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Rev. Clement Thibodeau
17 February 1932 -
Funeral Date: 10 October 2017
Caribou and Connor – The gentle soul and spirit of Reverend Clement D. Thibodeau, 85, has gone to be with his Lord. Reverend Thibodeau was born February 17, 1932 in Connor Twp., the son of the late Paul M. and Caroline (King) Thibodeau.  He was a 1950 graduate of Caribou High School as well as a 1954 graduate of St. Francis College in Biddeford with a Bachelor's Degree in the Arts.  He went on to graduate in 1958 from Grand Seminary at the University of Montreal with a Bachelor's Degree in Sacred Theology.  Later on, Father Thibodeau obtained a Doctor of Humane Letters from Nasson College in Springvale.  Father Thibodeau was Ordained May 31,1958 to the priesthood at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Portland by Most Reverend David J. Feeney, Seventh Bishop of Portland. In 1970, he traveled to Rome, Italy to study/work at the Institute for Continuing Theological Education. Father Clem, as he was called by many, retired in 2001 after serving the Roman Catholic Diocese for 45 years. On the occasion of his retirement then Bishop, Most Reverend Joseph Gerry, OSB, wrote “Although your primary focus as a priest had to be your parish assignment, you were always willing to put your considerable gifts of intelligence and wisdom to the service of the wider Church community.  A hard worker, a committed priest, one who has updated theologically, one who has been open to offering spiritual direction, and one who has been most generous in responding to requests from your Bishop, are just some of the qualities you have marked your years of ministry as a priest.” Father Thibodeau served as Pastor of St. Mary’s in Eagle Lake, Notre Dame in Waterville, St. Mary’s in Bangor and St. Joseph’s in Gardiner.  He served as Pastoral Vicar at Cathedral Parish in Portland, Notre Dame in Springvale, and St. Mary's in Lewiston, not to mention serving as Chaplain at Nasson College in Springvale and Notre Dame Institute in Alfred.  Father Thibodeau also spent 17 years as a teacher at St. Ignatius High School in Sanford as well as teaching religious studies at Nasson College.  He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, Rev.Rev. George Poirier Council #2755, Canabas Council #1299 in Gardiner, and served as Chaplin of Council #148.  Following his retirement, Father Thibodeau remained very active assisting various parishes and priests, wherever and whenever needed.  Over the years, Father Clem helped raise money for Guest House, a center in Michigan that helps treat clergy for substance abuse.  He also will be fondly remembered by many for his help, compassion, and understanding of their substance abuse issues. Father Thibodeau is survived by a brother, Robert Thibodeau and his wife Betty of Raymond, New Hampshire and two sisters, Maxine Bell and her husband Gilbert, and Joan Bishop all of Caribou, along with many nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by three brothers, Mack, Frank and Leo Thibodeau, and two sisters, Mae Chamberlain and Rachel Saucier.  A Reception of the Body will begin at 2 p.m., Monday, October 9, 2017, at the Parish of the Precious Blood Holy Rosary Church in Caribou with visiting hours until 7 p.m.  Evening Vesper Prayers with area clergy will be held at 5 p.m.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Holy Rosary Church with the Most Rev. Robert Deeley, J.C.D., Bishop of Maine officiating.  Interment will be at the Sacred Heart Church Cemetery in North Caribou. Friends who wish to contribute in Father Thibodeau’ s memory may do so by making contributions to DEEMI, P.O. Box 268, Orono, Maine 04473, or the Seminarian Fund through the Diocese of Portland.  

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  • Scott Chamberland
  • 04 October 2017
Please accept my Deepest Sympathies
  • Rev. George E Poirier Council Knights of Columbus #2755
  • 04 October 2017
On behalf or our entire membership, please accept our sincere note of condolences upon the passing of our beloved Fr. "T" as he had been know to us. Fr. Thibodeau was a life member of our council having taken the degrees of the Knights of Columbus when he was assigned to Notre Dame Parish back in 1958. He was a beloved member of our parish and is very fondly remembered by many members of our senior citizen group here in Springvale.

We know that the conditions of his passing must have been very difficult for his family going back to July when he became missing.

May the knowledge of his passing this world to be with the lord be of comfort to you.

Scott Barraclough, Financial Secretary
Rev. Geo E Poirier Council Knights of Columbus
Springvale, Maine
  • Virginia B. McKay
  • 04 October 2017
Father Thibodeau was very kind to me when he was our priest at St. Joseph's in Gardiner.

I am very sorry for your loss.

Love,
Virginia B. McKay
  • Mary and Ted Purdy
  • 04 October 2017
Father Thibodeau was a very special man.

Our sympathies to his loved ones as you lay him to rest.

Blessings,
Mary and Ted Purdy
  • Mark and Christine Stewart
  • 05 October 2017
We are so relieved that you were found Uncle Clem and that our family could bring you HOME so we can celebrate your life with family and your "other family" all your parishioners from your past parishes over many years,, they all loved you as much as we did. May you rest in peace .. xoxxo your niece Christine, Mark and family
  • Marilyn Lewis
  • 05 October 2017
So very sorry to hear of the loss of dear Father Clem...we will all miss him.
My condolences to his family and friends.
Sympathy and Prayers, Marilyn Lewis (Parishioner of St Mary's in Perth-Andover)
  • Nancyleah Waldron
  • 05 October 2017
Thank you Father Clem for bringing me back to my faith. You will be missed and loved in many hearts forever.
  • Lauren St Peter
  • 05 October 2017
Sympathies to the family.
  • Harold and Kathy Dubay
  • 05 October 2017
Our deepest condolences to the entire family! As we watched with many prayers that he would be found, I pray that finding him has given you some semblance of peace. God's Speed Father Thibodeau, you are now at peace and watching over your entire flock!
  • Lorraine Fecteau
  • 05 October 2017
We so benefitted from Fr. Thibodeau's teaching/preaching gifts when he was assigned to Waterville. I still,have my notes from his 1980's classes on theology/morality etc. He was a no-nonsense priest, honest and humble about his failings and used that experience to help,others. He was one of a kind.

I remember one Sunday when he told his parishioners who petitioned the bishop to keep him here instead of being transferred to stop doing that. He had a new assignment from his bishop and he was going to obey that assignment. We've not seen the likes of his teaching since with the exception of Dr. John Bernier's bible classes whom we also miss.

He was a true servant priest and one who will not be forgotten by so many of us.

Eternal rest grant unto him, Lord, and may Your perpetual light shine upon him. Requirescat in pace, dear Father. A la prochaine fois, Monsieur Le Cure.
  • Orrie & Theresa Perkins
  • 05 October 2017
Please accept our deepest sympathy for your loss. May God hold you all close to His most loving heart.
  • ronald morin
  • 05 October 2017
My condolence to the family and friends of Father Clem. Although I knew him through my Aunt Joan, he was very inspirational to me. I once wanted to become a priest when I was growing up and Father Clem was part of that process. Rest in Peace Father Clem.
  • Rita and Alton Baker
  • 05 October 2017
Our condolences go our to Fr. CLem's entire family during this very difficult time. We met this kind man on several occasions at our church of Saint Joseph, Tilley, NB. and were inspired by his kind manurisms and words. We have followed your ordeal throughout, hoping and praying for his safe return, but God needed him by his side, it would seem. Please be assured of our thoughts and prayers, and know that he touched the lives of many, many people. He was truly an inspiration to many of us.
  • Pisciotta Tony Carol
  • 05 October 2017
Our prayers and condolences are with our family at this time May his memories be a comfort for all of you Deep. Sympathy
  • Lisa Kirouac
  • 05 October 2017
To the family and friends of father Clem my condolences. I had the privilege of serving father Clem in a different way. Cutting his hair for the past 7 years we had a chance to have a few conversations. We spoke of Grey Nunn, Fransicane priest of Oka. He was a traveling priest if there was a term. Always traveling across the border into Canada to help cover services . We talk of the trips. One time he didn't have to speak a word. He showed me of his disapproval of a poster in my shop advertising a card game. He only said " what is that" I looked at the poster. I didn't answer but it was down the minute he left. He was right. I respected his wish. He came from God and became a man of God and he now has returned to God. Rest in peace father Clem.
  • Donna
  • 05 October 2017
Lynn,karen,Kevin and all the chamberlain my heart goes out too all of you. Rev Clem would be proud of you Lynn for everything you did and keeping the family ,friends abreast of everything that was done to find him. I firmly believe he was never alone all of God's angels were there with him and all the family that has gone before him. He is now in God's loving arms,watching over the ones left behind
  • Aimee Lanteigne
  • 06 October 2017
Words can not express how much I loved and admired Fr. Thibodeau. I have known him since I was eight years old when I first starting going to mass with my father at Notre Dame in Waterville. How lucky I was many years later to land in Gardiner with my first teaching assignment to find my beloved Fr. Clem as pastor of my new church at St. Joseph's! He presided at my wedding and after his retirement, drove all the way from Caribou four times to baptize both my boys and give them their first communion...at my request. He is, and always will be, my favorite priest in the world. His genuine humanity, kindness, and open heart made him loved by so many. I will never forget the many times he offered hope and healing to this once broken-hearted girl. He once told me that when he was born, they placed him in a shoe box near the stove because they weren't sure he'd make it through the night. To everyone's surprise, the tiny little thing survived, and thank God he did for he has been a true blessing to so many people in his 85 years on this earth. It it with a heavy heart that I offer my deepest condolences to all of his family. Know that he will forever be remembered, and I will look earnestly for his face when it is my turn to greet him once again.

God Bless,
Aimee Lanteigne & Keeling and Braden Dorogi
Gardiner, Maine
  • Kevin Walsh
  • 06 October 2017
Thank you Father Thibodeau.
  • Kendra Parlin
  • 06 October 2017
Iam Very sorry for the Lost of Rev Clement Thibodeau. May you grow closer to Jesus and Keep Fr Thibodeau Close to your heart. A very special person to have gotten to know at a short time. You are an Angel to all that has known you. Until we meet again.
  • Julie Hafford
  • 07 October 2017
Heartfelt condolences to the Thibodeau family. As with so many others, Father Clem will always have a special place in my heart and soul. I couldn't thank him enough for the lasting effects he had on my family.
I will always remember the way he greeted people with a smile, his emails about faith and some pretty great jokes. The one thing that will always make me smile with fondness is how his hair was always impeccable. It may seem odd, but I just loved it.

I'm glad he was found and that his soul and family have the peace they deserve.
  • Sr Mary Fatima St. Germain
  • 09 October 2017
The Sisters of Mercy , offers our prayers and sympathy to Lynn and all members of Fr Thibodeaus's family. We prayed
faithfully that he might be found safe.
Our hearts and prayers are with you through these days ahead. He was so loved by family and the many people whom he helped. May you know his care and love for you continues .
Sr. Mary Fatima knew Father when he was in Eagle Lake. She was the administrator of the Eagle Lake Nursing Home in the 60s and 70s .
She is sorry that she is unable to be with you at this time. Be assured of her prayers for you.
May his soul Rest In Peace.
  • Sister Mary Fatima St. Germain, RSM
  • 10 October 2017
The Sisters of Mercy offer our condolences to the family of Rev. Clement Thibodeau.
We have prayed for him during the time he was lost, , hoping that he might be found safe.
We know he is now with God and we keep you, his family in our prayers during these days..
Our sisters served in Eagle Lake Maine , during the time of Father's ministry there. He is remembered as a good and faithful priest . Sr. M. Fatima St. Germain was among those who worked at the Eagle Lake Nursing home. She has been praying for Father . since we first heard he was missing. She and we, now pray for you, his family and friends, that you may be comforted knowing that his care and love for you will continue.

With our sympathy and prayers,
Sisters of Mercy
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