NASHUA -- George J. Provencher, 86, died June 29, 2010, at St Joseph Hospital after a short illness.
He was born in Manchester, July 2, 1923, to Albert and Marie-Anne (Poulette) Provencher.He shared 56 years of marriage with Lorraine (Noel) Provencher until her death in 2005.
He attended Manchester schools and graduated from St. Anselm College in 1948. He also attended Boston University and received a master's degree in religious studies from Emmanuel College.
He was employed at Doehla greeting cards for 21 years. In 1973, he co-founded PVA-EPVA (Paralyzed Veterans/Eastern Paralyzed Veterans of America) and Brick Mill Studios in Wilton. He retired as president of the company in 1988.
A World War II Army veteran,he served as a communications and reconnaissance sergeant of Company M, the 112th Infantry Regiment, 28th Infantry Division. He served in Normandy with five campaign stars and was involved in the liberation of Paris and the Battle of the Bulge. He received the Bronze Star, the Combat Infantry Badge, a Purple Heart and a Unit Presidential Citation. He also served in the Korean War as Assistant Adjutant of the 21st Infantry Regiment of the 24th Infantry Division. He received the Combat Infantry Badge with Cluster, the Korean Service Medal and the Korean Occupation Medal.
He was a co-founder of the Nashua Soup Kitchen in 1980 serving on the board of directors for 12 years and as president for three years during its expansion.
IN HIS LIFE: He was active in St. Joseph Church in Nashua and religious groups, including Pius X Institute, the Christian Family Movement and the Cursillo Movement. He served as the first president of the Sarto Foundation, a religious lay conference center in Hooksett. He enjoyed his final years as an active resident of the Hunt Community.
Members of his family include four children: Jeanne Fortier and her husband Mark of Lake Placid, Fla.; Claire Coey and her husband Jack of Keene; Lucie Bryar and her husband Douglas of Nashua; and Michael Provencher and his wife Joanne of Nashua; six grandchildren: Erin Davis, Meredith Bryar Horan, Lauren Bryar, Hannah Onoroski, Craig Provencherand Jeffrey Provencher;two great grandchildren: Skye and Reef Davis; also a brother, Paul Provencher of Merrimack and a sister, Pauline Hebert and her husband Roger of Manchester, as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins. He was pre-deceased by a grandson, Todd Fortier, and two brothers, Roger and Marcel Provencher.
SERVICES: Friends and relatives may call at the St. Laurent Funeral Home, 116 Elm St., Nashua from 4 to 8 p.m., Friday A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10 a.m. at St. Joseph the Worker Parish, Nashua. Burial will be in St. Louis Cemetery, Nashua. Memorial donations may be made to Nashua Soup Kitchen and Shelter, P.O. Box 3116 Nashua, 03061-3116. For more information go to www.stlaurentfuneralhome.com.