Armand Joseph Lizotte

Claremont, N.H. — Armand Joseph “Skip” Lizotte, 67, of Claremont, died suddenly on Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013, at Valley Regional Hospital.

He was born in Claremont on Nov. 11, 1945, the son of Alcide J. and Louise Ann (Cusanelli) Lizotte.

Skip spent his entire life as a machinist throughout the area retiring in 2010. Retirement opened a new life style while living at Marion Phillips, where he offered his time and skills to maintain the facility.

He enjoyed spending time with his family, playing volleyball on Sundays, riding his Harley and keeping the Glider Rocking Co. in business.

He was known by some as “The Bull” for his strength and physical stature and by others as “Papa Smurf” for the depth of love and extreme nature of giving. He was loved and liked by all who met him.

The family includes his children, Tammy and Henry Ferguson, II of Louisiana, Scott and Donna Lizotte of Claremont, Penny and Rodney Williams of Perkinsville, Vt., Toby Lizotte of Springfield, Vt., William and Amy Gobin of Claremont, and Jada Belt of Claremont; and also eight grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Richard, Billy and Kenneth Lizotte; and a grandson, Henry Ferguson, III.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013, at 2 p.m. in the Stringer Funeral Home, 146 Broad Street in Claremont with Rev. Janice Howe, officiating.

Visiting hours will be held from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. prior to the service.

Burial will be held at St. Mary Cemetery at a later date.

Skip was a strong supporter of platelet donation and the family would ask if anyone would like to donate platelets in his memory they can do so by calling the Blood Donor Program of DHMC at 603-653-3775 or donations may be made to the Anatomical Gifts Program, Dept. of Anatomy, The Geisel School of Medicine, Remsen 237, Hanover, NH 03755.

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