Bertram D. Fecteau
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Gorham, ME - Bertram D. Fecteau, age 95, of Gorham, Maine, former longtime Amesbury resident, died Thursday, November 28, 2019. He was predeceased by his loving wife, Katherine (Ellard) Fecteau.

Born March 8, 1924, in Newfoundland, Canada, he was the son of the late Philip Fecteau and Jessie (Groves) Fecteau, and was a graduate of Lynn Classical High School, and Mass. Maritime Academy.

A veteran of World War II, he was a commissioned officer serving with the United States Navy from December 17, 1943, until his honorable discharge on July 10, 1946, with the rank of Lieutenant JG. As a very proud veteran, Mr. Fecteau was part of the 2014 Honor Flight New England to Washington, D.C., to see the World War II Memorial, which held a very special place in his heart.

Returning home from his military service, Bert, as he was known by many, went on to receive bachelor's and master's degrees in Education from Boston University, and to lead a lifetime career as an educator, coach, and assistant principal. His teaching career started at Amesbury High School, where he taught mathematics for 15 years, 12 of which he served as the Head of the Math Department. He founded the track team at Amesbury High School, leading them to be Northeastern Conference champions from 1957 to 1961, undefeated in duel meets. From 1965 until his retirement in 1986, Bert was the Assistant Principal at Pentucket Regional High School.

In 2006, he was inducted into the Amesbury Educational Foundation Inc. Hall of Honor for excellence in education, and in 2017, he was inducted into the Amesbury High School Athletic Hall of Fame for his unrelenting dedication and successes as coach of the Track Team. He was a Town meeting representative as well as a member of the Amesbury High School Building Committee.

In his spare time, he was an avid sports fan, enjoyed playing cribbage and Sudoku, and loved endless hours tending to his garden.

His life's legacy will always be treasured by his son, David Fecteau and wife, Debbie, of Salem, Conn.; and four daughters, Linda Fecteau of Lebanon, N.H., Diane Fecteau of Gorham, Maine, Barbara Fecteau of Seabrook, N.H., and Jean, and husband Chad Butts of Gorham, Maine; as well as two grandchildren, Garrett Fecteau and wife Keri of W. Hartford, Conn., and Derek Fecteau and wife Tinsel, of Brentwood, Tenn.; brother, Richard Fecteau of Lynn, Mass; sister-in-law, Marjorie Fecteau of Peabody, Mass.; along with several nieces and nephews, extended family, dear friends and colleagues. He was predeceased by two brothers, Phillip Fecteau of Peabody, Mass., and Robert Fecteau of Lynn, Mass.

Visiting hours at the Highland Chapel of Paul C. Rogers Family Funeral Home, 2 Hillside Avenue, Amesbury will be Sunday, December 8, 2019, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., immediately followed by a Time of Remembrances by family and friends. Burial will be private for the family. Donations in his memory can be made to the Hospice of Southern Maine or Honor Flight New England.
Published on December 3, 2019

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Ronald Fournier Sr.
Dec 10, 2019
As a member of the class of "66", I remember him well. I also remember him walking routinely all over town after he retired. He always had a warm, friendly greeting to those who knew him. He was a great man and will be missed.
Dorie (Sabol) Resnik
Dec 08, 2019
Jean-
Your Dad’s spirit will always live on in you. Your Dad was always so kind and caring when we were in college and many years later. My condolences to you and your family at this sad time. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Dorie -
Julia Wolf
Dec 06, 2019
Dear Jean,
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I’m so happy you had him in your life for so many years. He leaves behind a beautiful legacy and his contributions to our country and his community will never be forgotten because he helped make them a better place for all of us and the next generation.
He will always be with you, Julia
Patti Mooers
Dec 05, 2019
I’m so sorry for your loss, Dave and family. Your father was so ad mired and respected. He lived a great life. I’m sorry I won’t be able to attend his calling hours as I’m in Mexico. I’ll be with you and your family in spirit.
Warmly,
Patti
Paula St. Germain Goodson
Dec 05, 2019
Mr. Fecteau was my high school math teacher over 50 years ago. He was a wonderful, patient, excellent teacher. It's funny because I a just thinking about him the other day. I glad to hear he had such a long, happy life. He deserved it and touched many along the way. He is not forgotten.
BarbS & Sheldon
Dec 04, 2019
A memorial tree was planted in memory of Bertram D. Fecteau.  Plant a tree
Jerrilyn Roy girman
Dec 04, 2019
To the fecteau family
Please accept my heartfelt sympathy on hearing of your father’s passing
He was my favorite teacher and encouraged my math skills and
Competitive spirit as part of a traveling math team
Widely loved by all
He will be missed by all a true
Kind man stern but always fair
Jerrilyn Roy class of ahs 1962
Until we all meet again in the great above
A fond adieu from Holland Michigan
The Tassinaris
Dec 04, 2019
Prayers and condolences to all. Truly a great man.
Laurel Siviglia nee Dearborn
Dec 04, 2019
Mr. Fecteau was always kind to me. Another member of the “Greatest Generation” has passed into their eternal rest. I’d like to express my thanks to his family for his service and for being a fine educator.
Robin Channell
Dec 03, 2019
Beautiful in Blue was purchased for the family of Bertram D. Fecteau by Robin Channell.  Send flowers
Barbara Swartzlander
Dec 03, 2019
Cheers to BertF. A true Renaissance man. I loved hearing his WWII and life stories. His quick wit and sense-of-humor made me laugh. May his beautiful spirit sail on among the stars in the heavens. --Love, BarbS