Auguste J. "Gus" Tetreault(1931 - 2013)

Auguste J. "Gus" Tetreault, 82, of Havenwood, Concord, died Sunday, February 17, 2013 at Hospice House, Concord, after a long and bravely fought battle with cancer, with his family gathered around him.

Gus was born in Franklin, February 10, 1931, the son of Auguste J. Tetreault Sr. and Valeda M. (Lasante) Tetreault. He grew up in Franklin, attending St. Mary Parochial School and Franklin High School, graduating in June, 1949. After graduation, he moved to New York City, attending trade school to learn the printing industry. From 1951 to 1955, he was a member of the United States Air Force, serving two years in the South Pacific as a communications specialist during the Korean War and was extremely proud of his service to his country.

He met the love of his life, Marina, while stationed at Loring USAF Base in Limestone, Maine. They married October 25, 1954 in Limestone and eventually moved to Franklin. From 1955 to 1965, they owned and operated a small grocery store and soda/ice cream fountain and were well-known and loved in the community. But, with a young family, Gus wanted to be able to spend more time at home, so he returned to the printing industry, working as a linotype operator at two printing companies in Concord. In 1972, he became employed by the United States government, working for the General Services Administration as a contract work inspector. By the time he retired in 1992, he oversaw work done in all the US Federal Buildings in New Hampshire, most of Vermont and northern Massachusetts.

He was a devout Catholic, and was a communicant of St Paul's Parish in Franklin. He was a fourth degree member of the Knights of Columbus, Father A. J. Timon Council 2170, in Franklin. He joined the Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish in 1977 after he and his wife moved to Concord.

Gus loved to play and watch all sports and was extremely competitive. He was a lifelong bowler, starting as a "pin boy" in his father's bowling alley in Franklin. He and his wife bowled regularly as members of bowling leagues at Boutwell's in Concord and he won a Gold Medal in Bowling for his age division during the 2010 N.H. Senior Olympics. He loved to travel, and especially enjoyed time spent at the ocean; loved animals, nature and music and could fix or make just about anything. For Gus, each day was an adventure; he was always unfailingly happy, positive, enjoyed a good joke or prank and had a great sense of humor. He sought out fun at every opportunity. He cherished the time spent with his two daughters as they were growing up, and told his wife that he loved her every day. He will be terribly missed by his family.

He is survived by his wife and best friend of 58 years, Marina R. (Cyr) Tetreault, of Concord; and two daughters, Linda G. Estee of Dover, and Gerianne L. Holdsworth and her husband, Stephen Holdsworth, of Bow. He also leaves five grandchildren, Elisabeth Lazarra and husband, Sean, of Wells, Maine, Jonathan Holdsworth of Los Alamos, N.M., Amelia Holdsworth and fiancé, Eric Bilodeau of Concord, Alexandra Estee and Michelle Estee of Dover; and one great-grandchild, Quinn Auguste Bilodeau of Concord, as well as several nieces and nephews and many friends. He was pre-deceased by one brother, Andrew J. Tetreault who died in November 1995 and his wife, June L. Tetreault, who died in August 2012.

The family would like to express their sincere gratitude to the Hospice House, the doctors and staff of the Hematology/Oncology and Radiation Oncology Departments at the Norris Cotton Cancer Center of Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Lebanon; the wonderful staff of Havenwood, and Gus' Havenwood neighbors and friends for their support, kind words and prayers.

There will be no calling hours at the family's request.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Thursday, February 21, at 10:30 a.m., at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, 180 Loudon Road, Concord.

Internment will be at the Mount Calvary Cemetery and Mausoleum in Manchester, at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Hospice House, c/o CRVNA, 30 Pillsbury St., Concord, N.H. 03301, Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish, 180 Loudon Rd., Concord, N.H. 03301 or to the Resident Support Fund, c/o Havenwood-Heritage Heights, 33 Christian Ave., Concord, N.H. 03301.

Published in The Concord Monitor on Feb. 20, 2013