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LACONIA — Mr. Paul D. Gauthier, 58, of Laconia, passed away on Nov. 24, 2019, at the Brigham & Women's Hospital in Boston, surrounded by the love of his family. He bravely lived with the deck he was dealt and always saw the positive in it to help others, a firm believer that “love is all that is.”

Paul was born in Berlin, the son of the late Gerard and Pauline (Arsenault) Gauthier. He was raised and educated in Nashua and was a graduate of Nashua High School. He later attended the Nashua Vocational Technical College and became a master electrician.

Paul held many positions throughout his career, most recently for EFI. He was previously employed by the St. Francis Nursing Home as a maintenance technician, by U.S. Cellular as a phone technician, and for “Cookin’” where he installed car stereos and would form many long-lasting relationships through the years. He most cherished his employment at Shanklin Corporation where he would meet his dear friends, Norman Shanklin and Dick Blake, with whom he had formed a long-lasting, loving family relationship.

A true “people person” who embraced his community, Paul made an impact on everyone with whom he interacted. He was a Reiki master and registered 200-hour yoga teacher. He assisted his beloved wife, Sheryl, in the operation of their yoga studio, “Yoga from the Heart”. He received great peace from teaching meditation classes.

Paul loved fixing things and had a special knack for computers, especially taking them apart and putting them back together. He also enjoyed camping, movies, and traveling. He treasured his movie dates with his daughter, Danielle, and, yes, they had been known to sneak into a second movie with no guilt.

Paul is survived by his beloved wife, Sheryl (Girard) Gauthier; his children, Danielle Belair of Laconia and Jacob Belair and his husband, Jeremy, of Salem, Massachusetts, and his stepson, Jon Rook of Arizona. He was the brother of Georges Gauthier and his wife, Pamela, of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, Monique Savage and her husband, Winston, of Laconia, Paulette Godbout of Las Vegas, Nevada, Susanne Gauthier of Vallejo, California, and the twin brother of Pauline Roy and her husband, Leon, of Nashua. He also leaves his beloved “fur babies,” Sara and Boomer, and was predeceased by “fur babies” Roxy and Ellie.

There will be a Celebration of Paul’s Life on Saturday, Dec. 7, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Belknap Mill, 25 Beacon Street East, Laconia. A brief service of remembrance will take place at 10 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in Paul’s memory be sent to the Hematology/Oncology Department of the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, 450 Brookline Ave., 8th Floor, Boston, MA 02215.

Assisting the family with arrangements is the Petit-Roan Funeral Home in Pembroke. To share a memory or offer a condolence, please visit www.petitroan.com.

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