NEWMARKET - Edward Tourigny, 86, of Maplecrest, died Feb. 1, 2005 at Portsmouth Regional Hospital.
Born Dec. 4, 1918 in Newmarket he was the son of Alphonse and Alice (Lefebvre) Tourigny. He was a lifelong resident of Newmarket.
Eddy was in the Army Air Corps and Army Reserves from 1940 to 1946, achieving the rank of second lieutenant. During his service, he was awarded the Legion of Merit citation for developing a boot for the P-47 Thunderbolt. The boot prevented the accumulation of gases which caused explosions. The boot saved many American pilots' lives.
He owned and operated Griffin Hardware in Newmarket from 1953 to 1977. He retired in 1984 from Greene Rubber in Cambridge, Mass. An avid carpenter, he worked for several years for Turcotte's Housing and later filled some of his retirement time working part-time for John Carpenter at Ye Olde English Greenhouse.
In his younger years, he enjoyed hiking and camping and in later years enjoyed woodworking and gardening.
Eddy was a 60-year member of the Robert G. Durgin A.L. Post 67. He would proudly dress in his military uniform and march in the Memorial Day parade.
He was very active in community affairs. He hung Christmas decorations on Main Street, for many years. He started the Boy Scout Explorer Post ambulance corps. They were also involved in blood drives, fundraising and other community events. He was an EMT on the Newmarket Ambulance Corps for many years.
He was predeceased by his parents, his brother Raymond, and by his former wife, Doris Marcotte Tourigny.
He is survived by his wife Lola Sewall Tourigny of Newmarket; two daughters, Roxana Tourigny of Warwick, R.I. and Pamela Bapp of Rochester; three granddaughters Heather Wallace of Warwick, R.I., Amy Bapp of North Carolina and Julie Newman and her husband Rob of Detroit; his brother Paul Tourigny of Florida; a sister Blanche Blanchette of Manchester; and by Lola's children, Barbara Sewall of Melrose, Mass., Roger Sewall of San Gelo, Texas, Patricia Sewall of Somersworth, Debra Sewall of Newmarket and Sheila Mahon of Barrington.
Visiting hours will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Kent & Pelczar Funeral Home, 77 Exeter St., Newmarket. American Legion services will be held at 7:30 p.m. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday at the funeral home. Burial will be in the spring.