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Bertrand A. Allaire, 84

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Bertrand A. Allaire, 84

LACONIA — Bertrand A. Allaire, 84, passed away on Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2016 after a brief illness.

He was born June 10, 1932, in Manchester.

At age 19 he married Yvette, his loving wife of 61 years until her death in 2012.

He leaves his daughters, Jeannine Lavigne, Jacqueline Kozlowski, and Michelle Allaire; and his son, Charles Allaire.

Hard-working, creative, outgoing and family-oriented were among some of Bert's most endearing qualities.

Bert began his work life in high school for the Manchester Union Leader newspaper as a paperboy. He broke sales records by developing his own personal method of delivery and providing care to his clients, something he did throughout the rest of his work life for his achievements. He was honored with a dinner at the Manchester Country Club with General Eisenhower as another guest. A picture of young Bert with General Eisenhower hung on Bert's wall until his passing.

Bert also loved selling furniture. He worked for Sears for many years in the furniture department and then worked for his family's furniture store in Manchester. In 1972 Bert and Yvette bought Meredith Furniture store and ran the business until their semi-retirement. He then became a real estate agent, selling real estate in the Lakes Region until they moved to Ocala, Florida.

In his youth, he played the accordion and painted portraits. His portrait of Abraham Lincoln won him an award, but work, joining the Navy and his family took precedence and his art was put on hold but never forgotten.

During his 20s and 30s he designed and built three of his homes. He loved drawing up the plans and bringing his vision to fruition. In his retirement years, he pursued his love for art and began to work with ceramics. He enjoyed the painting process the most. His work sold and he was featured in the South Marron Citizen paper in 2007.

Up until his passing, he joked and engaged with people. In his later years, he apologized for his lack of memory, but it didn't stop him from wanting to communicate and make people laugh. MacDonald's was usually his stage, as his day was not complete without a morning visit to MacDonald's. Not so much for the food, he would say, even though we all knew he liked the food as much as much as the camaraderie.

Bert and his wife had five children, six grandchildren, Jeffrey, Jennifer, Shayna, Michelle, Stephen and Nicholas; and two great-grandchildren, Aubrey and Devin.

His grandchildren brought out the child in him. He played and quipped and provided them with good experiences and lasting, loving memories. He was loved and will be missed but he would want his life celebrated and thought of with a smile.

He did not want a church funeral, "Too sad," he would say. To honor Bert's wishes, there will be no memorial service. Instead he leaves you with this ... Be happy and never pass up the chance to tell a joke or say "Hi" to a stranger.

The Mayhew Funeral Home, 204 D.W. Highway, Meredith, NH 03253, is assisting the family with arrangements. To view Bert's online book of memories, go to www.mayhewfuneralhomes.com