Stephen Laurent Passes On


INTERVALE, NEW HAMPSHIRE. Stephen Laurent translator of Aubery's French to Abenaki dictionary to English died at the age of 92 on 27 May 2001 in Memorial Hospital, North Conway, New Hampshire.

Laurent was born in the Indian village of the St. Francis in Odanak, Quebec. He was the son of Abenaki Chief Joseph Laurent and Georgianna (Wawanolet) Laurent of the Abenaki Indian reservation. He attended, Nicolet Seminary, Nicolet, Quebec.

Before retiring in 1974, Mr. Laurent worked many years for the U.S. Postal Service in Jackson, New Hampshire and in addition he and his family operated the Indian Shop at Intervale Crossings for many years.

He was a communicant of Our Lady of the Mountains Roman Catholic Church; a member of the Gibson Center and a member of many historical societies in the Mt. Washington Valley.

Mr. Laurent spent the past 25 years translating Father O'Brien's copy of Aubery's French to Abenaki dictionary to English. It was published in December of 1995 by Chisholm Bros. Press, Portland, Maine.

He was married to Emily M. (Pfister) Laurent, who died 18 August 1993. Family members include a sister Bernadette Laurent of Odanak, Quebec and nieces and will be buried at Intervale Crossings where a commemorative plaque to the memory of his father Chief Joseph marks the location of the historical Abenaki Summer encampment.

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