WATERVILLE — Mount Merici Academy announced Monday that the school will be receiving a legacy gift of $83,000 from a longtime benefactor.

The gift, which will go toward the private Catholic school’s endowment, comes from the unitrust of the deceased Joseph Alfred “Fred” Boucher, according to a release from the school.

“Mr. Boucher was a wonderful friend to Mount Merici for many years, often noting his overwhelming gratitude for having been Ursuline educated himself,” said Victoria Duguay, principal at Mount Merici, in the release. “He remains a treasured member of the Mount Merici family to this day, and his deep belief in the school has long been acknowledged as a cherished gift by the Ursuline Sisters and the academy’s faculty and staff.”

Boucher died in 2011 at the age of 88. The release described him as a devout Catholic and member of Corpus Christi Parish who would often bring chocolates to the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament and Mount Merici Academy.

The legacy gift will be designated as “The J. Alfred Boucher Family Memorial Fund.”

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