MANCHESTER - Richard Allen Robitaille died Jan. 5, 2013, at the Ridgewood Center, Bedford.
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Mr. Robitaille was born on Jan. 16, 1937, in the city of Manchester where he grew up, the son of the late Joseph and Bernice Robitaille.
He was a veteran, serving in the U.S. Air Force from 1954 to 1957.
He was employed for 15 years at a shoe factory before becoming a printing press operator for Moore Business Forms for 30 years, until his retirement.
Mr. Robitaille was an avid sports enthusiast, having played softball for many years recreationally and for the U.S. Air Force. He loved horseracing, cribbage, pool and he was a long-time member of the DAV.
Members of his family include his two sons, Rick Robitaille of Manchester and BJ Byers of North Carolina; three daughters, Tricia Ayers of Bedford, Jill Fudala of Pittsfield and Cheryl Byers of Merrimack; 12 grandchildren; three brothers, Sonny Joe Robitaille of North Carolina, Donald Robitaille of Texas and Charles Robitaille of Bedford; four sisters, Claudia Reaves of Meredith, Nancy Reed of Manchester, Sandra Philbrook of Manchester and Mary Robitaille of Manchester and nieces and nephews.
SERVICES: A memorial gathering will be held on Friday from 10 to 11 a.m. in the Phaneuf Funeral Home, 243 Hanover St., corner of Union Street, in Manchester.
A memorial service will follow in the funeral home chapel at 11 a.m. Committal prayers and military honors will follow at the N.H. State Veterans Cemetery, 110 DW Highway in Boscawen, at 1:30 p.m.
Donations may be made to The Ridgewood Resident Council Fund, 25 Ridgewood Road, Bedford 03110, in memory of Mr. Robitaille.
To view an online memorial go to www.phaneuf.net. The Phaneuf Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Phaneuf Funeral Homes
243 Hanover Street Manchester, NH 03104
Published in Union Leader on Jan. 9, 2013