Ernest "Mike" Gelinas (1922 - 2018)

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PENACOOK – Ernest "Mike" Gelinas, 95, died peacefully Sunday Evening, May 13, 2018, at the Concord Hospital with family by his side.

Mike was born in Hooksett in June of 1922 to William and Mary (Demers) Gelinas, he grew up in Hooksett as one of 17 children. Mike enlisted into the United Stated Army in 1941. While serving his Country Mike was stationed at and is a survivor of the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. He later went on to take part in the battle of Guadal Canal and the Northern Solomons in the Asiatic Pacific Theater Campaign. He was a Military Police officer upon return to the United States.

On May 5, 1944, Ernest married Pauline (Raymond) Gelinas at St. Jeans Catholic Church in Suncook and they started their family. They had moved to and lived in Bronx, N.Y. for several years before returning to Penacook in 1969. When he returned Mike took a job as a truck driver for National Fence & Granite in Concord where he was known as "Big Wind" by all of his coworkers. Mike worked for the company for 32 years until his retirement in 2001, during retirement he took on another job with his son Daniel, at Gelinas Excavation, working for many years into his mid 80's. However, he still found time to go to his wife and son's graves daily.

In more recent years Mike has enjoyed being a grandfather to many and truly enjoyed talking and joking with family. He was the perfect combination of Fred Flintstone and Archie Bunker but with a heart of gold. He was an Honorary Life Member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #31 in Penacook. He also loved weekly Thursday lunches and playing cards with his family. He spent the last 30 years living with his son Daniel, wife Jennifer and his granddaughters Raquel and Kaiya.

Mike was predeceased by his beloved wife, Pauline in January of 1989; a son, Robert Gelinas, as well as 13 brothers and sisters. He is survived by two daughters, Rita Chiappa and her husband, Bob of Parachute, Colo. and Lynn Fournier and her husband, Mark of Sanborton; four sons, Daniel Gelinas and his wife, Jennifer of Penacook, Mike Gelinas and his wife,  Kathy of Salisbury, William Gelinas and his wife, Cheryl of Loudon and Paul Gelinas and his wife, Evelyn of Allenstown; many many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren; a brother and three sisters; as well as many nieces and nephews.

Calling hours will be held on Thursday, May 17, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Wendell J. Butt Funeral Home, 42 Washington St., Penacook.

Graveside funeral services with military honors will be held on Friday, May 18, at 11 a.m. in the Blossom Hill Cemetery on 207 N. State Street Concord.
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Published in The Concord Monitor on May 16, 2018
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