Obituary: Nancy Jane Bolduc – Portland Press Herald


Nancy-Jane Bolduc

SACO and DEXTER – Nancy Jane Bolduc, 70, died unexpectedly at her family’s camp in Dexter on July 22, 2022.

She was born in Dexter on July 15, 1952 to Marilyn (Cross) and Fred R. Abbott. Fred died suddenly when Nancy was only 3 years old. Marilyn stayed in Dexter and met then married James McGaffin who raised Nancy and her siblings. They moved to Saco in 1956, where she would meet her husband, Robert J. Bolduc, Jr. “Buddy”. They are both graduates of Thornton Academy where his father, Jim, was a submaster in 1970.

Nancy and Buddy went to UMaine in Orono and were married on June 23, 1973. After college they moved to Boston, Massachusetts for Buddy’s School of Optometry and Nancy worked as a dorm mom at Fisher Junior College and had Kyle and Jenna. In 1980 they moved back to Saco and Meredith was born in 1985. Since then they have lived in Saco.

Nancy has also worked on the board of Camp Laughing Loon, front desk at Bolduc Eye Care, and dedicated herself to taking care of her family. She also looked forward to her craft circles and Bible studies.

Nancy was a beautiful woman inside and out, a beloved wife, a caring mother, an amazing mother-in-law, a devoted grandmother, a loving daughter, a special sister and a loyal friend. To know Nancy is to love her. She made everyone feel special. She wore her heart on her sleeve and could light up a room. She was open and caring, always allowing people to come across as genuine. She created a beautiful, safe and fun home for her children, their friends and later her grandchildren. She was a dedicated caregiver and loved her family more than anything. As Dylan said, she was like the power of Times Square and the fuel for their daily lives.

Nancy also enjoyed reading in her backyard, taking long car trips, taking walks, going to the beach, hanging out with Buddy, having a good dance party, and speaking her truth. Life hasn’t always been easy, but she has behaved with grace, love, gratitude and determination. The hole she leaves behind can never be filled, but we will all do our best to honor her memory.

Nancy was predeceased by her parents, her stepfather, Robert J. Bolduc; sister-in-law Kim Bolduc and brother-in-law Alan.

She is survived by her loving and devoted husband, Buddy; his children Kyle, his wife Angela, Jenna, his fiancé Bruce and Meredith; his grandchildren Troy, Dylan, Coralyn, Brooklyn, Brady and Richie; his siblings Susan Graham, husband David, Don McGaffin, wife Cathy, Kathy Martin and husband Dennis; her in-laws Charlotte Bolduc, Debbie Stetson, her husband Lloyd, Lynn Bolduc Jones; as well as many nieces, nephews and lifelong friends.

A family funeral service will be scheduled at Laurel Hill Cemetery, Saco. Those who wish may leave their written condolences at

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