April 2, 1931 - December 30, 2016
Goffstown, New Hampshire | Age 85
Emile D. Beaulieu, 85, former mayor of Manchester, died December 30, 2016 at Catholic Medical Center after a brief illness.
He was born in Nashua on April 2, 1931 to Emile and Albina (Claveau) Beaulieu.
He served in the Air National Guard from 1948 to 1968 and was activated during the Korean War and the Berlin Crisis. Throughout his life, he continued to be involved in many volunteer activities supporting veterans.
Mr. Beaulieu served two terms as mayor of Manchester during the 1980's. Prior to that, he served in the NH State Legislature and as welfare commissioner in Manchester. He also was the former owner of Beaulieu Floor Covering in Manchester.
He was the founder and past-president of Big Brother's Big Sister's of Greater Manchester and served on the board of directors of the NH Employment Training Council and Child Health Services.
He was a member of the American Legion Jutras Post 43 and the New Hampshire Right to Life. Community service was a significant part of his life and he remained actively engaged in volunteer activities with many non-profit organizations.
He was predeceased by his first wife, Pauline (Leclerc) Beaulieu in 1994; his son, Paul Beaulieu in 1984; and two siblings, Jeannine Mannuccia and David Beaulieu.
The family includes his wife of 25 years, Laurette (Boisvert) (Fournier) Beaulieu of Goffstown; five children, Diane Foreman of Key West, FL, Jane Beaulieu, Leonard Beaulieu and Susan Cote and her husband, Ronald, all of Manchester and Brenda Legasse and her husband, Scott, of Goffstown; three step-children, Deborah Fournier and her husband, Abraham Kachouh, of Andover, MA, David Fournier and his wife, Karena, of Goffstown and Steve Fournier of Columbia, MO; 13 grandchildren and ten great grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.
A funeral Mass was held on Friday, January 6, 2017 at St. Joseph Cathedral, 439 Pine St., Manchester. Committal prayers followed at Mt. Calvary Mausoleum, 474 Goffstown Rd., Manchester.
Memorial donations may be made to two of the programs he was significantly involved with: Big Brother's Big Sister's of NH, 25 Lowell St., #201, Manchester, NH 03101, or to Easter Seals, 555 Auburn St., Manchester, NH 03103.