Obituary: Ronald D. Bourque – Portland Press Herald

Ronald D. Bourque

VERO BEACH, Fla. – Ronald D. Bourque passed away on Saturday, September 17, 2022. He was just 75 years old. He bravely battled pancreatic cancer for four years, never giving up on it, choosing to find joy in his day and continuing to be a bright, positive light to those who loved him…brave until the end. end.

Ron was born in Sanford in 1947. He was the son of Dora (Mayotte) and Napoleon Omer Bourque, two hardworking, dedicated and loving parents who instilled in him a moral compass that guided him throughout his life.

Ron attended St Ignatius, the local parish school in Sanford. He graduated from the University of Detroit and then from the University of Iowa Law School. He completed his law school and graduated from the University of Maine Law School.

Married with children, he settled in his hometown of Sanford. After a brief stint at a local law firm, Ron decided to open his own law firm. He was busy early on and spent his career working as an impartial and trusted advocate for the people of his community and the state of Maine.

His high ethical standards have been recognized by his legal peers as a recipient of the Charles Walter Smith Jr. Award, and he was appointed by the Supreme Judicial Court of Maine to serve on the Committee on Nationwide Judicial Accountability. State. His legal background cultivated endeavors in real estate and banking, and his lifelong interest in politics sparked political involvement at the state and national level.

Perhaps most importantly, Ron was a trusted advisor to countless friends and family members. He was generous in sharing his knowledge and life lessons, and he guided many of us to success. He really took care of all of us.

Loyal, reliable and constant. Ron had many interests, the majority of which he began to explore in his late twenties and beyond, all of which he tackled with discipline, intensity and enthusiasm. He learned to ski, played tennis, coached his daughters’ soccer teams, earned his pilot’s license, tried his hand at sailing in Casco Bay, and was an avid reader. He loved to golf and he loved to travel to new places. He started taking piano lessons with his eldest when she was 6, and for 30 years he had a lesson every week. His family woke up in the morning to the sound of his practice and listened to it again every night. He never considered himself good enough to play for anyone other than his family, but he loved it.

Ron and Ann have three daughters and seven granddaughters who are the pride and joy of their lives. Along with Ann, Ron firmly believed that this group of women were infinitely capable. He encouraged them to explore the world, he encouraged them not to be afraid, and he was one of their greatest champions. He had no choice but to be a feminist.

Ron is survived by his wife of 52 years, Ann (Lincourt) Bourque. He is also survived by his daughter, Lisa Chekan (Edward) and their daughters Sarah, Emma and Laura; his daughter, Ellen Johnson (Sean) and their daughters Hannah and Elizabeth; his daughter, Emily Burks (Matt) and their daughters Logan and Madison; his sister, Claire Brooks (Mike Brooks); numerous nieces and nephews; and the many people who were lucky enough to know him as a friend.

A private family memorial will be held at a later date.

Arrangements are by Thomas S. Lowther Funeral Home and Crematory, Vero Beach, Fla. An online guestbook is available at

Instead of flowers,

donations to the

Pancreatic Cancer Action Network at,

in memory of Ron, would be a thoughtful gift.

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