Racing veteran Billy Faucher dies at 80
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He was born in Webster, Mass., on Feb. 13, 1938, the son of Roland and Cecile (Jacob) Faucher. He was raised in the Webster area and attended Notre Dame Parochial School in Southbridge. He had been a longtime resident of Hinsdale.
He had worked most of his career as a horse owner, trainer and driver on the Standardbred racing circuit, professionally competing at many racing venues along the entire east coast. Locally he raced at Hinsdale Raceway, The Meadowlands, Scarborough Downs, and Rockingham Park as well as other east coast race tracks.
A hardworking and skilled entrepreneur, he owned and operated several successful businesses that included Hinsdale Harness (OTB), Faucher Paper Co., Faucher Trucking, and Route 63 Country Store all in the greater Hinsdale area.
Active civically he served two terms as a New Hampshire State Representative, was a steadfast promoter of harness racing, and served as a USTA director.
Mr. Faucher was an accomplished licensed private pilot and owned his own plane for several years.
Of his leisure time activities, he enjoyed travel, especially trips in his RV with family and close friends, visiting Disney World in Orlando, Fla., one of his favorite destinations, golfing and time shared with his family.
With his wife he was a communicant of Saint Michael Roman Catholic Church in Brattleboro.
On April 27, 1963, at Saint Joseph’s Church in Hinsdale he married Janet Wojchick who survives. Besides his faithful and devoted wife of 55 years he leaves three daughters, Karen Gaddy, Laurie, and Kelly Gilmartin; a nephew who he considered a son, Christopher Lord; brother, Roland; sister, Muriel Johnson; six grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews as well as a large host of friends.
The Liturgy of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday (Aug. 11) at 9:30 a.m. at Saint Michael’s Catholic Church with Fr. Justin Baker, pastor, celebrant. Committal Rites and burial will follow in Saint Joseph’s Cemetery in Hinsdale.
Friends are invited to call at the Atamaniuk Funeral Home on Friday (Aug. 10) from 4-6 p.m.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Jack Byrne Center for Palliative & Hospice, One Medical Center Drive, Lebanon, NH 03756-0001.