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Arthur D. Saulnier, Jr., 74

BRISTOL — Arthur David Saulnier, Jr., 74, a resident of Bristol for 10 years died Sunday, March 9, 2013 at the Speare Memorial Hospital in Plymouth following a long illness. Arthur was born in Plymouth, November 4, 1938, son of the late, Arthur D. Saulnier Sr. and Vera (Croft) Saulnier. He spent his youth and schooled in Plymouth, graduating from Plymouth High School. Prior to moving to Bristol he had been a longtime resident of the Thornton-Campton areas. For many years he was employed at Beebe River in Campton, eventually working as a planer operator in the mill. Arthur also worked at the Fernald Lumber Company in Nottingham where he was making knives, setting up and running the planer. Woodworking had been an important part of Arthur's life and he spent much of his time off from work, expressing his talents by building his own home which he decorated with center bead wainscoting, one of the favorite wood designs he would plane at the mills. He also shared his woodworking talents with friends and family. He enjoyed snowmobiling and his ATV. Arthur spent many hours in his vegetable garden and caring for his wife's flower beds. Arthur was also an avid Boston Red Sox fan. He and his wife enjoyed their trips to the ocean and viewing the lighthouses. He served honorably with the U. S. Army during the early 60's. Arthur was a member of the Franklin United Methodist Church.
His family includes his wife of 27 years, Virginia M. (Morgan) Saulnier of Bristol; sons, Michael Saulnier of Ashland, Jeffrey Saulnier of Plymouth, Timothy Saulnier of Campton and Theodore Rivest of Bristol; daughter, Darla Jaquith of Bristol; six grandchildren and one great-grandson; his brother, Ronald Saulnier of Holderness;
nieces and nephews.
He also leaves his companion and good friend for several years, his German Shepherd "Dakota".
A calling hour will be held Friday, March 15, 2013 from 1:00 to 2:00 PM at the William F. Smart Sr. Memorial Home, Franklin-Tilton Road in Tilton with a service following in the Memorial Home. Burial will be later in the spring in Blair Cemetery in Campton with Military Honors.
Those wishing may make memorial contributions in Arthur's name to either the Franklin United Methodist Church, 88 Franklin St., Franklin, NH 03235 or to the Bristol Fire Department and EMS, 85 Lake Street, Bristol, NH 03222.
For more information go to www.smartfuneralhome.com.
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