BEDFORD - Emile Vaillancourt, 81, of Bedford, died Nov. 13, 2012, at the Hillsborough County Nursing Home after a period of declining health.
He was born in Newport Center, Vt., on March 19, 1931, the oldest of seven children of Alice (Hebert) and Octave Vaillancourt.
He first attended school in Canada, then the family relocated from Vermont to Manchester, N.H., where he attended Ste. Marie school.
Emile served his country as a member of the Air National Guard at Grenier Air Force Base for 23 years.
Before retiring, he worked as a self-employed carpenter for many years. Since retirement, he enjoyed traveling to Mexico, playing the saxophone, and working on various building projects.
Emile was married to Helen (Lavoie) Vaillancourt for 50 years, before her passing in June of 2004.
Family members include his daughter, Marie Grenier and husband, Rosaire Grenier of Bedford; one son, John Vaillancourt and wife, Terri Vaillancourt of Bedford; six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. He is also survived by two sisters, Helene Therriault of Pocasset, Mass., and Monique Limoges of Claremont; two brothers, Lucien Vaillancourt and wife, Lea of Hudson and Andre Vaillancourt and wife, Carol of Royal Palm Beach, Fla.
He was predeceased by two sisters, Aline Vaillancourt and Annette Vaillancourt.
SERVICES: A calling hour at Lambert Funeral Home & Crematory, 1799 Elm St., corner of North Street, will be Saturday from 9:30 to 11 a.m., followed by a service in the funeral home chapel.
Final interment will be in the N.H. State Veterans Cemetery, Boscawen, at a later date.
Memorial donations may be made to the Wounded Warriors Project, PO Box 758517, Topeka, Kan. 66675 or the National ALS Foundation, 1275 K St. NW, Suite 1050, Washington, DC 20005.
To send an online message of condolence, please go to www.lambertfuneralhome.com