Neile John Vaine Jr.

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Neile John Vaine Jr. 81, a long-time resident of Winchester passed away peacefully at his home, on Tuesday, August 20, 2019 with family by his side.

He was born the son of the late Clarice (Smith) and Neile Vaine Sr. on June 7, 1938 in Philadelphia, PA. He was educated in Winchester where he attended local schools earning his General Education Diploma.

On December 20, 1958 Neile took his vows to Connie M. Botting at St. Stanislaus Roman Catholic Church in Winchester. Sadly, Connie passed on December 18, 2009 after almost fifty-one years of marriage. There wedding day was held on the coldest day of the year and he took her to England where they enjoyed 4 years there together.

Neile enlisted in the National Guard of New Hampshire where he served with distinction. He was honorably discharged at the rank of PFC / E-3 on May 30, 1957 after his enlistment was complete. He then enlisted in the U.S. Air Force where he was trained as an Aircraft Mechanic. He completed his time in service during the Vietnam War in 1964 and was again honorably discharged. Neile was proud to serve in the US Air Force for 7 years. After leaving the military life, the young couple moved to their hometown of Winchester to raise their children.

Neile worked as a tool and die maker at American Optical and Tidland Corporation in Keene for many years. Always humble, he enjoyed the challenge of designing patterns and was applauded for setting new standards for the company.

Neile was a kind and gentle man who enjoyed tinkering with cars, hunting, fishing, and a good game of cards. Neile and Connie enjoyed family, traveling with dear friends and were known to throw great parties.

He leaves his children; Karen Jerome and her husband, Paul of Belgium. His son, Jeffery Vaine and his wife, Penny of Winchester. Favorite granddaughters; Amanda, Laura and Marie, and three great-grandchildren. In addition, he leaves; cousins, nieces, nephews, extended family and friends. Neile is predeceased by his brothers; Jerry, Steve, Mark and two young sisters.

Neile and his family wish to thank all those who cared for him at Cheshire Medical Center and Dartmouth Hitchcock Winchester Clinic, Applewood Health Care Center and Hospice at HCS.


In keeping with Neile’s wishes, there are no calling hours. A Mass with Christian burial rights to follow will occur on Monday, August 26, 2019, at 10 am. in St. Stanislaus, Parrish of the Holy Spirit Church, Richmond Rd. Winchester. Burial will follow in the family lot with military honors at Evergreen Cemetery, Forest Lake Rd. Winchester, NH. 03470. In his memory, he would be grateful if you went fishing, told a good story or make a donation to a charity meaningful to him, such as:

St Jude’s Children’s Hospital
262 Danny Thomas Place
Memphis, TN. 38105

or to:

The Monadnock Humane Society
101 West Swanzey Rd.
Swanzey, NH. 03446.
(they cared for his dog Lady)

or to:

ELMM Memorial Community Center
21 Durkee St.
Winchester, NH. 03470.

All services are under the care of Cheshire Family Funeral Home and Crematories, 46 South Winchester St. Swanzey, NH. 03446.

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