DEXTER - Robert M. Fortier, 86, loving husband of Constance (Morse) Fortier, for more than 62 years, died Oct. 23, 2002, in Dover-Foxcroft at Hibbards Nursing Home. He was born Dec. 20, 1915, in Freedom, the son of Frank and Ethel (Carsley) Fortier. He graduated from St. Petersburg Florida High School and then attended Northeastern Business College in Portland. He served many years in the C.C.C. and was a Navy veteran of World War II having served in the Pacific Theater. He was a field man for American Hardware Mutual Insurance Co. in Central and Northern Maine. After retirement, he founded Bob's Tackle Company. He designed many fishing lures and also represented several metal detector companies. He was a member of the Dexter United Methodist Church having served many years as treasurer of the trustees. He was a member of the Penobscot Masonic Lodge No. 39 A.M. & A.F. of Dexter.
He is survived by his wife, Constance (Morse) Fortier; two daughters, Sally Lawson and her husband, John of Dexter, Sandra Padham of Dexter; five grandchildren, Stephen Lawson and Heidi of Dexter, Lorraine Inserra and William of California, Cindy Lawson of Bangor, Chris Padham and Lisa of Dexter, Jamie Padham of Dexter; four great-grand-children, Billy and Amanda Inserra, and Wendy and Kara Lawson; a special friend, Albert Sands of Dover-Foxcroft, whom he greatly enjoyed hunting, fishing, and especially "metal detecting" with, and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was predeceased by his, and one brother, Francis "Tat" Fortier.
A memorial service will be held 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27, 2002, at the Dexter United Methodist Church, with pastor Lois Field officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Dexter United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 655, Dexter, ME 04930. Arrangements by Pine State Cremation Service, 1-800-769-6371.