GILFORD – William A. Gelotte, 86, of Sagamore Road and Green Valley, Arizona, died Wednesday, September 11, 2013 in his home surrounded by his family.
He was born on June 27, 1927 in Belmont, Mass., the son of Claus and Mae (Goldstein) Gelotte. Bill served in the US Navy during World War II. He was President and CEO of Claus Gelotte Camera Stores and also was one of the founding partners and Chairman of the Board for Meadowbrook Farm, LLC, now known as the Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion at Meadowbrook. He was an avid fly fisherman and enjoyed hockey, baseball, football and was a general sports enthusiast.
He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Ellen K. (Kenerson) Gelotte of Gilford, NH, one son, Dana Gelotte and his wife Andrea of Gilford, NH, two daughters; Dianne Gelotte and her life partner Mary-Claire Paicopolis of Gilford, NH and Robin Gelotte of Gilford, NH, seven grandchildren; SSGT Joshua Gelotte, Danica, Sarah, Cameron, Kirsten and Tayla, all of Gilford, NH and Jessica of Methuen, Mass. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his son, Steven Gelotte, one brother, Robert Gelotte and two sisters; Dorothy Trube and Nancy Corwin.
There will be no calling hours.
Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, September 17, 2013 at Mount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge, Mass. A celebration of life will be held at noon on Thursday, September 19, 2013 at the Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion at Meadowbrook, Gilford, NH.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice, 780 North Main Street, Laconia, N. H. 03246.
Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 164 Pleasant Street, Laconia, N.H. is assisting the family with the arrangements. For more information and to view an online memorial go to www.wilkinsonbeane.com.