Edward J. LaPalme Jr.

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MANCHESTER - Edward (Eddie) Joseph Elzear LaPalme, Jr., 81, of Manchester, New Hampshire, entered Eternal Life shortly before dawn on September 9, 2018, after a period of declining health, surrounded by his family and in the arms of his beloved wife, Mary.

Edward was born on September 2, 1937, in Manchester, the oldest of five children, to Edward J. LaPalme Sr. and Ella (Auclair) LaPalme. He grew up on Merrimack Street and was a graduate of Central High School, Class of 1955. He served in the U.S. Army from 1960 to 1963, stationed in Anchorage, Alaska. Upon returning to Manchester, he began his career as a meat manager working at Provost Market, Grand Union and Allegro's, retiring from Harvest Market in 2002. On September 5, 1964, he married Mary McGrath of County Galway, Ireland, embarking on a beautiful love story that would endure for 54 years.

Edward loved to cook and relished in his ability to create culinary masterpieces for his family and friends. He especially enjoyed baking and became an expert cake decorator in retirement, creating over-the-top artistic creations for every family celebration. He enjoyed a freshly baked scone, the finest cuts of meat, and a hard day's work. He traveled extensively and spent much of his retirement in Ireland with his wife, Mary, where they shared the warmth of many turf fires together. He delighted in spending time with his grandchildren, and would selflessly do anything for them, regardless of how inconvenient or extreme the need was. He was patient, kind and gentle to everyone in his life, and will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

A man firmly rooted in his Catholic faith, he was a long time parishioner of St. Patrick's Church in Manchester.

Edward leaves behind his wife, Mary, a daughter, Noreen Snow of Amherst, New Hampshire, a son, Edward LaPalme III, and his wife Susan, of Manchester, one brother, Richard LaPalme of Manchester and one sister, Evelyn, and her husband Steven, Lamontagne, of Woodstock, Georgia. He also leaves behind six adoring grandchildren, including Shannon, Christopher, Ryan and Lily Snow, and Aine and Eamon LaPalme, as well as many nephews, nieces and cousins. Edward was predeceased by his parents, two sisters, Ellen Groulx and Rachel Roy, and his son-in-law, David Snow.

The family would like to thank the entire staff at Hanover Hill Health Care Center for the tender care they provided to Edward during his final days.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the at www.alz.org.

SERVICES: Calling hours are Monday from 4 to 7 p.m. at Goodwin Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 607 Chestnut Street, Manchester NH. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday at 10 a.m. at St. Joseph Cathedral, 145 Lowell St., Manchester NH. Burial will follow in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Please go to www.goodwinfh.com to sign the online guest book.
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Published in Union Leader on Sept. 14, 2018
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