HOOKSETT - Rheal L. Bouffard passed away early Monday, Oct. 7, 2013, after battling cancer.
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He was born in Manchester on Dec. 21, 1918, the youngest child of Pierre J. and Marie Louise (Therrien) Boufford.
Ray, as he liked to be called, moved to Bristol, Conn., as a young man to apprentice in the Ingraham Clock factory. He joined the U.S. Army in June 1942 and served at a number of posts before being sent overseas to serve in Paris, France. Upon his discharge, he married his wife of 68 years, Loretta A. Talbot.
After their marriage, they lived in Manchester, Gilford and Bristol, Conn., to continue his apprenticeship and pursue his career as a precision machinist. In 1954, he was recruited by the Hughes Aircraft Company in Culver City, Calif. They lived in California for 10 years before relocating back to their hometown of Manchester, where he started his own business, the Micro-Tech Machine Company. He sold his business and retired in 1978 at the age of 60. He loved to travel and frequently drove across the country to visit relatives and friends in California. He also enjoyed fishing and spending time with his family.
He was predeceased by six brothers, Archille, Elzear, Napoleon, William, Joseph and Armand and three sisters, Marie Louise Corriveau, Yvonne Hamel and Casilde Bouchard.
He is survived by his wife, Loretta; his daughter, Jacqueline Wilson; son, Peter J. Bouffard and grandson, Shaun Wilson.
SERVICES: There are no calling hours. A memorial Mass will be celebrated on Tuesday, Oct. 15, at 9 a.m. in Holy Rosary Church, 21 Main St., Hooksett. Private burial with military honors will be in the New Hampshire Veterans Cemetery, Boscawen. In lieu of flowers, donations in his name may be made to the
, 2 Commerce Drive, Bedford 03110. The McHugh Funeral Home, 283 Hanover St., Manchester has been entrusted with the arrangements. Condolences may be offered at www.mchughfuneralhome.com.
Published in Union Leader on Oct. 10, 2013