West Chesterfield- Bruce Gauthier, 86, of Brook Street, a resident of West Chesterfield since 1935 died early Tuesday morning, March 27, 2018 at Pine Heights Nursing Home.
Mr. Gauthier was born in Ossining, New York on June 1, 1931 the son of Louis and Mildred (Willians) Gauthier. He was raised and educated in West Chesterfield and was a graduate of Brattleboro High School, Class of 1950.
He proudly served his country in the US Marine Corp during the Korean War, stationed in Korea. Mr. Gauthier was wounded in action and was the recipient of the Purple Heart and other services connected metals and following his honorable discharge from active service returned home to attend barber school in Hartford, Connecticut.
Mr. Gauthier joined his father operating Gauthier’s Barber Shop on Elliot Street in Brattleboro later located over Dutch Bake Shop on Main Street. Mr. Gauthier eventually became sole owner of the business on the passing of his father. He retired from barbering in 2006 after 40 years in the business. In his earlier years he had worked at the former Crosby Milling Company in Brattleboro.
Active civically, he served on the Board of Adjustment for three years and on the West Chesterfield Budget Committee for three terms. He was also a member of the West Chesterfield Fire Department for over 20 years.
Additionally, he operated a rifle club in West Chesterfield and was one of the first hunter safety instructors in town.
He was a life member of the V.F.W. Carl M. Dessaint Post #1034 in Brattleboro, a life member of the Disabled American Veterans, John Blake Chapter, was a member of the American Legion Brattleboro Post #5 and held membership in the Fraternal Order of Eagles, Brattleboro Aerie #2445.
Of his leisure time activities, he enjoyed hunting, fishing and playing cards, especially at local tournaments.
On March 5, 1955 at the Universalist Church in West Chesterfield he was married to Avis Slade. His faithful and devoted wife of 50 years predeceased him on June 12, 2005.
Survivors include two sons, Louis Gauthier, II and Brett Gauthier both of West Chesterfield, one brother, Richard Gauthier of West Chesterfield, eight grandchildren and many great -great grandchildren.
Additionally, he leaves many nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.
He was predeceased by one son, Phillip Gauthier and a sister, Betty Smith.
Graveside committal services with full military honors will be conducted at a later date in Chesterfield West Cemetery on Poor Road when the cemetery reopens.
Memorial contributions in Mr. Gauthier’s name may be made to the West Chesterfield Fire & Rescue, PO Box 95 Chesterfield, NH 03443.