Welcome to the memorial page for

Roger N. Gelinas

October 8, 1956 ~ July 30, 2017 (age 60)

Roger N. Gelinas, 60, of Biddeford died Sunday, July 30, 2017 at Gosnell Memorial Hospice House following a five-and-a-half-year battle with cancer.  He was born October 8, 1956 in Biddeford, a son of Robert C. and Jeanne (Demeule) Gelinas.  He was educated locally, graduating from Biddeford High School in the Class of 1974.


On May 7, 1977, he married Linda Perry in St. Andre’s Church.


After working a few years as an electrician, he joined the Biddeford Fire Department in 1977 retiring as Captain in 2002.  Since then he owned and operated Gelinas Electric.  In 2014, as his illness became more acute he sold the business to James Gallant, his “adopted son”.


After retirement, Roger served on the Biddeford Fire Commission 2011 - 2016.

As a younger man, he coached Pee Wee football for 11 years.  He coached girls’ basketball in Biddeford from 1994 - 2004, and in Old Orchard Beach from 2004 until 2008.


Roger also volunteered his expertise as Assistant Fire Inspector until 2016.  He was first vice president of La Kermesse from 1989 - 1992 and vice president 1992-1994.


Roger enjoyed and shared his love of all New England sports teams with his daughter Stacey.  They also coached high school basketball, side-by-side for several years.


He most valued his time with family and friends; he had a very special bond with his beloved grandchildren, Payton and Cameron.  He was loved, and will be missed by so many


He was predeceased by his father Robert in August 1969 and his sister, Paulette Gelinas in April 1978.


Surviving are:

Linda, his wife of 40 years, his daughter Stacey Russo and her husband Justin, his mother, and grandchildren Payton and Cameron Russo,

all of Biddeford;

          His sister Gisele Sullivan and her husband Kevin of Saco

          Brothers:      Donald Gelinas and his wife Shelly of Biddeford

                              Roland Gelinas and his wife Joy of Springfield, MA


                    Vickie Robitaille and her husband Roger of Biddeford

                    Janice Labbe (widow of Guy) of Lyman

                    Caroline Sullivan and her husband Sean of Topsham

                    Carmen Perry and her significant other Doug Glenn of New York


          Bill Perry and his wife Vicki of Biddeford

          Steven Perry and his wife Andrea of Biddeford

          Carl Perry and his wife Tami of Waterboro

Several nieces and nephews.



Visiting Hours will be 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 3, 2017 and Friday 10:00 to 11:00 at Hope Memorial Chapel 480 Elm Street, Biddeford, ME 04005.   A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be in St. Joseph Cemetery in Biddeford.  To share condolences online, please visit  In lieu of flowers, donations in Roger’s memory may be made to:  Biddeford Fire Department Memorial Fund, 152 Alfred Street, Biddeford, 04005 or Leukemia and Lymphoma Society , 9 Erie Dr., Suite 101, Natick, MA 01760.     

Charitable donations may be made to:

Biddeford Fire Department Memorial Fund
152 Alfred St., Biddeford ME 04005

Leukemia and Lymphoma Society
9 Erie Dr., Suite 101, Natick MA 01760
Tel: 1-508-810-1300

 Service Information

August 3, 2017

4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Hope Memorial Chapel
480 Elm Street
Biddeford, ME 04005

August 4, 2017

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Hope Memorial Chapel
480 Elm Street
Biddeford, ME 04005

Funeral Service
August 4, 2017

11:00 AM
Hope Memorial Chapel
480 Elm Street
Biddeford, ME 04005

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