Philip Chester Hazard, 94, of Ayer. Passed away Saturday, August 12, 2017
Philip Chester Hazard, 94 years old, of Ayer, formerly of Leominster, died Saturday, August 12, 2017 in UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester. He is survived by 2 daughters Karen Michele Duffy of Kissimmee, FL and Brenda Lynn Taylor of Savannah, GA, 2 sons Philip Michael Hazard of Templeton and Peter Bruce Hazard and his wife Jill of Jonesboro, GA, 12 grandchildren and 21 great grandchildren. He was predeceased by his brothers Raymond Hazard and Elmer Hazard, and his sister Gertrude Burnett.
Philip was born in Leominster on May 9, 1923, son of Frederick A. and Ellen L. (Hazard) Hazard and had lived in Ayer for the past 30 years. He was a World War II U.S. Army Veteran and had worked as a model maker and painter for the U.S. Government at the former Fort Devens for 35 years, before retiring in 1988. Philip was a fair, honest and respectful man who faithfully donated to various agencies that provide support services within his community. He was a member of the V.F.W. in Townsend and was a life member and former president of the Eastwood Club in Fitchburg.
Richard David Reault
Retired Chief Petty Officer, Navy Vet; 84
Richard David Reault, a Lowell resident, passed away on July 8, 2017. He leaves his wife of 62 years Beatrice L. (Landry) Reault. Three children, Susan M. Mercier and her husband Paul, Richard "Rick" Reault and his wife Susan Calahan, David J. Reault and his wife Cheryl Sahagian; eight grandchildren; eight great- grandchildren; and a sister
John M. Whittemore, 68, of Townsend, passed away Thursday, September 28, 2017.
John was born in Fitchburg, October 25, 1948, a son of the late Francis W. and Jacqueline (Daley) Whittemore and resided much of his life in Townsend. He was a 1967 graduate, of North Middlesex Regional High School, in Townsend and remained active in the class reunion committees.
During the Vietnam Era, he served his country, in the United States Coast Guard. He was a Life Member and past Commander of the Townsend VFW Post # 6538, as well as a member of the Fitchburg Chapter of the Disabled American Veterans.
He leaves his wife of 45 years Carlene R. (Amadon) Whittemore; three sons: J. Michael Whittemore II of Ashby, Mark Whittemore of Fitchburg, Benjamin Whittemore and his wife Lauren of Leominster; two daughters: Sharon T. Whittemore-Plante and her partner Brian Robinson of Townsend, Rebecca Whittemore -Beaudoin and her partner Ryan Valcourt of Townsend; five grandchildren: Anthony Beaudoin, Jacob Plante, Joshua Beaudoin, Jacqueline Plante and Brenda Rose Beaudoin.
John's career primarily focused on driving 18 wheel tractor trailers, for several companies including Bates Corrugated Box Company, in Townsend. He was a member of the Teamsters Union Local # 170, Worcester. In 1990, with his wife Carlene, he founded Arrow Septic Inc., which his son Michael continues to operate today. For several years he owned and operated the "Beverage Barn" soft drink distribution business and many years ago served as a member of the Townsend Police Department.
John was a member of St. John's Church, in Townsend. He was a member and past president of Harley Owners Group, in Nashua, NH.
John remained committed to many community efforts including serving on the Townsend Cemetery & Park Commission, Playground Committee, Personnel Board, Board of Assessors and was instrumental in the formation of the Townsend EMT program and had been active in the Townsend Explorer Scout Program. He was currently serving as a Town Constable. In 2007 John served as the Master of Ceremonies to Townsend's 275th Anniversary Celebration.
Charles E. Lewis, 81, of Ayer, passed away Sunday evening, October 25, 2017.
He was born in Wilkes-Barre, PA on July 20, 1936 a son of the late John H. and Helen M. (Umlah) Lewis and has lived in Ayer since 1976.
Charles was a retired Master Sergeant having served in the United States Army for 26 years retiring in 1980. He was a Bronze Star Recipient. Following his retirement he worked as a civilian flight operation officer for 14 years at the Moore Army Air Field in Ft. Devens.
He was an active member of St. Mary's Parish where he served as an acolyte and lector. He was a life member of the American Legion in Ayer, Disabled American Veterans and the Shirley V.F.W. Charles also volunteered at Loaves and Fishes where he was a past director and was a member of the Ayer Gun and Sportsman's Club.
He leaves his wife of 57 years, Christine M. (Balourdet) Lewis of Ayer; three daughters, Catherine H.M. Lewis-Doran of Ayer, Patricia A. Moore of Colorado Springs, CO and Brigitte C. Reffitt of Mt. Pleasant, SC; a brother, William Lewis of Wilkes-Barre, PA and a sister, Charlotte Hendrix of Ohio; three grandchildren, Shannon M. Quade, Robin B. Bredburg and Bonnie E. Doran; three great-grandchildren and several nephews and niece. He is predeceased by 8 brothers and 3 sisters.
MSGT. Harold L. Brown, 78, U.S. Army retired, passed away on December 31, 2017.
Harold was born in Foster Texas son of Jessie and Lena (Harris) Brown on May 15, 1939. Harold honorably served in the U.S. Army for 26 years before retiring as a Master Sergeant in 1982. He was a Veteran of the Korean War and the Vietnam War. He was a recipient of The Purple Heart, The Bronze Star, Vietnam Cross of Gallantry and Army Commendation medal. He also received the pistol sharpshooter badge, machine gun experts badge and the Drill Sergeant Identification badge. After retirement Harold had worked for Fitchburg State University and the Johnsonia Building.
Harold was a life member of the American Legion Post 429, Cleghorn, where he was a Past Commander and a Life Member of the VFW Townsend, where he was also a Past Commander. Harold loved to cook, enjoyed Foxwoods and loved spending time at Old Orchid Beach.
He was predeceased by his wife Jacqueline (O'Dell) Brown. He leaves his partner Elaine Dauphinais, daughters Alicia Surrette of Southbridge, Julia Tunstall and Blanche Johnson of Texas and sons Harold Brown Jr and Billy Tunstall of Texas, a sister Ruth Hardy of Texas and his grandchildren; Katelyn, Victoria, Zoe and Isela Mariah.
Richard E. Koivu Sr., 85, of Townsend, passed away Friday, February 16, 2018,
His wife of 60 years, Marion L. (Eaton) Koivu, died in August 2013. Richard E. Koivu Sr. Mr. Koivu was born in Fitchburg, March 6, 1932, a son of Ernest N. and Aino H. (Etelemaki) Koivu and was a lifelong Townsend resident. He was a 1950 graduate of Townsend High School.
From 1952 -1954, during the Korean Conflict, Mr. Koivu served his country in combat with the United States Army, where he attained the rank of Sergeant.
He was a life member of the Townsend VFW and American Legion Posts. For sixty one years he owned and operated Country Auto Service in West Townsend. He was an avid motorcycle racing competitor racing in Daytona, Watkins Glen, Laconia and Langhorn. He attended the First Baptist Church in West Townsend.
He leaves two sons and daughters-in-law Richard E. and Annmarie Koivu of West Townsend; Ronald E. and Debra Koivu of Pepperell; a daughter Sally A. Koivu and her partner Louis Kiklis of Townsend; a sister Marilyn L. Laitala of Townsend; six grandchildren Dan Koivu, Jason Koivu, Greg Koivu, Michael Koivu, Shaina Brooks and Jasmin Brooks; four great-grandchildren, Skyla, Saoirse, Shealeigh and Makayla.