Obituary: Reynold J. LaMontagne – CentralMaine.com
AUGUSTA – Reynold J. LaMontagne, 85, of Augusta spent eternal rest with his family by his side on October 13, 2021 after recent complications involving a long illness. He was born in Gardiner on August 26, 1936, beloved son of the late Alfred and Bernice “Bunny” (Dyer) LaMontagne.
For nearly 60 years, he was the devoted husband of his beloved wife Marcia (Labonte) LaMontagne of Dover, NH.
Rey grew up on the family farm in Pleasant Hill Road, next to her grandparents and uncle Percy Dyer. He attended Farrington and Cony High Schools in Augusta, where he graduated in 1954. Shortly after graduation, he enlisted in the Air Force from 1955 to 1959 in as a radar / air traffic control operator at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida and later at Brunswick Naval Air Station in Maine.
Rey then began his career serving the people of Maine with the State Police, joining the 20th Training Troop in 1960. He was first posted to A Troop in Kittery where he received the Soldier of the Year in 1968. In 1971, Private LaMontagne was promoted to the rank of sergeant, assigned to the Traffic Division. After moving to his hometown of Augusta in 1972, he went to C Troop in Skowhegan. In 1975, Staff Sgt. LaMontagne was promoted lieutenant and assigned to the criminal division, and in 1979 to the rank of captain, when he assumed command of the entire criminal division until his retirement in 1990.
Captain LaMontagne served in the ME State Police for 30 years and was involved in most major events between 1960-1990. During his 15-year tenure as Commander of the CID, he coordinated all homicide and other major investigations conducted by the MSP, earning the respect of other law enforcement agencies, prosecutors, defense attorneys and judges from across the state. In his quest for ME State Policing to be the standard of excellence, he recognized that up-to-date forensic technology was the key to a high rate of homicide resolution and high-level investigations, and Captain LaMontagne was a driving force in the development of the Maine State Police Crime Laboratory. In 2007, he received the Legendary Trooper Award, “given to a retired officer whose accomplishments remain legendary, and whose personal qualities and contributions exemplify the highest standards of excellence that future officers will enjoy.”
After retiring from the State Police, he joined the Kennebec County Sheriff’s Department as a process server, also working with the State Department of Agriculture in the Weights and Scales division.
Since childhood, Rey was an avid hunter and outdoor fishing enthusiast in Maine, particularly “at camp at Frog Hollow in God’s Country,” with his dear Uncle Bill and Aunt Tine LaChance in Seboomook, on the Moosehead Lake. Also living nearby since his childhood, they have helped influence his love of the great outdoors. The time spent there with his dear friends and family was the greatest joy and the highlight of his retirement years.
Besides his wife, Rey is survived by his son, Mark and wife Michelle, of Jacksonville, Florida, and grandchildren Kevin and Anna also of Jacksonville, and daughter Lisa of Augusta, as well as many other relatives. , special friends and neighbors.
Including his parents, he was predeceased by his first wife Rita (Dumais) of Augusta in 1957, and in-laws Frederick and Velna LaBonte of Somersworth NH.
At his request, there will be no visiting hours. A Christian burial mass will be celebrated in Augusta on October 25 at 11 am at St. Mary’s Church, followed by a funeral at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Manchester.
The arrangements have been entrusted to Plummer Funeral Home in Augusta. Condolences, stories and photos can be shared at http://www.plummerfh.com.
Rey’s family would especially like to thank the wonderful staff at Augusta Health and Rehabilitation Center and Constellations Hospice for the diligent and compassionate care they have provided to her over the past few weeks.
Instead of flowers,
contributions to Rey’s memory
can be done for:
State of Maine Soldiers Foundation
101 Bangor Road
Unity ME 04988 or:
Russ & Carole Dyer Ruffed Grouse Society Chapter
138 Bragdon Road
Freeport, ME 04032
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