Chester 'Mike' Ireland, 62
PLYMOUTH — Chester "Mike" Ireland, 62, of Plymouth, passed away at his home on May 10 after courageous battle with cancer.
Mike was born on Sept. 7, 1951, the son of Chester R. and Lois (Yeaton) Ireland.
He lived his entire life in Plymouth, graduating from Plymouth High School in 1969 and New Hampshire Vocational Technical College in 1971.
He worked as a truck driver for Yeaton Oil Company for six years before going to work at Ireland Lumber Company in the spring of 1977. In addition to his full-time work at the mill, "Mike" ran a light trucking business, delivering cordwood, bark mulch and sawdust to dozens of loyal customers in the Plymouth area. After the 2007 fire at Ireland Lumber, "Mike" founded his own company, Phoenix Lumber, and expanded his firewood production. He continued to work tirelessly and take great pride in his two businesses right up until his passing.
For part of the 1970s, and all of the '80s and '90s he was a loyal fan of Dave Dion and the Dion Brothers racing team based out of Hudson NH, following them to various tracks around New England such as "Thunder Road," Beech Ridge Motor Speedway, Oxford Plains Speedway, to name a few, even going as far as Virginia and Canada. Sometimes he took the boys with him, other times some of his loyal racing buddies.
Those who knew "Mike" in recent years were very familiar with his love of collecting antique International Harvester tractors. He rarely left the house without his IH suspenders, IH hat or a tractor T-shirt of some sort. Mike was known to seek out virtually any piece of antique red farm equipment, but he was especially partial to Farmall "Cub" Tractors. He was enormously proud of his collection of IH tractors and IH farm implements and his library of IH books, manuals and magazines numbered into the thousands. He had been a member of Chapter 18 of the International Harvester Collectors Club since 1996 and served as director and advisor at various points.
Beginning in 2009, he was co-founder of the "Power of the Red" tractor show in Dublin, an All-International Harvester annual event hosted by Chapter 18. Mike's absolute favorite time of every year was his summer pilgrimage to the "Red Power Round-Up" tractor show. He traveled to Wisconsin, Iowa, Tennessee and a handful of other states to view beautifully restored farm machines, talk tractors and to dicker and deal with other IH enthusiasts. For Mike, The Red Power Round-Up was even better than a trip to Disneyland.
He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Jackie Ireland, of Plymouth; two sons, Toby, of Belmont, and Mickey and his wife Kathy, of Mansfield, Mass.; his father, Chester R. Ireland, of Plymouth; and his sister, Sara Tatham and her husband Steve, of Plymouth.
He was predeceased by his mother, Lois Y. Ireland; a brother, Timothy Ireland; and a sister, Laurie Ireland.
Calling hours will be held on Saturday, May 17, from 4-7 p.m., at the Mayhew Funeral Home, 12 Langdon St. in Plymouth.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Mike Ireland to the International Harvester Collectors Club Chapter 18 Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 181, Ashland, MA 01721.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 13 May 2014 08:04
William H. McCain Sr., 75
FRANKLIN — William H. McCain Sr., 75, a resident of Franklin died at the Pleasant View Center in Concord following a short period of failing health.
He was born in Springfield, Mass., June 23, 1938, son of the late Harold and Eleanor (Shackett) McCain. Bill spent his youth in Springfield and was a graduate of West Springfield High School. Prior to moving to Franklin he had been a longtime resident of Northfield.
A commercial painter by trade, Bill worked for many years at Bradleys and Shop 'n Save. Bill served for several years with the Massachusetts National Guard. He was a longtime member of the Franklin Lodge of Elks, BPOE, #1280.
He was predeceased by his wife, Elizabeth H. (Kelleher) McCain in 1995.
His family includes sons, William H. McCain Jr. of Tennessee, and Timothy F. McCain and his wife Deirdre of Tilton; a daughter, Judith L. LaPlante of Auburn, Mass.; four grandchildren; brothers, Richard McCain of Holderness and Robert McCain of North Hadley, Mass.; and his close friend, Laurie Hale of Franklin.
According to his wishes, there are no calling hours planned. A private graveside service will be held at Park Cemetery in Tilton. Burial will follow.
Those wishing may make memorial contributions in Bill's name to the NH Alzheimer's Association, 5 Bedford Farms Drive, Suite 201, Bedford, NH 03110.
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 Tuesday, 13 May 2014 07:55
CAMPTON, MEREDITH — Isabel Ann "Izzy" Barach, 80, of Meredith, passed away at her home with her family by her side on Saturday, May 3, 2014.
Born on Aug. 13, 1933, in Denver, Isabel was the daughter of John C. and Dasa (Chucovich) Hollister. Izzy was raised in Denver attending local schools and furthered her education at the University of Denver, earning a bachelor's degree in education.
Before beginning her career in teaching, she was a flight attendant for United Airlines which gave her great freedom and her newfound home in Boston. "Izzy" embraced life in the city. It was there that she happened upon the love of her life, Bob Barach. "Izzy" and Bob married in 1958, and moved their young and growing family to Marblehead, Mass. It was during the 1970s when the family moved to Ellsworth Hill, in West Campton.
It was during this time that she began her career as a teacher. "Izzy" was passionate about nature, science and reading, and her true enjoyment of teaching and learning shone through as a passion in the classroom. She worked as a teacher and teaching principal in Waterville Valley at the elementary school, and in the second grade and as a Chapter I teacher at the Russell School in Rumney, until she retired in 1995.
After leaving the classroom, "Izzy" worked at Plymouth State University as a supervising teacher. She loved young people and treasured her role as their mentor.
"Izzy" looked forward to every day of her life. She loved to make plans with her friends and family. She enjoyed, symphony, opera classes, and was accomplished artist. She kept busy with garden club Circle Program, library duties (as she was a trustee and volunteer at local libraries), and watching her grandchildren grow and thrive. Izzy made many trips back home to Colorado to see her beloved sister, Cathy, and her Rocky Mountains.
"Izzy" was devoted to Bob. They lived out their remaining years at the Meredith Bay Colony Club, where they were surrounded by kindness, compassion and good people.
Izzy was predeceased by her parents, husband Bob, and dear sister, Dasa Joan Tobey
She is survived by her three children and their families, daughter, Anne Barach, and her children, Molly and Maddy Stevens, all of Meredith; son, Peter Barach and his wife Deb, and their children, Marisa and Anya, of Holderness; son, Bobby Barach and his wife Bally and their daughter, Dasha, all of Nova Scotia, Canada; her sister, Cathy and her husband Dan Crim, of Montrose, Colo., and her niece, Jessica, and nephew, John.
"Izzy" taught us all to love learning and embrace life, her lessons about the importance of family, forgiveness, and the joys of friendship will be with us forever.
Calling hours will be held on Sunday, June 1, 2014, at Mayhew Funeral Home (12 Langdon St.), Plymouth, from noon to 2 p.m. Interment will follow at the Blair Cemetery, in Campton, friends and family are respectfully invited to attend.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Izzy's memory may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, P.O. Box 96011,
Washington, DC 20090-6011.
Mayhew Funeral Homes & Crematorium of Meredith and Plymouth are handling the arrangements. For "Izzy's" Book of Memories: www.mayhewfuneralhomes.com
Last Updated on Tuesday, 13 May 2014 07:41
Patricia Lang, 84
GILFORD — Patricia Ann Lang, 84, of 9 Sargent Place, died Saturday, May 10, 2014, at Laconia Rehabilitation Center after a period of failing health.
She was born on Oct. 21, 1929, in Boston, the daughter of William and Rose (Gottlich) Johnson. Pat moved to the Lakes Region 45 years ago and was a member of the Red Hat Society. She worked for a number of years in the Laconia area as a waitress, most recently for the Soda Shoppe.
She is survived by seven nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, Henry Lang in 1988; and two sons, Peter Lang in
1996 and William H. Lang in 2012.
There will be no calling hours. A graveside service will be held on Saturday, May 31, 2014, at 11:30 a.m. at
Bayside Cemetery in Laconia.
Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 164 Pleasant St., Laconia, is assisting the family with the arrangements.
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Last Updated on Tuesday, 13 May 2014 07:33