Francis R. Chamberlain
Francis R. “Mickey” Chamberlain, 85, of Jaffrey died peacefully on Friday, Feb. 15, 2019, at Maplewood Nursing Home in Westmoreland with his family by his side after a long battle with dementia.
He was born on July 1, 1933, in Peterborough, son of the late Ralph and Eva (Pellerin) Chamberlain. Mickey graduated with the class of 1951 from Conant High School in Jaffrey and had served in the N.H. National Guard for six years. He married Ann Athy on May 26, 1956, in Boston and together they made Jaffrey their home.
Mickey began working at the General Box Company in Winchendon, Mass., before becoming a special police officer for the Town of Jaffrey. He had worked as an agent for the John Hancock Life Insurance Company and then returned home to work at Bean Fiberglass before working for the N.H. Department of Health and Human Services until he retired in 1998. After his retirement, Mickey enjoyed working part-time for the State Liquor Commission for many years.
Being civic and community minded, Mickey had served as the treasurer and president of the Jaffrey Outing Club and enjoyed being an active member of the Jaffrey Chamber of Commerce, the Jaffrey Historical Society and the Jaffrey Civic Center. He had also been elected to serve the town of Jaffrey as the town treasurer and on the budget committee. He was a communicant and active member of Saint Patrick Parish in Jaffrey and had served the parish as a lector, a Eucharistic minister, a member of the Saint Patrick School Board and on the Parish Council. In his free time, Mickey enjoyed golfing, cooking and gardening.
In addition to his parents, Mickey was preceded in death by his brother, Herbert Chamberlain.
He is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 62 years, Ann Chamberlain of Jaffrey; his daughter, Karen and her partner, Roberta, of Peterborough; his sons, Kevin and his wife Terry, Peter and his wife, Shauna, and David and his wife, Erin, all of Jaffrey; and his son, Mark and his wife, Lisa, of Parker, Colo.; his grandchildren, Joshua, Adam, Kaitlyn, Kelsey, Shawn, Mariah, Kendall and Matthew; his great-grandchildren, Carter, Gavin, Jax, Ayla, Riley and Aiden; his sister-in-law, Barbara Athy; his brother-in-law, James Athy; and several nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Friends and family are invited to calling hours on Friday, Feb. 22, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Cournoyer Funeral Home & Cremation Center, 33 River St., Route 202, Jaffrey.
A mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Saturday, Feb. 23, at 11 a.m. at Saint Patrick Church, 89 Main St., Jaffrey. Rev. Wilfred Deschamps, pastor, will be the celebrant. Burial will be in the spring at Saint Patrick Cemetery in Jaffrey.
Mickey’s family wishes to express their deepest gratitude for the entire staff at Maplewood Nursing Home’s “3 Open” for the wonderful care he received throughout his stay.
Mickey’s family respectfully requests that in lieu of flowers, please make memorial donations in his name to either the Monadnock Adult Care Center, 22 North St., Jaffrey, NH 03452, or to the Jaffrey Firefighters Benevolent Fund (JFFCI), 138 Turnpike Road, Jaffrey, NH 03452, or to the Auxiliary and Activities Funds at Maplewood Nursing Home, 201 River Road, Westmoreland, NH 03467.
To share photos, memories or condolences with Mickey’s family, visit his permanent online memorial at www.cournoyerfh.com.