Honoring Harold O. Bouchardby Former Representative Michael H. Michaud
Posted on 2013-03-04
in the house of representatives
Monday, March 4, 2013
Mr. MICHAUD. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to honor Mr. Harold O.
Bouchard of Hermon, Maine, who passed away on February 22, at the age
of 77. Harold will be long remembered as an astute businessman who was
well known for his philanthropy and community service.
From a single dump truck he purchased in 1958, Harold grew a business that today employs 175 people and stands at 100 trucks strong. He became an innovator and fierce advocate for the trucking industry. Harold worked tirelessly to develop safer and more efficient trucks. As an advocate, he sought to ensure lawmakers understood that heavier six axle trucks were safe and important for businesses to compete. Because of Harold's efforts, Maine's roads are safer and Maine's businesses are stronger.
Harold also maintained a strong presence in the community, helping to found the American Loggers Council and the Professional Logging Contractors of Maine. Harold was also involved with the Maine Forest Products Council, the Forest Resource Association, Maine Motor Transportation Association, the Maine Better Transportation Association, and the Associated General Contractors of Maine. The Northeast Loggers Association, of which he was also a member, named him Outstanding Logger of the Year in 1991.
Few people can claim to embody the spirit of charity and community engagement as completely as Harold. He was instrumental in helping to raise $13 million to improve cancer treatment services at Eastern Maine Medical Center. In 2003, Harold received the Bangor Region Chamber of Commerce's Norbert X. Dowd Award for his contributions to his industry and for his community service.
I was fortunate to have Harold as a supporter and ally in my ongoing efforts to allow states to increase the weight of trucks allowed on their highways. The work he did on this cause was instrumental in helping to make this goal a reality in Maine today.
Mr. Speaker, please join me in honoring the life of Mr. Harold O. Bouchard.