LACONIA — Family and friends gathered at Bond Beach Tuesday evening to dedicate a park bench in memory of Kevin Sanborn Connelly, who practically grew up on the beach and died suddenly last August at the age of 47.
Connelly's mother, Fay Sanborn Nauchbar, said that the family lived on Bell Street, just a short walk from the beach, and that Kevin had been swimming at Bond Beach since he was three years old.
''He took swimming lessons here and there was a raft out in the lake that he would swim. There were whiffle ball games and a lot of fun times here with family and friends,'' said Nauchbar.
She said that Kevin was at the beach the day before he died and called his brother, Michael, who lives in Tilton, and asked him to come over and spend some time at the beach with him.
''It was his favorite place. It almost like he's here now because he loved Bond Beach so much,'' said Nauchbar.
Connelly, a 1983 Laconia High School graduate, served in the U.S. Army and lived in Germany for 25 years before returning home to Laconia in 2010.
Taking part in the ceremony along with his mother and stepfather Carl Nauchbar of Lakeport, were his son and daughter Ian and Meagan Connelly, of Erding, Germany; his brother, Michael Connelly and wife, Melanie, of Tilton; nieces, Julia Connelly and Caitlin Connelly of Tilton; sister Beth Littlefield, and her husband, Dan, of Meredith; two nephews, Cody and Austin Littlefield, both of Meredith, and his former wife, Anne Connelly, of Erding, Germany.
Family members recalled that he was an avid Boston sports fan and enjoyed spending time with his family and friends.
Taking part in the dedication of a park bench at Bond Beach on Lake Opechee in memory of Kevin Sanborn Connelly, were, seated, Meagan Connelly, of Erding, Germany, his daughter; second row, nieces, Julia Connelly and Caitlin Connelly, both of Tilton; back row; his nephew Austin Littlefield of Meredith; his son Ian Connelly of Erding, Germany, and nephew Cody Littlefield of Meredith. (Roger Amsden/for The Laconia Daily Sun)