NORTHFIELD — John Whidden Twomey, 79, a resident of Northfield since 1975 died Wednesday, July 2, 2014 at the Lakes Region General Hospital in Laconia following a period of failing health. John was born, January 2, 1935 in Stoneham, Mass., son of Mortimer and Gladys (Whidden) Twomey. He spent his youth in Danbury, N.H., graduated from Andover High School, and later attended the N.H. Vocational Technical Institute in Laconia and the U.S. School of Professional Paperhanging in Rutland, Vt. He lived in Franklin for six years before moving to Northfield.
John served his country in Germany with the U. S. Army from 1957 to 1959 and was called back into the service from 1961 to 1962.
He was a "jack of all trades" who held a variety of jobs during his lifetime. He especially enjoyed his work as Building Supervisor at the historic Belknap Mill in Laconia. For about 10 years, he ran his own papering and painting business, "Hanging Around Wallpapering." John worshiped at the Trinity Episcopal Church in Meredith, where he served as sexton for about five years. Most of all, John enjoyed spending time with his family. His warm, caring personality, quiet sense of humor, and wardrobe of hats and ties for every occasion will be missed.
He leaves his wife of 47 years, Carol (Purdy) Twomey of Northfield, sons, Brendan J. Twomey of Northville, N.Y. and Brian J. Twomey and wife Jane of Manchester, and two grandchildren, Abe Twomey and Phineas Twomey, of Manchester.
There are no calling hours planned, according to John's wishes. A service will be held Saturday, July 12, 2014 at 11 a.m. at Trinity Episcopal Church, Route 25 in Meredith, N.H.
Arrangements are under the care of the William F. Smart Sr. Memorial Home in Tilton.
Those wishing may make memorial contributions in John's name to Trinity Episcopal Church, PO Box 635, Meredith, NH 03253 or the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation, 230 East Ohio Street, Suite 304, Chicago, IL 60611.
For more information go to www.smartfuneralhome.com