Alex J. Potvin, formerly of Waterville, died Jan. 6, 2010, at the Maine Veterans’ Home surrounded by his family.

He was just a few hours short of his 97th birthday. Alex was born Jan. 7, 1913, in New Canada Plantation, the son of Bruno and Elise (Saucier) Potvin. His education ended at age 12 because he was needed to work on his father’s potato farm. He worked with his father until he was drafted into the service March 12, 1941. He served in Normandy, France, and the Philippines until Dec. 10, 1945.

On Oct. 31, 1950, he married Rita Nadeau in Clair, New Brunswick. Together they raised six children on their farm in Searsmont.

Alex was predeceased by 12 brothers and sisters: Josephel, Egline, Ernest, August, Livite, Palmere, Zenon, Maria, George, Joseph, two infant sisters; and a cousin who was like a brother to him, Edmund Potvin.

Alex is survived by his wife of 59 years, Rita, of Newcastle; five sons Paul and his wife, Judy, of Augusta, Philip and his wife, Cindy, of Searsmont, Michael and his wife, Joan, of Winchendon, MA, David and his wife, Teresa, of Belmont, Richard and his wife, Pamela, of Hemet, Calif.; a daughter, Rina, and her husband, Richard Ripley, of Newcastle; and a sister, Jeanette Valade, of Waterville; 13 grandchildren, Andrew and his wife, Anca, Angela Potvin, Justin and his partner, Patty Cruz, Brad and his wife, Kim Peters, Corey and his partner, Sheanna Peters, Amy and her husband, Chris Patterson, Jonathan and Matthew Potvin, Michael and his wife, Monica Potvin, Devon and his wife, Courtney, Jamie and his wife, Heather Potvin, and Sarah and Jared Potvin; and six great-grandchildren.

The family wishes to thank the caring angels at the Maine Veterans’ Home who cared so warmly for their father.

Visiting hours will be held Friday, Jan. 8 from 6-8 p.m. at Veilleux Funeral Home, 8 Elm St., Waterville. A funeral Mass will be held 11 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 9 at Sacred Heart Church, 70 Pleasant St., Waterville. Burial at the Maine Veterans Cemetery will take place at a later date.