Wilfred "Fred" J.'s Story

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‘Fred’ Therrien (Wilfred J.), 91, peacefully passed from his home that he built and loved on Boulder Road to his new home with God on May 18, 2016.
Fred was born in Amesbury, on Jan 24, 1925 to Alfred Joseph Therrien and Celestine Marie (Quellette) Therrien. On January 26, 1942, two days after he turned 17, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy. He served for four years, on the USS Chemung & the USS Escambia, covering Iceland, Africa, Sicily, Wales, Ireland, Scotland, England, the Azores, Hawaii, Ulithi, Okinawa and Japan and was discharged in January, 1946 at Petty Officer 1st Class.
After the service he worked for Haverhill Paperboard (later purchased by the Continental Can Company) for 28 years. He was always studying to improve his knowledge and his job position in the power plant. He took Dale Carnegie courses to improve his management skills and studied continually to improve his education earning: 1st & 2nd Class Fireman License and later, 1st, 2nd & 3rd Class Engineer’s License and Nuclear Power Plant Senior Supervising Engineer License in 1972. He valued education & self-improvement. He retired from Kraft General Foods after 11 yrs. as Chief Engineer.
He belonged to the National Assoc. of Power & Mechanical Engineers.
Fred’s wide-varying personal interests included drafting (he sold some of his work to Popular Mechanics Magazine), target shooting and creative writing; he earned his Private Pilot’s license in 1963.
Later in life he met Flo (Flora Gunn) who became his constant companion until her death in 2011. They shared many retirement years together.
Fred said himself, “I’ve lived a long and fulfiled life and did everything I wanted to do."
He is survived by his daughter, Donna Nichols and her husband, Charlie of Madison, granddaughter, LeeAnn Stevens of Los Angeles; his sister, Irene M. Mason of Amesbury, nieces, Nancy Bowman of Stratham, N.H., Sandra Fortier of Salisbury, Susan Paolino of Amesbury, Doris Borges of Antrim, N.H.
Remembrance gifts may be made to the American Cancer Society, Manchester, N.H.
A Celebration of Fred’s Life was held at the Madison Community Baptist Church on Sunday, May 22, 2016 at 2 p.m. and a reception after in church’s Undercroft. Lord Funeral Home, Center Ossipee assisted with arrangements. To leave a condolence or fond memory visit, www.lordfuneralhome.com.
Published on  May 26, 2016
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