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Saturday, March 3, 2012

Robert A. Chouinard

Robert A. Chouinard, 74, a resident of Nashua, NH, died on the morning of Wednesday, February 29, 2012 after a long period of declining health. He was the husband of Anita (Stulgis) Chouinard for 31 years.

Mr. Chouinard was born in Nashua on December 6, 1937, a son of the late Joseph P. and Ida M. (Ouellette) Chouinard. A resident of Nashua for most of his life, Bob also made his home in Wilton, NH. He graduated from Nashua High School in 1957 and served with the U.S. Army in Korea. As a young man, Bob was a radio announcer, but later found his life’s work as a painting and decorating contractor. He was well known as a fine craftsman and took great pride and pleasure in his work, especially restoring his beautiful Victorian home in Wilton, where the family resided for 25 years. He also was a well-known disc-jockey.

While serving as President of the New Hampshire Painting & Decorating Contractors of America, Bob spearheaded charitable work for many beneficiaries, including the Nashua Children’s Home. He belonged to both the Nashua and Wilton Historical Societies and served as secretary of the Heritage Commission for several years. The Wilton Lioness Club made him an honorary member in recognition of the many hours he spent assisting his wife and the club members with numerous fund raising events.

Robert was predeceased by his parents, his daughter, Renee Marie Chouinard and his sister, Ida Spylios. In addition to his wife Anita, he is survived by three daughters, Linda Walker and her husband Joe of Nashua, Christine Chouinard of Paoho, Hawaii, and Nancy Thompson and her husband Mark of Greenfield, NH; six step-children, Wendy Bruneau and her husband Rick Swanson of Wilton, NH, Joseph Bruneau of Leland, NC, Judith Bruneau and her partner Susan Militello of Milford, NH, Paula Nickerson and her husband Troy and Jonathan Bruneau and his wife Ruth all of Nashua, and Todd Bruneau and his significant other Norma Gutierrez of La Crescenta, CA; as well as 14 grandchildren. Bob is also survived by his brothers, Joseph Chouinard and his wife Grace of Weare, NH and Roger Chouinard of Fort Myers, FL; his sisters, Cecile Moraros of Nashua, Jeannette Discordia and her husband Ralph of Orlando, FL and Pauline Lynch and her husband Kevin of Litchfield, NH; along with a number of nieces and nephews.

SERVICES: A memorial celebration will be held in his honor on Wednesday, March 7th at 2 p.m. at the Crown Plaza Hotel, 2 Somerset Parkway in Nashua. He will be laid to rest with his daughter Renee at St. Francis Xavier Cemetery in Nashua at a later date.

Robert was very fond of dogs, always had one at his side, and adopted several senior rescue dogs. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to the Humane Society for Greater Nashua, 24 Ferry Road, Nashua, NH 03064. Arrangements are in the care of the FARWELL FUNERAL SERVICE, 18 Lock Street, Nashua. (603) 882-0591. (www.farwellfuneral.com).