. Waterville -- Albert Poissonnier, age 94, passed from this life on Wed., Nov. 26, 2014 with his family by his side after a long life and short illness. Albert was born on June 11, 1920 to Pierre Poissonnier and Olive Michaud Poissonnier. He attended Waterville schools and proudly received his G.E.D. diploma in his 50's. He was one of sixteen children born to Pierre and Olive and always stayed in close touch with all of them throughout his life. He was the last surviving sibling of his generation. He belonged to Notre Dame Parish all his life and was a member of the League of the Sacred Heart. Albert was a veteran of WW II serving in the Navy. He was assigned to the U.S.S. Callaghan, a destroyer that was sunk by a Japanese Kamikaze plane two days before the end of the war. When trying to keep himself afloat, Albert allowed two sailors to hold on to his life jacket--thus saving their lives and becoming a war hero. He was a life- long member of the "Tin Can Sailors"--veterans of destroyer ships. He was a life- long member of the American Legion Post 5, he belonged to the VFW of Waterville and the VFW of Winslow. He always made it a point to return to the reunions with his shipmates no matter where they were held, until the last few years. Albert was predeceased by his parents, Pierre and Olive; seven brothers, Arthur, Emile, Alphie, Hilaire, Albanie, Alcide, and Arthur; his eight sisters, Marie, Rose, Yvonne, Leona, Maude, Lorraine, Laura and Emelda; his first wife Marguerite and their only son Philip; second wife Wilda, third wife Pearl; and most recently his beloved companion and niece, Julie. He is survived by his step- son David Begin and wife Betty; step-daughters, Sandra and her husband Merlo White and Joyce and her husband Carroll Bowie; 16 grandchildren; several great grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews and family members, included in these are one special nephew "Butch" who took him out for coffee and donuts most mornings until his hospitalization. The family would like to thank the staff at Inland Hospital for their care and understanding during this trying time. Visiting hours will be held from 6 to 8 P.M. Mon., Dec. 15, 2014 at Gallant Funeral Home, 10 Elm St., Waterville. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 A.M. Tues., Dec. 16, 2014 at Notre Dame Church, 116 Silver St., Waterville. Committal prayers and Military Honors will be held at church. Burial will be in St. Francis Catholic Cemetery, 78 Grove St., Waterville. An on line register book may be signed and condolences expressed at www.gallantfh.com.