RYE — Normand L. Ayotte, 78, of Rye died Feb. 1, 2012, peacefully at home with his family at his side.
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He was born Feb. 25, 1933 in Woonsocket, R.I. The fourth son of Joseph and Loretta Ayotte.
Normand attended schools in Woonsocket, R.I. and Kittery, Maine. He graduated from Traip Academy, class of 1951. Normand was a Navy veteran of the Korean conflict serving aboard the USS Greene, USS Melvin, and the USS Lind.
In 1960 Normand graduated from the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Apprentice Program as a journeyman electrician. Norm eventually worked his way up through the trade to become the Code 950 Superintendent. Normand served as President of the Superintendents' Association, 1981 & 1982. During his Shipyard career he attended many schools around the country as well as attending NH College to receive his Associate Degree in Business. He retired from PNSY in 1985 with 33 years of service. In 1986 he became a member of the Rye Lions Club where he served as King Lion for two years. As a Lion, Normand received the distinguished Melvin Jones Fellow Award for his dedication to humanitarian service. Normand also served as Director and Vice President on the Board of the Northeast Prime Time Club for many years.
He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Jane, who in his last years provided him much love and care; children, Linda Ayotte of Portsmouth, Mark and Stephanie Ayotte, of Portsmouth, Debra and Don Podsen, of Merrimac, Mass.; grandchildren, Michele and Shane Connell of Cumming, Ga., Sarah and Julia Podsen, Olivia, Emma, and Ethan Ayotte; siblings, Richard and Peg Ayotte, Augusta Maine, Paul and Gloria Ayotte, Exeter, Joan and Tim Letourneau, Old Town, Maine and many nieces and nephews.
Visiting hours will be held from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 5, 2012 at the J. Verne Wood Funeral Home ¿ Buckminster Chapel, 84 Broad Street, Portsmouth, NH. A mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 6, 2012 at Saint Theresa Church, 815 Central Road, Rye, NH.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Rye Lions Club, Box 446, Rye, NH 03870-0446. Please visit: www.jvwoodfuneralhome.com to sign the online guest book, to send a private condolence and/or a sympathy card.
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Published in Fosters from Feb. 3 to Feb. 4, 2012