John C. Hughes, 77


John C. Hughes, 77

ASHLAND — John C. Hughes, 77, of Ashland, died in an automobile accident on Interstate 93 in Holderness on Nov. 16, 2017.

John was born in Laconia on Dec. 4, 1939, the son of Bert K. and Mary E. Morrison Hughes. He was raised and educated in Ashland, a 1958 graduate of Ashland High School. Following his school years, John served his country in the Air Force.

John was married to Elaine Avery on Aug. 12, 1967. They just recently celebrated 50 years of marriage.

He was employed at Ashland Paper Mills, IPC/Freudenberg NOK, also a bus driver for the Newfound Area School District and Waterville Valley Ski Area.

A lifelong resident of Ashland, John served his town in the following capacities: as a Cub Scout and Boy Scout leader, selectmen, Water Commissioner, served on the Ashland School Board, the Planning Board, Zoning Board, Budget Committee, a deputy chief and member of the Ashland Fire Department for 17 years, a Grafton county representative and past president of the New Hampshire Fire Fighters Association.

He enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren, gardening, woodworking, and baking. His family always came first.

John was predeceased by his parents, his sister Mary L. Hughes; and his brother, Kendall L. Hughes.

John is survived by his wife of 50 years, Elaine (Avery) Hughes of Ashland; six children, Kendall "KB" Hughes and wife Jennifer of Ashland, Sue Reckmeyer and husband Chris of New Port Richie, Florida, Marika "Rikki" Agnelli, of Newmarket, Kathy Cookson and husband Timothy of Morrisville, Vermont, Deb Perdue and husband Jacob of Ashland, Annie Cagle and husband Jeff of Port Allen, Louisiana; nine grandsons and five granddaughters; two brothers, Nathan Hughes and wife Dona of Tamworth, and Eric Hughes and wife Barbara of Louisville, Kentucky; and a sister-in-law, Antoinette Hughes of Ashland.

Calling Hours will be held at the Dupuis Funeral Home 11 Hill Ave. in Ashland on Tuesday Nov. 21, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Holy Trinity Parish-St. Agnes Catholic Church, Hill Avenue in Ashland, on Wednesday, Nov. 22, at 11 a.m. Burial will be at the State Veterans Cemetery at a later date.

Donations may be made to Operation Santa Claus, PO Box 856, Ashland, NH 03217.

Dupuis Funeral Home in Ashland is handling the arrangements. For more information go to

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Edwin C. Huckins, 96


Edwin C. Huckins, 96

NEW HAMPTON — Edwin C. Huckins, oldest citizen of New Hampton, passed away Nov. 15, 2017, peacefully at his home on the farm.

He was born to Bertha and George Huckins on Jan. 16, 1921.

He attended a one-room school house then went on to graduate from Ashland High School.

Ed always knew the value of hard work. Over the years, he worked at a local apple orchard, was Town Clerk and Tax Collector for the town of New Hampton, and drove school bus #746 for the local children. One of his greatest passions was working on his dairy farm.

Edwin married Jeanette, the love of his life, in 1951 and went on to enjoy 65 years of marriage. Over the years, Ed and Jeanette's home grew to include the laughter of children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

Ed is survived by his daughter, Judith Levasseur and her husband, Donald, of Gilford, and daughter-in-law, Carol Huckins, of Ashland. Other family members include Marsha Elder and husband, Art, of Bristol, Paul Dupont of Laconia, Richard Patten and wife Laronda of Belmont, and Doreen Hubert of Laconia. Grandchildren include Joshua Robinson, Jessica Deshaies, Becky Angelone, Amanda Huckins, Jeremy and Ben
Elder, Schuyler and Alastair Clark-Patten, Laura Dudley, Erica and Travis Hubert, and Joe and Nick Huckins. His family also included multiple great-grandchildren.

He was predeceased by his wife Jeanette this past September, and sons, Stanley and Joe Huckins prior.

Calling hours will be held Monday, Nov. 20, at the Dupuis Funeral Home, 11 Hill Ave., in Ashland, from 5 to 8 p.m. Funeral services will be held at the New Hampton Community Church on Tuesday, Nov. 21, at 11 a.m. with Matt Been officiating.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice at 780 North Main St., Laconia, NH, 03246.

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Donna J. Gleeson, 54


Donna J. Gleeson, 54

GILFORD – Donna Jeane Gleeson, 54, of 150 Saltmarsh Pond Road, died suddenly and unexpectedly, Thursday, November 16, 2017 at Lakes Region General Hospital in Laconia.

She was born January 9, 1963 in Concord, the daughter of Edward and Charlotte Rabbitt. Donna was a graduate of Bishop Brady High School. She most recently worked as an Administrative Assistant for The Belknap County Nursing Home in Laconia. Donna absolutely loved her co-workers and especially the residents. She had a very special rapport with them and always tried to make every day a brighter one for them. Prior to her position at the nursing home. Donna held many different positions in the state of New Hampshire as a long-time state employee.

She enjoyed the many “motorbiking” trips spent with her husband throughout New Hampshire and Vermont and spending time in her pool-yard during the summer. Donna loved life, her children and her beloved husband. She was his sunshine everyday.

She is survived by her husband, Steven Gleeson of Gilford, father and step-mother Edward and Annie Rabbitt of Fort Myers, Florida. Her mother Charlotte Rabbitt-Johnson of The Villages, Florida, her beloved sons Nathan Rabbitt of Concord and Tyler Sawyer of Pittsfield, her two step-daughters Ashley A. Gleeson of Boston, Massachusetts and Chelsea Gleeson of Boston, Massachusetts and one sister, Pam Rabbitt-Berube of Fort Myers, Florida, and many extended family and friends.

Calling hours will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 21, at the Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home, 164 Pleasant Street, Laconia, using the Carriage House entrance.

Funeral services will be private.

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

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Donald H. Burrows, 91

MEREDITH — Donald H. Burrows, 91, passed away on Nov. 12, 2017, at Lakes Region General Hospital in Laconia.
Donald was born on Sept. 9, 1926, in Rumney, the son of Nathaniel and Edrie (Gordon) Burrows.
Donald lived in Sandwich, attending Quimby School. He enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1943, proudly servicing his country in the South Pacific and later in Nagasaki, Japan.
After leaving the Marine Corps in 1946, he returned home to Sandwich, to start work and raising a family. He married Ramona and they had two children, Donna and Dana.
Donald enjoyed spending time with family, and enjoyed hunting and fishing. He was a longtime member of the Laconia Country Club.
Donald is survived by his two children, Donna Ryan of Center Harbor, and Dana Burrows of Louisville, Kentucky; his sister, Isabelle Sinclair; brothers, Leslie and Bruce; three grandchildren, Patrick and his wife Lisa of Springfield, Virginia, Kirstan and husband Andrew Jones of Cleveland, and Jessica Burrows of Kentucky; one great-grandson, Christopher Ryan of Springfield, Virginia; and many nieces and nephews.
Donald was predeceased by his wife, Ramona; his parents; two brothers, Charles and Robert; and his sister Pauline Peaslee.
A celebration of life will be held at a later date at the convenience of the family.
Donations can be made to Sandwich Recreation, Wounded Warriors or Disabled Veterans.
The Mayhew Funeral Home and Meredith Bay Crematorium are assisting the family with arrangements. To view Donald’s online book of memories, go to

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