LONDONDERRY - Remi O. Fortin, 87, of Londonderry, passed away on Dec. 4, 2013, at the Elliot Hospital as a result of a tragic accident, surrounded by his loving family.
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He was born in Bedford, the son of Amedee and Delia (Trembley) Fortin. He was a graduate of West High School, which he followed with a year of study in Boston. He was a World War II Navy veteran, serving aboard the USS Lacerta. Upon returning from the war, he met and married Cecile Marcotte and they recently celebrated their 66th wedding anniversary. They built a life together, raising their family and starting Remi Fortin Construction Co., and Remi Fortin Realty Company. Remi was a true contractor, carrying licenses in electric, plumbing, blasting and septic design. He was also a licensed real estate agent.
He was an active member of the Knights of Columbus Council 6949 of St. Jude Parish in Londonderry. He and his wife traveled extensively in their motor home with their lifelong friends, Dot and Bill Hebert, and also traveled abroad. The Fortin and Hebert families spent many years repairing and camping at the two N.H. Diocesan camps, Fatima and Bernadette. Remi's interests remained in his companies he built until he passed away. In his retirement, he took great pleasure in woodworking. Remi was always willing to help those in need and those who were unable to help themselves.
In addition to his wife, family members include eight children, Remi W. "Bill" Fortin and his wife, Pauline, of Londonderry, Anna Davis and her husband, John, of Auburn, Jacqueline Malandrino and her husband, Ken, of New Boston, Michelle Jacob and her husband, Rick, of Auburn, Larry Fortin and his wife, Betty, of Londonderry, Colette Worsman and her husband, Glen, of Meredith, Jane Keefe and her husband, Kevin, of Auburn, and Marc Fortin and his wife, Cindy, of Bedford; 14 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren; one aunt, Lucy Corriveau; and several nephews, nieces and cousins. He was predeceased by his brother, Fernand Fortin.
services: Calling hours will be at Phaneuf Funeral Homes and Crematorium, 243 Hanover St., Manchester, on Sunday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Monday morning at 10 a.m. in St. Jude Catholic Church, Londonderry. Committal services with military honors will follow in Mt. Calvary Cemetery Mausoleum. Donations may be made in his memory to St. Jude Church, Pro Life Fund, 435 Mammoth Road, Manchester, 03053. For more information or to view an online tribute, go to www.phaneuf.net.
Phaneuf Funeral Homes
243 Hanover Street
Manchester, NH 03104
Published in Union Leader on Dec. 7, 2013