Salem — Wilfred R. Demeule, 89, of Salem, died on Thursday, January 23, 2014, at the Kaplan Family Hospice House in Danvers, with his family by his side. He was the devoted husband of Mary Rita (Arsenault) Demeule, with whom he had shared 59 years of marriage.
Born and raised in Salem, he was the son of the late Amie and Laura (Dumas) Demeule. During World War II, he served with the Army National Guard. Wilfred worked as a welder for the Salem Welded Products Co. of Salem for many years. He retired in 1994 from the Precise Welding Co. of Lynn.
Wilfred was a hard-working, quiet and unpretentious man, who was devoted to his family. He enjoyed his work, and traveling with his wife and family to her native Prince Edward Island. He was also fond of hiking and model building.
In addition to his wife, Mary Rita, he is survived by two sons, Richard R. Demeule and his wife, Madeline, of Londonderry, N.H., and Alfred A. Demeule and his wife, Cheryl A., of Raymond, N.H.; as well as five grandchildren, Shawn R. Demeule, Amy R. Rodriguez, Kristine M. Demeule, Kenlyn Park Jones, Gregory Sung Demeule; and a great-grandchild, Carter Chamberlain. He also leaves many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his sisters, Cecile Marquis, Yvonne Nelson and Victoria Kravatis; and his brothers, Raymond "Pete" and Gerard "Blackie" Demeule.
ARRANGEMENTS: Relatives and friends are invited to his visiting hours on Tuesday, January 28, at the Levesque Funeral Home, 163 Lafayette St., Route 114/1A, Salem, from 4 to 8 p.m., with his Vigil Service to take place at 7 p.m. Burial at a later date will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of the North Shore, 75 Sylvan St., Suite B-102, Danvers, MA 01923. For his guest book and additional information, please visit www.LevesqueFunerals.com.