Arthur A. Poulin, 82, of South China died peacefully surrounded by his family and friends who knew him as husband, best friend, Pa or Al on Monday, Jan. 4, 2010, at Central Maine Medical Center.

He was born July 18, 1927, in Waterville, the son of Alphonse P. Poulin and Emilie (Boudreau) Poulin.

He attended school in Winslow and enlisted in the Navy Sept. 15, 1944, being honorably discharged in June 1946. He served on the USS Waller (DD 466), a number proudly displayed on his license plate for the past several years.

Upon leaving the service, he worked at Central Maine Power Company for 41 years. He was a selectman for the town of China for 13 years, served with the Dirigo Lodge AF & AM, and Boynton Webber Post American Legion. He was a member of the Palermo Christian Church for many years.

Al felt that “Everybody should make a contribution, and that’s what I’m trying to do…”

Al was in love with his wife, Barbara, and together they lived life to the fullest. They traveled to all of their favorite hiking, biking, walking, climbing and picnicking spots together. That’s what best friends do. His family was very special to him, and he was so very proud of his children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and all that they were accomplishing in their lives. Each one of them credits him with being an amazing and positive influence in his or her life.

He was predeceased by a sister, Connie Emerson.

He is survived by his wife and best friend of 59 years, Barbara Dowe Poulin; a sister, Millie Dalton, and her husband, Arnold, of New Hampshire; two daughters, Cheryl McGilvery and her husband, Don, of Yarmouth and Alison Lohman and her husband, Fred, of Chapel Hill, N.C.; a son, Craig Poulin, and his wife, Tracy, of Palermo; his grandchildren, Carrie Logan and her husband, Scott, Emily Poulin, Justin Lohman, Abbie Ryan and her husband, Peter, Christopher Poulin and his wife, Amber, Maryssa Lohman and Sarah Hunnewell; his great-grandchildren, Gabriel Poulin, Ella Ryan, Sebastian Fournier, and Selwyn Logan; his longtime special family friend, Al Kramer; a special cousin, Roland Giroux, and his wife, Dot; as well as many nieces, nephews and other cousins.

A celebration of Al’s life will be held Saturday, Jan. 9, at 10 a.m. at Palermo Christian Church, 322 Branch Mills Road. The service will be led by Pastor Ed Hatch. All are invited to stay after the service to share time and remembrances in the gymnasium adjacent to the sanctuary.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Palermo Christian Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 154, Palermo, ME 04354.

Online condolences may be placed at directcremationofmaine.com.