Exeter - Roland H. Goupil, 79, died May 1, 2012, at his home after a brief illness.
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He was born on June 23, 1932, in Dover, the son of the late Henry and Mabel (Lemieux) Goupil. He was raised in Dover and was a graduate of Dover High School in 1950. Upon graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy to serve his country. He purchased Gerry's Variety Store in April 1966 and continued to own and operate the store until his death.
Family members include his wife of 20 years, Laurie Goupil, and daughter Amy Klemarczyk. He is also survived by his four children with his first wife, Joyce Lamson Upham, who died in 1997, Deborah Gallant and her husband, Jeffrey, of Exeter, Steven Goupil and his wife, Rose, of Nottingham, Sharon Goupil and her partner, Lauren Somma, of San Luis Obispo, Calif., and Desiree "DeeDee" Victoria and her husband, Michael, of Escondido, Calif.; his grandchildren, Tahlia Goupil, Joshua Gallant, Katie Victoria, Shea Somma, Sage Somma, Spencer Somma and Joseph McGhee; his sister, Anita Pevine and her husband, Edward, of Dover; niece Judy Pevine of Dover; and his extended family at Gerry's Variety Store, Exeter.
services: Services will be held at the Stockbridge Funeral Home on Saturday at 11 a.m. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited and may visit with the family at the funeral home on Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the St. Vincent de Paul Society, Lincoln Street, Exeter, or Exeter Junior Baseball League, P.O. Box 471, Exeter 03833. Burial will be in Exeter Cemetery, Exeter. Please visit www.Stockbridgefh.com.
Published in Union Leader on May 3, 2012