GILFORD — John F. Goddard Jr., 92, of 28 Dockham Shore Road died at his home on Friday, Dec. 26, 2014.
John was born Sept. 21, 1922, in Salem, Mass., the son of the late Pauline (Schriner) and John F. Goddard Sr. He resided in Swampscott, Mass., for several years before moving to Gilford 80 years ago.
John served in the Army Air Corps during World War II and was co-owner of Laconia Hardware Store in downtown Laconia for 50 years and was part owner of the Holusin Lodge in Groton. He was also a director and trustee of Laconia Savings Bank, now Bank of New Hampshire, for many years.
John was an avid snowmobiler and hunter. Two of his favorite places were his camp in West Stewartstown and his Lodge in Groton.
He was a member of the Laconia Rotary Club and had perfect attendance for 50 years. He had been a member of Mount Lebanon Masonic Lodge 32 F. & A.M. since 1947 and was Past Master in 1953. He was also a member of the Bektash Shrine, past president of the New England Hardware Dealers, a past member of the Winnipesaukee Yacht Club and a member of the Belknap County Sportsmen's Club.
Survivors include his wife of 65 years, Mary Lou (Spear) Goddard; a son, Gregory Goddard, and his wife, Denise, and a daughter, Wendy Barrett, all of Gilford; two grandchildren, Jennifer and Jeremy; a brother, Wallace Goddard, of Saylorsburg, Pa.; a niece, Mary Jane Moir and husband, Glenn, and their children, Daniel Stone and Annika Stone, all of Penacook and several nephews and nieces.
There will be no calling hours. A memorial service will be held on Monday, Jan. 5, 2015, at 3 p.m., at the Gilford Community Church, 19 Potter Hill Road, Gilford. The Rev. Michael Graham, pastor of the church, will officiate. Spring burial be in the family lot in Pine Grove Cemetery, Gilford.
For those who wish, the family suggests that memorial donations be made to Special Olympics New Hampshire, 650 Elm St., Manchester, NH 03101.
Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 164 Pleasant St., Laconia, is assisting the family. For more information and to view an online memorial go to www.wilkinsonbeane.com.
Last Updated on Monday, 29 December 2014 10:51
PLYMOUTH — Paul A. Riess, 77, passed away peacefully early Wednesday morning at his home in Plymouth, New Hampshire. He is survived by his wife and the love of his life, Ellen Joy, as well as his son Michael and wife Martha, son Patrick and wife Cindy, daughter Darlene and husband Edwin, son Robert and wife Cathy, and four grandchildren.
One of twelve brothers and sisters, Paul was born on September seventeenth, 1937 in Boston, Massachusetts to Warren A. and Irene M. (Cormier) Riess and grew up in Wakefield, Massachusetts.
Paul joined the United States Army at the age of seventeen and was stationed in Germany during the Czech Revolution, where he became part of a country band that toured Germany, for which he earned the nickname, The Boston Cowboy.
After his time in the army, Paul came back to Reading, MA and started the original Riess Construction. In 1972, he and his family moved to Plymouth to remodel and open Ye Welcome Inn restaurant and, later, lounge on Route 3A. Paul, along with his wife and children, ran the restaurant until 1986. In 1983, he started Security Storage, a self-storage business, with his wife Joy, which continues to be operated by the Riess family today.
Paul was a ten-year member of the Plymouth Planning board. Upon hearing of his death, a family friend remarked that Paul was best known for his "high moral compass and family values."
Paul was an entertainer. He loved to sing and play his guitar, and tell stories and jokes. He was a good man with a laughing heart and he will be missed.
Calling Hours will be held in the Mayhew Funeral Home, 12 Langdon St., Plymouth, on Monday, Dec. 29th, 2pm to 4pm and 6pm to 8pm. A graveside service will be held in the Riverside Cemetery, Fairgrounds Road, Plymouth, on Tuesday, Dec. 30th, at 11am. Mary Frances Drake, chaplain for the Pemi-Baker Community Health and Hospice, will officiate.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Paul's memory to Pemi-Baker Community Health and Hospice, 101 Boulder Point Drive, Suite #3, Plymouth, NH. 03264, in support of their work in our community.
Last Updated on Thursday, 25 December 2014 10:28
GILFORD — Joan D. Hamilton, 80, a longtime resident of Gilford died Friday, December 19, 2014 at the Lakes Region General Hospital in Laconia following a period of failing health. Joan was born in Laconia, March 29, 1934, daughter of Clarence and Caroline (Lyman) Dube. She spent her youth in Belmont and graduated from Belmont High School. She was employed for several years at the Belknap County Court House and later worked at O'Shea's Department Store and Gail's Gentle Persuasion in downtown Laconia. She and her late husband "Pat" were active members of the Lakes Region Sled Dog Club and she served as treasurer. For thirteen years Joan and Pat would head south to spend the winter at Zolfo Springs, Florida where they made life long friends. She had many talents and was known to be a superb cook by family and friends. She enjoyed socializing and serving good food for everyone to enjoy. She was an exceptional doll maker and birdwatching was a favorite hobby. She also enjoyed taking her grandchildren to Gilford Beach. Known as Aunt Joanne to many, she had the gift of friendship and showed it with her beautiful smile. She and her late husband were parishioners of St. Joseph Church in Laconia. Joan was predeceased by her husband of 55 years, Wilfred "Pat" A. Hamilton who died in 2009.
She leaves, her son, Charles L. Hamilton and her two grandsons, Matthew William Hamilton and Andrew Charles Hamilton all of Alton; her brother, John Dube and his wife Jeannine of Canterbury and her sister in law and special friend, Phyllis Hamilton of Great Falls, Montana. Numerous nieces and nephews.
According to Joan's wishes, there will not be any public calling hours. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday at 10 a.m. at St. Joseph Church of St. Andre Bassette Parish, Church St. in Laconia. Burial will follow in the family lot at Sacred Heart Cemetery in Laconia.
Arrangements are under the care of the William F. Smart Sr. Memorial Home of Tilton.
Those wishing may make memorial contributions in Joan's name to the Make-A-Wish Foundation of New Hampshire, 814 Elm St., Suite 300, Manchester, NH 03101.
For more information, go to www.smartfuneralhome.com
Last Updated on Monday, 22 December 2014 10:48
SARASOTA, Fla. — Curran Patrick "Pat" Kelley, of Nokomis, and formerly of Laconia, N.H., passed away on Dec. 18, 2014, at the age of 101 in Sarasota.
He was born on April 18, 1913, in Chicago to the late Myra L. Kelley and the late John M. Kelley, a former attorney for the Ringling Brothers and the Ringling Bros., Barnum & Bailey Circus. He graduated from Central High School in Washington, D.C., in 1933, received his bachelor of science degree at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, and LLB at Stetson Law School in DeLand, Fla. He was admitted to the Florida Bar in 1939.
He was married to his beloved wife the late Helen Trieloff in 1942 and left for Navy training immediately afterward. He was a lieutenant in the Navy during World War II and served as a Fleet Liaison Officer, supporting amphibious landings throughout the Pacific theater. He developed an Armed Guard Training Device at the Newport Naval Training Station. This device was manufactured at the Armed Guard Center, at the Brooklyn Naval Shipyard and used during the war.
After the war he worked in Chicago for SoundScriber, was Vice President of Vendall Company and was a licensed real estate broker.
In 1954 he purchased Happy Landing Cottages on Paugus Bay from his mother, Myra. Pat and his wife, Helen, developed and ran the resort in Laconia, N.H., for 43 years. Pat was very active in the Lakes Region as chairman of the Resort Division for the Laconia-Weirs Beach Chamber of Commerce and later served as president. Pat was well known in Laconia as an accomplished artist and muralist.
He retired at 85 and moved to Nokomis in 1999 where he authored a book about his service during World War II and a another about his personal history, including many of his own essays, poems and caricatures of friends and well known personalities.
Pat and his wife Helen were happily married for 63 years.
Those left to cherish the memory of this great man are his children Sharon "Kelley" Anderson, William T. "Bill" Kelley and Laurie Kelley Nelson. He also leaves behind his grandchildren Amanda Schofield Jenkins, Kate Schofield Frerichs, Thomas Kelley; and four great-grandchildren.
A private burial with military honors will be held at Sarasota National Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be made to Tidewell Hospice of Sarasota, FL, www.tidewell.org.
Last Updated on Monday, 22 December 2014 10:37