Published DateGILFORD and GILMANTON IRON WORKS — David M. Bickford, 99, died peacefully March 17, 2013 at the Genesis Nursing Home in Laconia, surrounded by his family. He was born April 18, 1913 in Gilmanton Iron Works and lived there for 92 years.
He is the son of Arthur and Ida (Brewster) Bickford. He was married for 72 years to Lizzie Twombly Bickford and lived in the same house on Stage Road in Gilmanton Iron Works for 70 years. Having moved to Gilford 7 years ago, he was the oldest resident in Gilford at the time of his death. David was the recipient of the Boston Post Gold Cane in August 2012.
He was for many years a carpenter, then during World War II, he went to work in Wyman's machine shop making submarine parts for the war effort. He remained with Mr. Wyman and became foreman of Wyman's Garage in Alton. He retired from there to become caretaker of the Fellow's estate in Gilmanton Iron Works. 30 years later he retired from that job and with his brother Clarence, took over the care of the Pine Grove Cemetery. He retired from that job at age 82.
During his years in Gilmanton he was very active in civic affairs. He was Selectman for 18 years, served on the Budget Committee for 8 years, was Fire Chief for several years, served as Treasurer and Sexton of the Pine Grove Cemetery for 30 plus years.
He and his wife Lizzie were both ardent trout fishermen, spending many summer days exploring trout streams all over the state. In the fall he and his wife were expert deer hunters, usually getting a deer.
He was predeceased by his wife, Lizzie E. (Twombly) Bickford seven years ago, three brothers, Herbert, Clarence and George Bickford and a sister Annie Mayhew.
He is survived by his daughter, Evelyn Firth and husband William of Gilford, granddaughter, Alicia Gorrell and Wally Riley of Meredith, great granddaughter, Breinn Daigneault and husband Thomas of Lakeport, great grandson, Aaron Kirk and wife Tammy of Columbus,MS, two great great grandchildren, Lydia Jordon and Brodie Kirk, several nieces and nephews.
There will be no calling hours. A graveside service will be scheduled later in the spring at Pine Grove Cemetery in Gilmanton Iron Works. Arrangements by Peaslee Alton Funeral Home, to express condolences, please visit: www.peasleefuneralhome.com