Maurice R. Villeneuve
January 13, 1932 – March 19, 2020
Moe Villeneuve a Bedford, New Hampshire native, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his loved ones. He was predeceased by his wife of 64 years, Aurore A. Villeneuve in 2014 and is survived by two sons: Richard M. “Moe” Villeneuve, 54, his wife Christine “Chrissy”, their two children: Sienna, 19 and Chase, 16; his other son Scot D. Villeneuve, 46, his wife Darlene, and their four children: Oskar, 20; Larkyn, 19; Race DeSimone, 31; Heath DeSimone, 26. Moe was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, and friend.
Moe was born on County Road in Bedford on January 13, 1932 and he died in the house he built in 1968, right across the street. He grew up with 3 brothers and 2 sisters, working from a very early age on the farm and caddying at the Manchester Country Club.
In 1950, Moe married his sweetheart Aurore A. Dion and the same year, answered his country's call by enlisting in the United States Army. His natural leadership skills were recognized and he was recommended for leadership school and eventually deployed into combat action during the Korean War. Sergeant First-Class Moe Villeneuve earned the Combat Infantry Badge, Bronze Star, and several other decorations for his honorable service.
After returning from overseas, Moe and Aurore began their American-dream story. They lived in a tiny 1-room “shack” on land he bought from his father. Moe began his career as a union ironworker where he proved himself and earned the respect of many in the industry. In 1965, Moe and Aurore adopted their first son, Richard Maurice Villeneuve, and out of necessity, built the home they lived in for the rest of their lives. In 1973, desiring a sibling for their first-son, Moe and Aurore adopted Scot David Villeneuve.
At age 50, Moe decided he needed to “get into better shape” and started jogging. His jogging quickly turned into serious training and weight-lifting. For years, his weekends were spent competing in road races where he was tremendously successful. Many Bedford residents remember Moe running on County Road, Liberty Hill and beyond.
As a staunch, tax-fighting Republican, Moe served the town of Bedford in the New Hampshire House of Representatives for five terms. His leadership and straight-forward manner earned him the respect of colleagues from both parties.
Those who knew Moe, loved him... his sense of humor and directness entertained many friends and patrons of Dunkin' Donuts (formerly Ray's Country Store) on South River Road. In addition to supporting veteran's causes, Moe was a member of the Knight's of Columbus, Veteran's of Foreign Wars, National Rifle Association and St. Elizabeth Seaton Parish.
Moe will join his wife at the New Hampshire Veteran's Cemetery in Boscawen, New Hampshire at a private interment ceremony with full military honors. Those wishing to honor Moe's memory can do so by supporting our fighting men and women.
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Maurice R. Villeneuve
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March 23, 2020
Deeply saddened to hear of Moe's death. He was a great person and honest as the day is long.
He gave of himself in time of war and in peace. He was an outstanding family man, and raised wonderful children, it was a joy to have them in class.
It was great to see him running by McKelvie School on his way home from a run, and always with his stick in hand.
He served the citizens of Bedford well for years in the State House, and whether you agreed with all his positions or not, we had an honest person who told you what he stood for and believed in.
Most of all he was a good man, with a great smile, and an honest heart.
March 23, 2020
Sorry to read about the loss of not only a brother knight but also a a brother native of Bedford. Moe and I advanced to the 4th. degree in the knights on the same date. I picked him up at dropped him off at his house. I will miss seeing him at our monthly council meetings