1934 – 2014
CONWAY, N.H. — Richard Albert Drouin Sr., 80 years young, of Conway, N.H., passed away on Tuesday, Oct. 28, surrounded by his loving family.
He is survived by his beloved and adoring wife, Eleanor A. “Ellieann” Drouin. He was the son of the late Albert Joseph and Christine Lyman Drouin.
He is also survived by his siblings, Mary Gerrish, Bruce Drouin and Jeanette Wiggin.
He was predeceased by his brothers, Albert Jr., Arthur and Robert Drouin; a daughter, Margaret Seekins; and a grandson, Adam Hodgdon.
Richard was the father of Richard Albert Drouin Jr. and his wife, Deb, Mona Ford and her husband, Mike, Krislyn Harmon and her husband, Bill, Brenton W. Drouin, James Arthur Drouin and his wife, Tina, and their mother, Edna A. Heath, Wanda Bartlett and her husband, Lindon, Elyata Tonnesen and partner, Kevin, Dennis O’Brian, Douglas Frost and Wayne Drouin and his fianceé, Penny; grandfather of Christopher Drouin, Hollie Sanborn, Becky Florence, Steven Hall Jr., Matthew Hall, Amanda Santa Maria, Crystal Harmon, Dexter Drouin, Blake Drouin, Chase Drouin, Cain Drouin, Kyle Drouin, Jason Bartlett, Joseph Shackford II, Juston Bartlett, Sonya Harding, Nichole Tonnesen, Ashley O’Brian, Cody O’Brian, Jessica Massey, Jennifer Massey and Richard Massey Jr. He has 25 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren, and many nieces, nephews and family members.
Richard was born in Albany, N.H., on June 10, 1934, but raised in Rumford. He returned to Albany in 1957, where he worked at many places as a heavy machine operator, including owner/operator of R.A. Drouin & Sons Excavation. He worked for Glen Sand and Gravel and other local construction firms, where he was affectionately known as “Loaderman.” He also spent time working for Arthur Leavitt, and as Albany Town Constable and Albany Road Agent.
The last adventure of his career was helping his son, Richard, and his wife, Deborah, run the family-operated restaurant in Fryeburg, until he retired in 2013. Late in life, he and Eleanor discovered a real passion for travel. They enjoyed many trips together, with Aruba being a favorite destination.
Card games were a favorite pastime — especially the regular poker nights with his wife, Eleanor; daughter, Wanda; and grandchildren, Chris and Hollie, and Hollie’s husband, Larry Sanborn. Richard’s last years were spent with his loving companions, his wife, Ellieann, and his dog, Nyla Jane Drouin.
Condolences may be sent via email to Ellieannandnyla@yahoo.com. Richard was a wonderful man and will be missed by all those he touched in his life.
Special thanks from the family to Memorial Hospital’s oncology staff, Jen’s Friends Cancer Foundation and Visiting Nurses Home Care and Hospice of Carroll County.