Manchester - Harold A. Suprenant, 91, formerly of Turners Falls, Mass., died June 11, 2014, at Courville at Manchester, where he was a resident.
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He was born in Turners Falls, Mass., on June 15, 1922, to Arthur and Anna (Dion) Suprenant. He attended St. Ann's Parochial School and Turners Falls High School.
On Oct. 29, 1942, he married the former Lillian St. Germain at St. Anne's Church in Turners Falls, Mass. He then enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served his country honorably until being discharged as an aviator machinist mate, second class, in December 1945.
After his discharge, he was employed at the Turners Falls Water Department as a laborer. In 1956, he contracted polio during the last polio epidemic in the United States. The resulting paralysis limited his mobility and thus prevented his return to his former position. He did not let his disabling condition serve as an excuse not to work, however, and he was appointed to the position of water department clerk. He held that position for 30 years. After his retirement, he was elected water commissioner for 17 years. All in all, he spent 48 years with the water department.
He was a devout Catholic and loved his St. Anne's Church. He served as a lector and as a member of the Parish Council. He also volunteered his time at many church functions. He loved puttering around his yard, swimming in his little backyard pool and showing off how long he could float on his back. Family barbecues were a favorite of his when he would challenge anyone to a corn on the cob eating contest or imitate his favorite comedian, Crazy Guggenheim, from the old "Jackie Gleason Show."
In 1964, Harold was one of the first people in the United States to undergo successful hip replacement surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital. The subsequent recovery was much more challenging than today's procedures.
In 2004, he and Lillian moved to Manchester. Harold was a Red Sox and Patriots fan. Before the Patriots, watching the New York Giants football at 1 p.m. on Sundays was a family event. He was predeceased by three brothers, Gene, Raymond and Roland, and four sisters, Irene, Beatrice, Agnes and Theresa. He leaves his beloved wife of 71 years, Lillian. Harold also leaves behind his son David and grandsons Alex and Royce of Redmond, Wash., and son Bob and his wife, Maria, of Manchester and granddaughters Bria and Lauren, along with many nieces and nephews.
services: Visitation will be observed on Wednesday, June 18, from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the dismissal services at 10:15 a.m. from the McCarthy Funeral Home, 14 Prospect St., Turners Falls, Mass. Following visitation, a Liturgy of Christian burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. from Our Lady of Peace Church, 90 Seventh St., Turners Falls, Mass., with the Rev. Fr. Stanley J. Aksamit, pastor, as the celebrant. Rites of committal and burial will full military honors will follow in St. Anne's Cemetery, Turners Falls, Mass., with members of the U.S. Navy in attendance, assisted by the Hale-Clapp VFW Post 3295 of South Deerfield, Mass.
Memorial contributions in lieu flowers, are suggested to: Town of Montague, Veterans Memorial Fund, 1 Avenue A, Turners Falls, MA 01376.
The McCarthy Funeral Homes of Greenfield and Turners Falls, Mass., have been entrusted with the arrangements. A guest book and condolence message are available at www.mccarthyfuneralhomes.com.
McCarthy Funeral Homes
14 Prospect Street Turners Falls, MA 01376
Published in Union Leader on June 14, 2014