Roger E. Aldrich, 83, resident of New Ipswich, NH died at his home on June 11, 2018.
He was born on April 27, 1935 in Peterborough, NH a son of the late William and Mable (Nelson) Aldrich. He grew up on the family chicken farm in New Ipswich with his older sister Irene.
He went to Appleton Academy back when it was the town high school and it was here he got his lifelong nickname “Aldy”. He joined the Navy after graduating. He returned to the farm after the passing of his father to close the chicken business. Shortly after this he began his career as a truck driver.
In 1962 he married Annabel McCormick. The couple bought a small home in New Ipswich just a mile away from the family farm where they raised two boys, Roger and William. Annabel passed in 1998 and Aldy stayed in the family home until his death.
Aldy epitomised the values of the rural New Englanders, thriftiness, ingenuity, and self-reliance. He was the sole provider for his family so his wife could stay home with the children and volunteer for the local school, church and town events. He did his own car repairs and home maintenance, often with the same tools he inherited from his father. He planted a large vegetable garden every year and the whole family would can vegetables in the fall.
He enjoyed road trips and exploring New England with his family and in his later years his companion, Isalore Burdel. He was a fountain of information about what rural life had been like for New Hampshire farmers.
After his retirement he involved himself wholeheartedly in helping to raise his granddaughters. He would be the driver for doctor’s appointments and school activities and would attend the girl’s sports and extracurricular activities.
He leaves two sons, Roger Jr. of Portland Oregon and William of New Ipswich NH as well as two granddaughter, Shea and Quinn of New Ipswich. He also leaves his long time companion and friend Isalore Burdell of Fitchburg Ma.
A burial service will be held by his family at a later date, where he will be interred next to his loving wife, at the Central Cemetery, New Ipswich, NH.