Waterville-Paul R. LaVerdiere, 82 of Waterville, Maine, passed away peacefully Monday, July 30,2018 at his home, surrounded by his family and Tina, one of his favorite caregivers. He was born in Waterville in 1936, the son of Evariste and Lillian (Cyr) LaVerdiere. As a dearly loved member of the Waterville community, he will be greatly missed by many. Charming and gregarious, Paul greeted everyone with a smile and befriended all he met. He was a faithful attendant at St. Joseph's Maronite Catholic Church for 60 years.\r\n\r\nPaul attended Coburn Classical Institute, Fordham University and was a graduate of Colby College in 1959. His early career was spent in the family business, LaVerdiere's Drug Stores. He owned a sporting goods store, a lounge, and an insurance company, spending most of his remaining years involved in the insurance industry. Paul served his country for four years as a U.S. Army Sergeant, and his community for two terms as mayor of Waterville leading his city well. He was an excellent jazz saxophonist and would always be up for playing a beautiful song or two for his grandchildren.\r\n\r\nPaul was pre-deceased by his parents and three of his siblings, Reginald LaVerdiere, Marcella (LaVerdiere) O'Halloran, and Delores (LaVerdiere) Abbott, and his beautiful wife Charlene (Ferris) LaVerdiere.\r\nHe is survived by his two sons, Scott LaVerdiere and Bruce LaVerdiere and his two daughters, Audrey (LaVerdiere) Yotides and Susan (LaVerdiere) Gauthier, his sister Elaine (LaVerdiere) Cole, eight adoring grandchildren, several nieces and nephews, and many other loving relatives and caregivers.\r\n\r\nVisiting hours will be Monday August 6, 2018 from 4 - 7 pm at Gallant Funeral Home, 10 Elm Street, Waterville. \r\nA Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at St. Joseph's Church, Front Street, Waterville on Tuesday August 7 at 10 am. Following committal services at St. Francis Catholic Cemetery, Grove Street Waterville, refreshments will be served at St. Joseph's Church parish hall.\r\n\r\nAn online guestbook may be signed, memories and condolences expressed at www.gallantfh.com\r\n\r\n In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Joseph's Maronite Catholic Church building fund, 3 Appleton Street, Waterville, Maine 04901 or Good Shepard Food Bank, P.O. Box 1807, Auburn, Maine 04211-1807.