Arthur L Cloutier

June 29, 1927March 17, 2020

Arthur L. Cloutier 92, a longtime resident of Keene, NH, passed away at his home in Keene, surrounded by the love of his family, on Tuesday, March 17, 2020.

His parents, Eugene and Elodia (Rouleau) Cloutier, welcomed their son into the world on June 29, 1927 in Winchendon, MA. He grew up in Winchendon and was a 1946 graduate of Murdock High School in Winchendon.

Arthur enlisted in the Army on September 28, 1950, serving during the Korean War. He was honorably discharged from active duty on June 28, 1952, earning the rank of Technical Sergeant. Arthur transferred to the Army Reserves where he continued to serve until his discharge on September 12, 1956. He was a member of the Brattleboro, Vermont VFW and American Legion Posts.

Arthur was well known in the community, serving many customers in the area as manager of the Aubuchon Hardware store in Keene for over thirty-seven years. After he retired, he and his wife volunteered together at the Community Kitchen for several years.

He loved to dance and would often boast that he and his wife never sat out a song while in a dance hall. They enjoyed polkas, square dancing and all types of ballroom dancing. He and his wife traveled all over the world, creating photographic scrapbooks of their adventures. At home, he made his mark in the neighborhood by painting bowling balls with “smiley faces” that he used to decorate his yard. He also enjoyed family gatherings, playing cards with friends, listening to country music, reading, and completing word search puzzles. He was a member of the Loyal Order of Moose Lodge 478 of Keene, and a longtime parishioner of both St. Bernard’s and St. Margaret Mary Church in Keene.

He will be greatly missed by his wife of 64 years, Jeanne C. (Rouleau) Cloutier, of Keene; his children, Russell A. Cloutier and his wife, Mary Beth Given, of Keene, Celeste A. Kaye and her husband, Barry, of Sharon, MA, Denise M. Cloutier, of Goshen, CT; his grandchildren, Rachel Maguire and her husband, Rory, Stephanie Borow and her husband Scott, Jason Kaye, Gregory Cloutier; a great-granddaughter, Allison Borow; and many nieces, nephews and extended family members. He was predeceased by five brothers, Napoleon, Donat, Gerard, Elie and Syilva; and two sisters, Claire (Caouette) Bernard and Rose Hanks.

A memorial mass of Christian burial and burial with military honors in the MA Veterans’ Memorial Cemetery in Winchendon will be held at a date and time to be announced.

For those who wish, donations may be made in Mr. Cloutier’s memory to the Tribute Program at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.


  • A mass of Christian burial and committal with military honors in the MA Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Winchendon, will be held at a date and time to be announced.


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Nancy (Bourgeois) Wyson

March 26, 2020

I was so sad to hear of Arthur's passing. My parents and Jeanne and Art were such great friends, I have many wonderful memories of them together at all the polka dances. Arthur and Donald (my dad) are together now sharing stories of many years of friendship and fun!

Jerry McDougle

March 23, 2020

Very sorry to hear of the loss of your husband and father . May he rest in peace . Jerry McDougle

Jean LaValley

March 20, 2020

Dear Jeanne AND family,
The WECA community will dearly miss Art. He always had a smile and a kind word for everyone he met.
We send healing prayers and
comforting hugs to you.
With deepest sympathy
Your Wright Estate Family

Beth Forcier

March 20, 2020

Paul and I are very sorry for the loss of Art. Paul has so many memories of Aubuchon working as his Assistant Manager. We have many memories of all of the parties. We are thinking of all of you in your time of loss. Much love to Jeannie

Love Paul and Beth

Maryann & Bill Lauterbach

March 20, 2020

Jean and family, Bill and I are sorry for your loss. You were a very special couple. Always dressed alike. It's been over 45 years since I met you both. Where did those years go?

Bill and Maryann Lauterbach

Claudette Sweeney

March 19, 2020

Thinking and praying for all of you during these difficult days. Uncle Arthur will always be remembered by his nieces and nephews for his kindness and gentleness and most especially by me. Love, Claudette