Arthur (“Pete”) Andrew Michaud, 85, of Claremont, NH, passed away on August 21, 2017, from complications relating to an automobile accident.
He was born in Claremont on February 4, 1932, the son of Andrew and Irene (Delangis) Michaud. In 1957, he married Beverly Bonneville, and they enjoyed 56 years together before her passing in 2013. He is survived by his daughters Sarah Morgan of San Diego, CA, and Kathleen Thurber and her husband David of North Springfield, VT; granddaughter Bethanie Kisler of Biddeford, ME; his sister Priscilla Bartiromo and her husband Gerry of St. Augustine, FL; his companion Carol Thebarge of Charlestown, NH; and several nieces and nephews.
Pete graduated from St. Mary’s High School in 1951. After graduation, he worked at J&L in Springfield, VT until serving in the Navy from 1952 through 1956. He served aboard the USS Pittsburg, and while in the Navy he played the trumpet with the band “The Cruisers”. He joined Joy Manufacturing as a draftsman in 1956 and worked there for 28 years. During that time, he took evening courses through the International Correspondence School and received his diploma for Professional Engineering, and he attended Nathaniel Hawthorne College and studied Business Administration, Business Law, and Real Estate. While at Joy Manufacturing, he started Molding Engineering and ran it from his garage for several years after developing and patenting a wax process to seat bearings into mining drilling equipment. He left Joy in 1987, and he and two other partners started Cannon Industries and grew the company to 55 employees. The company was eventually sold to The Oldenburg Group in 1999, and he retired in 2001.
Pete was a very religious man and had a deep devotion to the Blessed Mother. In 1977 he started the Grapevine Tape Ministry and taped masses, seminars, weddings, and special events. He furnished cassette tapes and players to the hospital, nursing home, and shut-ins. He helped start the St. Mary Prayer Group and the Claremont Soup Kitchen, and he was a Eucharistic Minister serving at mass, hospital ministries, and shut-ins.
Pete will be remembered as a loving husband, father, grandfather, and friend to many. He was welcoming, kind hearted, generous, and had an incredible sense of humor and loved to tease and tell jokes. He could build anything, fix anything, and learn anything. He enjoyed music, dancing, playing pool, photography, woodworking, postage stamp & Max Brand book collecting, and beer & wine making.
Visiting hours will be held on Sunday, August 27, 2017 from 4 pm to 7 pm at the Stringer Funeral Home, 146 Broad Street, Claremont, NH.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Joseph Parish, 58 Elm Street, Claremont on Monday, August 28, at 11:00 am. Interment will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Most Holy Trinity Monastery, 67 Dugway Road, Petersham, MA 01366.
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