Joseph Victor Lemaire, 82, of Sherwood, Arkansas died Saturday, June 8, 2013.

Born in Brooklyn, New York on July 1, 1930, the son of Joseph V. Lemaire and Dorothy Kane Lemaire. He joined the Navy when he finished High School and served for five years. He then joined the Reserves and retired from there in 1983 with 33 years of service. He was employed by the City of Newport as the first parking Meter Man with the newly installed meters. He then went on to work for the City in the Water Pollution Department maintaining and monitoring the Pumping Stations in Newport until his retirement in 1983.

He was a member of the Coast Guard Auxiliary and did boat inspections and taught Boat Safety Classes which he has continued this in Washington starting the first Coast Guard Auxiliary and the Life Jackets for Children Program.

After retirement he spent three years working with the America’s Cup Syndicate which took him to Bermuda, Boston and finally Australia. His duties with the America’s Cup was to run the tender which towed the 12 meter yachts out to sea and to carry Press and Guests out to watch the races.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and wife, Lorraine Lemaire.

Survivors include daughter, Robyn Lemaire of Sherwood; sons, Michael Lemaire and wife Cathrine of Woodland, Calif., Thomas Lemaire of Newport, R.I., and Jeff Lemaire and wife Debbie of North Little Rock; grandsons, Matt Lemaire and wife Jennifer, Nicholas, William, Thomas, Jr. and Christian Lemaire; granddaughter, Michelle Lemaire; great-grandson, Stetson Patrick Lemaire; and a host of family and friends.

A memorial was held Monday, June 10 at Victory Baptist Church, Sherwood.

The family requests memorials be made to the Sherwood Rotary Club or the National Audubon Society which were both dear to Jay’s heart.

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