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Paul Poirier, 96

Paul L. Poirier, 96, previously of Maple Plain, passed away peacefully in his sleep Monday morning, July 26, 2021, at Prescott Valley Senior Living Home in Prescott Valley, AZ, after suffering from dementia.

Paul was born May 17, 1925. He quit school in eighth grade to help on the farm. He enjoyed horses.

He served a tour of duty during World War II with the Merchant Marines, and told us he was the cook on the ship. But we never saw him cook at home? Probably because Mother wouldn’t let him! Ha-ha.

He built up his own welding business at home, in Maple Plain, called it Paul’s Welding. He was very well-liked and successful.

He owned his business for 40-plus years, and had many friends in the local farmers, repairing their equipment.

Even in his 90s, he wanted to walk down to the shop, just to tinker, and sit, and mostly nap, and/or visit with a neighbor or two. He will be sadly missed by family and friends.

He is preceded in death by his wife, Eva (Kramer) Poirier; infant granddaughter, Michelle; his parents, Jule and Emma (Manderville) Poirier; and all of his brothers and sisters.

He is survived by his sons: Richard (Debbie), and Michael, and daughter, Audrey (Kevin) Ridge; four grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; seven great-great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Those we love don’t go away, they walk beside us every day. Unseen, unheard, but always near, so loved, so missed, so very dear.

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