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Founding Brother of Cianbro Construction Company Dies 

Catherine Pegram

One of the founding brothers of Maine’s largest construction companies has died. Bud Cianchette died at his home in Cumberland last night at the age of 83. He had cancer. Cianchette and his brothers started the Cianbro company, which is based in Pittsfield, 60 years ago. The company is now known around the world. Cianchette was also active in politics. He was a delegate to the Republican National Convention in 2004, alongside his son Peter, who ran for governor in 2002.Peter Vigue, the chairman and CEO of Cianbro, say Cianchette will be remembered for his unique and engaging leadership. “You wanted, in military terms, to take the hill for Bud Cianchette because of the expectations that were set. And at the same time, he humbled himself in such a way that he didn’t raise himself above those around him.A”Governor John Baldacci and members of Maine’s congressional delegation issued statements mourning Cianchette’s death. It comes the same day workers at the Eastern Manufacturing Facility in Brewer – owned by Cianbro – celebrated the company’s 60th birthday.