Veterans Home's oldest resident dies at 100
TILTON — The New Hampshire Veterans Home lost its oldest resident when Charles “Charlie” LaPierre passed away on Friday.
LaPierre, 100, was, a longtime Concord resident who served overseas in World War II and spent many years on the Concord Police Department, said Leonard Stuart, the home’s program information officer.
“Charlie was a special guy, and he will be missed by all of us,” Stuart said.
LaPierre grew up in Concord and went to school there, then worked in lumber camps and at his family’s rock quarry before going into the Army in 1942 when he was age of 29.
Most of his service was in France and Germany, Stuart said. He was a truck driver and a welder while working with a small unit behind the front lines in Europe, repairing and salvaging P-38s. At the Battle of the Bulge, his unit was a few miles from the front lines, under heavy bombardment, he said.
After the Allied victory in Europe, he was on a troop ship headed for the Pacific when the Japanese surrender was announced.
After the war, he returned to Concord and his wife, Clara, known as “Sandy,” whom he married in 1943. He also joined the Concord Police Department, served from 1946 to 1971, where he walked a midnight shift beat for many years before moving into a patrol car.
In his time off, he and another patrolman, Andy Martel, also ran a carpentry and remodeling business known for the quality of its work. After retiring from police work, he went to work in the maintenance department at the State House and finally retired from service to the state in 1983 at age 70.
When he turned 100 in November, he was honored by the Concord Police Department and the state’s American Legion. He was also presented with a special citation from the governor’s office, Stuart said.