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Anniversary: Brooks-Clairmont

Pearl Pauline Clairmont was born July 6, 1921 in Laconia, NH. Pearl met Samuel
Harry Brooks , born Aug 2, 1919, from Boston, MA while they were both serving in
the military. They fell in love. Many predicted, “There’s too many differences, it’ll never
last!” “He’s a city boy, she’s a country girl. He’s a Jew, she’s a Catholic!” Harry was
a private in the U.S. Air Force and Pearl was a Corporal in the Women’s Army Air
Corp. They were married Jan 6, 1945, which required Pearl to quit the military. Soon,
their son, Raymond (Pete) was born and then, twin daughters, Pam and Paula. The
family traveled from base to base as Harry continued his career from private to Master
Sergeant. He retired from the Air Force in 1967 and the family bought a cabin colony,
Clairbrook Cottages on Weirs Blvd. Harry joined Laconia Fire Department and Pearl ran
the cottages. After Harry retired from the fire department, they bought two small “nests”
to fly from Winnisquam to Florida as typical snowbirds. In the south, to keep busy, they
joined a “hillbilly band,” and renewed their singing skills that had been dormant for
many busy years, both becoming lead singers. They entertained at senior communities
and other local functions. In the summers, they joined a travel club and visited many
beautiful places in the northeast. In 2006, they moved back to New Hampshire full-time
to be closer to family.

Happily, this dedication is not an obituary, but a celebration! This year of 2012, Harry
and Pearl marked their 67th wedding anniversary and their family also joyfully celebrated
their birthdays! Pearl is 91 and Harry is 93! They are both dearly loved and honored by
their 3 children, son-in-law, David and daughter-in-law, Louise, 8 grandchildren and 21
great grandchildren.

To Harry & Pearl from your family…”We will all be together again next summer to
celebrate your 92nd and 94th birthdays with you! “to life - l'chaim,” Papa and Mama!
Sixty-seven years! They said it couldn’t be done!”

 
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