1940 – 2013

CANTON — Howard Child, 73, died Thursday, Sept. 5, in Canton as a result of injuries sustained in an auto accident. He was a resident of Third Street in Dixfield and lived in Peru most of his life.

He was born in Peru on May 9, 1940, the son of Elmer and Iva (Andrews) Child. He served in the United States Air Force during the Vietnam War. He owned and operated Jeanne’s Bottle Depot in Mexico. He would go without, so others would have more.

Howard was a member of the Peru and Rumford American Legion. He served as County Commander and was a member of the 40 & 8 Club.

He was married in Peru on July 1, 1972, to Carrie Drury Donahue.

Survivors include three sons, Shane Child and his companion, Candy Bradbury, of Mexico, Gordon Donahue of Tennessee and Richard Donahue and his wife, Denise, of Dixfield; two daughters, Elizabeth Donahue and companion, David Gallant, of Roxbury and Colleen Bernard and husband, Daniel, of Peru; three sisters, Anna Hebert and her husband, Harold, of Peru, Hazel Vaughn of Mexico and Avis Orino of Mexico; a brother, Robert Child of Turner; grandchildren, Nicole Donahue, Richard M. Donahue, Nicholas Gallant, Casey Child, Olivia Child, Jared Bernard, Neil Priest and Travis Robbins.

He was predeceased by his parents; four brothers; and a son, Matthew Donahue.

Friends and relatives are invited to sign the online guest book and share memories with the family at www.meaderandson.com.

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