OBITUARY

Denis George Jobin

May 10, 1943June 4, 2019

Denis George Jobin, a lifelong resident of Keene, NH, died peacefully at his home on June 4, 2019, with his wife of 48 years, Pauline, by his side.

He was born in Keene, NH on May 10, 1943 the son of Joseph and Alma (Dubois) Jobin. A lifelong resident of Keene, Denis attended local schools, and was a 1961 graduate of Keene High School.

He earned a B.A. in French from St. Anselm College in Manchester NH in 1965. Upon graduation, he was hired to teach French and Spanish at Keene High School where he remained throughout his teaching career. He earned his Masters in Education from Keene State College in 1973.

In 1977 he received a scholarship to study French government and history in Avignon, France during a 5-week summer program. In 1980 he was appointed head of the department of foreign languages at Keene High School and remained in that role until he retired in 1999. He initiated a foreign student exchange program between Keene High School and Lycée Luxeuil les Bains in France in 1990. This gave hundreds of American and French students the unique opportunity to live and study abroad for a few weeks during their high school careers. As head of the foreign language department he launched the district’s first program to teach foreign languages at the elementary school level in Keene and surrounding towns in 1987. He taught French and Spanish to fifth graders for several years.

Outside of his teaching career, Denis was an avid reader and amassed a large collection of books and knowledge in the areas of art history and religion. He enjoyed visiting museums and was known to linger for unreasonably long amounts of time, making his family reluctant companions on these visits. In his retirement, he spent countless hours researching his family’s genealogy. He loved watching his grandchildren grow and appreciated each for their individuality. They brought him happiness and fulfillment, and allowed him to see the world through a different lens.

Denis lived with atypical Parkinson’s Disease for over 30 years. Yet he found great purpose in living his life with dignity, faith and grace. In that way, he was a true teacher to the end.

Denis is survived by his wife of 48 years, Pauline (Lachance) Jobin; his sons, Paul D Jobin and his wife, Jennifer, and children Alyssa, Alex and Leah, all of Merrimack, NH; Marc T Jobin and his wife, Gia, and children Sophia and Nicholas all of Framingham, MA; Denis C Jobin and his wife, Jennifer, and daughters Isabelle and Eleanor all of Peterborough, NH; a brother, Bruno Jobin and his wife, Beryl; a sister-in-law Lillian Jobin; a sister Claire Castagna; a brother Raymond Jobin and his wife, Dorothy; a sister-in-law Evy Lachance; as well as many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his siblings Lucienne, Gerard, Paul, Robert and Leo.

A mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Saturday, June 8th at 10am in St. Margaret Mary Church, 33 Arch Street, Keene. Burial will follow in the St Joseph Cemetery, Main Street, Keene. There are no public calling hours.

In lieu of flowers, for those who wish, donations may be made in Mr. Jobin’s memory to St. Vincent DePaul Society, c/o Parish of the Holy Spirit, 161 Main Street, Keene, NH 03431.

Services

PREVIOUS SERVICES:

  • Mass of Christian Burial Saturday, June 8, 2019

OTHER SERVICES:

  • Burial with Committal Prayers Following Mass

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KATHRYN HARPER

June 14, 2019

My deepest sympathy on the loss of your husband, father, brother, father in law, brother in law, uncle, friend, Denis Jobin. "Senor Jobin" was one of my most influential High School teachers, and I wish I could have told him that. The Spanish I learned from him at Keene High School, was the foundation for a life-long love of that language. I have traveled in Mexico, Puerto Rico & Costa Rica, always with the wonderful ability to speak the language & make friends and really get inside the culture. One of the highlights of my life was being hired to work in a Dental Practice in Bilbao, Spain in 1990. Pre -internet & cable TV, it was my Spanish language skills acquired at KHS that saved me & allowed me to fit in and flourish there. A posthumous Muchisimas Gracias a mi Profesor, Senor Jobin. As a teacher, you never know how many lives you touch.

Sue Hahs

June 12, 2019

Monsieur Jobin was a truly memorable and impactful teacher. I was fortunate enough to participate in the 1996 Luxeuil-les-Bains exchange trip and always appreciated that such a trip would never have been possible if it weren't for his having established it years earlier. He was a kind soul and had a wonderful sense of humor in the classroom. I am so very sorry to all of you for your loss.

Sincerely,
Sue Hahs, née Chase
KHS Class of 1998
Marlborough, NH

Annie Smart

June 12, 2019

Monsieur Jobin was my 9th-grade French teacher. The class was French 1 (first year). He made a lasting impression from the first day -- striding into the room and announcing "J'entre dans la classe. J'ouvre le livre de français. Je cherche la page. Je trouve la page. Je ferme le livre." He kept in French throughout the class, and this made the class exciting. I loved how he had high expectations: at the end of the year, we had to memorize a fable of La Fontaine, "La Cigale et la Fourmi." We had to recite the fable during on-one-one interviews. Although the story is simple, the French is pretty sophisticated -- I understood some of the grammar years later. I can still recite the fable, though!

M. Jobin was also the faculty advisor for the French club. I'll never forget our senior class trip to Québec. I don't know how he remained so calm, amid a bus of teenagers who were thrilled to be in a big city without their parents.

I am now a university professor of French. Merci, M. Jobin, pour tout ce que vous m'avez appris. Thank you for sharing your knowledge and sense of humor. I will always remember my early training.

Ronald and Joanne Gosselin

June 12, 2019

I knew Denis first as a client doing several home additions,and became friends with Denis and his wife Pauline.

I knew him as a Christian ,humble and respectful person..He will be missed but his memories will live on in our hearts.God Bless his Wife Pauline and his entire Family. He is now with our Lord. Ron and Joanne Gosselin

Mike Tenters

June 5, 2019

Denis,
Thinking of you and your family and hoping the good memories and time with family brings you all some solace.

Rick Stratton

June 5, 2019

To the Jobin family - please accept my sympathy. Although my interactions with Mr. Jobin were brief, it was obvious to me this was a kind and thoughtful man. May your family find peace in knowing the life he shared with you was perhaps the greatest gift of all.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY