Richard R. LeVasseur, 47, of East Vassalboro, Maine, passed away peacefully with family at his side on Sunday, December 13, 2015. Richard was born May 18, 1968, in Augusta, Maine, the son of Ernest O. LeVasseur and Doris Jacques LeVasseur. He graduated from Cony High School in Augusta, Maine in 1986. Richard also attended the University of Maine at Augusta. He was a talented computer programmer and technician, and had worked for Radio Shack, Goold Health Systems, Maine Bureau of Taxation, Digital Equipment Corporation, Sanmina-SCI Corp., and as a self-employed programmer. Richard was a longtime Star Trek fan and member of the local Starfleet fan club. He also established and ran the free online Galaxy Class BBS bulletin board system in the 1990s. More recently, Richard was an avid participant in the online 3D virtual world Second Life, where he was known as Inuyasha Meiji. In furtherance of his interests there in ancient Japanese and Okinawan history and culture, he taught himself 3D computer modeling, Japanese and Okinawan languages, and how to build, script and animate in Second Life, all despite being legally blind. He was predeceased by his grandparents, his mother, his father-in-law, a step-brother, and several aunts and uncles. He is survived by his wife of 18 years, Shirley Robbins LeVasseur; his father and stepmother, Ernest and Barbara Yeaton LeVasseur; a step-sister, Tammy DuPont of West Gardiner; a stepbrother, Scott Yeaton of West Gardiner; an aunt, Marion Spiro of Augusta; and several cousins, a niece and two nephews. He also leaves behind his special longtime friends, Anthony Theberge and Roger Madore; and many good friends and acquaintances from around the world from Second Life, especially Ginniji-san of Australia. The family would like to thank the staff of Maine General Hospice for their help and support in making Richard's final days as comfortable as possible. Arrangements are by Gallant Funeral Home of Waterville, Maine. A memorial service will be held in May 2016, at a date and place to be determined. In lieu of flowers, a donation in Richard's memory may be made to your local Humane Society or no-kill animal shelter.