Ossipee, NH — Leo R. Credit, 87, of Ossipee, NH, formerly of Haverhill, MA, passed away peacefully on December 6, at the Huggins Hospital in Wolfeboro, NH.
Born in Haverhill, June 27, 1926, he was the son of the late Arthur E. and Eva R. (Phaneuf) Credit. He attended St. Joseph Grammar School and was a graduate of Haverhill Trade School, class of 1943. A WWII Veteran, he enlisted into the Navy and proudly served on the USS Herrmann, a destroyer that saw action in the South Pacific.
Following his service, he was employed as a clerk at Motor Car Supply in Haverhill until he and fellow business associates started Westville Supply Outlet in 1965, eventually retiring from the hardware business in 1987.
Leo was a dedicated family man who took immense pride in the accomplishments of his seven children. He was a deeply devoted and committed man to his wife, Dorothy, his family, and God. He loved to sing and was a proud member of the St. Joseph’s Church Choir for many years. Retiring to Ossipee, NH in 1996, he continued to sing in the Choir of his new church, St. Joseph in Ossipee. He would putter in his work shed, making bird houses for friends, family members, and acquaintances. Winters were spent in Myrtle Beach where he would walk the beach, feed the birds and entertain friends from all over the country. Although he had many skills, including talent in music and poetry, probably his greatest was his sense of humor. His success in business and as a father can be seen as an extension of his ability to make people laugh and feel special. Making customers feel special gave Leo quite a following, which fueled the success of Westville Supply as it grew during its early days. An avid sports fan, he loved to follow the Celtics, Red Sox, and Patriots. His favorite pastime was playing 45’s with family and friends. He often told people that his greatest success in life was the legacy of his seven children.
Leo is survived by his beloved wife of fifty-eight years, Dorothy L. (Allard) of Ossipee, NH; three daughters, Jeanne Holland and husband, Jamie, of Holliston, MA, Patricia Flanagan and husband, Brian, of Bradford, MA, and Marie Torris and her husband, Michael, of Atkinson, NH; four sons, John and wife, Lillian, of Merrimac, MA, William and wife, Lynne, of Salem, NH, Allen and wife, Suzanne, of Groveland, MA and Leo and wife, Jennifer, of New Gloucester, ME. He is also survived by two sisters, Helen Sickel of Plaistow, NH, and Rosemarie Allen and her husband, Joseph, of Severn, MD; and a brother, Richard and his wife, Virginia, of Seabrook, NH; twenty-three grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brothers, Henry, Arthur, Paul, and Robert, and sisters, Irene Milot, and Jeannette Bourdon.
The Credit family wishes to extend their gratitude to the staff of Wolfeboro Bay Rehabilitation and Huggins Hospital for their wonderful care over the last several months.
ARRANGEMENTS: Friends and family are respectfully invited to call on Sunday from 2 until 5 p.m. at the Kevin B. Comeau Funeral Home, 486 Main St., (Route 125), Haverhill. Funeral services will begin on Monday at 10 a.m. from the funeral home with a Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated at 11 a.m. in All Saints Church, 120 Bellevue Ave., Haverhill. Burial with Military Honors will follow in St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Hilldale Ave., Haverhill. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in his name to St. Joseph Parish, 23 Moultonville Rd., Center Ossipee, NH 03814. Please visit Comeau Funeral Home on Facebook, or www.comeaufuneral.com.