WINSLOW - Jean Lawrence "Lawr" Paquet, 84, passed away September 21, 2021 at Inland Hospital in Waterville. Lawrence was born June 6, 1937 in Winslow to Emile and Florence (Masse) Paquet. He attended Winslow schools and graduated from Winslow High School in 1955. He married Mary Jane Talbot of Waterville at the St. Francis de Sales church in Waterville on August 22, 1959. He was a veteran who proudly served his country in the United States Air Force. During his service, he was stationed at a number of Air Force bases across the country including Donaldson AFB, South Carolina, Limestone AFB, Maine and Dhahran AFB in Saudi Arabia. After his honorable discharge in 1959, the Paquet's began their married life in East Hartford Connecticut. In 1960 they returned to Winslow Maine.\r\nMost of Lawrence's work involved work in Plumbing & Heating for Sears Roebuck and Company, F. G. Thomas and Sons and other local service trades. Over 20 years of practical experience prepared him for a highly successful sales career with W.W. Grainger in the U.S and Canada. He was recognized as top salesman on numerous occasions, earning awards, trips and the respect of his many customers. \r\nHe had many passions that he shared with his friends, children and grandchildren. Lawrence loved cooking, family genealogy, gardening, music, fishing and his Catholic faith. He also enjoyed trips to Canada to visit his many relatives and Winslow Football. He was a lifelong Black Raider and could be seen parked outside the football field on any given Saturday afternoon.\r\n\r\nHis greatest joy was spending all day cooking for his family and friends. It could be a special occasion or just a Sunday dinner. He loved to invite friends and relatives to share meals. For him, it truly was "the more, the merrier". \r\n\r\nJean Lawrence is survived by the love of his life of 62 years, Mary Jane (Talbot), children, Charles of Winslow, Laurie Crane-Turton (Douglas) of Mechanic Falls, Kathryn Libby (Jay) of Cornville, Daniel (Danielle) of Nashville, Tennessee.\r\nSeven grandchildren, Clint, Brock, Jon, Ryan, Justin, Emma-Jane and Maddison and six great-grandchildren- Brody, Emily, Brennan, Katy, Jack & Charlotte. He is also survived by multiple nieces and nephews who fondly remember him as Uncle Lawr.\r\nHe is survived by one sister, Olivette Letourneau and one brother, David and wife Maryanne. \r\nHe was predeceased by his brothers Marcel, Leonel, Maurice, Clarence, Camille and sisters, Dorianne, Mariette, Justine, Marilyn and Lizette.\r\nA Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 AM on Thursday, October 21st at St. John the Baptist Church, 26 Monument Street, Winslow. Burial will follow at 2 PM in the Maine Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 163 Mt. Vernon Road, Augusta, Maine, Section H.\r\nDeath leaves a heartache no one can heal. Love leaves a memory no one can steal. Join us for a celebration of a life well lived at 11 AM on October 21st, Notre Dame Church, 116 Silver Street, Waterville.\r\nArrangements under the direction and care of Gallant Funeral Home, 10 Elm Street, Waterville. An online guestbook may be signed, condolences and memories shared at www.gallantfh.com. \r\nIn lieu of flowers, friends may make donations in Lawrence's memory to: St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Maryknoll Missions or your local food pantry.