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38th REUNION JULY 8th!

We just couldn’t wait to see you again!  Please join us – price includes food, adult beverages, music by DJ, camping, and FUN!  Peter Labbe’s residence, Patriot Lane, Brunwick.  RSVP soon.

Tickets: $35/person or $50/couple via Paypal or mail a check or money order to:

Susan Justice, 590 River Road, Topsham, ME  04086

Looking forward to seeing you all there!  🙂

WEBSITE ADDRESS: www.brunswickclassof1979.com
FACEBOOK GROUP: Brunswick High School Class of 1979…ME

JULY 26, 2014, PETER & JUDY LABBE’S, 33 Patriot Dr., Brunswick, 3:00 p.m.
Patriot Dr. is just beyond the old Brunswick Drive-In lot on the right, heading toward Freeport on Old Rt. 1 (Old Portland  Road).
STAY & PLAY – Plenty of open space for tent and camper camping for the night, grills available for cooking, clean portable toilets on site, large party tent(s) for protection from the elements, keg of beer (B.Y.O.B. if beer is not your thing), tables/chairs, trash cans, outdoor lighting, condiments, and paper products provided. B.Y.O.Cooler.
FOOD – Some food provided from Michaud’s Market: Veggie plates, finger rolls, potato salad, sandwich platter (roast beef, turkey, ham), condiments, chips, cold nonalcoholic drinks. Beer provided. Grills will still be be available for anyone who chooses to cook. Some other food items (chili, meatballs, desserts, etc.) are being made/provided by committee members, and please feel free to contribute a food item of your own to this momentous occasion! In the words of the ever-thoughtful Ken Coulombe: “No one will go hungry!”
SWIMMING – There is a pond on the Labbe’s property for swimming!
NO GLASS CONTAINERS ON THE PROPERTY PLEASE – People will be walking around in bare feet from swimming, etc. Keep it safe.
DJ – Larry Moore, Rainbow Productions: WICKED FUN!
LOCAL RIDES – Rides provided to/from Labbe’s and local hotels or wherever you are staying. NO DRINKING AND DRIVING; PERIOD.

Now go make your reservation! Also, if you or other classmates you know have moved or have changed an email address since our last reunion, PLEASE let us know so we can update our records for future communication. Let all Class of ’79-ers know we’re stirrin’ up some big doings for REUNION 35! Thank you for your help and we look forward to seeing you again!

Matt Favreau Obituary


Litchfield—Mathias “Matt” O. Favreau, 52, formerly of Brunswick, died unexpectedly on Wednesday, February 20, 2013.
He was born in Brunswick, May 11, 1960 the son of the late Robert O. and Theresa G. (Pelletier) Favreau. He graduated from Brunswick High School, Class of 1979 and completed the apprenticeship program at Bath Iron Works where he was employed for over 30 years as a structural designer. He married Joanne St.Pierre on May 10, 1991.
Matt enjoyed gardening, cooking, camping, snowmobiling, boating and any outdoor activities. His fresh brewed maple syrup was a treasured gift to all. He was an avid New England sports fan and rarely missed any Red Sox, Celtics or Patriot’s game. He especially enjoyed watching his children participate in their sporting events. He will be sadly missed by the many who loved him.
He is survived by his daughter, Nicole A. Favreau of Brunswick and Orono; his son, Thomas R. Favreau of Brunswick, and many beloved uncles, aunts and cousins.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, 175 Ammon Drive, Suite 201, Manchester, NH 03103 or the Brunswick High School Class of 1979 Scholarship Fund, 17 Perkins Street, Topsham, ME 04086.

THANK YOU to all of you who donated to the BHS Class of 1979 “Get Involved” Scholarship over the years!  It had a great run we and really did some good!

“Senior Night” in May 2013 was the last award in the amount of $3,000.   After several years of dedication and thousands of dollars in scholarship money awarded to a deserving BHS senior each spring, the committee decided  it was the right time to end this program.   This decision was made in August of 2013, primarily due to the amount of time it takes to maintain such a charity.

Over the course of the summer last year there had been more donations, so the committee decided to donate the remaining money, $3,000, to another scholarship:  THE ALEX LABBE FUND.   This fund was created in memory of the son of Peter and Judy Labbe, who sadly passed away at the age of 13 in 2010.  See details below from an article in “The Forcaster” 1n June 2013:

“BRUNSWICK, Maine — A new fund has been created to help children in financial need participate in the Parks and Recreation Department’s summer vacation camp program.

And the fund is being named after a former participant in the program who passed away nearly 2½ years ago.

The Alex Labbe Fund was created by unanimous approval of the Town Council on Monday, at the request of Parks and Recreation Director Thomas Farrell on behalf of Labbe’s parents, Peter and Judy.

Farrell said he knew Alex Labbe personally as a ‘spirited young guy who participated actively in our summer playground program’ and faced a heart condition that intimately took his life in 2010 at the age of 13.

‘He was the type of child that was recognized not only by adults but his peer group. [They] really had a sensitive, genuine, caring, compassionate attitude towards Alex,’ Farrell said. ‘He was a vivacious kid, great bright personality, respected by the staff and his peers and I know many, many in the School Department as well.’

Farrell said Labbe’s parents had already raised funds to help needy children attend the summer camp in the past two years.

‘We’ve been meeting for a few months and we feel collectively there’s potential to raise considerable money, to help far more children being able to access this program,’ Farrell said.

He said Labbe’s parents have already indicated ‘a willingness to spearhead a communitywide entertainment event that could generate significant dollars.’ Funds could also be raised through a Web-based system, he added.

Farrell said the Parks and Recreation Department receives about 10-20 requests a year for financial assistance in paying for the camp program, which can cost more than $500 depending on the length of attendance.

After some questions from councilors about how the funds will be handled, the council passed a resolution to create the fund in a 9-0 vote.

The resolution also creates the Alex Labbe Scholarship Summer Vacation Camp Award Committee, which will be made up of Farrell, Parks and Recreation Deputy Director Troy Smith and Labbe’s parents.”




JULY 25, 2014 (Friday night): “AKI” Japanese Restaurant, Maine St., Brunswick, 7:00 p.m.
– Like the last reunion, BHS Class of ’79 popular “meet and greet” downstairs at the same location, now named “AKI”. No cover charge, food/beverages available to order, pool tables, DJ later on in the evening.
JULY 26, 2014 (Saturday): REUNION PARTY @ PETER & JUDY LABBE’S, 33 Patriot Dr., Brunswick, 3:00 p.m.
Pete and Judy are generously hosting our class (and a guest) 0n their beautiful land for this momentous occasion. THANK YOU PETER AND JUDY!

  • Patriot Dr. is just beyond the old Brunswick Drive-In lot on the right, heading toward Freeport on Old Rt. 1 (Old Portland  Road).
  • Plenty of open space for tent and camper camping for the night, grills available for cooking, clean portable toilets on site, large party tent(s) for protection from the elements, keg of beer (B.Y.O.B. if beer is not your thing), tables/chairs, trash cans, outdoor lighting, condiments, and paper products provided. B.Y.O.Cooler.
  • Ken Coulombe is working on the DJ contract now; will post details later.
  • Cost is only $20/per classmate, paid in advance. This fee covers you, 1 guest, the expenses of grilling supplies, portable toilets, condiments, paper goods, keg(s), party tent(s), tables/chairs, DJ entertainment, trash cans/bags, etc.
  • Benjamin Burden has enabled our Paypal account on this website for your reunion reservation.  Fee is $20 per classmate/guest.
  • More details will be posted as they become available.  Can’t wait to see you!

Jessica Ruth Barton

April 29 1961 – February 7 2011

We were saddened to hear of the passing of another classmate, Jessie Barton. Please keep her family in your thoughts and prayers and may she rest in peace.

Thought you might want to know…(Obituary from The Times Record, Brunswick)

Phillipe E. Bernier

Published:  Tuesday, January 26, 2010 2:17 PM EST

BOWDOINHAM — Phillipe E. Bernier, 48, of Bowdoinham, died Saturday, Jan. 23, 2010, at home, with his family by his side, following a long battle with cancer.

He was born in Brunswick on June 27, 1961, the son of Edward H. Jr. and Therese (Ouellette) Bernier. He was educated in St. John’s Catholic School and Brunswick High School.

He worked for Pelletier & Flanagan as a painter for 10 years prior to turning his attention to boatbuilding and restoration. He worked for Washburn & Doughty and Samples boat yards and later became a subcontractor in carpentry and boat restoration. During this time he started his own boat restoration business, Bowdoinham Boat Yard, which he operated until ill health befell him.

He enjoyed hunting, fishing of all types, gardening, motorcycles, boating, his dogs, cooking and food. He especially enjoyed spending time with his granddaughter, his family, family outings to Thomas Point Beach and driving “Gurp,” the neighborhood car.

He  was a proud member of the “Corner Gang,” and was involved in recovery programs in the Bath-Brunswick Area.

He is predeceased by his father, Edward H. Bernier Jr., who died in 1976.

He is survived his wife of 17 years, Mary Halsey of Bowdoinham; his mother, Therese Bernier of Brunswick; a son, Ian Halsey of Bowdoinham; two grandchildren, Mckayla Barrett of Farmingdale and Kaleb Halsey of Bowdoinham; four sisters, Vivian Labonte and her husband, Peter, of Bowdoinham, Rejeanne Menard and her husband, Gregory, of Latrobe, Pa., Michelle Bernier of Gulfport, Fla., and Monique Ward and her husband, Horace, of Gulfport, Fla.; a brother, Thomas Bernier of Brunswick; a goddaughter and niece, Leslie Wilson; three other nieces, Aliesha Lamoureaux, Meagan Menard, Mary Menard; six nephews, Stephen Gosselin II, Andrew Menard, Horace Ward Jr., Josef Ward, Domonique Ward and Edward Bernier; a great-nephew; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

Visiting hours will be from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Demers-Desmond Funeral Home, 34 Cushing St., Brunswick.

A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Thursday at St. John the Baptist Church on Pleasant Street in Brunswick. Memorial contributions may be made to the funeral home to help defray funeral expenses.

Online condolences can be made at desmondfuneralhomes.com.


There have been several requests from people to have a way to contact others in our class.  The BHS 30th Reunion Committee has decided to create a Facebook group so this can happen safely, securely, and by your own choice!

If you are unfamiliar with Facebook, it’s a lot of fun, FREE, safe, and it is the best place to go to catch up with old friends prior to the reunion.  Just ask to be added as a member of the group.

First, go to www.facebook.com and register, set up your own personal profile information, then look for our class Group: BHS CLASS OF 1979…ME, and let the chatter begin!  (Type in the group title exactly as shown with the 3 dot ellipsis.)  Some have said it take a minute to find it, but it’s definitely there and we want you to join!

Have a ball!  🙂

Can you help?  Some came back as returned mail and some we were just unable to find!  If you know how to reach any of the classmates listed below, or their family members, contact us at bhs@brunswickclassof1979.com or on our Facebook group page BRUNSWICK CLASS OF 1979…ME, and we’ll do our best to get information to them about our 35th.  Thank you! 

MIA  (as of 2/13/09)

Wendy Aldrich

Donald Austin

David Braley

Beverly (Brown) Holt

Tracy Gardner

Nils Henrikson

Magnus Holmberg

Bruce Hunt

Jackie May

Vicky Morris

Elizabeth (Mulheisen) Pratt

Anne Rossides

Tammy (Sairio) Saarinen

Sarah (Stark) Petersen

David Young