HOLDERNESS — Eugene A. Dailey, 87, passed away on Jan. 8, 2018, at Speare Memorial Hospital in Plymouth.
Eugene was born on Sept. 25, 1930, in Calais, Vermont, the son of Arthur and Luna Dailey (Dunham).
Eugene grew up in Calais, Vermont, attending school in the Calais area. After school, he worked with his father on the family farm. Eugene then enlisted in the United States Army, serving in Korea, also serving in the U.S. Army Honor Guard and being assigned a detail at General Omar Bradley’s residence during his tour in the Army. After Eugene returned home to Fairlee, Vermont, he went back to work with his father, logging.
In 1954, he met Anna and in 1955 they were married and had two daughters. In 1958, the family moved to Holderness, where Eugene continued logging, until going to work for Pike Construction in Tilton, where Eugene was known for being the best roller operator. In later years the family moved to Center Harbor, raising the girls, before moving back to Holderness.
Eugene loved his kids and grandchildren, spending as much time with them as possible. He loved sharing his 8-track music with them, listening to Box Car Willie, Johnny Cash and other country favorites while out in the backyard. He enjoyed fishing, snowmobiling, camping and traveling across country with his family. Eugene truly enjoyed life.
Eugene is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Anna Dailey (Brown) his two daughters; Doreen Dailey-Visconti and her husband, Tony, of Campton, and Dawna Smith and her husband, Steven, of Meredith; five grandchildren: Shawna Dailey of Campton, A.J. Visconti of Campton, Jordan Visconti of Campton, Jalisah Smith of Meredith, and Jade Smith of Meredith; his nephew, Dean Hodge of Holderness; brother-in-law, Robert Edmands of Fairlee, Vermont; and his best friend, Dale McBeath of Campton.
Eugene was predeceased by his parents; sisters, Doris Hodge and Eunice Edmands; and his brother, Frank Dailey.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Eugene’s memory to the Salvation Army 177 Union Avenue. Laconia, NH 03264.
Calling hours for Eugene will be held on Monday Jan. 15, from 2-4 p.m. at the Mayhew Funeral Home 12 Langdon St., Plymouth, NH 03264. A memorial service will immediately follow the calling hours at 4 p.m.
The Mayhew Funeral Home and Meredith Bay Crematorium are assisting the family with arrangements. To view Eugene’s online book of memories go to www.mayhewfuneralhomes.com.