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Ronald D. Bourque

Ronald D. Bourque

In Memoriam


Ronald D. Bourque was the firm's founder and namesake.  He was a highly respected attorney for more than 45 years, with an outstanding reputation for success.

Ron grew up in a hard-working family from Sanford. He graduated from the University of Detroit and attended law school at the University of Iowa Law School and University of Maine Law School.  He was admitted to the Maine bar in 1972. He remained in Sanford to build his career and raise his family. He began working at a local firm, and then opened his own practice. 

Ron built a successful law firm, which is now in its fifth decade.  We still operate out of the same 100 year old office building (which doubled as Ron's home in his early years). Ron mentored many attorneys and staff over the decades, including some who have stayed here until their retirement.  He enjoyed a long and successful partnership with Kenneth R. Clegg (1944-2003), whose name and legacy also remains a part of the firm.

Anyone who worked with Ron will remember his instant grasp of key facts, his ability to see the path forward in a complicated case, and his confidence and will to succeed for his clients.  Ron served his clients both in the courtroom and in challenging business transactions. His clients will remember him best for his role as a counselor, using his experience to guide them through difficult circumstances.  When people called the office looking for an attorney, they often told our staff they wanted Attorney Bourque because they heard he was the best. 

Although Ron was a formidable presence in the courtroom, his colleagues always remarked on his civility and collegiality.  Ron was also a generous and kind mentor (and friend) to all of the attorneys and employees at Bourque & Clegg over the course of our careers. 

Above all, Ron was a devoted husband, father and grandfather. Ron and his wife Ann had three daughters and seven granddaughters.

Ron sadly passed away on September 17, 2022 at the age of 75.  We strive to carry on Ron's legacy at the firm that he founded.

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