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Frank P. 'Pete' Knight, 78

MEREDITH — Frank Peter "Pete" Knight, 78, of Meredith, passed away on Sunday, August 4, 2013, after a period of declining health, at his home with his loving wife Charlene and his dog Bennie by his side.

Born in Melrose, MA, on March 13, 1935, he was the son of Frank and Eleanor (Howe) Knight. Frank attended schools and played football in Sidney, NY, and went on to attend and graduate from Cornell University (where he also played football). After graduation he joined the U.S. Marine Corps and proudly served his country with honor and courage fighting in two tours during the Vietnam War.

After ending his 20 year military career with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel, Frank retired to Meredith where he built a log home and continued to work several jobs, most recently for Irwin Marine, in Laconia.

Frank was a loving husband, father, and grandfather, who enjoyed sports and reading. He was a true patriot and will be dearly missed by all who knew him.

Frank is predeceased by his parents and sister, Anne (Knight) Giannone.

He is survived by his beloved wife, Charlene (Miller) Knight, of Meredith; three sons, Eric Knight and wife Dawn, Tim Knight and wife Kris, and Chris Knight and wife Trish; six grandchildren, Walker, Olivia, Victoria, Montana, Isabella, and Gabriella; he is also survived by numerous nephews and cousins.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Frank's memory to the NH Humane Society, PO Box 572, Laconia, NH 03246. www.nhhumane.org

Calling hours will be held at Mayhew Funeral Home (Rtes. 3&104), Meredith, on Thursday, August 8, 2013 from 6:00 pm through 8:00pm with words of remembrance at 7:30pm. Rev. Edward J. Charest will officiate.

Mayhew Funeral Homes & Crematorium of Meredith and Plymouth are handling the arrangements. To view Frank's Book of Memories: www.mayhewfuneralhomes.com

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