GILMANTON — James G. Pennock, 99, of Gilmanton, died on Feb. 20, 2014, at the home of his son Larry Miller in Cleveland, Tenn.
Mr. Pennock, the son of James Glynn Pennock and Cynthia Nelson Pennock Brown, was born June 27, 1914, in Woodsville. He lived in Gilmanton, for more than 70 years.
He was an army veteran of World War II and was awarded the Victory Medal for his service. He was a proud member of the American Legion for more than 50 years.
Mr. Pennock was an accomplished musician and played several stringed instruments, including guitar, violin and double bass fiddle.
Mr. Pennock was the great-great grandson of Luke Brooks, who was part of the Franconia surveying crew which are credited with being the first white settlers to observe the Old Man of the Mountains.
Mr. Pennock was employed by Scott & Williams in Laconia, Eastman Foundry in Concord, and Laconia Ball Bearing. He also cut rights-of-way for Public Service of New Hampshire.
He had been holder of the Boston Post Cane (the presentation of which was originated by the Boston Post newspaper), which is presented to Gilmanton's eldest resident. It was deemed especially fitting that Mr. Pennock received the cane, as he delivered the Boston Post newspaper when he was 10 years old.
He is survived by four sons and three daughters-in-law, James Pennock of Laconia, Larry and Naomi Miller of Cleveland, Tenn., Norman "Buzzy" and Carol Miller of Idaho, and Dennis and Barbara Miller of Oregon. Other survivors include daughters Winnie
Martin of Derry, Joy MacDonald of Connecticut, and Elaine Fontes of California; 11 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his late son John's widow, Kathy Pennock of Pittsfield.
Mr. Pennock was predeceased by his first wife, Florence, his second wife, Doris, and a son, John.
A graveside memorial service in celebration of Mr. Pennock's life will be held at the Smith Meeting House Cemetery in Gilmanton, on Saturday, June 28, 2014, at 10 a.m.
For those who wish to make a memorial donation, the family suggests that it be made to Feed the Poor Disaster Relief, 304 20th
Street SE, Cleveland, TN 37320.