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Arthur A. Dean, 79

MEREDITH — Arthur Alwin Dean, 79, passed away at Golden View Health Care Center on Monday, August 25, 2014.

Art was born in Tilton, NH, on June 23, 1935 to Gladys (Merrill) and Charles Dean. He grew up in Tilton, graduating from Tilton-Northfield High School. Art attended Plymouth State Teachers College, where he earned a Bachelor's Degree in Education and played basketball and baseball. He served in the Army Reserves, and later earned a Master's Degree in Physical Education from Boston University.

Art began raising his family with former wife Jeraldine P. Dean in 1958, settling in Laconia in 1966. During his 37-year teaching career, he taught physical education, driver's education and coached a number of boys' and girls' sports. Before coming to Laconia, he taught and coached in Lincoln, Bristol and Franklin, where he was Athletic Director. For many years, Art was a physical education teacher at the former Memorial Junior High School in Laconia. He served as varsity boy's basketball coach at Laconia High School from 1969 to 1975. After retiring from coaching, Art was an NHIAA-certified soccer official.

Art strongly believed in the value of education, and participation in athletics, in preparing young people for life. He established summer basketball leagues for different age groups in Laconia, organized the annual Lakes Region Basketball Clinic, and was also on the coaching staff of basketball camps run by former Boston Celtic players Larry Siegfried and Dave Cowens.

Art enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening, exercising and attending his grandchildren's activities. He also loved watching ballgames on TV, and spending time with family and friends at his camp near Kearsarge Mountain in Andover.

Family members include: his son, Timothy S. Dean, and his wife Michelle, of Laconia; his daughter, Cheryl A. Angus, of Gilmanton; his son, James M. Dean, and Nancy DePasquale of Beverly, MA; his son, John K. Dean, and his wife, Karen, of Gilmanton, NH; grandchildren, Hayley Angus, of Campton, NH, Evan Dean and his adopted sister Saray Dean of Cape Cod, MA, Olivia, Aidan and Victoria Dean of Laconia, and Lauren and Caroline Dean of Gilmanton; great grandchildren Maxx and Juno Angus of Campton.

Calling hours will be held on Friday, September 5, from 4 to 6 PM at Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 164 Pleasant Street, Laconia, NH. , using the Carriage House entrance.

Burial will be at a later date in Franklin Cemetery, Franklin.

Donations in Art's memory may be made to the Arthur Dean Student-Athlete Scholarship Fund, c/o Lakes Region Scholarship Foundation, PO Box 7312, Gilford, NH 03247-7312.

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, 01 September 2014 08:11

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Suzanne L. Day, 50

LACONIA — Suzanne Little Day, 50, of Laconia died unexpectedly on July 9, 2014 following a brief illness.

Suzanne was born in Laconia , NH on March 21, 1964 to Joan Beach Little and Clayton Alton Little. Suzanne attended Inter-Lakes High School in Meredith. She grew up in Center Sandwich.

She was formerly employed by Hector's Restaurant in Laconia and by the former McKerley's Nursing Home in Laconia.

Suzanne was a spirited woman, kind hearted, helpful and loving to all who knew her. She passionately cared about animal welfare, horses, cats and all living creatures. She was fond of bright colors, hot air balloons, fireflies, the country, campfires and the ocean. She greatly enjoyed camping with her long time life partner, Jim, and loved exploring the outdoors and traveling back roads with him.

She will be deeply missed by those who loved her but her spirit and love will be with them forever.

She is survived by her mother, Joan Beach Little of Center Sandwich; her sweetheart, James E. Manning of Laconia; her sisters, Sally Ann Little Washington of Keene and Betsy Little Page of Laconia; her aunts, uncles and cousins; and her beloved cat Shadow. She was predeceased by her father, Clayton Alton Little, and her brother, Jay Alton Little.

Memorial services will be held on September 20, 2014 at 2 p.m. at the Baptist Meetinghouse on Church Street, Center Sandwich, N.H.

In lieu of flowers contributions in her memory may be made to the New Hampshire Humane Society, 1305 Meredith Center Road, PO Box 572, Laconia, NH 03246 or to Live and Let Live Farm, Inc. 20 Paradise Lane, Chichester NH 03258.

Last Updated on Thursday, 04 September 2014 07:24

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Charlotte Duponte, 48

LACONIA — Charlotte Duponte, 48, of 106 Messer St, died Wednesday, August 27, 2014 in her home after a period of failing health.

Charlotte was born on November 5, 1965 in Malden, Mass., the daughter of Stephen and Donna (Wiggin) Grace and was a longtime resident of Laconia.

Charlotte was very giving and caring and she loved unconditionally. She loved motorcycle riding and her dog, Zoey.

In addition to her parents of Salem, Charlotte is survived by a son, John Spiegler of Laconia; a daughter, Heather Pomeranz, of Nashua; two grandchildren, Jenna and Jacob Spiegler, both of Meredith; a brother, Joel Grace, of Reno, Nevada; two sisters, Alyson Nummela of Uxbridge, Mass. and Sharon Adrien of Concord and her former husband, Stuart Spiegler, of Laconia.

Calling hours will be held on Saturday, August 30, 2014 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Carriage House of the Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home, 164 Pleasant Street, Laconia, N.H.

A Funeral Service will follow the calling hours at 1 p.m. also at the Funeral Home.

For those who wish, the family suggests that memorial donations be made to the American Diabetes Association, 10 Speen Street, Second Floor, Framingham, MA 01701 or to the American Heart Association, 2 Wall Street, Manchester, NH 03101.

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 Thursday, 28 August 2014 08:22

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James R. Eakin, 73

MEREDITH — Dr. James R. Eakin, 73, optometrist, of Meredith, N.H., died Sunday, August 24, 2014 at the home of his beloved Cindi Curtis with family with him. He was born 3 months premature in Franklin, Penn., to the late Cora (Phinney) and Harold Eakin, January l, 1941, with a twin sibling, Roger, who did not survive. He married Annette Coen Eakin who survives with his children, Mitchell and Brooke of Concord, N.H. and Colin of St. Petersburg, Fla. His sister and brother-in-law, Kathryn Miller and the Hon. Gordon Miller of Hilton Head, S.C., both were with him till the day of his death. He has a nephew, Christopher Miller and his wife, Blair, and great niece and nephew living in Denver, Colo.
Jim graduated from Franklin High School, Franklin, Penn. in 1959 and Mt. Union College in Alliance, Ohio after serving 2 years in the US Army and thereafter graduated from Ohio State University Optometry School. He practiced most recently, until June, 2014, in Laconia where he owned his business and thoroughly enjoyed his staff and patients. He had to give up working when he became ill with an aggressive cancer.
His skills in his career are only a fraction of the man.
He was stoic and courageous and never complained. He was gentle with a dry sense of humor, always kind and quick to give back to his community whether on a professional level or other. He helped with adaptive skiing last winter with the blind and autistic. He was good to his family and to all whom he touched and who touched him.
Jim loved high energy activities and was a 15 year green card member of the Meredith Mountain and Chowder Society and co-wrote the adopted by-laws. He enjoyed the outdoors, hiking, tennis, downhill skiing, water sports on Lake Winnipesaukee, biking and travel with Cindi to many places to pursue these activities.
Jim was a member of the Laconia Rotary Club and was honored to receive several Paul Harris Fellow awards. He was also a member of Gilford Hills Tennis and Fitness Club.
There will be calling hours in the Carriage House of the Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home, 164 Pleasant Street, Laconia on Friday, September 26, 2014 from 4 to 7 p.m.
There will be a memorial celebration of Jim's life at the Laconia Congregational Church, 69 Pleasant Street, Laconia, N. H. on Saturday, September 27, 2014 at 11 a.m.
Burial will be in the family lot in Meredith Village Cemetery, Meredith, N.H.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Laconia Rotary Club, PO Box 503 Laconia¸ NH 03247-0503 or a charity of one's choice.
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, 24 September 2014 06:02

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