Denis R. Parent, 70, of Berlin, passed away on Saturday January 7th at the Androscoggin Valley Hospital, after several years of declining health. He was born on January 1, 1953, the son of the late Raymond Parent and Therese Nadeau Parent. Denis graduated from Notre Dame H.S. in 1971 where he was instrumental in helping the team win the State Hockey Championship as goaltender. Denis also loved music and was an avid drummer often playing for local bands in the 60’s.
Denis devoted much of his life serving his country. He joined the U.S. Marine Corps and served for a number of years. He then re-enlisted with the Army Green Berets Special Forces and rose to the level of E7 Sargent 1st Class. He also participated in Civil war re-enactments at Gettysburg with former veterans. After his retirement from the military, Denis continued his education and received a degree in Law Enforcement. He then pursued and attained employment at the VA Hospital in Manchester and retired from there in 2017. He loved his country and served with pride... He truly was a Patriot.
He was pre-deceased by his parents, Raymond & Therese Parent, his wife Coulette & brother-in-law, Thomas Beaulac.
Family includes his children, John of Berlin, Katrina Smith & husband Nathan of Oklahoma, & Brian of Amesbury, Mass.
Siblings: Louis & wife Joan of Berlin, Claude & wife Janine of Salem NH & Lise Beaulac & fiancé Bob Morrissette of Meredith NH. Grandchildren: Raymond Ritchie, Paxton Smith, Van Smith, & Jade Parent. Several Aunts, Uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.
There are no calling hours, a private graveside service will take place at the NH State Veterans Cemetery in Boscawen at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to North Woods Cancer Survivors, 24 ½ Wood Street, Berlin, NH 03570. Arrangements are entrusted to the Bryant Funeral Homes, Berlin and Gorham, NH. Memories and condolences may be shared online at www.bryantfuneralhome.net.