Catching up on obituaries today..
Emilie J. Maille
owned Lowell service station, WWII vet; 87
DRACUT---Emile J. Maille, died peacefully at his home on Thursday, July 3, 2008, with his wife, Theresa (Normandin) and his son, Russel at his side.
He was born in Lowell, on August 5, 1920, a son of the late Cuthbert and Rose (Therrien) Maille.
Emile owned and operated Maille's Gulf Service Station on Riverside Street in Lowell for nearly 40 years.
He was a member of St. Francis Parish in Dracut, and served as an usher.
He served with the United States Army during World War II, stationed in Tyler Texas, as a sergeant with the military police. Emile was highlighted in a Texas newspaper for riding his motorcycle in winter 1900 miles to Massachusetts for family leave.
Emile had a lifeling interest in automobile racing, and as a young man in the 1940s, he raced midget racers on local New England tracks. He often attended the Indianapolis 500 Memorial Day race, and in later years watched it faithfully with family members at yearly celebrations.
In the more than 20 years, Emile has enjoyed his retirement, he and Theresa have have traveled, gardened extensively at their home, relished Theresa's home cooking, and enjoyed get-togethers and celebrations with their growing family.
Besides Theresa, his beloved wife of 61 years, Emile leaves behind and large family of seven children; 14 grandchildren; and 5 great grandchildren. His children include two daughters and five sons, Linda Matte and spouse, C. Richard of Pelham, NH, Donna Franz and spouse, William of Windham, NH, Richard and Priscilla (Spanos) Maille of Tyngsboro, John and Christine (Orleans) Maille of Merrimack, NH, Thomas and Melissa (Hamilton) Maille and Russell Maille, all of Dunbarton, NH, and Kevin and Jerrilee (Nickerson) Maille of Raymond, NH. He also leaves a sister, Priscilla England of Dracut.
His family will miss him dearly.
MAILLE---Emile J., age 87 Relatives and friends may call the McKENNA-OUELLETTE FUNERAL HOME, 327 Hildreth Street, from 4 until 8 P.M. on Monday. His funeral Mass will be celebrated on Tuesday morning at 9 A.M. in St. Francis Church, Wheeler Road, Dracut. Burial in St. Joseph Cemetery. For directions or condoleneces please visit www.mckennaouellette.com
Published in the Lowell Sunday Sun 6 July 2008, pg. 19