Reynald R. St. Pierre, 87, died Saturday October 19 following injuries sustained in a car accident.
A lifelong resident of the Nashua area, Reynald was married to Jeanne Mance St. Pierre for 50 years, until her death in 2006. He worked for many years in the lumber business and also kept busy painting home interiors – wearing canvas overalls and working with a steady hand, never questioning anyone’s choice of colors. A professional wood worker and all-around handyman – Rey built his own home and took pride in expert craftsmanship.
Rey seemed larger than life and had a bit of a rebel streak: quick-witted, hard working and known for playing jokes. He had a need for speed, and loved to squeal tires out of the driveway or run his ski-doo fast and hard on the snowmobile trails in New Hampshire and Canada. One of Rey’s endearing trademarks was keeping things under wraps and betting on an element of surprise. He’d show up with air horns blaring and Johnny Cash music blasting from the tape player in his black pickup truck. He made no apology for living life on the edge – with a hidden smirk of mischief.
He and Jeanne Mance embraced an extended family of siblings, cousins, nieces, nephews and godchildren and generously made time for visits and outings. They hosted many family occasions in their back yard and in their elegant dining room for special events. They regularly made trips to Canada to visit family and ventured to Europe on several occasions. In their retirement years, they traveled in an RV and later kept a small home in Florida enjoying life as snowbirds. Yet even as they traveled, they remained steadfastly connected to family and friends.
Rey was certainly at a loss when he said goodbye to Jeanne Mance, but her spirit remained. He was a frequent visitor and companion to many longtime friends and relatives. His signature routines of lunch at the hospital café, Applebee’s, and Olive Garden are evidence of his loyalty and the importance he placed on maintaining relationships.
A Purple Heart recipient, Rey reminds us all that life is always too short and to live it like it’s your last day.
Relatives and friends are invited to his graveside service on Saturday October 26, 2019 at 10am in St. Louis Cemetery, 752 W. Hollis St., Nashua, NH. Arrangements entrusted to the care of ANCTIL-ROCHETTE & SON FUNERAL HOME, 21 Kinsley Street, Nashua. To leave an online condolence, story, or message please visit http://www.ANCTIL-ROCHETTE.com
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