Raymond Holbrook, 94
THORNTON — Raymond Holbrook, 94 of Thornton, fondly known as "Bud," died peacefully at home April 25, 2014, after a short illness.
He was born in Rockingham, Vt., Feb. 22, 1920 and lived in Walpole, and St. Stephen, New Brunswick. At age 10, he came to Woodstock and grew up as a member of the Jesse Kendall family on the Mirror Lake Road. He graduated from Woodstock High School in 1938.
"Bud" learned mechanical skills while employed by Harry Steele. After working as a truck driver for Parker Young, he enlisted in the Army in February 1942. He served as a tank destroyer commander in the 605th Tank Destroyer Battalion in the European Theater. Upon discharge in 1946, he returned to the Woodstock area and resumed employment at Parker Young/Franconia Paper Corporation. He worked for Waterville Company until 1982.
He held membership in the American Legion for more than 60 years.
His home and surrounding property demonstrated his attention to detail. Family has always been important, but seven chow-chows, over many years, were another great pride and joy for him.
In 1988, he was one of the incorporators of Community Guaranty Savings Bank. Even though he never served on committees or in elected positions, he demonstrated concern for the future of the town of Thornton in other ways.
He was predeceased by parents, Raymond A. Holbrook, Frances Towers Holbrook Bradbury, his stepfather Arthur Bradbury; and sister, Virginia Holbrook Holste.
Survivors are as follows: his wife of 67 years, Phyllis (Benton) Holbrook; daughters Evie, with husband David Fitzmorris, Goldsboro, N.C., and Jane Clay, with her husband Bob Clay, Plymouth. Grandchildren are Shawn and his wife Joell, and Robert and his wife Christine Fitzmorris, both of Goldsboro, N.C., Bruce and his wife Melissa Clay, of Gilmanton, Beth, and Scott Clay, Plymouth. He was Grampa-Gramp to six great-grandchildren and Uncle Bud to many nieces and nephews.
Calling hours will be held in the Mayhew Funeral Home, 12 Langdon St., Plymouth on Friday, May 2, 6-8 p.m. A graveside service will be held in the Pine Grove Cemetery, Route 175, Thornton, on Saturday, May 17, at 1 p.m. The Rev. John Blair will officiate.
Donations in memory of Bud may be made to Pemi-Baker Community Health Hospice program, 101 Boulder Point Drive, Suite 3, Plymouth, NH 03264.
The Mayhew Funeral Homes and Crematorium, in Plymouth and Meredith, are in charge of the arrangements. To sign Bud's Book of Memories, please go to; www.mayhewfuneralhomes.com