Maurice A. Boucher

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PEMBROKE PINES, Fla. - Maurice Alfred Boucher, World War II veteran, iron worker, father of eight children and missionary, died in his sleep the morning of June 15, 2013, at Alexander Nininger State Veterans Nursing Home in Pembroke Pines. He was 86 years old.

He was born in Manchester, N.H., on Sept. 2, 1926, the sixth of seven children to Alfred and Alice (née LaFrance) Boucher. After being raised in Pinardville in Goffstown, N.H., and Manchester, N.H.'s West Side, he entered the Marines in 1942 and was a cannoneer in the South Pacific during World War II.

Upon his return from war, he was an avid athlete, swimmer, and New Hampshire diving champion, competing at Rock Rimmon Pool, where he met his beloved wife, Anita Goulet. After marrying in 1952 and working for B.A. Roy Steel Erectors, he and Anita raised eight children. In the early 1970s, Maurice and Anita moved the family to Bedford, N.H., until their retirement, when they began spending their winters in Melbourne.

In 1991, after 39 years of marriage and Anita's death, Maurice began to spend his winters assisting the Missionaries of Charity in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. His winter months for the next 10 years were spent in charitable efforts directed toward poor, ill and malnourished children at an infant hospital in Port-au-Prince. Maurice also reconnected with his love of athletics by competing in triathlons. In 2003, at age 76, he won a bronze medal for his age group at the Summer National Senior Games as part of the Senior Olympics in Hampton Roads, Va. His final years were spent living with his daughter, Michele Lefebvre, in Grant, and then at an independent living facility, The Fountains, in Melbourne.

He is survived by his brother, Wilfrid Boucher of Goffstown, N.H.; and eight children, Claudet Swann of Cullman, Ala., Michele Lefebvre of Grant, Bernice Boucher of Ridgewood, N.J., Renee Callahan of Boca Raton, Fred Boucher of Duxbury, Mass., Suzanne Goulet of Knoxville, Tenn., Jean Boucher of Fairfax, Va., and Marie Boucher of Washington, D.C.; and 14 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren.


SERVICES: There is no visitation, but please join family members at the funeral and luncheon. A Catholic funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 14, at the Parish of the Transfiguration, 305 Kelley St., Manchester, N.H. Maurice and Anita were longtime parishioners at St. Jean Baptiste Church, currently Parish of the Transfiguration. Maurice will be interred alongside his wife, Anita, at the Mount Calvary Cemetery Mausoleum. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the .

Published in Union Leader on Aug. 4, 2013
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