CUMMING, Ga. — Frederick Carl Brehm, Jr., "Fred", 83, of Cumming, Ga., and formerly of Meredith, N.H. passed away peacefully on Sunday, April 13, 2014, at The Oaks at Hampton. Fred was born on June 3, 1930, in the Bronx, N.Y., and then spent much of his youth on his parents' farm in East Hartford, Conn., where he also helped out in the family's pharmacy on Prospect Avenue. After graduating from East Hartford High School in 1948, Fred attended the University of Connecticut and was a member of Alpha Sigma Phi. In 1952 Fred married his childhood sweetheart and love of his life, Barbara Hebb. Fred then took up his post as an officer in the US Air Force, and together they began their lives as a military couple. Initially stationed in Biloxi, Miss., they soon were transferred to Tachikawa, Japan, before returning stateside in 1956. Fred then joined the Hazeltine Corporation of Greenlawn, N.Y., until he was transferred in 1966 to Braintree, Mass. as Operations Manager for EASL. In 1975 he returned to N.Y. as Vice President, in which position he was awarded the Navy Meritorious Public Service Citation for his work as Vice Chairman of the National Security Industrial Association's Anti-Submarine Warfare Planning Committee; and also the Weakley Award for his work with the Undersea Warfare Division of the National Defense Industrial Association. Fred also served on the Board of Trustees for the Naval War College Foundation, including as Chairman. Fred's belief in a life of service made him an active member of every community in which he lived, whether coaching Little League Baseball in Duxbury, Mass.; serving on the Parents' Committee in Locust Valley, N.Y.; participating in the Lions Club in Moultonborough, N.H.; or serving as a deacon or on a building fundraising committee for his church. He loved music, and he taught himself to play the piano, frequently entertaining at family gatherings with favorites, such as "The Isle of Capri", and many German songs. An enthusiastic walker, Fred enjoyed daily walks of 3+ miles as long as he was able—sometimes with rousing marches playing on his Walkman—by the ocean in Fla., down to the lake in N.H., or through woods and on quiet roads in N.Y., where he was often accompanied by his favorite pet, Clem, his daughter Mary's beagle-Corgi mix. Fred was ever an avid supporter and fan of UConn Athletics, donating to the building of Rentschler Field, and traveling to San Antonio, Tex. in 2004 with his son, Frederick C. Brehm III, also a UConn alumnus, to see the winning of the men's basketball team's second NCAA title. He also enjoyed participating in many sports, such as golfing, or fishing from and waterskiing off of his boat, "Dad's Retreat"—something of a misnomer as he was never alone on the boat! Perhaps Fred's greatest pleasure was traveling with his beloved wife Barbara, and together they explored many parts of the world. Among their many travel memories were European rivercruising, going on a "safari" in Yellowstone, driving around Japan, celebrating their 25th anniversary at Niagara Falls, attending the Paris Air Show, and enjoying Oktoberfest and witnessing Unification Day in Germany. A favorite destination was Italy, where Fred was particularly inspired by their visit to the Basilica of St. Francis in Assisi. He was also very moved by their time in Oberammergau in 2000, seeing the Passion Play.
Fred's love, generosity, and enthusiasm for life were evident in everything he undertook, and he served as an inspiring example to many, including his five children, by whom he is survived: Susan Brehm of Naples, Fla.; Barbara Falkenberg of Lafayette, Calif.; Mary Mahnke (Jay) of Cumming, Ga.; Frederick C. Brehm III (Audrey) of Aston, Penn.; and Caroline Brehm (David Viehl) of Kailua, Hi. Fred is also survived by seven grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.
Last Updated on Friday, 18 April 2014 07:00
FRANKLIN — Mr. Bruce A. Thibodeau, 62, of Franklin, died at Mass. General Hospital in Boston on April 14, 2014 after suffering a severe heart attack a month earlier.
He was born in Franklin on Dec. 11, 1951 the son of Charles H. and Maxine (Andrews) Thibodeau. Bruce attended local schools and graduated from Franklin High School in 1969.
He served in active duty with the US Air Force as a Sgt. from 1971 until 1975. Bruce did his basic training at Lackland Air Force base and later spent time in Thailand, ending his tour of duty in Minot Air Force Base in North Dakota.
Bruce was employed as a heavy equipment operator for several years working for the Town of Bedford, Willy Nelson in Canterbury, and Pike Industries. Bruce enjoyed hunting and fishing and liked to spend time on his woodlot. He was also an accomplished wood worker.
Bruce leaves behind his dearly loved daughters: Gia Thibodeau, her partner, Carlos Gutierrez and her children Evelyn and HJ of Ocala, Fla. and Christa Thibodeau, her fiancé Justin Kerbow and grandson, Cory Kerbow of San Antonio, Tex. He is also survived by his mother, Maxine Thibodeau of Tilton, his father, Charles H. Thibodeau of Franklin, 3 sisters: Carol Roberson of Wolfeboro, Anne Thibodeau of Northfield, and Ellen Cimon of Laconia, 2 brothers, Charles J. Thibodeau and his wife Sue of Sanbornton, and Dan Thibodeau of Franklin, his longtime companion, Penny Woodbury of Northfield and many nieces and nephews.
Funeral services with Military Honors will be held at NH Veterans Cemetery in Boscawen on Friday, May 16 at 2:30 p.m.
Donations in memory of Bruce may be made to: Disabled American Veterans.
Thibault-Neun Funeral Home (www.neunfuneralhomes.com) in Franklin is assisting with arrangement details.
Last Updated on Friday, 18 April 2014 06:51
MEREDITH — Millicent (Fillion) Dudley, 90, a longtime resident of the Lakes Region area died Tuesday, April 15, 2014 at the Forestview Manor in Meredith following a period of failing health. Millicent was born in Boston, Mass., August 25, 1923 the daughter of Philip and Claudia (deFreytas) Fillion. A homemaker, she also worked as a secretary over the years. She was predeceased by two sons, William and Stephen Albert from a previous marriage.
A private service and burial will be held for Millicent at a later date.
Arrangements are under the care of the William F. Smart Sr. Memorial Home in Tilton.
For more information go to www.smartfuneralhome.com
Last Updated on Friday, 18 April 2014 06:49
Paul F. Blizzard, 71
LACONIA — Paul F. Blizzard passed away on April 10, 2014.
He was born in Lexington, Mass., on Feb. 17, 1943, and grew up in Arlington, Mass.
In Massachusetts he owned and operated a successful trucking company until 1978 when he and his family moved to Laconia and purchased Lakeport Landing Marina.
A Mass will be held at the Sacred Heart Church on Wednesday, April 23, at 3 p.m. All are welcome to attend.
In lieu of flowers a donation to the Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice would be greatly appreciated. Please mail your donation to 780 North Main St., Laconia, NH 03246.
Last Updated on Thursday, 17 April 2014 08:14