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Plaistow, NH formerly of Lawrence - Vincent "Vinny" Berthiaume of Plaistow, NH, formerly of Lawrence, MA, died peacefully November 6, 2019 surrounded by his family following a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. Born June 5, 1942, he was raised in Lawrence. He was the son of the late Clement and Aldona Berthiaume. He is survived by sisters, Gladys (Don) Dane and Della (Les) McDaniel, and was predeceased by brothers, Eldon (Corinne) and Clement "Lefty" (Claire), and sister, Eileen (Al) Gibeau.
He leaves his beloved wife of 56 years, Janet (Sirois), his children, Michelle and husband Dcn. Leland Fastnacht of Salem, NH, Lynne and husband Bo Durso of Salem, NH, and David and wife Erica Berthiaume of Portland, CT. He was a very proud Pépé to Ryan Durso and his girlfriend Carolyn Petrishen, Kailyn (Fastnacht) and Leo Tabayoyong, Chelsea (Durso) and Ian Davis, Kurt Fastnacht and fiancée Julie Gorman, Alyssa Fastnacht, Nicole Fastnacht and boyfrien,d Chris Mason, Grace Berthiaume, and Julia Berthiaume. He leaves behind many in-laws, nieces, nephews, extended family and close friends, all of whom were special to him. He will also be missed by his sweet dog, Ella.
He graduated from Central Catholic before enlisting in the U.S. Air Force. After an honorable discharge, he began a 37-year career at Raytheon while earning a B.S. degree from Fitchburg State College. He volunteered with Hospice and the Samaritans. He enjoyed active involvement in the Saint Basil's Cursillo Community as well as his parishes of Sacred Heart in Lawrence, and Our Lady of Good Counsel in Methuen. One of his greatest joys was performing and directing the All I Have Done For You passion play for 30 years. In 2010, he was the recipient of the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Award by the Archdiocese of Boston for service to parish youth.
He enjoyed Saturday morning breakfasts, watching old movies, telling jokes and spending summers on Prince Edward Island and at 'the Camp' on Cobbett's Pond. Vinny was a man of great faith and great humor who loved and cherished time spent with friends and family, but it was his role as Pépé that brought him his greatest joys. His love will live on in the hearts of all he touched.
Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend visiting hours on Sunday, November 10, 2019 from 3 to 7 p.m. at Cataudella Funeral Home, 126 Pleasant Valley St., Methuen. His funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Monday, November 11, 2019 at Our Lady of Good Counsel / St. Theresa Church, 22 Plymouth Street in Methuen. Burial services will be private. Attendees may meet at the church or the funeral home prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to Our Lady of Good Council Parish, Methuen, MA or St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. For directions or to send condolences, please visit
Published on November 9, 2019


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Linda Arsenault
Nov 13, 2019
Sorry for your loss Janet and family, he will sure be missed, I enjoyed when he came for a haircut in pei and always had a few jokes always a great visit with lots of laughs !!
Paul, Odette, Alex & Myriam
Nov 11, 2019
We will always remember Vinny for his ability to make us laugh and for his love of PEI. To Janet and family - you now have a special angel up above. Thinking of you during this difficult time. Hugs to you all❤️
John and Marcia Arsenault
Nov 11, 2019
Our taughts and prayers are with you Janet and you guys
Rev Donald E Clinton
Nov 10, 2019
I will always remember Vinny’s great love of Jesus and the Cursillo movement. We shared many a laugh and shed tears together. My prayers to all his family!
Walter M. Pomerleau
Nov 09, 2019
I remember Vinny so well. He lived 3 streets behind me in Lawrence and we interacted during our high school years especially horse back riding in New Hampshire with other friends. The year we graduated (1961) we joined the Air Force under the "buddy" program. One year I took a one week leave and visited him for several days at Pope Air Force Base in North Carolina. We were discharged on the same day in 1965 and saw each other several times. Janet, his wife, was a bride's maid during our wedding. Vinny was one of the nicest guys I ever met and I am proud to say that he was a great friend. So sorry for his lost.
Louise Duquette Rice
Nov 09, 2019
Dearest Janet and family, I have many fond memories of Vinny and my brother Paul growing up at Sacred Heart. Vinny's ability to make us laugh brings a certain joy to my heart now and I know the love he shared with all of us was quadrupled for his family. Much love and prayers from Bob and I as you go thru this difficult time.
Marion Joncas
Nov 09, 2019
I am so sorry for your loss.
Ed Sampson
Nov 09, 2019
As Vinny was the director of Raytheon's ACT NOW Program, I interfaced with him constantly. He was a man of constant joyous behavior. Nothing would ever get him down.

Ed Sampson North Andover, Massachusetts
Gerard Hamel Delray beach, Florida
Nov 09, 2019
Janet, so sorry for your loss,its been many years,but thought of you guys often. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Mary McCulley
Nov 09, 2019
So sorry for your loss. Worked with Vinny at Raytheon. Always greeted everyone with a smile. Always optimistic, kind and thoughtful. Hope the many happy times you shared will bring you peace.
Mary McCulley, Orange Park, FL