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Henry M. Vancelette, 81, of Salem, Mass., died on Monday, August 21, 2017, at Kaplan House Hospice in Danvers, surrounded by his loving family.
He was born in Lynn on July 9, 1936 to Henry J. and Isabelle (Shanahan) Vancelette, and, although he lived in Salem for close to forty years, he always considered himself to be a “Lynn guy. “
He attended St. Mary’s School from the 1st grade all the way up through high school. His biggest regret in life was that he did not continue his education after St. Mary’s, and he was a huge proponent of education for his children and grandchildren, tirelessly supporting them in their quests for higher education.
Henry worked as a steam engineer at New England Power in Salem for almost 40 years. He took early retirement and enjoyed it immensely. Until his illness, he traveled often, many times on road trips in his beloved Corvette.
He had many hobbies. He was a member of the Danvers Fish and Game Club for many years and was a fierce competitor at black powder shooting, winning many trophies and medals for marksmanship. He enjoyed jazz music and would often go out to clubs to listen to it. He even learned to play the clarinet at the age of 70. He was a loyal Patriots fan, never missing a game. But his grandchildren and great-grandson were the lights of his life. He spent many weekends camping with them at Pine Acres or watching them play baseball, basketball, softball, or whatever sport they happened to be playing. He always found them to be a great source of pride.
He leaves his daughters, Mary Hill and Susan Walker and her husband, Kevin, of Lynn; his grandchildren, Melissa Wiggin and her husband, Andrew Wiggin, of Salem, Jamie Hill and her longtime boyfriend, Antonio Toro; Amanda Walker and her fiance, Andrew Nguyen, Meaghan, Rebecca, Cameron and Michael Walker; and a great-grandson, Sean Toro, all of Lynn.
His Funeral will be held on Monday at 11 a.m. in the Solimine Funeral Home, 426 Broadway (Route 129), Lynn. Burial will follow in St. Joseph Cemetery. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend. Visiting hours Sunday from 2 to 6 p.m. Directions and guestbook at www.solimine.com.
Published on  August 24, 2017
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