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Harvin Louis "Jim" Betournay, 85, passed away on April 4, 2017, in Exeter, N.H., after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease. He was born on July 11, 1931, in Haverhill, Mass., the son of the late Harvin J. Betournay and Rosealma (Chapdelaine) Betournay. He graduated from Haverhill High School in 1950 and then served in the U.S. Navy for four years during the Korean War.

In 1958 he started Harvey Lumber Company on Primrose Street, Haverhill which he managed for 42 years, until his retirement in April 2000.

He and his family lived for many years in Atkinson, N.H., where he was a volunteer in the Atkinson fire department for some time. He enjoyed spending time on the water with his family on Lake Wentworth in Wolfeboro, N.H., and St. John in the USVI. In 2010 he and his wife moved to the Riverwoods (Boulders) Retirement Community in Exeter, N.H.

He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Rita Dube Betournay; and his four children, Kathryn Betournay Shea and Gary Ouellette of Atkinson, N.H., Jeanne Betournay Lanseigne and Albert Lanseigne of Atkinson, N.H., Suzanne Betournay Credit and Allen Credit of Groveland, Mass., and David John Betournay and Karen Gordon Betournay of Greenland, N.H. He also leaves his brother, John J. Betournay, who lives with his wife, Kathryn in Portsmouth, N.H.

He leaves nine grandchildren, Cristina Valdes of Boston, Mass., Samantha Credit of Andover, Mass., Brian Shea of Derry, N.H., Michelle and Allison Credit of Groveland, Mass., Matthew and Delaney Shea of Atkinson, N.H., and Paige and Skyler Betournay of Greenland, N.H.
Relatives and friends attended Mr. Betournay’s life celebration on Friday, April 14, 2017, from 4 to 7 p.m. at Brookside Chapel & Funeral Home, 116 Main St., Plaistow, NH.

The family requests donations to the Alzheimer’s Association in lieu of flowers. To send a message of condolence to the family, please visit our website at www.brooksidechapelfh.com.
Published on  April 9, 2017
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