PORTSMOUTH - Herman M. "Herm" Blanchette, 90, a lifelong resident of Portsmouth, died Friday, Nov. 9, 2012, at his home after a brief illness.
He was born in Portsmouth, Sept. 1, 1922, a son of the late Joseph M. and Priscilla (Bunker) Blanchette.
Herm graduated from Portsmouth High School and during World War II
worked at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard. After the war, he started at the William E. Dennett Co. in downtown Portsmouth, where he managed the store and retired with over 30 years of service. He then went to work for Portsmouth Paper in sales until he retired in 1997 at the age of 75.
He was a communicant of Corpus Christi parish, attending St. James Church. He was a 62-year member of the Portsmouth Lions Club, joining the club in 1950. He served the club as president in 1955 and as secretary for 33 years. He served in various positions at the district level and held leadership positions in special events held by the club and oftentimes as master of ceremony. He was presented with the Melvin Jones Fellow Award by his club for outstanding leadership.
Herm was an avid golfer and in his earlier years enjoyed bowling. He will be remembered for his quick wit and sense of humor.
He shared 68 years of marriage with his wife, Theresa "Tes" (Soucy) Blanchette.
In addition to his wife, family members include two daughters, Sandra B. Fitz Gerald and her husband J. Timothy, of Hebron, Conn., Gail M. Hudson and her husband Richard, of Dover, Del.; five grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; his brother, Robert Blanchette of Ocala, Fla.; nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased in 2008 by his daughter, Sheila M. Berggren, and his sister, Jean Hughes.
services: Visiting hours will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 12, in the Remick & Gendron Funeral Home-Crematory, 811 Lafayette Road, Hampton. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Tuesday in Corpus Christi Parish at St. James Church, 2075 Lafayette Road, Portsmouth. Burial will follow in Calvary Cemetery, Portsmouth. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited.
Family flowers only. The family suggests donations to the Portsmouth Lions Club, P.O. Box 944, Portsmouth, 03802. For directions or to sign an online guest book, visit RemickGendron.com