Herve J. Poissant

January 14, 1930 ~ October 3, 2018 (age 88)


Herve J. Poissant – Biddeford

Herve J. Poissant age 88 of Buxton, former longtime resident of Biddeford, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, October 3, 2018 following a prolonged illness with Myasthenia Gravis at Gosnell Hospice House in Scarborough with his family at his side.  He was born on January 14, 1930 in Biddeford the son of Andre and Beatrice (Angers) Poissant.  Mr. Poissant was raised and educated in Biddeford and graduated from St. Francis College High School Class of 1949.  He received his BA from St. Francis College and continued on to receive an MA from Calvin Coolidge College of Liberal Arts, a MS IT from the University of Southern California and a BPH from the Seminary of Philosophy in Montreal, Canada.

He served his country in the U.S. Navy for 6 years.  He served 2 years as a Navy Corpsman and 4 years in the inactive reserves. He was honorably discharged.

Mr. Poissant worked at the University of New England as a Professor and Administrator for 49 years.  He retired in 1997.  He remained active in his retirement.  He had worked at the Americana and Aquarius Motels in Old Orchard Beach as well as for Hannaford Supermarkets in the area.  He worked until the age of 84.

He was a very active and social man who volunteered his time and treasure to numerous clubs and organizations in the area for many years.  The Franco-American Society was near and dear to his heart.  He was a devoutly spiritual man who had once attended the Seminary.  He was a member of the Church of St. Anne in Gorham and of St. Joseph’s and St Andre’s Churches in Biddeford. 

Mr. Poissant loved his family and always put them first.  He enjoyed traveling with his wife, Madeleine and going to the race track from time to time. He always enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Madeleine T. (Boucher) Poissant and his children:  Martine Daily, Daniel H. Poissant and wife, Teresa, Robert A. Poissant and wife, Debra, Rachel Poissant, Denise D. Perron and husband, Michael, Marie-Therese Bedard and husband, Shawn and Michelle Nicely and husband Lee.  9 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren as well as numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends who also survive him.  He was predeceased by 3 sisters and 2 brothers.

Visiting hours will be from 6:00 – 8:00 PM on Tuesday, October 9, 2018 at Hope Memorial Chapel, 480 Elm Street, Biddeford, ME 04005.  His funeral will begin at 9:00 AM on Wednesday, October 10, 2018 at the funeral home with a Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated at 10:00 AM at St. Joseph’s Church in Biddeford.  Burial will follow in St. Joseph Cemetery in Biddeford.  Donations are requested to:  Myasthenia Gravis Hope Foundation, 503 Adirondack Ave, Orlando, FL 32807.









Born in Biddeford, Maine on January 14,1930 son of Andre and Beatrice Angers Poissant.  Besides his parents, Herve was predeceased by two brothers, Floriant of Waterboro, ME., and Leo-Paul and Three sisters: Lucille Regina, Claire Vigeant and Angeline Blais.  Married Madeleine T. Boucher of Ville LaSalle PQ, Canada in l958 in St. Nazaire Church of Ville La Salle . settled in Biddeford, ME and raised seven children: Martine Daily, Daniel, Robert, Rachel, Denise Perron, Marie-Therese Bedard and Michelle Nicely.

Elementary Education:

St. Joseph's Parochial School, Biddeford, Me.
St. Louis Grammar School, Biddeford, Me.

Secondary Education:

St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, Sherbrooke, PQ, Canada

St. Francis College High School, Biddeford, ME. Diploma 1949.

College Education:

St. Francis College, Biddeford, ME.49-51. 54-55 BA
Seminary of Philosophy, Montreal PQ Canada. 51-53.BPH.

University of Montreal Grand Seminary 53-54 Theology Studies.
Calvin Coolidge College of Liberal Arts, Boston, MA., MA 1961
University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA.

Media Utilization in Select Colleges, Instructional Tech. Certificate 1968
University of Southern California, MS IT 1974

University of Maine at Farmington Media Techniques in Education, 1971
University of Maine at Orono Franco-American Seminar Series 1975
University of Maine at Farmington Franco-American" " 1974.
Colloque sur la Franco-Americanie at Bradford Jr College 1972.

Mail Management Seminar, Pitney Bowes Postal Education Center
NEAPQ Center, Peachtree, Ga. 1986 Certificate.




St. Francis College and High School, Biddeford, ME, French/Latin Instructor, 1954-55, 1957-63.

Experience ThomtonAcademy, Saco, ME. Substitute Teacher of French 1954-55.

St. Francis College, Biddeford, ME. Promoted to Assistant Professor of
French 1963.

Appointed Director of Language Laboratory in 1965

Formulated and directed The Institute on French-Canadian Culture for
St. Francis College in Biddeford, ME. And St. Dominic's High School
in Lewiston, ME from1972-75,directing some 120 public sessions

in collaboration with the US Commission on the Arts and Humanities
and the Maine Humanities Council.

Appointed Director of Media Services in 1968 at St. Francis College.
Promoted to the rank of Associate Professor of Instructional Media 1974.
Served on various faculty committees: Admission, Salary and Benefits,
Graduation, Cultural Affairs, Promotion and Tenure.

Appointed Adjunct Professor to the Francophone Center at St. Francis College 1974.
Served as an advisory board member to the Franco-American Television Series
sponsored by the Maine Public Broadcasting Network at the University of Maine
Orono 1977-78.

Appointed Director of the Media Center, Bookstore Director and Director of
Mail Services in 1979-80.

Appointed Director of the Bookstore and Mail Services in 1982.
Appointed Associate Director of Auxiliary Services in 1987.
Certified State of Maine professional teacher.


Life member of the University of Southern California Alumni Association,

UNE and St. Francis College Alumni Association.Recipient of the Alumni Achievement
Award in the year 2000. Is listed and quoted in Eleanor H. Haney's book Shaping A
Future, The Founding of the University of New England 1989 .. Listed in Maine's

Most Prominent People Bicentennial Edition 1976 by Anthony Joseph, Inc.

Social Organizations:

Le Club Richelieu International of Biddeford .. Past President, Secretary, Treasurer
and recipient of the Horace Viau Award, the Club's highest ahievement award.
Member of La Societe St. Jean Baptiste de Bienfaisance of Biddeford, ME.

Served as President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer and Auditor. 40 yrs active.
Founding President of La Federation Franco-Americaine de Biddeford, ME.
Founding member of La Kermesse Franco-Americaine de Biddeford. Served

as Board member and Treasurer. Served in the Boy Scouts of America in Troop 308
of St. Joseph's Parish in Biddeford, ME., and as Assistant Scout Master in Troop 315
of Saint Francis College High School, in Biddeford. ME.

Religious Organizations:

Member of the Church of St. Anne, Gorham, ME. Past member of St. Joseph's and
St.Andre's Churches of Biddeford, ME, Pastoral appointment to the St. Andre's Parish
Council and elected School Board Member. Past member and Secretary of the

Sacred Heart League of St. Joseph's Church, Biddeford and a 40 year member

of its choir. Member of the Third Order of St. Francis.


Elected to a 4 yr. term to the Biddeford Board of Education 1968-72 .Served on the
Kennedy School Building Committee and the Congressional Election Committee.

Military Record:

US Navy 1955-57, graduated from the Hospital Corps School, Bainbridge, Md.
Served 4 yrs in the Inactive Reserve and received an Honorable Discharge in 1961


Retired from the University of New England in 1997 and worked part-time as a desk
clerk at the Americana and Aquarius motels in Old Orchard Beach, ME until 2010

and as a Product Ambassador and Seafood Associate at Hannaford Scarborough,
Biddeford, Westbrook, South Portland, Gorham and Buxton til present date.


Donations may be made to:

Myasthenia Gravis Hope Foundation
503 Adirondack Ave, Orlando FL 32807
Tel: 1-407-680-6677

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