Edward Louis Boulanger
CLAREMONT, NC -- Edward Louis Boulanger, 79, of Claremont, NC died peacefully on March 5, 2013, surrounded by his family at Wake Forest Medical Center.
He was born to the late Louis Leon and Lea Marie (Grimard) Boulanger on December 3, 1933. Edward attended Stephens High School in Rumford and continued his education at Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston, MA, where he completed a degree in Mechanical Design.
In his mid-fifties, he attended CVCC-Hickory to study CAD design, in which he excelled. He served in the Air Force as a French interpreter in Chateauroux, France. He had worked as a tool and die machinist, designing and engineering computer plugs patenting several designs.
Two of his biggest achievements were designing the plug system for a defibrillator and developing the twist mechanism for the Cross pen and pencil. He retired from Hickory Springs after a 42 year career. He enjoyed fishing, camping, golfing, gardening, feeding the birds and anything that took him outdoors and into nature. He played the fiddle and loved attending bluegrass festivals. He loved his family and friends.
He is survived by his wife of 23 years, Susan Pamela Miller Brant Boulanger; a son, Louis Edward Boulanger and wife, Marilyn (Atlanta, GA); two daughters, Tammy Maria DuRoss (Hingham, MA), and Jennifer Louise Dana and husband, Bret (Oakville, WA); stepdaughters, Misty Renea Allen and her fiancé, Jason Townsend (Claremont), and Angela Frye-Mongro (Conover, NC); two sisters, Jeannine L. Hall (Rumford), Denise A. Libby and husband, Clayton (Dixfield); two brothers, Jacques N. Boulanger (Rumford), and Dennis Boulanger and wife, Cookie (Meredith Center, NH); three grandchildren, Kaitlyn and Brian DuRoss, and Victoria Miles; and three step-grandchildren, Miranda Hinson, Hunter Allen and Cierra Frye.
Besides his parents, those preceding him in death are two brothers, Gerard J. Boulanger and Laurent B. Boulanger; one sister, D. Phyllis Parisi and husband, James Sr.