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Ernest P. Couture

Ernest P. Couture
of Fitchburg; 84

FITCHBURG -- Ernest P. Couture, 84 of Fitchburg died Friday, January 25, 2013 in HealthAlliance/Leominster Hospital. He was born in 1928 in Fitchburg, was the only child of Ernest P and Fernande (Breton) Couture.

He leaves his three daughters; Simone Chesbrough, Michelle Labbe, Monique Couture, five grandchildren; Jesse Couture, Faith Chesbrough, Jordan Labbe, Hudson Labbe and Katrina Walls.

Following his 1946 graduation from St. Bernard's High School in Fitchburg he served in the U.S. Occupation Forces in Germany as an Army Musician until 1948. Upon discharge, he attended Syracuse University, where he earned a Bachelor's degree in English. From 1953 to 1962, he and his parents ran the Pinehurst Restaurant in Fitchburg. In 1965, he earned a Master's degree in education from Fitchburg State College and worked as a high-school English teacher and Guidance Counselor for 16 years. He ended his working career in 1990 in the sheet-metal shop of Northern Telecom in Concord N.H.

Mr. Couture's avocations were many. He was a musician for over 30 years, playing tenor sax, alto sax and clarinet in the big dance bands of Gene Carlson and Eddie Hamilton and had his own trio for 12 years. He was also a pop singer and church soloist. For 8 years, he was a member of the Stratton Playhouse in Fitchburg, serving as its president for 2 years. He was also an exponent and practitioner of needlepoint and had 2 public showings of his work.

Upon retirement, Mr. Couture became an often published wordsmith, having written/created many essays and poems, 36 short stories, which can be found in various publications, and over 60 crossword puzzles. He was published in Games Magazine and the Penny Press Crossword Puzzles.

COUTURE -- There will be no wake or memorial service. Aubuchon-Moorcroft Funeral Home Fitchburg is assisting the family with arrangements.

Published in Sentinel & Enterprise on Jan. 29, 2013
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