Roger H. Bienvenu
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Roger H. Bienvenu
  • May 3, 1942 - October 26, 2017
  • Surry, New Hampshire

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The strong and skilled hands of a hard worker have become still with the unexpected passing of Roger H. Bienvenu 75, of Old Walpole Road, Surry, NH, on Thursday, October 26, 2017 at the Cheshire Medical Center / Dartmouth Hitchcock, Keene, NH.

His parents, Henri and Noella (Messier) Bienvenu, proudly welcomed their son into the world on May 3, 1942 in Barre, Vermont.

Roger grew up in Barre and was a 1960 graduate of Marian High School in Barre, and a graduate of the VT Technical College, receiving an associate degree in electronics.

He proudly served his country as an Army veteran, and was stationed in Hawaii where he was responsible for the upkeep and repair of the Nike Missile Radar System based on a mountain in Hawaii.

Roger's talent in working with his hands lent him to his work career of over 25 years as a mainframe computer customer engineer with IBM in Keene. The love for working with his hands encompassed his personal life as well, building his home and completing every aspect of the project from the bottom up, including the plumbing and electrical components as well. He was an accomplished furniture maker and could always be found fixing things for the many who knew of his talents as a "jack of all trades".

Roger also enjoyed working the land, developing and working his own apple orchard, offering for families to enjoy picking their own apples. He was always concerned with matters of the land and of forestry.

A forty year resident of Surry, Roger joined the Surry Volunteer Fire Department in 1978 and held several positions with the department including that of Deputy Chief. He also served a 3-year term as Selectman with the Town of Surry.

Roger was an active member of the Keene Senior Center and was also a longtime member of the Monadnock Squares.

He will be greatly missed by many, especially his wife of 53 years, Elaine D. (Rudd) Bienvenu of Surry; his two children, Tim Bienvenu of Surry and Wendy Bienvenu of Keene; three sisters-in-law, Edith Bosselait of Laconia, NH, Evelyn Sleeper of Laconia, Elsie Boisvert of Barre; a brother-in-law, E. Robert Rudd, of Groton, VT; and several nieces and nephew. He was predeceased by a brother, Paul Bienvenu and two sisters, Yvette Ladd and Helen Roberts.

A celebration of Roger's life will be held on Sunday, November 5, 2017 from 2:00 to 4:00PM at the Surry Town Hall, Village Road, Surry. Burial with military honors in the Village Cemetery, Surry, will be private.

In lieu of flowers, for those who wish, donations may be made in Mr. Bienvenu's memory to the Surry Volunteer Fire Department, c/o Chief Josh Brooks, 444 Route 12A, Surry, NH 03431, or to the Keene Senior Center, 70 Court Street, Keene, NH 03431.