Roland joined the Merchant Marines at the age of 14 on December 7, 1941, on Pearl Harbor Day. He served from 1941 – 1946 transporting military supplies in the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. He lived and worked in Berlin until 1963 at the Brown Paper company as well as Fred Prince’s corner market. He moved his family to the Keene area working at Grand Union as meat cutter. Roland and Cecile purchased the Troy Market in the 70s and ran a very successful business. He was a well-known meat cutter; preparing grocery boxes for travelers going north to ski. Ted Williams was an occasional customer. Roland worked in stores in Vt and managed a large restaurant in Florida. In his later years, he worked for Troy Power Sports.
Roland enjoyed fishing, hunting, cooking, and sitting on the beach in Florida. He was an avid cribbage and poker player.
He is survived by his daughter Louise Centra of Manchester NH, and his stepchildren Elizabeth Malila (Edward) of Milton Vt, Mary Ellen Hanrahan (Peter) of Topsham ME, John Liimatainen (Rosean) of Troy, David Liimatainen of Mashpee MA, Jill Frank (Jim) of DeLand FL, and Susan Reese of Troy, 17 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great child.
Roland was predeceased by his wife Mabel (Smith), former wife Cecile (Toombs), son Armand, daughter Nancy, granddaughter Kimberly Centra, step-grandson Craig Liimatainen and predeceased by his parents and 4 siblings.
Services will be private.
Roland’s family would like to thank the staff at Jaffrey Rehab and Nursing Center for the wonderful care they gave him over the past 4 years. He would say he was “treated like a King”. Special thanks to Compassus Hospice for their compassionate and professional care. Memorial contributions may be made in Roland’s memory to the
Jaffrey Rehab and Nursing Center
20 Plantation Drive
Jaffrey, NH 03452.
All services are under the care of Cheshire Family Funeral Chapel and Crematores, 44 Maple Ave. Keene, NH. 03431. www.cheshirefamilyfh.com.