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Francis P. Kuchinsky, 85

RUMNEY — Francis Philip Kuchinsky, 85, of Buffalo Road, died October 21, 2013 at Golden View Health Care Center, Meredith, after a courageous battle with cancer.

Born in Laconia, NH on April 27, 1928, Phil was the son of Frank and Christina (Bisson) Kuchinsky. He grew up in Laconia and attended Laconia schools. He has been a resident of Rumney for many years.

Before finishing high school in the summer of 1945, Phil joined the US Army. Phil completed his basic training and technical school at Fort Benning, Georgia. He was sent overseas where he worked as a mechanic on tanks and motor vehicles. Phil returned to Laconia and married Virginia B. (Reed), of Rumney, on November 19, 1949.

Phil worked as a mechanic at Bartlett's Garage, in Rumney Depot and then for twenty-two years at E.L. Heal Chrysler-Dodge Dealership, in Plymouth. In the 1970s, he worked for Short's Garage, and also for Gilman's Outdoor Equipment, both were in Rumney.

In the 1950s and 60s, Phil built several hot rods and Model T Fords from parts he had collected over the years. He also enjoyed building and flying model airplanes. He was a member of the Prop Busters Airplane Club, in N. Haverhill, NH. He spent many hours flying planes he built over the corn fields of N. Haverhill. Phil loved to spend time watching old Laurel and Hardy movies with his family.

Phil was predeceased by his younger brother, George A. Kuchinsky.

Phil was a loving and caring husband, father and grandfather, and will be missed by all his family and many friends.

Phil is survived by his wife of sixty-three years, Virginia B. (Reed) Kuchinsky of Rumney, sons, Gordon Kuchinsky, William Kuchinsky, both of Rumney, Jeffery Kuchinsky of Bullard, TX, grandchildren, Philip and Ananda Kuchinsky of Tyler, TX, sisters, Agnes Robertson and Elaine Anderson, both of Campton, and several nieces and nephews.

It was Phil's wishes that no service be held.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the NH Humane Society, PO Box 572, Laconia, NH. 03247.

Mayhew Funeral Homes & Crematorium of Meredith and Plymouth are assisting the family with the cremation. www.mayhewfuneralhomes.com

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