A funeral was held today for former Madawaska Fire Chief Norman Cyr. Cyr, 63, died unexpectedly at his home on Saturday.
The church was filled to capacity as members of Fire Departments from around Maine and Canada came to remember.
“Norman was a pillar in his community and also a pillar in the county and at the state level,” said Daniel Dionne, member of the Grand Isle Fire Dept.
“He was always there. His heart was here, really. If you didn’t know Norman Cyr, you didn’t live in Madawaska,” said Madawaska Resident Doug Beaulieu.
Cyr began working at the Madawaska fire department in 1969. He became Fire Chief in 1979.
“He was a great fire chief – a good leader, when he was president he led the troops – kept us all running straight,” said Steven Nichols, President of the Maine Fire Chiefs Association.
“He brought dedication and devotion to the people of Madawaska, he certainly will be hard to replace,” said John Martin, former Speaker of the House.
Cyr is survived by his wife Linda Gendreau of 28 years.