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Irene D. Therrien, 93

LACONIA — Irene D. Therrien, 93, a resident of the Belknap County Nursing Home, died Saturday, January 17, 2015 at Franklin Regional Hospital following a period of failing health.

Irene was born December 1, 1921 in Berlin, N.H., the daughter of Eugene and Nathalie (Garon) Dube. She was raised in Jay (Chisholm) Maine. At the age of 16, she went in to be a nun, but due to illness could not stay.

Irene lived in Holyoke, Massachusetts for many years, where she worked at many places. For several years she and her husband owned a variety store, which people would come from all over to buy her Italian sandwiches. She made the best grinders ever. When they owned the variety store, they would help a lot of people. When people were laid off from work and going through rough times, they would donate lots of food, including candy for the children. They were very generous and caring people of the community.

They moved back to Livermore Falls, Maine, where Irene retired from Foster Mfg. in Wilton, Maine. She was a long time member of the Daughters of Isabella in Jay, Maine. When Irene's husband died, she moved with her daughter in Laconia, N.H. She made several new friends, and loved going to the Community Center and Friendship Club. She was a communicant of the Sacred Heart Church.

She was predeceased by her husband of 36 years, Edward (Freeze) Therrien, died November 7, 1986, three step children, Yolanda (Therrien) Morasse of Northfield, N.H., died May 9, 2013, and Lorraine (Lorrie) Hoskinson of Riverside, Calif. died June 15, 2013, and Robert Therrien of Palmer, Mass., died February 20, 2007, and one step granddaughter Kathy Moses February, 2009, her brother, Bob Dube of Chicopee, Mass., and her sister Aline (Dube) Dionne of Saco, Maine.

Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law Charlene and Gene Moses, of Laconia, N.H., one step daughter, Julie and George Bishop of Alfred, Maine, three step sons, Roland and Therese Therrien of Jay, Maine, Joseph (Buckshot) Therrien of Jay, Maine, and Wilfred Therrien of Milbridge, Maine. Also five step grandchildren, Joyce and Nick Cameron of Gilford, Betty and John Stefanik of Hooksett, Gene, Jr. and Lorna of Sunapee, Donna Moses of Hill and Danny Moses of White River Junction, Vt. and several step great grandchildren, two sisters, Doris Arsenault and Patricia (Pat) Szafranowicz, both of Holyoke, Mass., three brothers, Normand Dube of Jay, Maine, Oscar Dube of Manchester, N.H., and Maurice Dube of San Angelo, Tex. A God Child, Anita Roberts of Lincoln, R.I., and several nieces and nephews. She also leaves behind her beloved friends Herman and Sharon Martin of Laconia, Gloria Ladore of Laconia, and Irene Thibeault of New York.

The family of Irene wish to give many thanks for the great care she had at Belknap County Nursing Home. The staff is such caring people. They showed such compassion, gave her the personal care she needed like she was family. They laughed and joked with her, gave her whatever she wanted for food, she would always ask for strawberry short cake, and every once in while a staff from the kitchen would bring her one. They have become part of my family, and for that I will be eternally grateful. I am grateful for the visit at the hospital from Shelly and Annette, which put a smile on her face. My mom really truly loved each and every one of you. May God bless you all.

Calling hours will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, January 22, 2015 at the Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home, 164 Pleasant Street, Laconia, using the Carriage House entrance.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, January 22, 2015 at noon at St. Andre Bessette Parish – Sacred Heart Church, 291 Union Avenue, Laconia.

Reception to follow at the Sacred Heart parish hall.

Burial with be at Holy Cross Cemetery in Livermore Falls, Maine in the spring.

Donations may be made for transportation and activity needs to the Belknap County Nursing Home, 30 County Drive, 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 Monday, 19 January 2015 09:05

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Robert H. Castellon, 85

GILFORD — Robert Henry Castellon, also known as Bob Wilson, "The Voice of the Bruins", 85, of Gilford, N.H. passed away on January 15, 2015 after a courageous battle with lung cancer.

Bob was born March 9, 1929 in Stoneham, Mass., the son of Henry Elwyn and Louise (Wilson) Castellon. He grew up in Arlington, Mass., attending the Arlington School system, graduating from Arlington High School in 1946. He enlisted in the U.S. Air Force, serving three years, stationed at Williams Air Force Base in Chandler, AZ. He served as an airplane instrument mechanic and was honorably discharged in June 1949.

He married the love of his life, Nancy E. Sargent on Thanksgiving Day in 1950, in Arlington, Mass. They enjoyed 64 years of marriage.

Bob attended Boston University, transferring to Leland Powers School of 
Radio, Television and Theatre in Boston and graduated in June 1952 as Vice-President of his class. As the top candidate in his class, Bob was offered a job in Crowley, Louisiana in 1952. This served as the beginning of his long and illustrious career in broadcasting. He was a staff announcer for KSIG and KLFY in Lafayette La., in addition to broadcasting minor league baseball, Golden Glove boxing, high school football and basketball. Bob continued his career in Baton Rouge as a rock and roll disc jockey.

Returning to the Boston area in 1957, Bob was a Top 40 DJ at WCOP. Needing to have a two-syllable name to fit the stations' jingles, Bob assumed his mother's maiden name of Wilson and became Bob Wilson. In 1962, Bob moved to WHDH in Boston and his 30-year association with the Boston Bruins began in 1964. Except for two years spent in St. Louis as the KMOX television sports director, Bob was the "Voice of the Bruins" from 1967 until his retirement in 1995. Bob's distinctive booming voice, descriptive powers and knowledge of hockey painted a vivid picture of the game for his listeners. Bob prided himself on calling a game with fairness, not necessarily objectivity. He never missed a game in his career, which including exhibitions, preseason and playoffs means some 3,000 games. A legendary icon in the business, Bob was the consummate professional, mentor, teacher and role model for generations of hockey enthusiasts. For several years, Bob provided the play-by-play for the Beanpot tournaments in Boston. A savvy business man, Bob started Bob Wilson Productions and was the spokesman for South Boston Savings Bank for 21 years, and did various commercials, voice-overs, industrials and served on the local board of American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA).

Wilson was founder and first president of the NHL Broadcaster's Association and voted the "Best Radio Sports Play By Play" twice by Boston Magazine. Earning the highest honors in his field, Wilson was elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto with the Foster Hewitt Award, the Massachusetts Broadcaster's Hall of Fame and the Massachusetts Hockey Hall of Fame. One of Bob's proudest moments was the naming of the radio broadcast booth, "The Bob Wilson Radio Booth" in his honor at the TD Garden in Boston in 2011.

Bob was a wonderful husband and father and loved his family dearly. His main goal in life was to provide them with the best and happiest life that he was capable of, and often worked several extra jobs to accomplish this. By keeping the family name of Castellon for his family, he provided his children with the privacy that enabled them to lead a normal, happy life growing up in Belmont, Mass. He was very proud of all of his three children, seven grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and one great-great granddaughter.

Bob's hobbies included 15 years in the Senior Bowling League, golfing, boating on Lake Winnipesaukee, as well as creating and maintaining beautiful gardens and landscapes. Bob and Nancy's gardens were a featured stop on local garden tours. Bob enjoyed following all sports on both radio and television.

He is survived by his wife, Nancy E. (Sargent) Castellon, of Gilford, his children, Linda Tucker and her husband Leo of Montour Falls, N.Y., his son William Castellon and his wife Nancy of Kittery, Maine, his daughter Patti Hines of Laconia, N.H.; his grandchildren Jennifer Cilley, Timothy Tucker, Michael Castellon, Rebecca Castellon, Robert T. Castellon, Susanna Hines Mack and Betsey Hines Wilder; his great grandchildren, Kyle Ellsworth, Michael, Dawson and Sierra Verdegaal, Brianna and Kevin Hoessli-Tucker and Ellie Tucker, Rozalyn Mack and Derek Wilder; his great-great granddaughter, Aubrey Ellsworth.

Bob was pre-deceased by his parents and his sister, Margaret and her husband, George Dalrymple. One sister, Brenda Cox of Arlington, Mass., and many nieces and nephews survive him.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Boston Bruins Foundation (100 Legends Way, Boston, MA 02114) or the Bob Wilson Memorial Scholarship for Communications c/o Lakes Region Scholarship Foundation, PO Box 7312, Gilford, NH 03247-7312.

A celebration of Bob's life will be held at Gilford Community Church, 19 Potter Hill Road, Gilford, N.H. at 11 a.m. on Saturday, January 24, 2015. A reception will follow the service.

A spring burial is planned in the Wixson Memorial Garden, Gilford, N.H.

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 go to www.wilkinsonbeane.com.

Last Updated on Monday, 19 January 2015 09:03

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Laconia youth football & cheer banquet to be held on Saturday

Laconia Youth Football and Cheer Association will be holding its 2014 Season Awards Banquet On January 24, 2015 at 4 p.m. The banquet will be held at the Laconia High School in the auditorium.

Last Updated on Monday, 19 January 2015 08:59

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Knights of Columbus hold free-throw contest

The Belmont council of the Knights of Columbus held a free throw contest on Saturday at the Holy Trinity School gym in Laconia. The picture shows the winner, Adam Barton and the team leaders. Left to right: Mark Messier, Grand Knight Belmont, John Shevenell, District Deputy and Richard Sonia, Laconia Grand Knight. (Courtesy photo)

Last Updated on Monday, 19 January 2015 08:37

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