Dr. Donald Verrier, 81, distinguished dentist who begun Portland Dental Health Care Centre

Dr. Donald Verrier Loved ones photo

Dr. Donald Verrier, a prominent Portland dentist and founder of Portland Dental Health Care Center, died June 9 just after a period of time of declining health. He was 81.

Dr. Verrier was remembered by his household Thursday as a wonderful dentist and businessman who experienced a passion for daily life and adventure.

A longtime Portland resident, Dr. Verrier opened his observe on Auburn Street in 1978. He practiced dentistry for nearly 50 a long time.

His daughter, Michelle R. Verrier-Davis, practiced with her father and acquired the company in 2006 with her partner, Dr. Peter Davis. She reflected on his vocation Thursday, declaring he was a good dentist who cherished his individuals.

“He was all about his people,” she said. “He appreciated building them smile.”

Dr. Verrier grew up in Biddeford, graduated from St. Louis Higher Faculty and from Georgetown College Faculty of Dental Medicine in 1965. Quickly after, he was commissioned as an Army captain in the Dental Corps in the course of the Vietnam War. He was stationed in Schwaebisch Gmund Germany, where by he met his spouse, Sieglinde Verrier.

The few were being married for 52 decades and elevated three daughters.

His daughter reported he was a fantastic father and mentor. She entered the profession, as did his other daughters, Jasmin Boucouvalas of Saco and Nicole Foster of Falmouth, who are both equally dental hygienists.

“At 12 several years aged, we all had been the assistant’s assistant,” Verrier-Davis said. “I worked with him all day. It was amazing. I acquired so significantly from my father that I became a better dentist than just about everybody. He taught me issues … he taught my colleagues issues that they would in no way have regarded with out him.”

Mr. Verrier labored very long several hours, six times a 7 days all over his occupation. He retired in 2013 and invested his closing years traveling. His daughter reported he pursued a bucket checklist of 50 to 75 destinations to journey and things to do.

“When he retired, we went on all these adventures,” his daughter stated, recalling the 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 strolling throughout the white sand to our table on the seashore, he cried. It was crazy things we did.”

Dr. Verrier was remembered for his love of family members and community. His daughter mirrored on his generosity.

“My father was these kinds of a offering person,” she reported. “He would help men and women without the need of them figuring out. He would donate to the boxing club each 12 months. My father would inform people he traded his car or truck in, but in actuality, he gave his cars and trucks away. If he noticed another person who could not fork out for a little something, he would shell out for it. He did this all the time.”