Gilles Gerard “Gil” Cotnoir, 80, – passed away on December 30th, 2021, reuniting
with his devoted wife of 58 years, Roberta (Paradis) Cotnoir. Gil was born on November
19, 1941 in Saint-Herménégilde, a small farming village in Canada’s Québec province.
He worked hard co-cultivating the Cotnoir Farm and homestead with his siblings from
the time he was a boy up until moving to the United States. He settled in Manchester,
NH where he met Roberta. The two started a family and a drywall business (their sons
still proudly helm today). One of the proudest moments of Gil’s life was when he became
an American citizen on September 2, 1964.
An avid pool shark, and prolific storyteller (he held court every single holiday and most
weekends around the two pool tables he had in his basement, affectionately known as
“Gil’s Bar” – neon sign and everything). Gil loved his family, his country, and the great
outdoors (except dandelions which he despised with a fiery passion). Gil was a lifelong
hunter, fisherman, and gardener. He was also a talented woodworker known to build
furniture, decks, wedding arbors, and home additions for his loved ones. But his best
gifts were his constant life lessons, tall tales, and good jokes (always on tap).
He is survived by his Children: Gerard D. Cotnoir (and his wife Lisa) of Gilford;
Laurent “Larry” H. Cotnoir (and his wife Catherine) of Sanbornton; John A. Cotnoir (and
his wife Joyce) of Loudon; and Kathy A. (Cotnoir) Percy (and her husband Dave) of
A proud “ Pépé” , he is survived by his Grandchildren: Tyler Rines (and his wife
Krystin) of Boston; Stephen Cotnoir (and his wife Kaila) of Canterbury; Macy Rines of
Gilford; Kaley Cotnoir of Concord; Kyle Cotnoir of Concord; Chantelle Cotnoir of
Manchester; Jonathon Morgan of Laconia; Amanda Percy of Franklin; and Taylor Percy
of Laconia. Gil was also a Great-Grandfather to Quinn Piper Rines (Tyler and
Krystin), Finley Renee Cotnoir (Stephen and Kaila), Christopher Chambers (Amanda),
and Colton and Adeline (Jonathon).
He is also survived by his siblings: Denis Cotnoir (and his wife Rachel) of
Salisbury; Mike Cotnoir (and his wife Marty) of Belmont, Raymond Cotnoir (and his
wife Cathy) of Bow; Madeleine (Cotnoir) Minard (and her husband Jim) of Hooksett,
and Lucille (Cotnoir) Gage (and her husband Bill) of Dunbarton. He is also survived by
many cousins, nieces, and nephews.
Gil was preceded in death by his wife, Roberta Cotnoir, his parents Henri and
Jeanne (Arel) Cotnoir, and brothers, Roland and Fernand Cotnoir.
Calling hours will be held for Gil at the William F. Smart Sr. Memorial Home, 584 West Main Street in Tilton on Thursday, January 6, 2022 from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM. A mass of Christian burial will be held at St. Joseph's Church in Belmont, NH at 10:00 AM on Friday, January 7, 2022. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary cemetery in Manchester, NH.
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