Martin Conrad Lanoue
HALIFAX - Martin Conrad Lanoue, 81, died on Saturday, May 28, after a 16-month battle with metastatic melanoma. Conrad died peacefully at home under the loving care of his wife Deborah with his beloved cats by his side.
He was born January 27, 1941, the son of Martin and Anna Lanoue, of Greenfield, MA. Graduating from Greenfield High School in 1959, Conrad went on to graduate from Springfield College, where he obtained his bachelor’s degree in physical education and master’s degree in education. He was drafted into the Army in 1964 and served as a member of the Airborne Special Forces as a Green Beret.
Conrad met his wife Marcia Zak in high school and they married in 1966 after college while Conrad was in the Army. They raised their two children, Karen and Mark, in Greenfield, MA, until moving to Jacksonville in 1987. Conrad was a wonderful father who spent countless hours with his children as they were growing up, attending all the little league games, ski races, countless horseback riding lessons, and horse shows. Weekends were always spent together as a family skiing at Berkshire East in the winter and boating on the Connecticut River in the summer. Conrad passed on his love of the outdoors and spending time with family to his children. Conrad was an active member of the Greenfield community and was a longtime member of the Y’s Men’s Club.
Conrad and Marcia were married until Marcia’s death in 2012. After her death, Conrad fell in love with and married Deborah Reed, of Halifax. Conrad was very lucky to have two wonderful, long-lasting marriages. Conrad and Deborah enjoyed traveling; going to art museums and restaurants; attending concerts; and spending time with each other, their friends, family, and multiple pets.
Conrad spent his career working as a pharmaceutical sales representative but always had some kind of side project going on at the same time. There was nothing Conrad could not fix or build. He was the quintessential “Jack of all trades” with a depth of knowledge in construction, plumbing and wiring, and vehicle restoration. He even established a machine shop in his basement for a number of years in his retirement.
Conrad was very fit and active throughout his life and excelled at many sports. He played football in high school, was on the gymnastics team at Springfield College, and was an expert skier on both water and snow. He was an avid cyclist and nordic skier well into his 70s. He passed on his love of fitness and sports to his children and grandchildren.
Conrad was preceded in death by his parents, Martin and Anna Lanoue, and his sister Elaine. He is survived by his wife Deborah Reed; his son Mark Lanoue and wife Jeannine Ritchie, of Durham, NH; and his daughter Karen Lanoue-Egan and husband Mike Egan, of Kingfield, ME. He will be greatly missed by his four grandchildren Kathryn, Zak, Annalise, and Jack.
The family would like to thank all of his friends and family who provided so much support over the past year, Dr. Keisuke Shirai and his devoted team in medical oncology as well as the palliative care team at the Norris Cotton Cancer Center, Dartmouth Hitchcock, and the Visiting Nurse and Hospice for Vermont and New Hampshire.
In lieu of funeral services, the family asks that all who wish to participate make a donation to the charity of their choice in the memory of Conrad.