Rev. Paul A. Lavigne, 67, of Jefferson, passed away unexpectedly Wednesday October 11, 2017. He was born in Berlin, the son of the late Alexis & Rita (Croteau) Lavigne. A graduate of Notre Dame High School, the University of New Hampshire, and attended seminary at the Berean Institute. Paul served in the New Hampshire Army National Guard for six years. Paul had been in ministry for over 30 years, living most of his life in New Hampshire but had spent time in Maine and Quebec where he served local churches. Paul participated in numerous humanitarian efforts including multiple trips to Haiti. Paul enjoyed playing hockey, enjoyed the outdoors, hunting, fishing, and carpentry. He was an avid reader and an Eagle Scout. Paul loved people, and he gave of his time selflessly. His absence will be deeply felt throughout the community.
Members of the family include his wife Terry (Roberts) Lavigne of Jefferson, children Wesley Lavigne and wife Kimberly of Mapleton, Maine, Christopher Lavigne of Plymouth, N.H., Rosanna Lavigne of Gorham, N.H., Grace Lavigne of Chicago, Ill., Samuel Lavigne and wife Hannah of Lynchburg, Va., Jesse Lavigne of Nashville, Tenn., Annleah Lavigne of Jefferson, N.H., Valerie Lavigne of Jefferson, N.H., seven grandchildren, Sister Rachel Mercier and husband Tim of Windham, Maine as well as his extended family. He was predeceased by his first wife Linda J. Lavigne.
Funeral Services will be held on Tuesday October 17, 2017, at 11 a.m. at the Riverside Assembly of God, Main Street, Gorham with interment to follow at the Kilkenney View Cemetery in Jefferson. Friends and relatives are invited to call on Monday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at the church. Donations in Pastor Lavigne’s memory can be made to the Riverside Assembly of God, 450 Main Street, Gorham, N.H. 03581. Arrangements are entrusted to the Bryant Funeral Homes, Berlin and Gorham, N.H. Messages of condolence may be left online at www.bryantfuneralhome.net.
Mr. Jean Ronald “Red” Frechette, 79, of Cary N.C., passed away on September 17, 2017, at Raleigh Rehabilitation and Health Center after a long illness. Red is survived by his daughter Denise MacMillan and her husband Bill of Cary, N.C., son George Frechette and his wife Davila of Upton, Mass., brother Richard Frechette and his partner Mary Ellen Zizis of Campton, N.H., sister Lorraine Mulvoy of Naples, Fla., sister Delores Redmond of Hendersonville, N.C., eight grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, two great-great grandchildren and many dear nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 42 years, Kim, his parents John and Rose (Parent) Frechette, his sister Rita Perrault, and his brother Raymond Frechette.
Red was born at home in Berlin N.H. on February 9, 1938. He graduated from Notre Dame High School where he played on the Notre Dame High School hockey team that won the 1957 New England Interstate Tournament in Providence R.I. with a score of 7-0. He continued to play hockey while serving with the Army in Alaska. After the Army, Red returned to Berlin to work at the Brown Company, and then moved to Ashland Mass. where he met and married Kim. Red worked at the General Motors Assembly plant in Framingham, Mass. until it closed in 1989 and he retired. He returned to Berlin after living for several years in Milford Mass., and later moved to Bellevue Neb. followed by Cary N.C. where he lived for the last 10 years of his life.
Red was a friendly and gregarious man. He was a wonderful storyteller, regaling his family and many friends with a multitude of stories of his adventures growing up in Berlin, playing hockey, and his time in the Army. He was also a talented bowler and pool player. He was an avid and loyal fan of the Boston sports teams: the Bruins, the Patriots, and the Red Sox. He was a lively conversationalist with a wide range of interests, especially sports, current events, and history.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St Anne’s Church of Good Shepherd Parish, 345 Pleasant St, Berlin N.H. at 10 a.m. on Monday October 23, 2017, followed by interment with military honors at Mount Calvary Cemetery. Guests are invited to join the family for lunch afterwards at the Dairy Bar in Berlin. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Red’s memory to the Berlin Corps of the Salvation Army. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.fleury-patry.com.