RAYMOND, N.H. — Joseph Gerard Bolduc Sr., 87, passed away at his home after a lengthy illness on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2011, surrounded by his family.
He was born in Boscawen, NH on Sept. 6, 1924, the son of the late Charles and Sarah (Lavoie) Bolduc. A resident of Raymond for the last 36 years, he grew up in Deerfield, NH and also formerly resided many years in Fremont, NH. A logger by trade, in his early years he logged with the help of horses. He was also formerly employed many years at the Spaulding and Frost Barrel Factory in Fremont, NH and drove a bus for the Timberlane school system.
Joseph was also very active in the town of Fremont. He served as Police Chief for 10 years, Road Agent for 27 years, and was also a member of the Fire Department for many years. He served on the Board of Directors of the Deerfield Fair Association and was Superintendent for the Horse Pulling Events. He was also the long time announcer for the horse and cattle pulling events at the Deerfield Fair and other fairs throughout New Hampshire and Massachusetts.
A member of the People's United Methodist Church in Fremont, Joe's number one love in life was his very large and extended family. He liked to split wood, shop at Market Basket, listen to country music and plow snow. He was also very fond of nature and wildlife. Joe dearly loved his camp in Upton, ME. His door was always open to family and friends.
Joseph is survived by his wife of 68 years, Phyllis E. (Burleigh) Bolduc of Raymond, NH; seven sons, Jesse and wife Meredith Bolduc, Joseph Bolduc Jr. and wife Patricia, Peter and wife Dianne Bolduc, John and Sheryl Bolduc, Charles and wife Carlene "Charlie" Bolduc, all of Fremont, NH, Bob Bolduc of Pittsfield, NH, and Ted Bolduc of Raymond, NH; 1 daughter, Veronica "Sissa" and husband Kenneth Pitkin of Fremont, NH; 18 grandchildren; 35 great-grandchildren; three sisters, Rita Stevens of Deerfield, NH, Theresa Stevens of Steele, ND, and Elizabeth Davies of Fremont, NH; and one brother, Ephriam Bolduc of Fremont, NH. He was predeceased by his daughter Joan Phyllis Bolduc, who died in 1946, and by two brothers, Edmond Bolduc and Leo Bolduc.