Ralph D. Spencer, 79

BELMONT — Ralph D. Spencer, 79, of Belmont passed away at his home on Thursday January 29 surrounded by his family. Ralph was born in the spring of 1935 to Ralph N. Spencer and Lena M. (Grenier) Spencer. He was raised in Penacook and attended the Immaculate Conception School.

After he finished school Ralph joined the United States Air Force and served during the Korean Conflict. Upon return to the Concord area Ralph went to work for Sprague Electric and worked his way up to General Manager before his retirement in 1990 after 36 years of dedicated employment. Ralph was a former member of the Immaculate Conception Church and was a member of St. Josephs Parish in Laconia. He was one of the founding members of the Canterbury Snowshakers Snowmobile Club. Ralph loved to travel and play golf and was a very talented wood crafter. His many friends and family will cherish the beautiful gifts that he made for them. Ralph's biggest joy in life was his music, he was gifted with the talent of being able to play multiple instruments. At the age of 16 he had a regular weekly morning show playing on WKXL Radio. He has been involved with music for over 65 years and enjoyed years of traveling around the state as well as New England to play his music live with the different bands he was involved with over the years.

Ralph was predeceased by his son David Spencer; and sister Margaret Hinkel.

He is survived by his beloved wife Gail (Coulombe) Spencer of Belmont; his son Michael Spencer and his wife Reshea of Goffstown; a step-son Jeff Skoglund and his wife Carol of Bedford; his grandchildren Justin Spencer and his wife Quinn of Las Vegas, Nevada; Elisha Millen and her husband Tim of Laconia; Adam Spencer of Laconia; his great-granddaughter Blake Spencer; as well as cousins, nieces, nephews and numerous friends.

Calling hours will be held on Tuesday February 3rd from 2 to 4 p.m. and then from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Wendell J. Butt Funeral Home 42 Washington Street Penacook, NH 03303.

A Mass of Christian burial will be held on Wednesday, February 4 at 10 a.m. at the Immaculate Conception Church 9 Bonney Street Penacook, NH 03303. Reverend Raymond Potvin will be the celebrant, internment will immediately follow in the Woodlawn Cemetery in Penacook.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made in his name to the Central NH VNA & Hospice 780 North Main Street Laconia, NH 03246. In memo; " Hospice Care"

WWII ‘trunk’ in Laconia

LACONIA — Dan Schroeder, a volunteer at Wolfeboro's Wright Museum, discusses the history behind the contents of the World War II Traveling Trunk Show on Monday, February 16 at 6:30 p.m. in Taylor Community's Woodside Building.

Since 2009, the traveling trunk program has brought noteworthy World War II memorabilia from both home and war fronts to schools and civic organizations through New Hampshire and beyond.

The program is free and open to the public. For more information or to reserve a seat call 524-5600.

Historic Churches of Laconia exhibit opening postponed

LACONIA — Due to the upcoming storm "Linus" and the prediction of heavy snow, Laconia Historical and Museum has chosen to postpone the Exhibit Opening Reception for "The Historic Churches of Laconia" to Monday, February 9, at 6:00 pm at The Laconia Public Library.

In addition to the amazing architecture of Laconia's historic churches, comes a rich history; those lost to fire and those rebuilt afterward, buildings raised to add a second level and steeples lowered and even those that have moved across town to face a new beginning. Join us for a walk through our latest exhibition. On display through March, 2015

This event is free and open to the public. For more information contact Laconia Historical and Museum Society at (603) 527-1278, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or on the web at www.laconiahistorical.org

Belmont, Gilford high schools tie in Meredith Village Savings Bank contest

MEREDITH — Belmont High School and Gilford High School have been declared the co-winners of Meredith Village Savings Bank's "What's not to 'Like'?" Facebook Arts Grant Contest.

Each school will receive $3,000. Belmont High will use their grant to support their creative arts program, and Gilford will use their donation to add theatrical sound and lighting to their Little Theater/Choir Room.

Initially the plan was to award the winner $3,000, but when the contest ended in a virtual tie the bank decided to give both co-winners $3,000.