Lionel R. Couture, “Papere,” passed away on November 14, 2015 at the Coos County Nursing Home. He was surrounded by his immediate family. He succumbed to numerous complications from a lingering illness.
Lionel was born June 4, 1925 in Berlin to Donat and Roseanna (Landry) Couture.
From a very early age, Lionel was always working. He started off pasteurizing and delivering milk in a horse drawn wagon. At the age of twelve, he went to work in the woods and learned the various trades of a woodsman. He drove teams and cared for horses in the woods. He dearly loved horses his entire life. He worked in the shipyards during WWII and joined the Navy at 17.
He was a member of the VFW for years and worked diligently on behalf of the buildings committee. He also volunteered at Senior Meals at Angel Guardian and helped with building their facilities. He also worked various construction jobs, pipeline jobs and ran heavy equipment. Lionel was a jack of many trades and always willing to help family and friends.
In 1948, Lionel married Gloria Stinson of Stratford. Lionel was an accomplished musician and met Gloria at a barn dance that he and his band performed. Together they had two children Robert and Barbara.
He was a great father and enjoyed teaching his children everything that he knew. He was an avid athlete and coached his children and many others in swimming, diving, fishing, skating, boxing, snowshoeing, skiing and dancing. Lionel finally hung up his skis around the age of 80.
Music was also a lifelong passion and after an injury severed two fingers off his left hand, he traded in his guitar for the harmonica, which he played until he was 90.
Lionel was well known for his practical jokes. He enjoyed laughing and telling jokes with his friends. His long-term memory was phenomenal and he could be counted on to always have a bit of obscure Berlin history and was a great storyteller. In 90 very active years, he saw and participated in a lot of Berlin history.
He loved traveling in the West and lived in Idaho for several years. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and hiking in the mountains.
Lionel was preceded in death by his parents, his beloved wife Gloria in 1984 and his only son Robert in 1971. Siblings Roland, Romeo, Paul and sisters Rose Babineau, Florence Croteau and Cecile Gagnon have also passed before him. Since Lionel’s demise his brother has also passed.
He is and will be deeply missed. He leaves behind a daughter Barbara Couture and her partner Fred Livingston of Melba, Idaho, two beloved grandsons and their families; Keith Couture and his partner Lucy Wyatt of Berlin, and Karl Couture and his partner Wendy and their children Karl JR., Caitlyn and Ariana of Milan, sisters Lillian Lauzier of Bristol, Conn., Olive Bourassa and Jeanette King of Berlin, numerous nieces and nephews.
In June of 2016 a memorial and internment will occur at St. Kierans Cemetary. Notice of these proceedings will be made available via Facebook.