E. J. Roland Normand, 77, of Springvale, passed away September 7, 2022, with his beloved family by his side.\n\nRoland was born in Portland, Maine on September 28, 1944 to Ernest & Sadie (Morin) Normand. He grew up in Sanford where he attended local Catholic schools, graduating from St. Ignatius High School in 1962. Roland went on to complete his Bachelor’s degree at Franklin Pierce College and Master’s degree at the University of Southern Maine.\n\nFollowing college, he began a teaching career in New Hampshire prior to returning home and continuing to teach elementary school at Notre Dame School. He later went on to teach at Sanford Junior High School and completed his career there as a guidance counselor. During his career at Sanford Junior High School, he met his future wife, Mary-Ellen Reeks. They married in 1975, and together they raised three children and shared 47 blessed years of marriage and love of family.\n\nIn 1976, after leaving his career in education, Roland began working for his father-in-law at Walter Reeks Buick-Oldsmobile in Sanford, Maine. He became the dealer principal in 1980 until his retirement in 2008.\n\nFollowing his retirement, Roland developed a great love for the game of golf. This became a favorite pastime. He was a longtime member of the Sanford Country Club, where he enjoyed regular tee times with the “Bandits”, and other local groups of fellow golfers. Roland was a past or present member of the Knights of Columbus, Kiwanis, Elks and Lions Club. He was a longtime communicant of Notre Dame Church in Springvale, Maine.\n\nRoland had a great joy for music, dancing, playing guitar, woodworking, Wells Beach and ice cream (Butter Pecan, in particular). He sang and performed in many musicals as a student.\n\nAfter retirement, he and his wife spent winters at their home in Florida, enjoying the company of wonderful neighbors and special friends they made over the years.\n\nHe will be remembered as a devoted, kind, fun loving and patient husband, father, grandpa and friend. His grandchildren held a special place in his heart. He loved sharing and showing off their photos which were always in his wallet or phone.\n\nRoland was predeceased by his parents and sister, Jeanne d’Arc Therrien. He is survived by his loving wife Mary-Ellen of Springvale, three adoring children, Sara-Jane Normand of Sanford, Dr. Jonathan Normand and wife Jennifer of Sanford, Erin R. Therrien and husband Jeffrey of Springvale, four grandchildren, Sophie, Maeve, Finley and Bryce Therrien; a nephew Dale Ashby and several other nieces and nephews.\n\nA Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 AM on Wednesday, October 5, 2022 at St. Therese of Lisieux Parish, Holy Family Church in Sanford followed by a private burial.\n\nA special acknowledgement and thank you to the team at So. Maine Hospice for their support and kindness.\n\nIn lieu of flowers, those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider sending a memorial contribution to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Northern New England Chapter, 114 Perimeter Road, Nashua, NH 03063.