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Donald Renehan

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Donald Renehan

1923 - 2015 WEST LEBANON, NH - Donald H. Renehan, 92, died December 31, 2015 at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, surrounded by his beloved daughter, Shelley, other family and friends. He was born in White River Jct., VT on March 22, 1923. Don was raised at the South Main Street, White River Jct. home of his parents, Robert and Ida (Whitcomb) Renehan with his four siblings: Robert Renehan Jr., Helen (Renehan) Lillis, Dorothy (Renehan) Johnson, and Virginia (Renehan) Murphy, all of whom predeceased him. A graduate of Hartford High School, he served in the United States Army in WWII, in Battery A, 112th Anti-Aircraft Battalion, making the invasion of North Africa and southern France, returning with an African hound, "Yo-Yo", whom he smuggled with him to France and then home. Don married Marion Harlow at Holy Redeemer Church in West Lebanon on October 7, 1950 and lived with his family, which always included the family dog, in West Lebanon until his death. He was an active member of the Holy Redeemer Catholic Church and also attended St. Helena's Catholic Church in Enfield. Upon his return from the Army, he helped to build dorms at Dartmouth College, worked at Vermont Hardware and then for Bailey Brothers Auto Parts, calling on companies along the Connecticut River for 44 years until the company closed its doors when he was 82. A wonderful mechanic, he also worked for many years weekday nights and Saturdays repairing and restoring cars and, for a time, maintaining the Hartford School system buses in the 1970s and 1980s. Don also served the Town of Hartford (as had his father and grandfather before him) as a volunteer firefighter and Captain of the White River Fire Department, recognized for his work with a lifetime honorary membership. It appeared that Don worked all of the time. But anyone who knew the Renehans, knows that they loved fun. For over 50 years summers were spent at the family house on Lake Mascoma, a lifelong center of great fun, water skiing, boating, barbeques and gatherings of family and friends from around the Lake and practical jokes, often instigated by Marion and carried out by Don, daughters, Sharman, Shelley and her fiance, Michael St. James. They welcomed all to their lake house and for 36 years hosted the Seminary Hill School faculty picnic along with many others. A lifelong avid and successful hunter, Don hunted deer, and on occasion bear, raccoons and moose, in NH, VT and Canada for many years with a large group of friends. In later years and up until he was 91, he hunted in NH with two good friends. Their picnics were legendary. Don was predeceased by his wife, Marion (Harlow) Renehan (11-15-2006), daughter, Sharman Ann (1-2-2013) and Shelley's fiance, Michael St. James (2-4-2006), whom Don loved as a member of the family, in addition to his four siblings. He is survived by his daughter, Shelley Marie Renehan, of West Lebanon, a cousin, William Young and his wife, Sally of Burlington, VT and their family, sister-in-law, Marilyn Harlow of Thomaston, CT, nieces Marcia Renehan Lowes of Hartford, VT, Nancy Renehan of Key West, FL and Hartford, VT, and numerous other nieces and nephews. The family wishes to express their thanks to the staff of the Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center and especially to the Critical Care Unit "Green Team", led by Dr. James Carroll for their outstanding work and compassionate care and advice to Don and his family during his final illness. FUNERAL NOTICE: There will be calling hours at the Knight Funeral Home in White River Jct., VT on Friday, January 8, 2016 from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. The funeral service will be held at St. Anthony's Roman Catholic Church in White River Jct., VT on Saturday, January 9, 2016 at 11 a.m. Condolences to Don's family may be made in an online guestbook at : www.knightfuneralhomes.com.com Donations in Don's memory may be made to the Upper Valley Humane Society, 300 Old Route 10, Enfield, NH 03748.
Published in Brattleboro Reformer on Jan. 5, 2016
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