MEREDITH — Edward James "Jim" Durkee of Meredith, passed away peacefully at Lakes Region General Hospital, on Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014 after an unexpected illness.
Born August 18th, 1944 in Montague, Mass., he was the son of Clement and Mary Bevis Durkee. Jim was raised in Athol, Mass., graduating from Athol High School in 1962. He earned a Bachelors Degree in Physical Education from Plymouth State College, and a Masters Degree in Physical Education from Springfield College.
Jim settled with his wife, Paulette, in Meredith, N.H. where he accepted a position as a physical education teacher at Inter-Lakes High School in 1967. He remained in this role until his retirement from the school system in 2009.
Jim dedicated his life to the service of others. Along with coaching an assortment of sports teams within the Inter-Lakes School District for 45 years, he also served as Meredith's Recreation Director during the summer for many years. He was well known for his endless devotion to the local community where he served various roles working with area youth on the athletic field. Everyone who knew Jim was touched by his kindness, character, and integrity. Working with, and mentoring young adults was Jim's fundamental mission in life. He believed that, regardless of skill level, any kid that showed a passion to learn, and a willingness to seek personal improvement should be granted the ultimate gift a coach can provide: opportunity. Jim coached many successful teams, but he always believed that winning should not come at the expense of character. He did not seek recognition for his accomplishments, but his induction to the Walter A. Smith Coaches Hall of Fame was one of his proudest moments.
Above all else, Jim was a loving husband, father, and grandfather. He was a man that unconditionally loved all members of his immediate and extended family. He knew no greater joy than raising his own children and experiencing the lives they have made for themselves. In retirement, he welcomed the newly earned role of grandfather and embraced the opportunity to watch his grandson grow; excitedly supplying him with all the athletic equipment he will need in his formative years.
He is predeceased by his parents Clement and Mary, and his brother, Richard.
Jim is survived by his wife of 44 years, Paulette; son Matthew and wife Meghan Durkee of Epping, daughter Leigh and husband Christopher Hislop of Newmarket; one grandchild, William James Hislop; one brother John Durkee of Attleboro, Mass.; several brothers and sisters in-law, along with many nieces and nephews.
Calling hours will be held at Mayhew Funeral Home (Routes 3 and 104), Meredith on Sunday, April 27, 2014 from 2 p.m. through 5 p.m. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend. Interment will be private.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Jim's memory can be made to the Meredith Parks and Recreation "Program Scholarships" fund. The monies will be allocated to less fortunate children, enabling them the opportunity to participate in the recreation programs. Checks should be made payable to "Town of Meredith" with "Program Scholarships" in the memo field and sent to Meredith Parks and Recreation, 1 Circle Drive, Meredith, NH 03253.
Mayhew Funeral Homes & Crematorium of Meredith and Plymouth are handling the arrangements. For Jim's Book of Memories: www.mayhewfuneralhomes.com
Last Updated on Thursday, 24 April 2014 07:25
NORTHFIELD — Aaron M. Hoyt, 32, a resident of Northfield died Monday, April 14, 2014 from injuries suffered in a diving accident at Smith River in Bristol. Aaron was born in Concord, September 27, 1981, son of R. Michael and Lori B. (Hunter) Hoyt. He was a life long resident of the Tilton-Northfield-Concord areas. He was a graduate of the Winnisquam Regional High School. He joined and served honorably in the U. S. Army following graduation. He worked as an assistant manager for several years for CVS in Concord and at the same time, was an early riser and delivery person for the Concord Monitor. He enjoyed the outdoors and was a free spirited individual. Family was the most important thing to Aaron and the joy of his life was his 11 year old son Dominick. He was due to be married this summer.
He leaves, his parents, R. Michael and Lori B. (Hunter) Hoyt of Northfield; his son, Dominick J. Hoyt and Dominick's mom, Nicole Hoyt, both of Syracuse, N.Y.; sister, Amanda B. (Hoyt) and her husband Jamie Hinton of Keene; brothers, Tyler W. Hoyt of Franklin, Trever D. Hoyt of Northfield; his fiancée, Alison J. Gould of Northfield; paternal grandparents, Robert C. Hoyt and Marjorie M. (Bucklin) Hoyt of Franklin; maternal grandmother, Claire A. (Shallow) Hunter of Weare.
Calling hours will be held Tuesday, April 29, 2014 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the William F. Smart Sr. Memorial Home, Franklin-Tilton Road in Tilton. A brief committal service with military honors will be held, Wednesday, April 30 at 11 a.m. at the New Hampshire State Veterans Cemetery, 110 D. W. Highway in Boscawen. A reception will follow at Thompson Hall, Congregational Christian Church in West Franklin.
Those wishing may make memorial contributions in Aaron's name to the New Hampshire Fish and Game, Law Enforcement Division or Search and Rescue, 11 Hazen Drive, Concord, NH 03301 (Law Enforcement Division or Search and Rescue).
For more information go to www.smartfuneralhome.com.
Last Updated on Thursday, 24 April 2014 07:18
Dominic P. Marino, 89
LACONIA — Domenic P. Marino, 89, of Laconia, New Port Richey, Fla., and formerly of Winthrop, Mass., passed away at the Massachusetts General Hospital on April 21, 2014, after a brief illness.
Born in Boston, he was the beloved son of the late Louise (Tennaro) and Prospero Marino. A resident of Winthrop for many years, he was an All Scholastic High School Athlete who signed his first professional baseball contract as a pitcher in 1946 with the Brooklyn Dodgers. He was employed at Prudential Insurance, working his way up to Regional Manager prior to his retirement. After his retirement, he split time between his homes in Laconia and New Port Richey, Fla. He was also a former member of the Holy Name Society.
He was the devoted husband of the late Temi (Guidi) and the loving father of Mary Doolan and her husband Peter of Marshfield Hills, Mass., Stephen Marino and is wife Mary of Reading, Mass., and Domenic Marino Jr. and his wife Kathy of Methuen, Mass. Dear brother of Frances Cataldo of Revere, Mass. He was the cherished grandfather of Elizabeth, Jennifer, Jessica, Kimberly, Victoria and Matthew. He was the longtime friend of Virginia O'Connell of Meredith, and he is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.
Family and friends are cordially invited to attend the visitation from the Caggiano Funeral Home, Winthrop Mass., on Friday, April 25, 2014 from 4 to 8 p.m. The funeral will be conducted from the funeral home on Saturday, April 26, 2014, at 9 a.m. followed by a funeral Mass in St. John the Evangelist Church 320 Winthrop St., Winthrop at 10 a.m. Interment to follow the Mass in the Cross Street section of Winthrop Cemetery.
For directions, memorial donations or to sign the online guestbook go to www.caggianofuneralhome.com.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 April 2014 07:18
LACONIA — Martha H. Simmons, 93, of 21 Ledges Drive, died Sunday, April 13, 2014 at the Taylor Community at Ledgeview.
She was born on February 22, 1921 in Manchester, NH, the daughter of Dr. Lewis F. and Alice L. (Haskell) Heath. She worked for many years for her father as a Dental Assistant. Martha was a member of the Opechee Garden Club, the Mary Butler Chapter of the D.A.R., a member of the Gilford Hills Tennis Club and was a talented decorative artist. She also worked as a volunteer for the Lakes Region General Hospital.
She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Lewis and Suzanne Simmons of Alton, and a daughter, Tina C. Simmons of Aiken, S.C., four grandchildren, Mark Simmons and his wife Tracey, Ian Hoelzel, Rachel Donnelly and Shannon Donnelly; two great grandchildren Lauren and Grace; numerous nephews and nieces. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband of 58 years, Vernon A. Simmons in 2005, sister Carolyn Kennedy and brother Fuller Heath.
There will be no calling hours.
A private graveside service will be held at Bayside Cemetery in Laconia.
For those who wish, memorial contributions may be made to the New Hampshire Humane Society, PO Box 572, Laconia, NH 03247 or to Breathe New Hampshire, 145 Hollis St. Unit C, 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 Wednesday, 23 April 2014 05:32