L. Philip “Phil” Roux, 85, of Kennebunk, passed away on August 14, 2019, at
Southern Maine Health Care, Biddeford. He was born in Sanford on December 4,
1933, the son of Maurice C.E. and Beatrice (Auger) Roux, Sr.
Phil was educated locally and graduated from St. Louis High School in 1952. He
played quarterback for the football team and, per his brother Al, was an “accurate
pass thrower.” Weightlifting and boxing were also favorite pastimes in the family
barn on Pool Road.
Just out of high school, Phil worked for Esso Gas Station on the Maine Turnpike in
Kennebunk, and then for Merchant’s Express trucking before beginning his career
at Central Maine Power as a lineman in 1955. He married Suzanne Valliere at St.
Joseph Church in 1956 and they went on to raise four children together. He often
worked overtime reading transformers and doing odd jobs of all types to provide
for his family. His time at CMP spanned 37 years, retiring in 1991.
He enjoyed woodworking, always including his signature “LPR” and “Bidd. Pool”
on the clam baskets, cranberry rakes and hand-carved birds he crafted for more
than fifty years. Phil prided himself on being one of the “older” players on the
Biddeford Ice Arena’s Broomball League and was a member of the L.B. Belanger
State of Maine 1973-74 championship team.
After retirement he volunteered with Meals on Wheels twice a week for more than
24 years, often doing a double shift. Phil enjoyed his customers, many of whom
were quite a bit younger than he was. He shared his humor and looked forward to
his weekly interactions with them, delivering meals up until May of this year.
Phil is survived by his beloved wife of 62 years, Suzanne; daughters, Julie Roux,
of Saco, Michelle (Troy) Shupe, of Show Low, AZ, Diane (Phillip) Morris, of
Beverly, MA; son, Philip M. Roux, of Bartlett, NH; grandchildren, Heather
Littlefield, Chantal Peterson, and Taylor Morris; brother, J. Alfred (Martha) Roux,
of Brentwood, MO; sister, Françoise (Norman) Laliberte, of Biddeford; sister-in law, Jeanette Roux, of Biddeford Pool, and many nieces and nephews. He is
predeceased by a brother, Maurice C.E. Roux Jr.
Visiting Hours will be from 1:00p.m. to 3:00p.m. on Monday August 19, 2019, at
Hope Memorial Chapel, 480 Elm Street, Biddeford, ME 04005, with a service to
follow at 3:00pm. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Meals on Wheels,
189 Alfred St, Biddeford Maine. To share condolences online, please visit
Donations may be made to:
Meals on Wheels
189 Alfred St., Biddeford ME 04005