Arthur N. Charland, 87, of Manchester, NH died on January 4th 2024 of complications from a stroke. He was born May 29, 1936 in Manchester, NH to Normand and Imelda Charland (Hudon). He is predeceased by his wife of 64 years, Jacqueline Charland (Croteau). Being an only child, it was of the utmost importance to him that Jackie be home for the children. He worked many hours to accomplish that.
Arthur graduated from Bishop Bradley High School in 1955 and St. Anselm’s College in 1959 with a BA in Business Administration. He was employed by Cote Brothers and Continental Baking Company and was elected Secretary-Treasurer of the Bakery and Sales Drivers Union, Teamsters Local 686. Upon leaving the Union, he was instrumental in the development of the By-Pass 28 Industrial Park in Hooksett and was the owner of various income properties. He also served as Account Executive for Atlantic Armored Car/ Transfer Service Inc. and Infinity Armored Car. He was also the Account Executive for Owens Marine, Industrial Division and was known in the snowmobile community as the “Groomer Man”. He was working as Senior Customer Liaison for Eastern Bank in NH before his retirement in December 2018.
After the Korean War, he served with the NH Air National Guard becoming a staff sergeant with the military police.
He was an avid snowmobiler having traveled extensively in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont and the Province of Quebec for over 50 years. He was the snowmobiler on the safety poster for the Province of Quebec for the 2003-2004 Season. He served on the Board of Directors of the Southern NH Snow Slickers Snowmobile Club in different capacities for over 40 years and as its President for 6 years and Trail Administrator for over 10 years. With another Board member, Arthur started the New Hampshire Snowmobile Show in Manchester. He served on the New Hampshire Snowmobile Associations Board of Directors and was the Vendor Coordinator for the NHSA Grass Drags and Water Crossing Championship at its inception. He served on the NH Bureau of Trails Advisory Board for many years and on the Board of the Rockingham Recreational Trail Association at its inception.
He greatly enjoyed the family camp on Seven Islands in Errol snowmobiling with his children and friends
He is survived by his three children; son David and wife Sheila and their daughters Samantha and Danielle, son Richard and wife Kimberley and their son Zachary, and daughter Elaine and her daughters Kelsey Kachuck and her husband Alex and Shawna Packard. He leaves sisters-in-law Rita Croteau, Lucille Croteau and brother-in-law Mark Croteau of Florida. He also leaves aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.
SERVICES: A viewing is to be held on Friday January 12th from 2:00 PM to 7:00 PM at Lambert Funeral Home, 1799 Elm Street, Manchester, NH. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at Parish of the Transfiguration at 305 Kelley Street, Manchester, NH on Saturday January 13th at 10:00 AM. Committal will follow at Mount Calvary Cemetery Mausoleum, 474 Goffstown Road, Manchester NH.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in his name to the Southern NH Snow Slickers, Inc. Trails Fund, 73 Tower Hill Rd. Candia NH 03034 or Easter Seals of NH, Camp SNO-MO, 555 Auburn Street, Manchester NH 03103