MANCHESTER, NH – Dr. Ovide A. Lamontagne of Manchester passed away peacefully at The Arbors of Bedford on Monday afternoon January 7, 2019 surrounded by loving family and caregivers.
Dr. Lamontagne was born in Manchester on September 28, 1930, the son of Dr. Ovide R. and Aloysia (Lemelin) Lamontagne. He was a graduate of St. Anthony Elementary School, Assumption Preparatory School, Fitchburg, MA, and Tufts Dental School class of 1954, Boston, MA.
He served as a Captain in the U.S. Army stationed in Fort Devens from 1954 to 1956. He began his dental practice with his father beginning on weekends in 1954, then practiced dentistry full time beginning in 1956 until his retirement in 1997 and during this time with his son, Roger, from 1986 to 1997.
Dr. Lamontagne was active in civic, community and charitable work. In 1955, he was a founding member of Club Richelieu Manchester and served several terms as president. He was elected to the Manchester School Committee from 1966 to 1969 representing Ward 7. He was past president of the Manchester Dental Society (1966-1967), past chairman of the St. Mary’s Bank Board of Directors, served as an incorporator of the Franco-American Center and on the St. Anthony Parish Council, Catholic Regional School Board and in other parish activities. Upon his retirement, he became a volunteer for The CareGivers, Inc. and for his service, he was recognized as the “CareGiver of the Year” in 2004.
Dr. Lamontagne enjoyed hunting, fishing, snowmobiling, boating and socializing with family and friends at the family camp on the northern shores of Lake Umbagog. He had a sharp mind and wit, liberally told corny jokes and, including his last day on earth, he freely, but playfully, teased grandchildren, the Arbors’ staff and anyone who came into his presence.
He is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Jeanne (Brisson) Lamontagne; seven children and their spouses, Atty. Ovide and Elizabeth Lamontagne of Manchester, Louise Lamontagne and Thomas Babineau of Manchester, Paul and Debra Lamontagne of Santa Maria, CA, Dr. Roger and Anne Lamontagne of Manchester, Helene and Fr. John Anthony Vidal of Washington, DC, Gisele and William Thompson of Hooksett and Dr. Denis and Cynthia Lamontagne of St. Johnsbury, VT; twenty grandchildren, Madeleine, Brittany, Sarah, Thomas, Aime, Andre, Erin, Keriann, Kathleen, Joseph, Paul, Emily, Jean-Luc, Gisele Louise, Renee, Lindsey, Kendall, Michael, Marc and James; four great-grandchildren, Ethan, Josiah, Elizabeth and Clare; his sister, Yolande Caron of Manchester and many nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his sisters, Therese Lamontagne, Sr. Guy-Marie Lamontagne, PM; his brother, Robert Lamontagne and his eighth child, Jamie.
SERVICES: Calling hours are Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m. at St. Anthony Church, 172 Belmont St., Manchester. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday at 11 a.m. in St. Anthony Church. Committal prayers will follow at Mt. Calvary Mausoleum, 474 Goffstown Rd., Manchester.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to The CareGivers, Inc. 1 Perimeter Rd., Unit 900 Manchester, NH 03103 or online at www.caregiversnh.org/give
Lambert Funeral Home & Crematory, Manchester is assisting the family with arrangements.