WEARE - Edward Charles Couture passed on peacefully Dec. 11, 2013, after standing up to and fighting back pancreatic cancer.
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Eddie was born Oct. 23, 1954, in Manchester, and was raised in Manchester, graduating from Trinity High School in 1972.
After graduation, Ed joined the U.S. Air Force and proudly served his country for 20 years. This included tours in Alaska, Korea and Europe; he served during the Vietnam War and the first Gulf War.
After retiring from the Air Force, he joined the Manchester Fire Department as an emergency fire/EMS dispatcher for almost 19 years, leaving in 2011 due to illness.
Eddie enjoyed life. His many interests included motorcycling, fishing, hunting and being a HAM amateur radio operator. He loved restoring antique radios and had a talent for being able to fix almost anything.
Eddie was predeceased by his dad, Aime N. Couture, who died in September 1992.
Eddie is survived by his mom, Catherine D. (Nicholis) Couture of Manchester, and Naples, Fla.; his wife of 14 years, Lynne (Courtney) Couture of Weare; three daughters from his first marriage, Michelle Laxton of South Carolina, Nicole (Eric) Wamsley of North Carolina, and Tamara (Kevin) Messer of North Carolina; a sister, Amy (Ronald) Lesniak of Naples, Fla.; a brother, John (Maureen) Couture of Manchester; six grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
To friends, a heartfelt thank-you for their compassion and friendship. Gratitude is also extended to staff at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Manchester and Lebanon, Norris Cotton Cancer Center, Manchester, and Amedisys Hospice, Londonderry.
services: His memorial gathering will be held at the Phaneuf Funeral Home, 243 Hanover St., Manchester, on Monday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. with military honors at 12:30 p.m., followed by a short prayer. In lieu of flowers, donations in Eddie's memory may be made to Amedisys Hospice, 1 E. Commons Drive, Unit 33, Londonderry, 03053, or Norris Cotton Cancer Center, 87 McGregor St., Suite 4100, Manchester, 03102. The Phaneuf Funeral Homes and Crematorium is in charge of arrangements. For more information or to view an online guestbook and memorial, go to www.phaneuf.net.
Phaneuf Funeral Homes
243 Hanover Street Manchester, NH 03104
Published in Union Leader on Dec. 14, 2013