HOOKSETT - Mr. Alpha A. Chevrette, 89, a lifelong Hooksett resident, died Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013, at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Manchester after a lengthy illness.
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Born on Nov. 21, 1923 to Ovila and Yvonne (Lafleur) Chevrette, Alpha had worked for Emerson Manufacturing before entering the Army during World War II and serving in Normandy, Northern France, and the Rhineland.
After his discharge and return home, Alpha worked for the Boston & Maine Railroad, where he stayed for almost 43 years, retiring as an inspector. He was a member of the Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employees Division.
Mr. Chevrette was a life member of the Queen City Memorial VFW Post #8214, a 67-year member and past commander of the Merrill Follansbee American Legion Post #37 in Hooksett, a member of the Battle of the Bulge Chapter #17, and the Capital City Chapter #19 DAV.
Active in the community and church, he was a member of and had served in a variety of positions for several groups - 4 terms as Grand Knight of the Knights of Columbus Fr. Langlois Council #4961, a 4th Degree Knights of Columbus Msgr. Buckley Assembly, a member and past Gatekeeper of the Hooksett Grange #148, past president of the Hooksett Historical Society, Councilor-at-large and on the Planning Board for the Town of Hooksett.
In 1989 he received the Granite State Senior Citizens award and in 1992, he and his wife, Bernadette, were honored as Citizens of the Year. They also founded the Hooksett Happy Helpers, where all the proceeds go to the Hooksett Fire Department and once a year dictionaries are distributed to the 3rd graders in the Hooksett schools.
Alpha loved spending time with his family and enjoyed baseball, crossword puzzles, and going out to eat.
He is survived by his beloved wife, Bernadette (Courchesne) Chevrette, with whom he just recently celebrated 70 years of marriage. He is also survived by four children and their spouses, Priscilla Mudge and Reginald of Orlando, Fla., Janet Gould and Daryl of Hooksett, Victor Chevrette and Renee of Ypsilanti, Mich. and Anne Lassonde and Thomas of Loudon; seven grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; a brother, Gerard Chevrette of Hooksett; and nieces and nephews.
Family and friends are invited to gather Wednesday, Oct. 16, from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at the Petit Funeral Home, 167 Main St., Pembroke.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Thursday, Oct. 17, at 11 a.m. at Holy Rosary Church in Hooksett, followed by burial in Holy Rosary Cemetery. After burial a reception and luncheon will take place at St. John the Baptist Parish Hall in Allenstown.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Mr. Chevrette's name may be made to either the Monastery of the Precious Blood, 700 Bridge St., Manchester, 03104 or Liberty House, 75 West Baker St., Manchester, 03103.
The Petit Funeral Home offers an on-line guestbook at petitfuneralhome.com.
Petit Funeral Home
167 Main Street
Pembroke, NH 03275
Published in The Concord Monitor on Oct. 15, 2013