Maurice Guerrette

Maurice A. Guerrette

Sunday, February 12th, 1928 - Tuesday, July 16th, 2019
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Maurice A. Guerrette, 91 of Franklin Falls and more recently of Saranac Village at Will Rogers in Saranac Lake, died on Tuesday July 16, 2019 at the Adirondack Medical Center in Saranac Lake.

Maurice, born February 12, 1928, was one of six children born to Medley and Bertha (Babin) Guerrette in Ashland, Maine. Maurice spent his early years in the woods of northern Maine where his father was a lumberjack and Walking Boss. When Maurice was a young teenager, he and his family moved to North Cohocton in western New York to work in the potato business. Maurice interrupted his high school education to join the United States Navy in 1945. He served on the aircraft carrier USS Tarawa until 1947. In 1949 he married Joyce Fairbrother in Atlanta, New York.

Maurice had a strong work ethic and was employed by New York State for 42 years. He began his career at a truck weighing station, then moving to the Department of Agriculture & Markets in Albany, where he rose from food inspector to Division Director. He was highly regarded in the national food sanitation and labeling field, receiving many commendations and accolades. After the death of his beloved wife in 1993, Maurice moved to the Adirondacks where he was active in the Catholic Church.

Maurice had a love for life which was contagious. His gregarious nature resulted in many life-long friendships. He had eclectic interests and was a classic Buffalo Bills fan. A talented artist, his confidence made him a consummate craftsman. Maurice loved the holidays - including his birthday - and family gatherings at Camp Toptoad.

Maurice is survived by his sister Carol Ann (Allan) Hall of Bath, New York, five children - Paul Guerrette of Saranac Lake, Rebecca (Bruce) Rosen of Albany, Joseph (Veronica) Guerrette of Saranac Lake, Anne St.Cyr of Albany, Mary Guerrette of Malone, nine grandchildren, three great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his wife Joyce, and siblings Godfrey, Dolores, Leonard, and Donald.

Funeral arrangements are in care of the Fortune-Keough Funeral Home in Saranac Lake. A funeral mass will be held at 11:30 AM on Saturday, July 20 at St. Johns in the Wilderness, Lake Clear. Internment in St. Anthony Cemetery, Glenville, New York will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to a nonpolitical charity of the donor’s choice. Friends can sign the online guestbook and share their memories at
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Service Details

  • Service

    Saturday, July 20th, 2019 | 11:30am
    Saturday, July 20th, 2019 11:30am
    St. John's in the Wilderness Roman Catholic Church
    Route 30
    LAKE CLEAR, NY 12945
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    Rev. Paul Kelly
  • Interment

    St. Anthony's Catholic Cemetery
    27 Glenridge Road
    Glenville, NY 12302
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    Internment will be held at a later date at the convenience of the family
  • Reception

    St. John's in the Wilderness Catholic Church Parish Hall
    State Route 30
    LAKE CLEAR, NY 12945
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Posted at 02:17pm
As a former NYS Food Inspector,I had known Maurice for almost the entire duration of my state service between 1971-2005. Maurice was an excellent boss, fair, knowledgeable, approachable and entirely likeable and friendly. I do not know how one can measure the effectiveness and influence he had on the Department, on his colleagues, and subordinates alike, but it was substantial. The beneficiaries of his expertise were also the citizens of New York, who gained by his leadership in the regulation of the food industry and the innovations he encouraged. Food safety, consumer protection, sound agricultural practices, food standards, HAACP programs, labeling laws, and pure food and drug rules and regulations fell under his watchful eye, and he encouraged the team Spirit and close knit relationships fostered between field inspectors, central office personnel, and the FDA, as well as with Cornell University. All of the initiatives implemented during his watch, and after, contributed to the improved standards in food safety and sanitation, as well as other regulatory modernizations devised to raise the standards. Those who followed Maurice in the director position and central office supervision, as well as regional supervisors always worked hard for the people of our state. In many ways, Maurice influenced his colleagues and those who followed in many positive ways.
As a Christian, I am happy that Maurice loved the Lord and practiced his faith. No doubt, this had much to do with the optimistic spirit he carried with him throughout his life. Godspeed Maurice, Rest In Peace. John J. Flanagan

Ron Feldman

Posted at 12:29am
I met Maurice in 1974 as newly appointed food inspector. He was so kind and understanding. Maurice was always there to give confidence to me at a time when it was needed being in a new position. I always enjoyed seeing him at supervisors meetings in the Albany office and when he made it down to the New York Office (now the Brooklyn Office). Maurice was always a big part of the annual inspector updates in Ithaca. It was always nice to see him there. I will miss him.
My condolences to his family. He was a gentleman and a good person.

Ron Feldman


Posted at 10:04am
As others have said, Mr. G. knew so much about so many topics. I think he read everything that he could get his hands on. I will always remember the discussions we had about birds, their calls, whats best to feed them, why some turn a particular color, when to feed and not to feed, his discussions on Fly Fishing, the Adirondacks and Bastille Day. He was a font of knowledge, no matter the topic. I can still hear him calling me "Donner" and it still makes me smile today. His retirement party was the biggest and best I have ever seen. It was a blessing to know him and a pleasure to work for him. May God Bless Mr. G. and his wonderful Family.

Sincere condolences,
Donna Canary DiCesare

Margaret Flores

Posted at 09:28pm
Good bye my friend i learned so much from you, not only in food safety but in so many different arena’s of life.
Your salt potatoes were to die for.

Mike Mc Killip

Posted at 07:09pm
Since being introduced Mr Guerrette while working at Pricechopper on visit to dairy dept to see son Joe and shop I new this man had character. And on several other meetings he knew my name and nice conversations outside of work. Once leaving the Shamrock. R.I.P. My condolences to Paul, Joe and Ronnie.

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