Interment to be held for Richard Allen

A Celebration of Life was held on Saturday, August 20, 2016, for Richard Allen of Gorham who passed away on August 17, 2016.
The Service was held at Fleury-Patry Funeral Home. Pastor Diane Wood served as Celebrant and several family and friends shared stories and memories of Richard. John Boisvert, Mike Ruel, Don Goulet, Chris Ball, Jenn Martin, Julie Downs, Annette Goulet and Bill Fuller where among the several guest to attend the service. The service was well attended with family coming in from North Carolina and a special attendant Julie who was able to come in from Fort Jackson, Columbia South Carolina.
Interment will be held on Thursday, August 25, at 2 p.m. at Mt Haynes Cemetery, Gorham. Family and friends are welcomed to attend.

Darrell G. Bernier

Darrell G. Bernier, 76, of Gorham, passed away on Sunday, August 21, 2016, at the Coos County Nursing Home in Berlin after a long battle with Alzheimer’s. Darrell was born on March 26, 1940, in Gorham, the son of the late Joseph Albert and Cecilia Marie (Gilbert) Bernier. He was a lifelong resident of the area. Darrell graduated from Gorham High School. He owned and operated The Vac Shop for over 50 years and The Pizza Shop. He was a member of Holy Family Church in Gorham, the Knights of Columbus, 4th Degree and was an avid golfer.

Family members include his wife Patricia (Sterling) Bernier of Gorham; three children; Jacqueline Pearson and husband Charles of Randolph; Timothy Bernier and wife Alison of Gorham, and Brandon Bernier and wife Kari of Dyersburg, Tenn.; grandchildren; Nathaniel and Emily of Tenn.; Abbie and Emma of Gorham; a sister Mary Campbell and husband Fred of Va.; a brother Richard Bernier and wife Pearl of S.C.; several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by a granddaughter Caitlin Bernier.

A funeral service will be held on Thursday, August 25, 2016, at 10 a.m. at the Bryant Funeral Home, 1 Promenade St., Gorham. Interment will follow in Holy Family Cemetery. Relatives and friends may call at the Bryant Funeral Home on Wednesday from 5 to 7 p.m. Donations in his memory may be made to the Coos County Nursing Home, Activities Dept., 364 Cates Hill Rd., Berlin, NH. Online guestbook at

Darrell Bernier

James Marquis

James Marquis, 94, passed away at his home on Sunday morning August 21, 2016. Mr. Marquis was born in Berlin on June 30, 1922, a son of the late David and Harriet (Arnesen) Marquis and was a lifelong resident. After high school, he served with the U.S. Army during WWII and had been at the Battle of the Bulge. James received the Bronze Star and Croix de Guerre. James worked as a lineman for New England Telephone Company for many years. He enjoyed walking, sitting by camp fires, hunting and fishing. He also enjoyed playing baseball and coaching Little League and Babe Ruth. James was an avid Yankees and Patriot Fan. He was a member of St. Kieran Church, now known as St. Anne Church of Good Shepherd Parish.

Members of the family include; one daughter Donna DeBlois and husband David; two sons Norman Marquis and wife Patricia and Scott Marquis and wife Lisa; two grandchildren Darcie Rivard and Alexander Marquis; two great-grandchildren Vera and Margaret. He was predeceased by his wife Elizabeth A. (Pilgrim) Marquis in 2009 and three brothers and five sisters.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday morning August 23, 2016, at 10 a.m. at the Bryant Funeral Home, 180 Hillside Ave., Berlin. Interment will follow in New City Cemetery. Relatives and friends may call at the funeral home prior to the service from 9 to 10 a.m. Online guestbook at

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Richard Lee Allen

Richard Lee Allen, 69, of Gorham, passed away on August 17, 2016, at his home surrounded by family after a yearlong battle with lung cancer.

Richard was born in Berlin, on April 28, 1947, a son of the late Leo A. and Germaine Marie (Larochelle) Allen. He attended local schools, and on September 18, 1993, married Diane (Downs).

Richard was employed with Crown Vantage as a Core Room Helper from 1975 to 1994.

He will be deeply missed by his family and friends. His greatest love was his family, he was a very loving, caring and devoted, father. Richard was a member of Holy Family Church, Local 75 and he was the inside guard of the Eagles Club his hobbies included fishing, gardening and riding his motorcycle. He also enjoyed watching fireworks. He always enjoyed teaching his great-nieces new things.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

He is survived by his loving wife of 22 years Diane (Downs) of Gorham; two daughters, Barbara Peabody of Berlin, and Connie Gioia and husband Robert of East Thetford, Vt.; four grandchildren Alyshia McKinstry, Bradley Perry and Matthew Perry all of Thetford, Vt., Brett Chaloux of Berlin; four great-grandchildren and another one due to arrive in December; four brothers; three sisters; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Friends and relatives may call on the family on Saturday, August 20, from 3 until 7 p.m. at the Fleury-Patry Funeral Home, 72 High Street in Berlin. Burial will be held at a later date at Mt. Hayes Cemetery, Gorham.

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Service held for Joseph Rene Vaillancourt

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated for Joseph Rene Vaillancourt, of Gorham, on Monday, August 15, 2016, at St. Anne Church of Good Shepherd Parish with Father Michael Sartori as Celebrant. The Cantor was Denise Doucette accompanied by Sue Ramsey as Organist. The Altar Servers were Jean Poirier and Bob Pelchat.
The Pall was placed by his wife and stepchildren. His wife Margaret placed the Cross. Serving as readers were Brandon Dupuis and Gloria Leighton.
Interment followed the service at Holy Family Cemetery, Gorham. Serving as Pallbearers were Gary Vaillancourt, Shawn Vaillancourt, Calvin Vaillancourt, Louis Dupuis, Aaron Dupuis and John Laramee.
Full Military Honors were performed by the U.S. Air Force. The Flag was presented to his wife Margaret.
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Arrangements were under the care of Fleury-Patry Funeral Home, Berlin.