PAUL ROUSSEAU was born in Biddeford in 1925. At the age of
17, he enlisted in the Army Air Corp and was a bomber pilot in Europe.
He spent 2 months as a prisoner of war. After the war he graduated
from Biddeford High School and married Therese Allie. They had 4 children.
After a couple of interim jobs, Paul sold Jewelry for 6 years at Day’s
Jewelry Store. It was there that a marketing rep from Allstate suggested
that he would “make a good insurance agent.” Paul sold
insurance from an Allstate booth at Sears Roebuck for 7 years. He
said, “In those days we didn’t have a car. I used to walk
to work or I would borrow my father’s car to go see clients.”
Paul later started his own independent agency in 1959. The 1st office
was in the den of their home where his wife Therese still lives today.
Boosted by Paul's solid reputation the agency grew rapidly. In 1965
he bought a location on Elm Street and operated from that office until
1986 when he purchased the larger abutting property. Paul and Therese
worked in the agency side by side until they retired in 1995.
Son-in-law Raymond Lambert joined the agency in 1972 and retired in
2011. Sons Marc and Jim joined in the early 1980’s. Marc retired
in 2018. Marc's son Matt joined the agency in 2002. Jim's son James
joined in 2008 and his daughter Emily joined in 2014. The agency continues
to grow steadily from referrals and from the 2nd and 3rd generations
of our long time loyal clients. To these individuals, “We thank
you more than we can express, and we will endeavor to continue to
earn your business”.