Boudreau, John “Larry”

March 30th, 2010

boudreau, larryJohn “Larry” Boudreau, age 87, of Pelham, NH, formerly of Wilmington, died unexpectedly, Tuesday, March 30, 2010 at the Lowell General Hospital.

Larry was born on December 11, 1922, in Lower Melbourne, Nova Scotia, Canada, he was the dear son of the late Everett and Elizabeth (Amirault) Boudreau. Larry grew up in Lower Melbourne and at the age of 18 he enlisted in the Canadian Army during WWII, serving with the Corps of Engineers. Larry was honorably discharged in 1946 and moved to the United States, settling in Wakefield, MA before becoming a United States Citizen in 1962.

Larry married Jean M. Hanlon on September 29, 1951. They lived in Arlington for many years before building a home and moving to Wilmington in 1965. Larry and Jean raised their three children in Wilmington, involving themselves with sporting events and school functions with their children and grandchildren.

Larry was an extremely talented craftsman, prior to retiring in 1987 Larry was employed as a Millwright for Harvard University in Cambridge for over 31 years.

For enjoyment, Larry loved to dance. He returned to Nova Scotia frequently to stay close with his family. He and his wife Jean enjoyed their many trips to Florida. Their family summered in Chatham boating, fishing, lobstering, and just relaxing at the beach.

Larry was a “Jack of all trades”. He could always be counted on for advice with a project or help building and repairing anything, he was a perfectionist. If you were fortunate enough to receive one of Larry’s Grandmother Clocks, you would cherish the time and talent that he put into them. He always said that “I’ll forget more than you’ll ever know”.

Larry was a sports “nut”. He enjoyed watching the Bruins, boxing, and especially the Red Sox. He would get more than a little excited when they were losing. Larry was also a former Commander of the Canadian Legion in Arlington.

Larry will be fondly remembered as the beloved husband of 52 years to the late Jean M. (Hanlon), devoted father of Sharon J. Despres & her husband Bob of Pelham, NH with whom he resided, Paul L. Boudreau & his wife Karen of Wilmington, and Mark Boudreau & his wife Kathy of Gloucester, loving grandfather of Cameron and Danielle Despres and Ryan, Courtney, and Patrick Boudreau, dear brother of John Harold Boudreau of Somerville, and the late Elizabeth Mae Baudreau, Joseph Harvey Boudreau, and Norman Vadness Boudreau, step-brother of the late Gerry Lee, and special uncle of Donna Marie Southard of Burlington. Larry is also survived by many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, and dear friends.

Family & friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Tuesday, April 6th at 9:00 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass at St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington at 10:00 a.m. Interment Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting hours Monday, April 5th from 4-8 p.m.


30 Entries in Guest Book for “Boudreau, John “Larry””

  1. Taylor Jackson says:

    Dupree Family,

    I’m so sorry for your loss! My Papa just passed away this past summer, so Dani im always here if you want to talk! :) Things will get better i promise! I miss and love you guys!

    Taylor Jackson

  2. Sharon says:

    I Miss You… Love You.

  3. The Lincoln Family says:

    Sharon, Mark, Paul and your families,

    We were greatly saddened to hear of your dad’s passing. We were blessed to have him as a friend the last 20 years, and will surely miss his coming by the house or the boat to chat.

    In our thoughts and prayers,
    Jan, Renee, Porky and Keith.

  4. John Whittle and family says:

    Paul,Mark, Sharon and families,
    Please accept our upmost condolensces for your lost. Your dad was a great man and even thought it has been a long time since we have seen him, he will be sorely missed. Please contact me at work, if there is anyting I can do for you.
    God bless,
    John, Beth, Andrew and Christian Whittle

  5. Paul says:

    Dad, Thanks for being such a great teacher! Hope you & Mom are dancing the night away. Miss and Love you both. See you again someday.

  6. Mark Lies says:

    Paul,mark and Sharon
    First, my heartfelt sympathy for your loss. Your father was an extraordinary man who was as proud of you kids as you are of him. He provided my parents and my brothers and myself with untold adventures and memories that I know I shall NEVER forget. may God bless both he and your Mom.

  7. Bud & Ginger Lies says:

    Mark, Paul, Sharon and families,
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you in this most difficult time. After God made Lawrence he must have thrown away the mold, he was one of a kind. We have never known such a kind, considerate and caring individual. He was also a man of many talents. We were so fortuate to have known him. How can we forget all the times we spent with him, Mark and Paul at the hockey rinks together with our Mark and Paul. The times we spent with your folks at Cape Cod clamming and fishing. The lists could go on and on. We are sure he is now happy to be with Jean dancing across the heavenly hockey rinks.

  8. Neal Terrio says:

    Sharon, Mark and Paul For thirty years I always looked forward to your families return to the cape. I will always remember the countless hrs of stories of both mom and dad whom I admired dearly and considered not only friends but a second family. I will definitely miss the late afternoon visits just sitting on the deck or watching the Red Sox with dad. Maybe we can all get together this spring and plant a memorial tree out back next to moms. Hope to see you all soon, be strong, be well.

  9. Nancy McMahon says:

    Dear Mark, Paul & Sharon,
    I was so sad to hear that your Dad passed. I knew him as a friendly, feisty, fun-loving guy—truly a joy to be around! When the pain of your loss subsides, I am certain your memories of him will always bring a smile to your faces. He was a top-notch human being. My heart goes out to all of you and your families. Thinking of you…

  10. Terry & Nick says:

    Paul, Mark, Sharon and Families
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. We loved uncle very much I will miss my talks with him. I know in my heart that he is with your mom. They are dancing the night way with all there family and freinds and they are having one heck of a good time. We will never forget him He was a very special man. We have great memories of his visits on Sundays when we were kids. LOVE YOU UNCLE. GOD BLESS YOU ALL

  11. Jim & Mary Evans says:

    Sharon, Mark, Paul, and Family,

    Prayers and thoughts are with you, we will never forget him, as a friend and all the times we shared with Larry & Jean, now he will join his best friend and love, Jean.
    Larry we miss you already, I’ll miss your calls, say hello to Jean. God Bless.

  12. Pam MacKinnon Carey says:

    Paul, Mark, and Sharon,

    My prayers are with you and your families at this time.
    My parents also send their prayers to you all as well. You all were friends with my sister Jean and I knew you from her and school.

    You will be in our prayers,

  13. Charlene Andersen says:

    I’m so sorry to hear about your Dad. I’m sure he was a great Dad and person because you are and our parents give so much of themselves to us.

    My thoughts are with you and your family at this time.

    Blessings and Peace to you all.

  14. Julio & Connie Molinaro says:

    Mark we were so sorry to hear that your dad passed away. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and all your family during your sorrow.

  15. Bud & Irene Baudreau says:

    We will miss hearing “Archie’s” voice on the phone. We are so very sad and sorry. Our love and prayers to all of you. Lawrence was a kind and thoughtful person, and we loved him very much.

  16. Deb Alterio and Christian Trocchi says:

    Paul, We are thinking of you everyday. Your Dad was a very special man and will be missed. I am sure that your folks are “dancing the night away”!! Please know you are in our prayers. Love you much!!

    Love, Deb and Christian

  17. Douglas (& Mitsoo) Lies says:

    Paul, Mark and Sharon,

    Our deepest condolences go out to each of you. Both your Mom and Dad were some of the most wonderful people anyone could ask for. While we haven’t seen you guys for awhile, I will always carry with me as some of my fondest childhood memories, the many, many great times our families spent together. A good portion of that being a result of your Dad; a man who never had anything but a smile on his face and who took joy and pride in every single he did. God Bless!!!

  18. Cheryl says:

    Mr. B., my ‘Home Depot Partner in Crime’, you will be missed by myself and many others. Our hearts are saddened but we know you are with Mrs. B and looking over us. Till we meet again Mr. B (aka my surrogate Dad). Love you

  19. Jean MacKinnon Lane says:

    Paul, Mark, Sharon, and family,
    How very sad I was to hear about your dad. I have some very fond memories of him from growing up with all of you in Wilmington. Both he and your mom were always so welcoming when us friends would just drop by. I would get the “Hi, how are you Jeannie” or the “No, Paul’s not home right now”. Of course that didn’t mean that we would leave – we would just spend some time hanging around and talk with your Dad! : )
    My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
    Lv, Jean.

  20. Kathy Boudreau says:

    My Dearest Mr. B: The time we spent together was unforgettable. You were so much more than a father-in-law to me. You were a drea friend, a trusted advisor, and the most decent human being I have ever known. I am so blessed to have had you in my life. Your love for your children and your grandchildren could never be matched! you adored your family and they are so blessed to have had you in their lives. How proud you were of each and every one of them and how often you bragged of their accomplishments!
    You will remain forever in my heart and your smile will always remain in my memory. I will always thank Sharon for taking such good care of you. As you often said, she was an extrodinary daughter!
    May you enjoy many a dance with Jeannie, and please tell her about Mark’s boat, the Jeannie B. I will hold a glass high tonight for you with just a little brandy (not really my favorite) and have a sip in your honor.
    You know how much i loved you and how much I will miss you.
    Be well my dear friend, Love you always, Kathy

  21. Paul & Sharon Lies says:

    Paul, Mark & Sharon:

    My deepest sympathies to all of you. I’m very sorry to hear about your father. He was certainly a man of many good characters. I will always remember him and our fishing adventures in the summers at your place on the cape. My prayers and thoughts are with all of you.

    May God bless him and all of you!!

  22. Christian & Jenn Frankelton says:

    Sharon, Mark, Paul & Families,
    We are very sorry for your loss. It was always a pleasure spending time with your dad when you were visiting in Nova Scotia, we are lucky to have met him and glad that he was able to join us on our special day last August!
    Take care and know that you are all in our thoughts.
    Love Christian & Jenn

  23. WAYNE SOUTHARD says:

    I’m very sorry about the unfortunate loss to the Boudreau family. Uncle Lawrence was one of the finest and most outstanding men I have ever met.

  24. Kelley says:

    You are going to be very missed Unlce Lawrence. I hope you and Auntie Jean are dancing and laughing away!
    Lots of love,

    Sharon, Mark & Paul – I am truly sorry for your loss. I can only imagine how difficult this has been for you all. I hope all the wonderful memories you have bring out a smile from time to time over the next few days. Thinking of you all…

  25. Marilyn & Sandra says:

    Sharon, Mark & Paul
    We will miss your father’s calls. He called regularly and that kept our families connected. We loved to hear “this is Uncle calling”. He always remembered birthdays and special dates. He called two weeks ago to wish me Happy Birthday (Marilyn – he was my godfather). We will miss your summer visits to Nova Scotia. When I (Sandra) moved to US in 1958 he was very good to me and introduced me to much of the American life. Love you always.

  26. Rhonda, Dean and Brandon says:

    Sharon, Mark, Paul and families:

    So sorry to hear about Uncle Lawrence. We will miss his visits to Nova Scotia. His smile and positive energy was truly contagious.
    Wish we could be there with you during this difficult time. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you all. With many miles between us, keep in mind we’re just a phone call or a click away – anytime….
    Love Rhonda, Dean and Brandon
    God Bless

  27. Charlene Doucette (Cook) says:

    Uncle Lawrence”s Family
    I have awakened from a dream tonight. Uncle Lawrence told us not to be sad that he has lived a good life and we will see him again. In my dream I ask Sharon ” how can we have a funeral for him tomorrow when he is with us tonight”, Sharon said “God has only given him to us tonight so we can say our good bye’s, so I did.
    Thank you Uncle Lawrence for all the visits we’ve had. Crawely’s Island and the shared feast of lobster, your laughter that can from the belly and how happy you were to see family come together.
    You were always so supportive when I was running the Boston Marathon, making sure I had a pile of newspapers to bring back to Nova Scotia, and the one time with Sharon, Dani, Cam, Mark and my family standing at the top of Heart Break Hill until I ran by. These are just a few memories I hold so dear. I will return to run my 5th Boston for you & my dad. RIP

  28. Nicole Carvalho says:

    Sharon, Mark and Paul,
    I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts are with you and your family.
    Nicole Carvalho

  29. Your Loving Daughter says:

    Today was the hardest day of my life, having to say goodbye to you. You would have been so proud, you so deservingly got your military honor just like you would have wanted.
    I’m so glad you’re not sick anymore, it’s been a tough road. I knew I couldn’t keep you forever, but I sure tried. What can I say, we’ve had quite a ride you and I. I can’t begin to thank you for everything you’ve given me… you’ve given me the world, teaching and guiding me along the way. I miss you so very much, what a void you’ve left. You were my sidekick and my co-pilot, always there with me… I wouldn’t trade one minute.
    Bob, Cam, Danielle and I are the luckiest people in the world to have been able to share our life with you. Danielle, your cribbage partner, misses you terribly and saying goodnight to you. So listen carefully because she still will, always. Watch over her and Cam, they miss you very much. I take comfort in knowing that you’ll still be there whenever we need you.
    I like to think that you and Mom are having a grand old time together, dancing once again. Tell her how much we miss her too and I’m so glad you’re together again.
    I saw you the other day when I was talking to you… one lone canadian goose, flying free… just the way I knew you would be. I’ll see you again someday, until then I’ll see you all around me.
    All my love… always,

  30. Danielle Despres says:

    Larry was more than my Grampy… He was my best friend. We did everything together. He taught me how to ride a bike, play cribbage and rummy. He’s lived in the same house as me my whole life. I still remember crawling up the stairs in Wilmington to eat breakfast with him and Nana. The only time I was away from him, was when I was at a friends or he was in Florida visiting Cheryl. Even then, evey night I would call him and talk to him about anything and everything. He could talk for hours with anybody! It never got old walking past his room hearing him talk to yet another one of his beloved friends. All of my friends loved to talk to him as well. Who couldn’t love talking to him really? Grampy went to all the sports games that he could. Whether it was my softball or field hockey games, or if it was Cam’s baseball or hockey games. During the summer… No one in the house ever missed a Red Sox game or a boxing match. Every night before I went to bed, I would sit and talk to him and say our little “good night routine.” I’m glad that Grampy is dancing again with Nana and fishing again with Uncle Billy in his backyard pond. He was the most sophisticated and kind man that anyone could ever meet. He was just an all-around amazing man who was, and still is loved by everyone. Anyone who got to meet and spend time with Grampy, was greatly honored. I know that I am. Everyone will miss him dearly. I am proud to be known as “Larry’s grandaughter” and to be known by him as his “Peanut.” I love him and I will certainly miss him and his magnificently interesting stories that were always being told. I will see him soon enough and I was blessed to have him in my life for the time that I did.


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