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Louis B. Boutin

June 15, 1954 — November 16, 2022


Louis “Big Lou” Bernard Boutin, 68, of Amherst, passed away unexpectedly on November 16, 2022. He was the deeply loved husband of Carole (Thomas) Boutin with whom he shared 46 years of marriage.

He was born on June 15, 1954 in Laconia, New Hampshire to Alice (Boucher) and the late Bernard Boutin. He grew up in various states throughout his life, including New Hampshire, Virginia, and Vermont. He met the love of his life, Carole Thomas in 1974 and together they raised a family both in Vermont and New Hampshire.

Lou could build, fix, or do, just about anything. In his retirement, he enjoyed restoring old furniture, writing novels, and working on the farm. He was knowledgeable in many subjects; his favorite topic was American history, specifically, the Civil war. Lou was also an accomplished author, having written and published four books, including his fictional trilogy The Foundation.

Lou especially enjoyed the holiday season and looked forward to it every year. He was most notably a founder of the Boutin Family Turkey Bowl circa 1969, with his brother, and the greatest Santa to ever don the suit. He loved to watch Christmas movies, especially Christmas Vacation which he quoted on a daily basis. He loved spending his time surrounded by his family, and was the greatest Poppa to ever carry the title. Lou will be remembered for his wealth of knowledge, killer mustache, and above all else, the love he gave to everyone who knew him.

He is survived by his wife Carole; son Colin Boutin and his wife Lindsey of Cumberland, RI; daughter Erin Jordan and her husband Wesley of Merrimack; mother Alice Boutin; grandchildren, Oliver and Zoey Boutin; nephew Ryan Boutin; siblings, Joseph Boutin, Bernadette Fisher, Marie Boutin, Michelle Lampert, John Boutin, Elizabeth McGrath, Paul Boutin, Suzanne Boutin, and their respective spouses; many loved nieces and nephews, his dog Riley and horses Panzer and Sydney.

He is predeceased by his father Bernard Boutin, siblings, Edmund and Bernie Boutin, and his best friend and partner in crime, his dog Brodie.

There are no scheduled services at this time however a memorial service/celebration of life will take place in the spring. 

In lieu of flowers, donations to the Wounded Warrior Project or the Animal Rescue League of NH in memory of Lou would be appreciated. 

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