Ipswich – Roland J. Poirier, 98, died Saturday night December 17, 2022, in the Hyder Hospice House in Dover, NH after a long illness. Born in Ipswich on October 16, 1924, he was the son of the late Alex V. and Aldona (Gaudet) Poirier.
Roland was a member of the former St. Stanislaus Catholic Church and Our Lady of Hope, both of Ipswich. He attended the St. Alphonse School in Beverly for 2 years and later the St. Mary’s School also in Beverly for 2 years as well. He attended Briscoe Junior High School in Beverly and was a graduate of Beverly High School, Class of 1941. Roland served in the Navy from October 1942 until his retirement in July 1963 at the rank of Chief Petty Officer. He was a veteran of: World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam conflict.
Roland was a bartender at the Carrolton Club in Ipswich, then at Misty Acres in Essex and later the Village Restaurant also in Essex from where he retired. Roland was a member of the V.F. W. Post #1093 in Ipswich, the P.L.A.V. Fabian Weltchek Post #92 also in Ipswich. He was a member at large of the F.R.A. (Fleet Reserve Association) and was a member of the Patrol Squadron 8 Alumnus Association as well as a Plank Owner which meant that he was one of the first members of the Association starting in 1985. He was also a member of the Ould Newbury Golf Course in Newbury from 1968.
Roland is survived by Edna Fryburg of Gorham, Maine; Jacky Poirier of Albany, New Hampshire; Philip Pelletier and Elena Poirier of Rochester, New Hampshire. Roland was predeceased by his parents, and his brother Richard and his wife Lucille, both of Ipswich.
Roalnd sold the family home and moved to Cable Gardens where he lived until May 2021. On the advice of his doctor, he moved to New Hampshire to live with his cousin, Philip and his family. He spent the last year and a half living comfortably at 7A Silver Street in Rochester, New Hampshire. He made multiple trips to Ipswich to visit friends at the Council on Aging, his family plot, and his favorite golf course.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Wednesday, December 28th at 10 a.m. at Our Lady of Hope Catholic Church located at 54 Linebrook Road, Ipswich. Burial with military honors will follow in the Cowles Memorial Cemetery at 29 Town Farm Road, Ipswich. Visiting hours will be Tuesday, December 27th from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m. at the Morris Funeral Home located at 45 North Main Street, Ipswich, where relatives and friends are respectfully invited. In lieu of flowers please make a donation in Roland’s memory to: the Ipswich Council on Aging 25 Green Street Ipswich, MA 01938. To send a letter of condolence to Roland’s family please go to: MorrisFH.com.
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