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John L. McCarthy, 84

TILTON — John L. McCarthy, 84, a long-time resident of Tilton, died at his home Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014, after a period of declining health.

Son of Alma (Levis) and John L. McCarthy Sr., he was born in Mount Vernon, N.Y., on June 21, 1930. John spent his youth in Quincy, Mass. He was a graduate of Boston College High School (Class of 1948), attended Boston College, and earned an MBA from Worcester Polytechnic Institute. He served his country in the Army National Guard and lived for many years in Shrewsbury, Mass.

During his youth, John was a clubhouse boy for the Boston Red Sox and during breaks, often played cribbage with Ted Williams. John had a brilliantly analytical mind and was at the forefront of the electronic data processing/information technology revolution as a senior executive at Wyman-Gordon Company for 29 years, retiring in 1985. He revolutionized Midget Auto Racing as well.

Upon retirement, John relocated to Tilton, from Shrewsbury, Mass., and began a long career in public service as an active civic leader, having served as Selectman (chair), Police Commissioner, Planning Board member, and School Board member. He was hugely instrumental in the development of the Lakes Region Mall (now the Tanger Outlet mall) and often spoke at Statehouse and Senate hearings on issues he felt important for the citizens of Tilton. He was involved with charitable work and served on the Board of Directors at St. Vincent Hospital in Worcester, Mass., and was a member of the Local Elks Lodge in Laconia and Worcester, Mass.

Inducted into the New England Auto Racing Hall of Fame in 2007, McCarthy was a championship car owner, designer/builder, and innovative promoter who brought Midget Auto Racing from the brink of extinction to the mainstream as President of the North East Midget Association during the 1960s-70s. Also in retirement, McCarthy pursued his first love – auto racing – at New Hampshire International Speedway where he was Vintage Coordinator for 20 years, bringing antique race cars from across America to the largest gathering of its kind in the country.

McCarthy kept his mind agile and kept current with 13 newspapers. He enjoyed his home on Silver Lake and the view from his favorite chair. He was predeceased by his first wife, Rosemary (McCarty) McCarthy, and is survived by his wife Elizabeth "Betty" A. LaFleche-McCarthy; daughters Paula McCarthy of Shrewsbury, Mass.; Rosemary, wife of James Marshall of Worcester and Hyannis, Mass.; Janet, wife of Steven Albahari of Brewster, Mass.; and Joanne McCarthy, wife of David Vadenais of Sturbridge, Mass.; a sister, Deirdre Doherty of Hingham, Mass.; eight grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; five nephews and a niece.

A celebration of his life will be held for family and friends later in the spring of 2015.

Those wishing to may make contributions in John's name to the Salvation Army, 177 Union Ave., Laconia, NH. 03246.

Arrangements are under the care of the William F. Smart Sr. Memorial Home in Tilton. For more information go to www.smarfuneralhome.com

Last Updated on Monday, 08 December 2014 10:45

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Richard H. Plummer, 56

LACONIA — Richard "Dick" H. Plummer, 56, of 334 South Main St., #3, died suddenly at home on Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, after a long illness.

Mr. Plummer was born June 22, 1958, in Laconia, the son of Richard W. and Geraldine (Little) Plummer. He was a follower and believer of Jesus Christ, his Lord and Savior.

Mr. Plummer was a lifelong resident of Laconia and had been employed at Genesis Behavioral Health for 16 years. He served in the Army.

Survivors include his son, Richard W. Plummer of Florida; four grandchildren, Zachary, Gabriel, Regan and Logan; his mother, Geraldine Soucy, and her husband, Oscar, of Farmington; his brother, Dirk Plummer, of Laconia; two sisters, Brenda Brown of Middleton and Colleen Casavant of Farmington; four nieces and two nephews.

He was predeceased by his father, Richard W. Plummer.

Mr. Plummer was an avid outdoor enthusiast. He loved his family very much and enjoyed all celebrations. He also enjoyed road trips, coffee outings, weekly shopping trips with his Mom and his "doggie pal," Henry, and helping others. He will surely be missed.

There will be no calling hours. A Celebration of Life will be held at the Beane Conference Center, 35 Blueberry Lane, Laconia, on Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014, at 1 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial donations be made to Genesis Behavioral Health, 111 Church St., Laconia, NH 03246.

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 Monday, 08 December 2014 10:34

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Madeline Minnon, 87

LACONIA — Madeline "Maddy" Minnon, 87, formerly of Merrimac St., died at the Lakes Region General Hospital on Wednesday, December 3, 2014.
Mrs. Minnon was born August 7, 1927 in Laconia, N.H., the daughter of the late Leodore and Mathilda (Rodrigue) Doyon. She was a lifelong resident of Laconia and had been employed at Laconia Shoe for thirty years.
Mrs. Minnon was a communicant of Sacred Heart Church and was a member of the Catholic Daughters of America. She enjoyed playing golf and was a former member of the Laconia Country Club and Lakeview Country Club.
Survivors include several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, Mrs. Minnon was predeceased by her husband of sixty-six years, George V. Minnon, who died March 1, 2014 , by three brothers, Roland Doyon, who was killed in WWII, Armand Doyon and Wilson Doyon and by her two sisters, Yvette Maheux and Irene Leroux.
A calling hour will be held on Monday, December 8, 2014 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. in the Carriage House of the Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home, 164 Pleasant Street, Laconia, N.H.
Following the calling hour, a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at noon at St. Andre Bessette Parish, at Sacred Heart Church, 291 Union Avenue, Laconia, N.H.
Burial will be in the family lot in Sacred Heart Cemetery, Laconia.
For those who wish, the family suggests that memorial donations be made to St. Francis Rehabilitation & Nursing Center – Activities Fund, 406 Court Street, Laconia, N.H. 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, 31 December 1969 07:00

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Robert R. O'Donnell, 83

GILFORD — Robert R. O'Donnell, 83, of 15 Bacon Drive #6, died on Tuesday, December 2, 2014 at the Belknap County Nursing Home, Laconia.
Bob was born October 14, 1931 in Medford, Mass., the son of the late Joseph E. and Olive M. (Rice) O'Donnell.
Bob resided in Medford for several years before moving to Gilford, N.H. thirty-eight years ago. He served in the U. S. Marine Corps during the Korean War and had been employed at Borden Chemical for forty years before retiring in 1991.
Bob was a past Commander of the Lakes Region Detachment Marine Corps League and was a founding member of the Alton Shores Association in Alton, N.H. He enjoyed following all New England sports teams, Gilford Beach with his family, Hart's Turkey Farm, Meredith and the camp in North Conway.
Survivors include his wife of sixty years, Barbara J. ( Hoyles) O'Donnell of Gilford; three sons, Robert R. O'Donnell, Jr. of Gilford, Richard E. O'Donnell of Meredith and Brian S. O'Donnell of Sanbornton; a daughter, Debora J. O'Donnell, and her husband, James A. Fecteau, of Hooksett; four grandchildren, Derek, Darren, Daryl and Kristin; eight great grandchildren; a sister, Olive Post, and her husband, Sonny, of Medford, Mass. and numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, Bob was predeceased by his brothers, Joseph, Richard and Jack and a sister, Dorothy.
There will be no calling hours.
A Funeral Service will be held on Monday, December 8, 2014 at 11 a.m. in the Chapel at the New Hampshire State Veterans Cemetery, 110 Daniel Webster Highway, Boscawen, N.H.
Burial will follow the service.
For those who wish, the family suggests that memorial donations be made to the Belknap County Nursing Home Activities Fund, 30 County Drive, Laconia, NH 03246 or to Central N.H. 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, 03 December 2014 07:46

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