MANCHESTER, N.H. – Oliver H. Dufresne, 90, of Manchester died Thursday, June 17 at his residence.

He was born in Newburyport, Mass. on Sept. 20, 1913, and was the son of Peter and Edith (Choate) Dufresne He moved from Newburyport to Auburn, in 1914, and was a graduate of Edward Little High School Auburn, and had lettered in 13 sports while attending.

He had officiated in football, basketball and baseball for 25 years and was voted honorary member of the Central Maine Board of Baseball Umpires. He was past president of the local board of football officials. On April 8, 1994, he was inducted into the Lewiston-Auburn Hall of Fame.

He started in the milk business right out of high school and worked for the Whiteholm Dairy of Aubum, H.P. Hood & Sons of Auburn and Manchester, N.H., he also was employed with Idlenot Dairy of Springfield. Vt.

In his life he delivered milk with a horse and wagon for seven years and later with a standup truck for five years. He was promoted to foreman, supervisor, assistant manager and branch manager and was in management for 20 years.

He had been employed with H.P. Hood & Sons for 35 years then with Idlenot for 23 years. He retired on Feb. 28, 1994, after 60 years in the milk business. On April 17, 1994, he was inducted into the Hall of Fame of the Associated Grocers of N.H. in Manchester, N.H. Also he was the recipient of a number of awards in the milk business. In 1938, he won a trip to the World’s Fair for selling the most Grade A milk for babies, and in 1975 for selling one million dollars in sales he received a trip to the Virgin Islands. He was a member of the First Assembly of God Church in Manchester.

Members of the family include wife, Mrs. Laurette H. (Boucher) Dufresne of Manchester, N.H.; two sons, Richard Dufresne of Hallandale, Fla. and Ronald Dufresne of Yorba Linda, Calif.; daughter, Nancy Peterson of Los Banas, Calif; three step-children, Mrs. Ronald (Doris) Dame of Pittsfield, N.H., Mrs Rick (Suzanne) Lavigne of Manchester, N.H. and Mrs. Robert (Elaine) Dube of Manchester, N.H.; eight grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; eight step grandchildren; eight step great-grandchildren and two brothers, William Dufresne and Peter Dufresne both of Longwood, Fla.

He was a widower of Zadie (Thomas) Dufresne who died in 1989 and was also predeceased by son, Robert Dufresne; step-daughter, Jeannine Duval and two sisters, Louise Carrar and Hermennie Hyer.

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