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Bruce D. Heald, 79

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MEREDITH — Bruce Day Heald, 79, of True Road, Meredith, died May 2, 2015, at Lakes Region General Hospital, in Laconia, after a brief illness.

Born in Needham, Massachusetts on June 5, 1935, he was the son of Henry and Muriel (Day) Heald.

Bruce grew up in Needham and graduated from Needham High School, class of 1954. He went on to further his education and graduated from; Boston University with an Associate's degree in Arts, in 1956, the University of Lowell with a Bachelor of Science degree in music education, in 1959, Columbia Pacific University with both a Master of Arts degree, in 1984 and his Doctorate degree in Philosophy, in 1985. Bruce has been a resident of Meredith for many years.

Bruce taught music in Inter-Lakes High School, Meredith, N.H., Moultonborough Academy, in Moultonborough, N.H., and Kennebunk High School, in Kennebunk, Maine. He taught for over twenty years at the Immaculate Conception Apostolic School, in Center Harbor, N.H. He was an Adjunct Professor in the History Department at Plymouth State University, and Professor at Babes-Bylyai University, in Cluj-Napoca, Romania.

Bruce worked aboard the M/S Mount Washington Cruise Ship as the Chief Purser for over fifty years and was an author of forty books about the history and heritage of the Lake Region and the White Mountains.

Bruce was a US Marine Corps veteran and had served in the early 1960s. Bruce was a New Hampshire State Representative from 2005-2008.

Bruce is predeceased by his wife, Helen (Peaslee) Heald, who died in May of 1994, his son, William H. Foristall III, who died in February of 2015.

Bruce is survived by his sons Craig Heald and his wife Shelia of Center Sandwich, Eric B. Heald of Meredith, Allyson H. Collins and her husband Anthony of Lewiston, Maine, nine grandchildren, many great grandchildren, his brothers, Henry Heald of Needham, Mass., Douglas of Moultonborough, N.H., his sister Doris Hopkinton of Matthews, N.C., also many nieces and nephews.

A graveside service will be held in the North Sandwich Cemetery, North Sandwich on Saturday, May 9th, at 2 p.m.

The Mayhew Funeral Homes and Crematorium, in Meredith and Plymouth, are assisting the family with the arrangements. To sign Bruce's Book of Memories, go to; www.mayhewfuneralhomes.com

Last Updated on Wednesday, 06 May 2015 06:38

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Theresa G. Fitts, 88

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MEREDITH – Theresa G. Fitts, 88, of 19 NH-104, died Tuesday, March 24, 2015 at Golden View Health Care Center in Meredith.

She was born on November 6, 1926 in Laconia, the daughter of the late Cyprien and Emelia (Lavatue) Pelchat. She worked for the State of NH at the Laconia State School for 25 years, until her retirement in 1991. Theresa enjoyed reading, visiting with family and friends and loved going for rides, camping and the ocean. She resided in Belmont for 43 years before moving to Forestview Manor in Meredith in 2011.

She is survived by her children; Diana Jacques and her husband, Steven Sr., of Belmont, Armand P. Fitts and his wife, Sue, of Hill and Merrill Fitts Jr. and his wife, Brenda, of Belmont; eleven grandchildren and six great grandchildren. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband of 55 years, Merrill T. Fitts Sr., her brothers; Robert Pelchat and Gerard Pelchat, her sisters; Doris McCormick and Rita Pelchat and one granddaughter, Crystal Fitts.

There will be no calling hours.

A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, May 15, 2015 at Sacred Heart Cemetery, Laconia.

For those who wish, memorial contributions may be made to Central NH VNA & Hospice, 780 North Main Street, Laconia NH 03246.

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 Wednesday, 06 May 2015 06:33

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Robert R. Gosselin, 83

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BIDDEFORD, Maine — Robert R. "Bob" Gosselin, 83, a longtime resident of Biddeford died Monday, May 4, 2015, at the Maine Medical Center in Portland after a brief illness. He was born in Biddeford on August 21, 1931, the son of Robert B. and Simone I. Bouthot Gosselin.

He was educated at St. Joseph Elementary and St. Louis Grammar Schools in Biddeford and pursued his high school studies at Seminaire St. Charles Boromee, Sherbrooke, P.Q., Canada. He completed his undergraduate studies at Seminaire de Philosophie, Montreal, P.Q., from where he received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Montreal.

On November 28, 1957, he married Jocelyn M. Pinette at St. Andre's Church in Biddeford.

After serving with the US Army during the Korean War, Bob was elected State Dept. Commander of the Disabled American Veterans and served as Aide de Camp for Governors Muskie, Dollof and Clauson.

Bob obtained his teaching certificate at St. Francis College in Biddeford, Maine, now the University of New England. He received his Masters in Education from Boston College after which time he instructed at St. Ignatius H.S. in Sanford, and later at Wells H.S. He served as President of the Wells-Ogunquit Teachers Association until his retirement in 1987.

Bob was the first manager of the St. Joseph Credit Union in Biddeford, and subsequently served as President. He remained on the Board of Directors for 20 years. Also elected the first President of the St. Joseph School Board, Bob served in that capacity for 8 years. He also served as President of the St. Louis Alumni Association for 4 years.

Bob was an active member of the Spouse of the Holy Spirit Prayer Group for over 30 years. He was appointed Director of the State Catholic Charismatic Renewal Service Committee by Bishop Joseph J. Gerry, OSB. He also served as administrative assistant at St. Joseph Parish under the Rev. Pastors Morin, Ouellette and Labarre.

A founding member of the La Kermesse Festival in Biddeford, he served in its first 4 years of operations.

Bob was a 4th degree Knight of Columbus of the former Luke E. Hart Council #204 in Biddeford. He served as President of the Resident Council at the Birchwoods Assisted Living Community in Portland, up until the time of his death. Bob's vocation in life was rooted in God, family and service.

He was predeceased by his loving and spirited wife, Jocelyn, on August 9, 2009, and his sister, Pauline Gosselin Lomax in 1995.

Survivors include six children, all college graduates of whom he was extremely proud:

Anne G. Girard and her husband Roger of Rowley, Mass., Robert R. Gosselin II and his wife Cathy of Raymond, Guy J. Gosselin and his wife Leslie of Biddeford, Patrice A. Hampson and her husband Jonathan of Peterborough, N.H., Louise K. Jagusch of Gilford, N.H., and Susan E. Rocray and her husband Brian of Waterboro, along with 12 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren.

Other family members are a sister, Donna Nadeau of Biddeford, and a brother Gerard G. Gosselin and his wife Judy of Lewiston.

Visiting Hours will be 4 to 7 p.m. on Friday, May 8, 2015, at Hope Memorial Chapel. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 9, 2015, at St. Joseph Church in Biddeford. Burial will be in St. Joseph Cemetery in Biddeford. Arrangements are by Hope Memorial Chapel, 480 Elm Street, Biddeford, ME 04005. Memorial donations in Bob's memory may be made to St. James School, 25 Graham St., Biddeford, ME 04005 or St. Louis Alumni Association, P.O. Box 493, Biddeford, ME 04005. To share condolences online, please visit www.HopeMemorial.com.

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Sy L. Harding, 80

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DELAND, Fla. — Sy L. Harding, 80, died on Tuesday, April 21, 2015 at the Florida Hospital in DeLand, FL, after a sudden illness. Sy was a long-time resident and business owner in both the N.H. Lakes Region and central Florida.

He was born in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada, in 1935, the son of the late Victor and Ruby Harding. After graduating from Yarmouth High School in 1953, he earned a degree in Pharmacy from Dalhousie University in 1954, then a degree in Drafting from ITT in 1955. In 1956 he and his first wife, Phyllis (Pitman) Harding, moved to the United States in search of better opportunities. Here Sy quickly impressed every one of his employers. He moved to the Lakes Region in 1966, and rose to the position of Chief Engineer and Vice President at Lewis & Saunders in Laconia, N.H. by the early 1970s. He then started the first of two high-tech manufacturing companies of his own: Cametrics in Woodbury, Conn. and Scotia Technologies in Laconia.

He took a break from full time work in the early 1980s to spend more time with family. He spent many days skiing with them; annoying them with his love of videography; and giving them advice on life. He also earned his private pilot's license, taking flight over Lake Winnipesaukee in his own plane. Some days he liked to drive his family places, taking his famous "short cuts" that would get them to where they were going hours later. Once his three children were off to college he devoted time to his other passion, the stock market. Sy started the Street Smart Report and gave investment advice through newspaper columns and newsletters; he received numerous awards for his timely information.

In the late 1980s, after moving around the Lakes Region a multitude of times, he and his second wife Dale moved to Florida full-time where he continued the Street Smart Report. He authored two books on the stock market and was about to release his third. When he was not busy analyzing the stock market, he could be found either on the golf course, in his wood working shop turning out beautiful carved wooden bowls, or supporting his children and grandchildren at their various activities and endeavors. He was a devoted family man and would sacrifice anything to help his family.

Sy will be sorely missed by his wife, Dale (Stewart) Harding; his three children, Linda Harding and Patti Harding, both from DeLand, Fla., and Jeffrey Harding from Meredith, N.H.; his three step-children, Paige Stewart of Belmont, N.H., Marie Longo of Rochester, N.H., and Michael Stewart of Laconia, N.H.; 13 grandchildren and step-grandchildren, Leah, Krystal, Aimee, Christine, Amanda, Patrick, Danielle, Melanie, Parker, Pamila, Erik, Ellie, and Didi; and four great-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren, Chloe, Leila, Emma, and Mia. He is survived by his two sisters, Laura Bates of North Port, FL and Carol Downing of Westville, Okla.

A memorial service will take place on May 16th at 4 p.m. at the Glenwood Presbyterian Church in DeLand, Fla. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Domestic Abuse Council, Inc., an organization which Sy avidly supported. The address is P.O. Box 142, Daytona Beach, FL 32115

Last Updated on Monday, 04 May 2015 08:14

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