Richard F. Booth, 85

CONCORD — Richard F. Booth, 85, longtime resident of Yarmouth, Massachusetts, died on Friday, Sept. 15, 2017, at the Concord Hospice House.

Richard was born on May 19, 1932, in Quincy, Massachusetts, the son of the late William H. and Dorothy (Foss) Booth.

Richard worked as an accountant for Shell Oil and New Hampshire Ball Bearing He was also employed by the Dennsion Company in Framingham, Massachusetts.

He was a deacon at the West Yarmouth Congregational Church. He was also a member of the Masonic Lodge and a treasurer for the Plantation Beach Association.

Richard enjoyed sailing, but most of all enjoyed spending time with his family.

Richard is survived by his wife of 63 years, Alicia (Curtis) Booth; a son, Jonathan Booth of Laconia; a daughter, Karen Leary and her husband John “Jay” of Holliston, Massachusetts; four grandchildren, Michael Booth, Matthew Booth, Daniel Leary, and Ashlee Thompson and her husband Derek; a brother, David Booth and his wife Shirley of Medfield, Massachusetts. He also leaves behind his companion dog, Brownie.

In addition to his parents he was predeceased by two sons, Richard F. Booth Jr. and Robert C. Booth.

Calling hours will be held on Saturday, Sept. 23, from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home, 164 Pleasant St., Laconia, using the Carriage House entrance. A memorial service will follow at 1:30 p.m., also at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to the CRVNA Hospice Program(Concord Hospice House) 30 Pillsbury St., Concord, NH 03301, or to WOW Trail P.O. Box 6832 Laconia, NH 03247.

Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 164 Pleasant St., Laconia, is assisting the family with the arrangements. For more information and to view an online memorial, please visit

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Steven S. Dearborn, 66


PLYMOUTH — Steven Scott Dearborn, 66, the self-proclaimed “Mayor of Fairgrounds Road,” lived in his cabin on his own five-acre lot in Plymouth for more than 30 years. He died Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017, after a brief illness at Concord Hospital, surrounded by the love and care of his seven siblings and mother.

He was born to Richard Armstrong Dearborn and Judith Jackson Dearborn on April 26, 1951, along with his sister, Gail Susan Dearborn — the first set of twins to be born at Sceva Speare Hospital (now Speare Memorial Hospital) in Plymouth.

During his late elementary school years, Steve had an extensive early morning paper route, delivering newspapers for the Manchester Union Leader. In high school, he worked after school, on weekends, and during vacations at Volpe’s store on Main Street. With the money he earned, he bought a red T-Bird convertible from Ed Lessard. Steve recently remembered, “The girls loved it!”

Steve played basketball and football for the Bobcats at Plymouth Regional High School, and enjoyed playing pool at Hut’s store in Campton. Steve was vice president of his freshman class. After graduating from high school, Steve enlisted in the Army and served in Italy. After serving in the military, Steve followed in his father’s footsteps and enrolled at Paul Smith’s College in New York to study forestry and surveying.

Steve loved to work outside. He worked as a surveying assistant for Elwin Macomber, as a landscaping assistant for Plymouth State College, and as a sexton at Riverside Cemetery under Smokey Sears. He also worked at The Shank Mill in Plymouth and at a local saw mill.

Steve was a gentle soul. He was easy-going, even-tempered, and self-reliant. He would go out of his way to help someone in need. He loved the outdoors and nature, and his philosophy was to live like Henry David Thoreau: “Simplify your life. Don’t waste the years struggling for the things that are unimportant.”

In every way Steve embodied our New Hampshire motto, “Live Free or Die.” He was a man of both humor and principle. His brothers and sisters fondly remember that Steve was good at teasing them when it was the fun thing to do, and protecting them when it was the right thing to do.

Steve is survived by his mother, Judith Jackson Dearborn of Holderness; seven siblings, Ellen Judith Pack of Colfax, Washington, and Holderness, Janet Rosemary Dearborn of Plymouth, Gail Susan Beaulieu of Plymouth, Deborah Jean Jeffrey of North Woodstock, Karen Jennifer Currier of Holderness, Thomas Patrick Dearborn of Guaynabo, Puerto Rico, Daniel Sayre Dearborn of Boston; and many nieces and nephews.

A celebration of Steven’s life will be held at Wolfsburg Farm, 84 East Holderness Road, Holderness, from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30. A private burial will precede the celebration at Blair Cemetery in Campton.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to The Bridge House Shelter and Veterans Advocacy, 260 Highland St., Plymouth, NH, 03264, or

The Mayhew Funeral Homes and Crematorium, in Plymouth and Meredith, are assisting the family with their arrangements.

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Janice Donahue, 77


LACONIA — Janice Donahue, 77, of Laconia, passed away at home, surrounded by her family on Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017, after a battle with ALS. She now rests in the arms of her Heavenly Father.

Janice was born in Methuen, Massachusetts, on Nov. 16, 1939, the daughter of Daniel and Helen (Butterworth) Downey.

She graduated from Tenney High School in Methuen, and worked at Raytheon Corp. in Andover, Massachusetts.

After high school, she met and married the love of her life and best friend, Dan. At the time of her death they had been married for 57 years and spent most of those years living in Laconia.

She worked as a secretary at Sacred Heart Church for 14 years, tending to the staff and members of the parish. Being a devout Catholic, this job suited her well. The last 20 years of a life were spent working for Community Health & Hospice as a homemaker-companion, living the Gospel message of being of service to others. She loved working with the elderly, enabling them to continue to live in their homes independently with a little help. She cherished her clients and treated them like family until she became too sick to continue. She was also a Hospice volunteer.

She enjoyed playing bingo, doing crossword puzzles, dancing and having her Seagrams 7 and ginger at 4 p.m. each day, reading her paper and watching the news.

Janice is survived by her husband, Dan; two daughters, Kelley Ann Donahue and her fiancé Robert Yarworski of Tempe, Arizona, and Kimberey Ann Donahue and her fiancé Mike Bisson of Moultonborough; by two brothers, David Downey of Methuen, Massachusetts, and Ken Downey of Tucson, Arizona; one sister, Joyce Brugman and her husband Dennis of Ocala, Florida; three granddaughters, Jennifer Tunning-Rodriguez and her husband Anthony of Phoenix, Amanda Tunning of Tempe, Arizona, and Brittani Reynolds of Laconia; and one great-granddaughter, Adriana, who she loved to spoil, all the loves of her life; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

In addition to her parents, Janice was predeceased by one brother, Dan Downing.

Calling hours will be held from 3 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 21, at the Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home, 164 Pleasant St., Laconia, using the Carriage House entrance. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 22, at St. Andre Bessette Parrish-St. Joseph Church, 30 Church St., Laconia. Burial will be held at 1 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 25, at the State Veterans Cemetery, Boscawen.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in her honor to the ALS Association of Northern NE, 10 Ferry St., Concord, NH 03301.

Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 164 Pleasant St., Laconia, is assisting the family with the arrangements. For more information and to view an online memorial go to

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Gilbert R. Dinger Jr., 34

ASHLAND — Gilbert R. Dinger Jr., 34, died at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon on Aug. 31, 2017, following a sudden illness.
Born in Plymouth on Jan. 20, 1983, he was the son of Gilbert R. and Donna (Fuller) Dinger Sr.
Gilbert was raised in Ashland where he attended Ashland schools and graduated from Plymouth Regional High School.
He went on to work in the automotive and construction fields. He was employed by MAV Remodeling.
Gilbert enjoyed fishing, soccer and softball, and followed many sports.
He was predeceased by his brothers, Robert Russell Dinger and Darren Scott Dinger.
He is survived by his son, Dylan Scott Granger; his daughter, Alyah Jade Gibbs-Dinger; his father, Gilbert R. Dinger Sr. of Ashland; his mother Donna Dinger of Ashland; brothers Jeff Dinger of Campton, and Glenn Dinger of Bristol; stepsisters Jen Sapier, and Rhonda Sapier; aunts, uncles, nieces, and nephews.
A graveside service will be held on Saturday, Sept. 23, at 11 a.m. in Green Grove Cemetery, Main Street, in Ashland.
Donations may be made to CADY, 94 Highland St., Plymouth, NH 03264.
Dupuis Funeral Home in Ashland is handling the arrangements.

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