaJoie family was recognized as the Farm Family of the Year.

Normand was a Fourth Degree 50-year member of the Knights of Columbus and a faithful parishioner of St. Bruno-St. Remi Church in Van Buren.

The family would like to thank the staff of the Aroostook Cancer Center and The Aroostook Medical Center, who cared for him during his most recent illness.

A funeral Mass was celebrated on Thursday, Dec. 27 at 11 a.m. at St. Bruno-St. Remi Church in Van Buren. In lieu of flowers, those who wish may make a donation to Outdoors Again, a non-profit organization dedicated to the construction of a family-oriented outdoor recreation facility for disabled individuals at the following address:   Outdoors Again, Attn: Ron Lemons, 661 Main Street, Waterboro, ME  04087.  Online donations may also be made at  Funeral arrangements were a service of Ouellette-Thibault Funeral Home, 118 High St., Van Buren.  To leave on-line condolences, please visit