Paul Andre Archambault

Wednesday, February 07, 2018

Claremont, N.H. — Paul Andre Archambault, 61, passed away Monday, Jan. 29, 2018, at Cedar Hill Nursing Home in Windsor, Vt. after a brief battle with cancer. He was surrounded by his loving family and friends.

Paul was born in Manchester, N.H. on May 16, 1956, the 7th child of Roland and Doris (Bellemore) Archambault. He grew up in the neighborhoods of the East side and shared many years of adventure with his brothers, sisters, and friends, including riding his bike to Lake Massabesic to go camping and fishing, hiking and climbing the local mountains, and camping out during the blizzard of 1978 with his cousin David, to name only a few!

He was a well known artist for the beautiful pen and ink drawings he created of historical buildings and sites in Manchester and throughout the state of N.H. In 1992, he was selected by the state lottery to produce four classic N.H. scenes which appeared on a series of scratch tickets. He established his own business, Nostalgic Images by Paul A. Archambault, and produced drawings of many local Manchester and N.H. sites, including Pine Island Park, Ash Street School, The Ledge in Deerfield Park, Lake Massabesic, and The Mount Washington Observatory. One of his great loves was baseball and he created a series of drawings of the local championship teams, as well as one of Gill Stadium featuring the three professional players who grew up in Manchester. The latter included his dear friend, 1979 CY Young Award winning Orioles pitcher, the late Mike Flanagan. He was also recognized by the American-Canadian Genealogical society of Manchester for his artistic contributions to the city.

His love of the outdoors, fly fishing, hunting, hiking, and camping were showcased in his drawings and photographs. A film photographer since his days at Memorial High School, he focused on digital photography later on in his life in the Upper Valley of N.H. Known as Paul Andre Photography, he produced fine art images, as well as portraits, senior pictures, newborn and family sessions, weddings, birthdays, photo booths, and his favorite annual Halloween Spook Shoot, which was a free photo booth he set up in his driveway to take pictures of the trick or treaters. One of his greatest joys was seeing his children all follow in his creative foot steps with one a photographer, one an architect, and one a video game designer.

He is survived by his loving wife, Nina (DePasquale) Archambault, whom he married in 2012; son, Andrew Paul Archambault of Casselberry, Fla.; daughter, Caryn Ann Grape, and her husband, Ben, of Lakewood, Colo., daughter, Jesslyn Marie Braught, of Bozeman, Mont.; and stepson, Tucker Raymond Jordan, of Claremont. He is also survived by his brother, Maurice Archambault (Chris) of Robesonia, Pa.; brother, Emile Archambault (Janice), of Manchester; brother, Marc Archambault (Eve) of Manchester; sister, Denise Archambault, of Concord, N.H., sister, Suzanna Demers, of Ormond Beach, Fla.; his Aunt and Uncle, Paul and Shirley Bellemore, of Manchester; and many cousins, nieces, and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents; his brothers, Henri and Donald Archambault; his nephew, Donald Archambault Jr.; and his beloved brother-in-law, Roger Demers. We are sure they are all together now, sitting around the campfire after a day of fly fishing, drinking wine, and discussing who caught the biggest fish!

A celebration of his life and work will be held on Monday, Feb. 12, 2018 at The Common Man Restaurant in Claremont. Visiting hours will begin at 1 p.m. to visit with the family and view his artwork, followed by a memorial service at 3 p.m. and a buffet dinner from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Memorial contributions can be made in his name to the American Cancer Society.