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Donald Boulia

Donald Richard Boulia

Wednesday, March 21st, 1934 - Friday, December 27th, 2019
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Boulia, Donald R. of Moultonborough, NH.

Donald Richard Boulia, husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, friend, extraordinary businessman, fisherman and sportsman, passed in peace on Friday, December 27, 2019 at his home on the shore of Lake Winnipesaukee after a lengthy illness. He was cared for lovingly in his final days by his wife Janet, daughter Cathy, his sons Steve and Bill and his brother-in-law Bill Foucher.

Don, born March 21, 1934, was raised and lived in Nashua, NH for most of his life, graduating from Nashua High School in 1951. Shortly after graduating, he enlisted in the US Army during the Korean War and served most of his duty in Germany. After returning, he worked for the Second National Bank in Nashua and married Janet in January 1956. He joined Highland Tool Company in 1958 and through his hard work and innate business skill became a partner in 1964 and sole owner and CEO in 1983. In addition, he was the president of Eastman Realty in Nashua. Don and Janet later made their permanent home in Moultonborough, NH.

He was very active in church and civic affairs as a member of St, Christopher’s Church in Nashua and St. Charles Borromeo in Meredith, as well as life-long member of Elks, the New Hampshire Machining Association, the American Institute of Banking, the Nashua Country Club, and was past treasurer of the Young Businessmen’s Club of Nashua.
An avid hunter and fisherman, Don belonged to the Winnipesaukee Sportsman Club, the Nashua Fish and Game Club, and was a past treasurer of the Nashua Fly Casters Club. Don and Janet wintered at their home in Bonita Springs, Florida for many years, but Don was sure to be back each February for the Winnipesaukee Ice Fishing Derby, hosting a dazzling fireworks display on the ice on the Saturday night of the derby, and to snowmobile with friends and family.

The winter months would find him in the warm waters of the Everglades, Key West, or bass fishing on Lake Okeechobee with Captain Denny Nelson, Bill Hickman, and Captain Larry. On Winnipesaukee he caught and released many trout with his friend John Hebeisen. With his Canadian guide and friend Andre Verville, he fished in the remote areas of Quebec and the Arctic. Always in good humor, he and Andy formed L’Association des Chasseurs et Pecheurs des Etats Unis aux Canada together with their blow-up doll named Jan after their two wives and then filmed their fishing cabin association meetings for all to enjoy later. Demonstrating his exceptional fishing skill, Don graduated Magna Cum Laude from Verville University.

And few are aware that he was the batboy for the very first US-based integrated professional baseball team, the minor league Nashua Dodgers, that included catcher Roy Campanella, pitcher Don Newcombe, and manager Walter Alston.

Don is survived by his best friend and wife of 64 years, Janet Boulia, his son Steve and his wife Tammy, his daughter Cathy Donnell and her husband Dean, son Bill and his wife Anne. Five grandchildren Meghan, Nick, Taylor, Hailey, Blake. Five great grandsons Aiden, Connor, Lucas, Deagan & Beau and his beloved dog Natalie. He has many nephews and nieces and countless good friends.

The family would like to thank the dedicated staff of the Central New Hampshire VNA and Hospice for their exceptional home hospice care.

Visitation will be held on Saturday, Jan. 4th, at 10 am at the St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, 300 NH Route #25, Meredith, N.H. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 am. The Rev. Msgr. Gerald Belanger, pastor, will be the celebrant.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you donate to Central New Hampshire VNA and Hospice 780 N. Main St. Laconia NH 03246.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Saturday, January 4th, 2020 | 10:00am - 11:00am
    When
    Saturday, January 4th, 2020 10:00am - 11:00am
    Location
    St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church
    Address
    300 NH Route 25
    Meredith, NH 03253
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Saturday, January 4th, 2020 | 11:00am
    When
    Saturday, January 4th, 2020 11:00am
    Location
    St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church
    Address
    300 NH Route 25
    Meredith, NH 03253
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Officiant
    Rev. Msgr. Gerald R. Belanger

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John Hayes

Posted at 06:53am
To Bill and Family, My Condolences at this difficult time. Thoughts and prayers are with you and Family at this time.
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Carissa O'Gara

Posted at 10:20am
Mr B was a big part of our life as we grew up. Our dad Buddy Hull and Don had a lot of fun adventures and gatherings through all seasons. Mr.B had a big laugh and a big heart! I am so glad that he was part of our lives. 💕
Carissa O’Gara, daughter of Bud and Audrey Hull
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Don Conley

Posted at 05:19pm
Thank you for your friendship Don. I have some great memories of you on your deck, by the grill with a cold Bud , extending a very warm and sincere welcome to the Boulia home. You lived well my friend, worked hard and played hard. Great family you and Janet brought into this world, it is a better place because of same. Rest in peace Don and I shall think of you whenever I am out on the bay looking for the big one!
God bless,
Don Conley
CB

Cindy Boulia

Posted at 12:05pm
I was saddened to hear of Donald's passing. I will always remember him as a kind, generous, fun loving man who put his loved ones above all else. My thoughts and prayers are with his family. May he Rest in Peace.
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Len & Judy Dupille

Posted at 09:27am
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Boulia family at this very sad time. When we were new to the neighborhood Mr. Boulia stopped by with his dog to introduce himself and welcome us, we thought that he was exceptionally nice, from that time on we heard from our neighbors what a wonderful person he was and we are sure he will be greatly missed by all.
Sincerely
Len and Judy Dupille
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