Newton, NH — Ronald A. Bouchard, 87, of Newton, N.H., and Ft. Pierce, Fla., passed away on Saturday, February 22, 2014, at Exeter Hospital, following a long illness. Ron was the son of the late Rena (Cartier) and William Bouchard of Haverhill, Mass.
Ron graduated from local schools, and later in life, was very proud to have obtained his degree in business from Merrimac College. He retired from Western Electric where he was employed as a supervisor for 35 years. Ron was stricken with polio at the age of 16 months, but those who knew him can attest that Ron never let that stand in the way of anything he wanted to accomplish. Ron was an avid sportsman and competitor, a shrewd businessman, an accomplished vocalist, and a strong-willed and resourceful gentleman. Above all else, he was a loving husband, father and friend, never to be forgotten.
Ron shared his life with Sandra (Gruber) of Newton, N.H., for 39 years. He leaves his sons, Ronald "Butch" Bouchard and wife, Susan, of Haverhill, and Jason Bouchard and wife, Shannon, of Sandown, N.H.; and daughters, Norma Jean Blanchet and husband, Ronald, of Haverhill, and Ft. Pierce, Kathleen "Kate" Lynch of Lawrence, Mass., and Lisa, wife of Daniel Pelosi of Newton, N.H. Ron leaves his brother and dearest friend, Paul, of Dover, Del. and Ft. Pierce. He was also predeceased by his brother, Norman, who died November 2013. Ron leaves in heart and legacy 12 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.
The family wishes to acknowledge the outstanding care and treatment provided by the doctors, nurses and allied health professionals at Exeter Hospital, the Palliative Care and Hospice Teams of Rockingham VNA & Hospice, the clergy from St. Michael's Parish in Exeter, N.H., Newton Fire and Rescue, and Drs. Patrick Barbier of Newburyport, and Eduardo Haddad of Riverside Urology in Lawrence, Mass.
ARRANGEMENTS: In accordance with Ron's wishes, there are no calling hours, and burial will be as he requested. A life celebration will be held for family and friends at the family home in Newton in June. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be offered to the New Hampshire Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, One Bedford Farms Drive, Suite 105, Bedford, NH 03110, or to NHSLHA, which is a non-profit, professional association and state-level affiliate of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), well known for their work with children with APRAXIA, at NHSLHA, P.O. Box 1538, Concord, NH 03302-1538. Both of these organizations have been outstanding gifts and resources to the Bouchard Family in very recent years. Arrangements are entrusted to the care of Brookside Chapel & Funeral Home, 116 Main Street, Route 121A, Plaistow, N.H. To leave a message of condolence for the family, please visit www.brooksidechapelfh.com.