Samuel Brooks, 95
LACONIA — Samuel Harry Brooks, 95, of 146 Eastman Road, died at his home on Monday, Aug. 18, 2014.
Mr. Brooks was born Aug. 1, 1919, in Boston, the son of the late Samuel and Sarah (Matt) Brooks. Mr. Brooks had been a resident of Laconia for 49 years.
He served in the Air Force for 26 years. After his retirement from the military, Mr. Brooks worked for the Laconia Fire Department for nine years, retiring in 1976.
Mr. Brooks is survived by his wife of 69 years, Pearl Pauline (Clairmont) Brooks, of Laconia; a son, Raymond G. Brooks and his wife Louise, of Santa Maria, Calif.; two daughters, Paula Karl and her husband David of Laconia, and Pamela Brooks of Laconia; eight grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren; two brothers, David Brooks of North Carolina and Joseph Brooks of Florida.
The family wishes to give thanks to Judy Clairmont, sister-in-law; and Samantha Dubois, granddaughter, for their loving care in his final weeks of illness.
There will be no calling hours. A memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, at 11:30 a.m. at St. Andre Bessette Parish at St. Joseph Church, 30 Church St., Laconia. Burial with military honors will follow at the family lot in Sacred Heart Cemetery, Laconia.
For those who wish, the family suggests that memorial donations be made to Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice, 780 North Main St., Laconia, N.H. 03246, to the Lakes Region Visiting Nurse Association, 186 Waukewan St., Meredith, NH 03253, or to the New Hampshire Humane Society, PO BOX 572, Laconia, NH 03247.
Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 164 Pleasant St., Laconia, is assisting the family with the
arrangements. For more information and to view an online memorial go to www.wilkinsonbeane.com.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 August 2014 08:08
LACONIA – Roland Xavier Beaudoin, 86, of 30 Cherry Street, died Saturday, August 16, 2014.
Roland was born in Trois Rivieres, Quebec, Canada on March 27, 1928, the son of the late Lionel and LucieAnna (Morin) Beaudoin. A lifelong resident of Laconia, Roland attended Ecole St. Joseph, graduated from Laconia High School in 1948 and attended Manchester Technical College. A United States Army veteran, Roland served in the Korean Conflict. Roland was the co-owner of Union Avenue Exxon in Laconia until his retirement, after which he worked part time for the Taylor Home and then the Laconia Clinic.
He was a dedicated and active parishioner of Sacred Heart Church. He was also a member of the Knights of Columbus, Laconia Council #428. Roland will be remembered as a loving husband, father, grandfather and brother who cherished the time spent with family.
Family members include his wife of 53 years, Marlene (Fortin) Beaudoin of Laconia; their five children, Michelle Dean and her husband Timothy of Laconia, Denise Beaudoin-Kehl and her husband Dennis of Laconia, Rosanne Beaudoin and her husband Anthony Gamache of Candia, Marie Cohen and her husband John of Laconia and Mark Beaudoin and his wife Stacy of Meredith; his grandchildren, Olivia, Aidan and Victoria Dean, Rachel and Allison Gamache, and Eliza and Benoit Beaudoin; his brothers, Edgar Beaudoin and his wife Virginia of Laconia, and Paul Beaudoin and his wife Emiliette of Meredith; many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his sister, Irene Bedard.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Saturday, August 23, 2014 at St. André Bessette Parish, Sacred Heart Church, 291 Union Avenue, Laconia. Burial will follow in Sacred Heart Cemetery.
For those who wish, donations in Roland's memory may be made to the Sacred Heart Church Operational Trust, 291 Union Avenue, Laconia, NH 03246.
Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 164 Pleasant Street, Laconia, NH is assisting the family with the arrangements. For more information and to view an online memorial please visit www.wilkinsonbeane.com.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 19 August 2014 07:57
GILFORD — John D. Cameron of Gilford passed away August 14, 2014 following a brief but hard-fought battle with cancer. The son of Angela (Galinis) and Malcolm E. Cameron, he was born in Jamaica Plain, Mass.. and "got to N.H. as soon as I could". He grew up in Sandown, N.H. and graduated from what is now Sanborn Regional High School in Kingston, N.H. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry from the University of New Hampshire and a Masters of Business Administration from Northeastern University.
John entered the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War and was stationed at a munitions base in Ontario, Canada until the war ended. While in the military, he served as a Chaplain's Assistant as well as a Little League coach and achieved the rank of Captain. Upon leaving the service, he and his family settled in Merrimack, N.H. John worked many years for Digital Equipment Corporation in the marketing department, and after many successful years in the business world, earned his Juris Doctorate from Franklin Pierce Law Center in Concord, N.H., was admitted to the New Hampshire Bar and began a second career as an attorney and mediator.
Throughout his years in the legal community, John was an advocate for children and families, both in individual cases and in legislation. He was a key member of the Task Force on Family Law and lobbied for the resulting Parental Rights and Responsibilities Act that radically changed New Hampshire's parenting statutes in 2005. John co-founded the Collaborative Law Alliance of NH, the Parenting Coordinator Association of NH, the NH Guardian Ad Litem Association and Neutral Ground Co-Parenting Solutions. He served on the Governor's Committee on Family Law, on the Family Mediation Certification Board, and as Co-Chairman of the Family Law Section of the New Hampshire Bar Association. John was a strong proponent of mediation rather than litigation, and was a certified mediator trainer; conducting his last class this past May.
John's commitment to and capacity for public service was enormous. His desire to serve was a driving force in his life. Over the years, he volunteered for a wide variety of organizations addressing such needs as homeless or disadvantaged children, the mentally and physically handicapped, abused and battered women, Y.M.C.A.s in Nashua, Concord and Syracuse, N.Y. and the United Way of Greater Nashua and of Onandaga County, New York. He also held leadership positions on the Steering Committee of the State of NH, Governor's Office on Volunteerism during the 1980s.
In 1996, John moved to Gilford and served as Gilford Middle School Building Committee Facilitator and as the Gilford School District Moderator. He was a member of the Mensa Society, a Justice of the Peace and an avid skier and familiar presence on the slopes at Gunstock. John was an accomplished photographer and published writer, having developed a website for identifying N.H. wildflowers (www.newhampshirewildflowers.com) and penning informative articles on wildflowers. Throughout his life, he was an active member of Christian Science churches in Derry, Nashua and Concord; teaching Sunday School and holding a variety of administrative and lay reader positions.
Survivors include his wife Pat of Gilford; daughter Emily (+David) Busch of New Brighton, Penn..; son Jonathan (+Jenna) Cameron of Candia; brother Malcolm E. (Bernadette) Cameron, Jr. of Deerfield; sister Virginia Dimino of Epsom; grandchildren Jonathan A. Cameron of Candia and Angela M. Busch of New Brighton, Penn.; many nieces, nephews and cousins; and his four-legged hiking buddy, Gracie.
A memorial service will be held on September 6, 2014 at 11 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church of Gilford, 18 Wesley Way (off Route 11A), Gilford, NH. For those who wish, donations may be made to the First Church of Christ, Scientist, Building Preservation Fund, 33 School St., Concord, N.H. 03301
Last Updated on Tuesday, 19 August 2014 07:20
BELMONT — Ebon Maria Bjelf, 80, of Belmont, died at Mt. Ridge Center in Franklin on Saturday, August 16, 2014.
Mrs. Bjelf was born December 10, 1933 in Quincy, Mass., the daughter of the late Adolph W. and Esther (Carlson) Nordstrom. She resided in Norwell, Mass. before moving to Belmont, N.H. over thirty-five years ago.
Survivors include her husband of 57 years, Roland H. Bjelf, of Belmont; her daughter, Andrea Miles, of Gilford; two sons, David Bjelf of Gilford and Richard Bjelf of Belmont; several grandchildren; a brother, Edgar Nordstrom, of Warsaw, Indiana; one niece and five nephews.
There will be no calling hours or funeral services.
A Time of Gathering will be held at her daughter's home, 36 Liberty Hill Road, Gilford, NH 04349 on Saturday, August 23, 2014 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Private family burial will be at the New Hampshire State Veterans Cemetery, 110 Daniel Webster Highway, Boscawen.
Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 164 Pleasant Street, Laconia, N.H. is assisting the family with the arrangements. For more information and to view an online memorial go to www.wilkinsonbeane.com.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 19 August 2014 07:17