Leo Robert Boucher

  • Born: November 2, 1963
  • Died: April 20, 2021
  • Location: Loudon, New Hampshire

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Manchester, NH 03102

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Tribute & Message From The Family


Devoted Father, loving Son, Caring Brother and Friend to Many

Message From The Family

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Leo R. Boucher, a helicopter pilot and resident of Loudon, New Hampshire, died unexpectedly and peacefully in his sleep on April 20, 2021 at his home. He was born in 1963 in Manchester, New Hampshire; the son of Alice A Boucher and the late Leo J. Boucher Jr.

Leo graduated from Manchester West High School in 1981. One week after graduation he enlisted in the U.S. Army where he served 6 years as a helicopter mechanic while living in Germany and Alaska. After his Army service, he worked as a helicopter mechanic for PHI in Louisiana. During his days off at PHI he worked for T&M Aviation part-time as a sheet metal fabricator. Eventually he moved full time with T&M to begin his pilot career. Starting out, he got his fixed wing pilot's license. Then he worked on his helicopter license. He worked very hard over many years to obtain his license. After T&M, he worked for JBI in New Hampshire as a pilot and mechanic. Every person he worked with loved his work ethic and his kind personality. At the end of his career, he worked for Rotor Blade. Leo's helicopter pilot career consisted of many interesting flight jobs all over the U.S. He worked in the MA cranberry bogs, heli-firefighting, wildlife population counts, infrared power line inspections, shuttling supplies to AMC huts in NH, fertilizing forestry and blueberry fields in Maine, flew the camera crew for the NASCAR races in Loudon NH, many months at a time on a tuna boat off the coast of Australia, trimmed trees along high voltage power lines, helicopter tours during balloon festival in Pittsfield NH, and was part of the Flying Santa program, bringing Santa Claus and lots of presents to many islands off the Maine coast to name just a few.

Leo's passion for helicopters started in high school with remote controlled helicopters which he learned to build from scratch. He spent many hours training himself on a computer simulator, honing his skills before he took to real flight with one of them. Leo loved to go fishing and scuba diving. He went on a South Pacific scuba diving trip. As far as fishing, it didn't matter if it was saltwater, freshwater, or even crawfishing in the swamps of Louisiana. He simply loved being on the water, fishing pole in hand. Leo had two goals in his life; to become a pilot and to build a log cabin on Clough Pond in Loudon, NH. He spent many years researching and designing the details of the cabin from where the logs came from, the tongue and groove wall material, and even picking out his extravagant heating system. He spent countless hours chinking, staining, rockwork and building the stairs and log beds in the cabin by himself. Toward the end of Leo's life, even though he suffered from a catastrophic spinal cord injury in 2014, he still found numerous things to occupy his time; building puzzles with a special tool since his hands didn't work very well, spending time with his two beloved golden retrievers; service dogs, Alyeska and Denali. He even could still go trout fishing on Clough Pond in his handicapped accessible pontoon boat.

Leo is survived by his two children who he was most proud of; daughter, Nicole Belston and son in-law Tyler Belston; son, Leo J Boucher and daughter in-law Josie Boucher; mother, Alice A. Boucher; sister, Susan Boucher; brother, Paul J. Boucher and sister in-law Christine Boucher; niece, Taylor Boucher and her fiancé Tyler McCullough; nephew, Dylan Boucher; five grandchildren; Ava Belston, Riley Belston, William Belston, Kylie Boucher, Leo C. Boucher; and his great niece, Kendall McCullough. He is also survived by his ex-wife and friend, Kim Stryker.

We would like to extend our heartfelt gratitude to all the R.N.s and L.N.A.s who made it possible for Leo to stay in his home for all these years.
Visitation and celebration of life will be Saturday June 5th from 2-4 p.m. at Phaneuf Funeral Home, 250 Coolidge Ave., Manchester NH. Family and friends are welcome to attend. Phaneuf Funeral Homes and Crematorium have been entrusted with arrangements. To view an online tribute, leave a message of condolence or for more information please visit www.phaneuf.net.


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To leo's family, letting all the family know praying . I just don't have words for this other than leo was so amazing! Gods watching over the family now love you! God bless this family

Posted by Tammy Austin - Covington - Friend   June 05, 2021

To Leo's family, we offer you are sincere condolences. We first met Leo and Alyeska in Feb of 2019 when they visited our puzzle shop. That was the start of our friendship and his many visits after to have jigsaw puzzles made from his pictures. We would give him a hard time because he usually chose pictures that only had 2 or 3 colors making the puzzle super difficult in the 1000 piece size . He'd smile and said they'd get it done; He'd bring back the completed puzzles to be shrink wrapped so he could hang them on his wall and enjoy them again. We enjoyed his stories about his adventures and glad that the puzzles gave him pleasure. He'll be missed.

Posted by Rose & Mark Stevens - Barrington, NH - Friend   June 04, 2021

Leo was a friend and neighbor, he will be greatly missed. I call him "Leo the Lion" for his fierce determination to accomplish whatever he set out to do, he was a true fighter with a positive impact on so many people.
I will miss trout fishing on the pond, helping with projects and having our dogs get together for playtime.
Our sincere condolences to Alice, Sue, Paul and all the kids and family.

Posted by Todd Gaignat - Loudon, NH - Friend   June 04, 2021

You touched a lot of people in your God-given time on this Earth, and I am one of them. When you came to Western Helicopters in 2011 for a transition to the MD500, I was fortunate to be the one asked to fly with you. I immediately sensed your superb airmanship along with your deep understanding of the mechanical side of helicopters. Little did I know about your extensive background and experience in rotary wing flying, maintenance and repair. You were a class act in the way you adapted to the 500. There was no need for me to say or demonstrate anything twice. You caught on instantly. Smooth and accurate in every way. Please know that you were loved and respected by all who got to know you, Leo, and you had a totally positive influence on those lucky enough to benefit from your love of helicopters and what you could do with them. See you soon. Save a helipad for me. Pete Gillies, Chief Pilot, Ret., Western Helicopters, Inc.

Posted by Pete Gillies - Loma Linda, CA - Friend   May 30, 2021

Anyone that met Leo just had too like Him. His smile was infectious. I have not seen Leo in years but He was the kind of friend that you could go a year without talking but just pick right up like you had seen each other yesterday. Adios old friend

Posted by Gary Dubois - Naples, TX - Friend   May 30, 2021

Leo, Alice, Sue, Paul,

Leo will forever be in my heart, Leo could not have been a better friend, brother, a Good Man. Leo's love for all things Avation was infectious, if you were near him, you soon to would love Avation. A memory that I will never forget, Leo and I would sit in the PX parking lot at Ft Wainwright, middle of winter, and try to fly OUR RC helicopters. i remember -40 deg and we would both support each other teaching, learning to fly in the extreme cold. Later, in the summer, Leo and I decided we would fly an RC helicopter to Anchorage from out side of Fairbanks. We practiced, set up, studied, and learned what it would take to perform the journey. We loaded in the back end of Gary Szabo's truck and set off for our adventure. Leo and I would switch off flying hour after hour. We finally ran out of light making it to the outskirts of Wasilla, not too bad. Leo and I took our first Moose together, another event I will never forget. With difficulty, from tears running down my face, I could go on with story after story. I love Leo like a Brother. Alice, always, always so kind, warm and made me feel like Family. I am heart broken, losing a member of my family. Leo, I love you like a brother, I hope to see you again someday. Rob Austin.

Posted by Rob Austin - Bothell, WA - Served in the Military together   May 28, 2021

Rest In Peace my Friend. Thank you for sharing your love of helicopters.

Posted by Jenny Falck - Riverside, CA - Friend   May 27, 2021

I only knew Leo for a few years, he was such a nice guy and always a pleasure to talk to. I always enjoyed giving the dogs a pet as I walked by. My heartfelt condolences goes out to the family.
- Chris Klucky, Neighbor, Loudon, NH May 3, 2021

Posted by Chris Klucky - Loudon, NH - Neighbor   May 03, 2021

Leo's great dreams and even greater determination drove him to adventures and accomplishments that few experience. You will be missed more than you will ever know here at Clough Pond.

Posted by Bill Gordon - Loudon, NH - Neighbor   April 29, 2021

Leo, you will be missed by so many. You were my neighbor and friend for over 15 years. I will always remember the fun times and the long talks we had. May you rest in peace.

Posted by Roanne Sanborn - LOUDON, NH   April 29, 2021

On behalf of Hannah Hayes' family, we are heartbroken to hear of Leo's passing. Our deepest condolences to the entire family, including Aly & Denali. Leo will forever hold a special place in our hearts.

Posted by Kimberley Bundy - Bow, NH - Friend   April 29, 2021

We so sorry for your loss, Alice and your family our prayers are with you during this time, with all our Love from Donald And Arlene Pouliot

Posted by Donald Pouliot - Goffstown, NH - Friend   April 29, 2021

On behalf of the Lane family , we are so sorry to hear of Leo’s passing and give the Boucher family our sincere condolences. Taking care of Leo was one of Jelly’s first jobs as an LNA and really did love taking care of him . I really hope Jelly was there to comfort him. ❤

Posted by Chris Lane - Loudon, NH - neighbor   April 28, 2021

Leo, it was great having you as a neighbor. You did such an amazing job designing and building your house and attaining your dream. You will be missed very much in the neighborhood. I hope you are at peace, finding great fishing and flying high.

Posted by Kathi - Neighbor   April 28, 2021

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I can't express how sad I am about this. The years we spent together day and night working together. Your smile was always contagious and we always had fun no matter what the circumstance was. You weren't just a patient you were a friend. It was always hard to say goodbye but now I'm going to say you are at peace. I will hold so many memories in my heart. You taught me a lot and for that I'm thankful. RIP Leo and I'm so thankful you have found your angel. ❤- Kerrie

Posted by Kerrie Taylor - Concord, NH - Acquaintance   April 28, 2021

My deepest condolences to the entire family! Brigitte (Lavoie) Colman

Posted by Brigitte Lavoie Colman - Pittsfield, NH - Friend   April 27, 2021

Leo will be profoundly missed by all! Reading this obituary brings overwhelming joy of all Leo had accomplished during his life. I always enjoyed the wealth of knowledge Leo had to contribute to our conversation. His ability to find out any information you may question. Leo was a wonderful man and it was an honor to have meet him. Leo's true love for his family, his dogs, his friends and home was recognized by all. When Leo was smiling with his friends and family he would light up the room! This picture says a thousands words. Fly high Leo, you sure will be missed you have your wings and you will never forgotten. With much LOVE, RESPECT MAY YOU REST IN PEACE. Our hearts and condolences go out to Leo's entire family. Sue and Alice who we got to know personally thank you for being so supportive to Leo. Respectfully, Danielle and Damien and PHCS family❤

Posted by Danielle Hannigan - Chestnuthill, Ma, MA - Friend   April 27, 2021

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Dear Aunt Alice, Susan, Paul, Christine, Taylor, Dylan, Nicole and family, Leo and Family, friends and all, Sending my condolences and deepest sympathy at the loss of Leo. He was and is a special person, to me he was a cousin, friend and a brother that I never had, so many memories of our families and fun times together. He was a warrior and free spirit. Leo was / is an amazing person and will be missed dearly. Fly high, God bless. Love, Janie

Posted by Jane McGregor - NH - Family   April 27, 2021

Thoughts and prayers for the Family. God bless in this time of sadness Paul, Sue, and all.

Posted by Mike Pion - Conway, SC - Family Friend   April 27, 2021


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Leo with Alyeska and Denali-at the dock Clough Pond Sept. 2020
Fun days leo always so happy!