Dr. Donald Verrier, a popular Portland dentist and founder of Portland Dental Wellbeing Care Centre, died June 9 after a period of time of declining wellness. He was 81.
Dr. Verrier was remembered by his relatives Thursday as a wonderful dentist and businessman who had a passion for everyday living and adventure.
A longtime Portland resident, Dr. Verrier opened his practice on Auburn Avenue in 1978. He practiced dentistry for approximately 50 several years.
His daughter, Michelle R. Verrier-Davis, practiced with her father and ordered the small business in 2006 with her partner, Dr. Peter Davis. She reflected on his career Thursday, expressing he was a terrific dentist who loved his people.
“He was all about his patients,” she reported. “He appreciated creating them smile.”
Dr. Verrier grew up in Biddeford, graduated from St. Louis Significant University and from Georgetown University University of Dental Medicine in 1965. Before long immediately after, he was commissioned as an Military captain in the Dental Corps all through the Vietnam War. He was stationed in Schwaebisch Gmund Germany, wherever he fulfilled his spouse, Sieglinde Verrier.
The pair had been married for 52 a long time and raised a few daughters.
His daughter mentioned he was a excellent father and mentor. She entered the profession, as did his other daughters, Jasmin Boucouvalas of Saco and Nicole Foster of Falmouth, who are the two dental hygienists.
“At 12 decades old, we all had been the assistant’s assistant,” Verrier-Davis said. “I worked with him all day. It was amazing. I discovered so substantially from my father that I grew to become a superior dentist than just about everyone. He taught me items … he taught my colleagues things that they would in no way have acknowledged devoid of him.”
Mr. Verrier worked extensive hrs, 6 times a 7 days throughout his occupation. He retired in 2013 and used his final a long time traveling. His daughter stated he pursued a bucket listing of 50 to 75 places to journey and points to do.
“When he retired, we went on all these adventures,” his daughter explained, recalling the working day she instructed him they had been heading to Applebee’s for riblets. “We kidnapped him and brought him to the airport. We flew to Aruba. We had reservations on the h2o. As we were being going for walks throughout the white sand to our table on the seashore, he cried. It was outrageous things we did.”
Dr. Verrier was remembered for his like of family members and community. His daughter mirrored on his generosity.
“My father was this sort of a offering person,” she said. “He would support men and women with no them realizing. He would donate to the boxing club each calendar year. My father would notify men and women he traded his car or truck in, but in truth, he gave his cars and trucks away. If he saw anyone who could not spend for a thing, he would pay out for it. He did this all the time.”