Dr. Donald Verrier, a distinguished Portland dentist and founder of Portland Dental Overall health Care Center, died June 9 following a time period of declining wellbeing. He was 81.
Dr. Verrier was remembered by his household Thursday as a excellent dentist and businessman who had a passion for lifestyle and journey.
A longtime Portland resident, Dr. Verrier opened his observe on Auburn Street in 1978. He practiced dentistry for just about 50 decades.
His daughter, Michelle R. Verrier-Davis, practiced with her father and procured the business in 2006 with her husband, Dr. Peter Davis. She reflected on his vocation Thursday, expressing he was a fantastic dentist who liked his people.
“He was all about his sufferers,” she reported. “He enjoyed producing them smile.”
Dr. Verrier grew up in Biddeford, graduated from St. Louis Large Faculty and from Georgetown College School of Dental Drugs in 1965. Quickly following, he was commissioned as an Military captain in the Dental Corps during the Vietnam War. He was stationed in Schwaebisch Gmund Germany, in which he satisfied his wife, Sieglinde Verrier.
The pair ended up married for 52 a long time and elevated 3 daughters.
His daughter explained he was a great father and mentor. She entered the profession, as did his other daughters, Jasmin Boucouvalas of Saco and Nicole Foster of Falmouth, who are both dental hygienists.
“At 12 yrs previous, we all were the assistant’s assistant,” Verrier-Davis reported. “I labored with him all working day. It was great. I acquired so substantially from my father that I became a better dentist than just about all people. He taught me factors … he taught my colleagues factors that they would by no means have regarded with no him.”
Mr. Verrier labored extensive hours, six days a 7 days during his occupation. He retired in 2013 and expended his remaining decades traveling. His daughter said he pursued a bucket record of 50 to 75 sites to vacation and points to do.
“When he retired, we went on all these adventures,” his daughter claimed, recalling the day she informed him they were likely to Applebee’s for riblets. “We kidnapped him and introduced him to the airport. We flew to Aruba. We had reservations on the h2o. As we were being strolling throughout the white sand to our desk on the beach, he cried. It was nuts stuff we did.”
Dr. Verrier was remembered for his like of loved ones and community. His daughter reflected on his generosity.
“My father was these a supplying guy,” she mentioned. “He would help individuals with out them figuring out. He would donate to the boxing club each yr. My father would tell folks he traded his vehicle in, but in truth, he gave his cars absent. If he saw anyone who could not pay out for anything, he would pay back for it. He did this all the time.”