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Edward F. Woodbury, 73


RUMNEY — Edward Frank Woodbury, 73, of East Rumney Road, Rumney, N.H., died April 17, 2015, at Speare Memorial Hospital, in Plymouth, after a courageous battle with cancer.

Born in Plymouth on January 3, 1942, he was the son of Clarence and Doris (Branard) Woodbury.

Edward grew up in the Campton and Plymouth area, where he attended schools. He resided in the Plymouth area most all his life, spending the past twenty years residing in Rumney.

Edward worked as a mechanic for several different garages, in the Plymouth area and had also worked as a carpenter, building many houses in the area. He worked, for over thirty years, for the former Rochester Shoe Tree Company, Plymouth, in the maintenance department.

Edward was a US Army veteran. He was a past member of both the Rumney and Plymouth American Legion Posts.

Edward loved to spend time in the outdoors and fishing was a big part of his life.

Edward was predeceased by his first wife, Geraldine (Bragg) Woodbury, who died in January of 1980, a son, Buddy W. Robertson, who died in December of 2014, and a sister, Alvine Rackliffe.

Edward is survived by his wife of thirty-four years, Jean L. (Converse) Woodbury of Rumney, son, Edward S. Woodbury and daughter Cheryl Woodbury both of Plymouth, son, Douglas Robertson of Rumney, four grandchildren, Edward S. II, Caleb, Shelby and Emma, four great grandchildren, sister, Clarese Fitch of Huntington, CA, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Calling hours will be held in the Mayhew Funeral Home, 12 Langdon St. Plymouth, on Friday, April 24, 6 to 8 p.m. Burial will be held at the convenience of the family.

To sign Edward's Book of Memories, please go to; www.mayhewfuneralhomes.com

Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 April 2015 06:20

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Leonard B. Hooker

MEREDITH — Leonard Bartlett Hooker passed from this world on April 16, 2015. Born in 1923 he was the first of 5 children born to Alonzo E. and Lucy G. Hooker of Holbrook, Mass., Leonard was non-stop from the time he learned to walk. From pulling nails out with his teeth to eating a pint of ice cream on his walk home from work at the family business, Hooker Bros. Ice Cream, Leonard's stories were as colorful as his biography.

After graduating Holbrook High School in 1941, Leonard went on to graduate from Wiggins Aircraft Mechanic School with a certification in aircraft and engine repair. He attended MIT night school prior to enlisting in the U.S. Army Air Corp. He served under the Civilian Pilot Training Program and participated in the training the first students and mechanics enrolled in the program. His dreams of becoming a pilot were dashed following a crash while riding an Indian motorcycle in Arizona. Grounded, he spent the war years as a mechanic in the Pacific, specifically the Philippines and Japan, working on B-17, B-29, and P-51 aircraft.

Following WWII, Leonard moved to Laconia, N.H., where he was hired on as the mechanic at the Laconia Airport. Leonard went on to earn a pilot's license and was certified by the CAA, an FAA predecessor, to repair, inspect and license aircraft for flight. During this time, Leonard met Shirley A. Colburn at Mother Mack's Boardinghouse in Laconia. Leonard and Shirley were married on February 22, 1947 and together raised 5 children. Following the dissolution of this marriage, Leonard married Gwendolyn L. Dauphinette on May 13, 1978.
When work at the airport ended, Leonard moved on to Willey's Express as a large truck mechanic. Leonard was a member of the Teamsters' Union and was chief mechanic for the F. S. Willey Co. for 30 years.

Leonard was generous with his time and skills. For 25 years he was a member of the Boy Scout Committee for troop 64 and for 3 years volunteered at Hidden Valley Scout Reservation. He was a member and at one time president of the Belknap County Sportsman's Association of Guilford, which was where he perfected the art of the chicken barbecue. He was a member of the Trinity Methodist Church of Weirs Beach, where they appreciated and utilized his chicken barbecue skills. Leonard also served as post commander of American Legion Post #58. Leonard volunteered for 14 years at the Owl's Head Transportation Museum, Owl's Head, Maine where he rebuilt aircraft for display and flight. He delighted in his time spent in Owl's Head.

At the age of 50 and still young at heart, Leonard built and raced dirt track stock cars at the old Bryer Race Track, now the NH Motor Speedway in Loudon. At times, Leonard even competed against his son, Bruce, at the track. In later years, there was less competition with Bruce and more camaraderie as they collaborated on projects at Prescott Farm Environmental Education Center, Laconia.

The faint odor of motor oil, the hitch in his step, his infectious smile and his willingness to help others will be dearly missed by those left behind including his long time companion, Sue Flanders of Meredith, N.H.; sister, Ruth Hooker of Holbrook, Mass.; son, Alan Hooker (Emily) of Bozeman, Mont.; daughters, Sissy Hooker; Susan Mansfield of Ely, Minn.; and Wendy Hooker (Tom Payer) of Fairbanks, Alaska; step-daughter, Jean Munsey of Gilmanton, N.H.; 19 grand-children, and 24 great-grandchildren.

Leonard is predeceased by his parents Alonzo and Lucy; three brothers, Richard, Dean and Elbridge; wife, Gwendolyn; and son, Bruce.

Calling hours will be held on Wednesday, April 22, 2015 from 2 to 4 p.m., at Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home, 164 Pleasant Street Laconia, NH, using the Carriage House entrance.

A Funeral service will Immediately follow at 4 p.m. also at the funeral home.

Burial will be at Oakland Cemetery, Meredith, N.H. at a later date.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made in his name to the Prescott Farm Environmental Education Center 928 White Oaks Road, 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 and online memorial, please visit www.wilkinsonbeane.com.

Last Updated on Monday, 20 April 2015 06:23

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Thomas H. Kilgellon


LACONIA — Thomas H. Kilgellon, 61, went home to be with the Lord with his loving wife by his side on Tuesday, February 17, 2015 at Lakes Region General Hospital.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, April 25, 2015 at 11 a.m. at the Congregational Church, 18 Veterans Square, Laconia NH.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations be made to New Hampshire Humane Society, PO Box 572, Laconia NH 03247.
Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 164 Pleasant Street, Laconia NH is assisting with the arrangements. For more information and to view an online memorial go to www.wilkinsonbeane.com.

Last Updated on Monday, 20 April 2015 06:18

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Robin L. Elliotte, 48


OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. — Robin Lee Elliotte, age 48, of Laconia, N.H. and Arcadia, Fla., died Saturday, March 7, 2015 at St. Anthony Hospital in Oklahoma City, after suffering a stroke.

Robin was born May 14th, 1966 in Laconia, N.H. Much of her earlier life was spent in the Laconia area before becoming a cross country truck driver. She loved being on the road, traveling around and seeing the country.

Robin is survived by her long time partner, George Bean, her son, Marvin Elliotte, her mothers, Norrine Derusha and Penny O'Day, her sisters, Laura Antonis-Morrissette, Laronda Clark-Patten and Brittany Pools, and brothers Mark Wright, Kevin Machon and Todd Gray. She is also survived by uncles and aunts, Mr. and Mrs. Lamont Clark and Mr. and Mrs. Ben Elliotte, as well as many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, April 25, 2015 at United Baptist Church, 35 Park St., Lakeport, N.H. at 11 a.m. Grave side service to follow at Maple Grove Cemetery, Baptist Rd., Canterbury, N.H., at 1 p.m.

Last Updated on Monday, 20 April 2015 06:16

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