|Birth: ||Sep. 25, 1915|
|Death: ||Jul. 30, 2011|
New Hampshire, USA
Alphonse Demers, 95, a longtime resident of Lebanon passed away on Saturday, July 30, 2011, at Forest View Manor in Meredith.
He was born in St. Peters, Quebec, on Sept. 25, 1915, the son and 10th child of Ludger and Genophe (Boisvert) Demers. The family moved down to Lebanon when he was a young child.
When he was 5 years old he lost his Dad, leaving his mother with 10 children to care for. He and some of his siblings went to an orphanage in Manchester for 10 years. When he was 15 years old he returned home and went to work as a cook at the local diner. He went from there to the Hotel Rogers in the kitchen to cook. He became employed at Dartmouth College and under the teachings of Mr. Holden became a pastry chef, later becoming the head pastry chef at the college. He retired in 1979 after 35 years of service at the college. He made many large wedding cakes in his time for many people in the Upper Valley.
When he wasn't cooking he was hunting. His love was hunting with dogs. He trained and hunted for bear, bobcats and raccoons. Many a farmer was helped by Alphonse and his dogs getting "coons" out of the corn patch. Many a hunter proclaimed that his dogs were some of the best in the state. He was known as a bear hunting guide and was a member of the NH Bear Hunting Assoc.
He married Esther Elder Nov 12, 1937. They were married for 66 years. She passed away in 2004.
He is survived by a daughter Susan Ashey Houle and husband Richard Houle; grandchildren, Eric Ashey, Alan and Rachelle Ashey, Leslie Ashey Libby; great-grandchildren Joshua and Tara Ashey, Mitchell Ashey, Julia Ashey and Emily Ashey, Taylor Fletcher; sister-in-law Anne Haskins, and many nieces and nephews
Friends and family may call at the Ricker Funeral home in Lebanon on School St. on Saturday, Aug. 6, from 9 to 10:30 a.m.. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Aug. 6 at 11 a.m. at the Sacred Heart Church in Lebanon. Burial will follow in the Mount Calvary Cemetery.
Condolences can be shared with the family by visiting www.rickerfuneralhome.com Published in Citizen on August 4, 2011
Ludger Demers (1872 - 1919)
Genophe Demers (1875 - 1952)
Esther Victoria Elder Demers (1918 - 2004)
Mount Calvary Cemetery
New Hampshire, USA
Created by: Donna J. Plamondon
Record added: Apr 10, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 68176142