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Jason Hirtle, 34

Jason L. Hirtle, 34

OGDEN, Utah — Jason L. Hirtle, 34, formerly of Northfield, N.H., passed away suddenly on May 9, 2014, at his home in Ogden.

Jason was born in Concord, N.H., on Nov. 19, 1979, and grew up in Northfield, N.H.

He was a 1998 graduate of the Winnisquam Regional High School in Tilton. Following graduation Jason entered the Air Force. In his 14 years of service he was stationed at several Air Force bases, as well as in Saudi Arabia, Korea, Iraq and Italy. His most recent duty station was Hill Air Force Base in Utah. Jason was honorably discharged with the rank of staff sergeant in 2012 due to injuries suffered in an automobile accident. He continued to maintain his residence in Ogden.

Jason loved motorcycles and was a rider instructor for both the military and civilian courses. He also loved mountain biking, skydiving and scuba diving.

Jason is survived by, his 15-year-old son, Devin Hirtle of Abilene, Texas; his parents, Leamon and Meredith (Sherburne) Hirtle of Northfield, N.H.; and his sister, Rebecca Butler and her husband Craig of Laconia, N.H.

Calling hours are planned for Sunday, May 18, 2014, from 3 to 7 p.m. at the William F. Smart Sr. Memorial Home, Franklin-Tilton Road (584 West Main St.) in Tilton, N.H. Interment, with military honors, will be in the New Hampshire State Veterans Cemetery, on Monday, May 19, 2014 at 1:30 p.m.

Jason's family requests that flowers be omitted and donations be made in his name to the Wounded Warrior Project, P. O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS, 66675. Jason was an alumni of this Project.

For more information go to www.smartfuneralhome.com

Last Updated on Wednesday, 14 May 2014 07:12

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Thomas Packard, 50

Thomas Packard, 50

LACONIA — Thomas W. Packard, 50, passed away peacefully on Sunday May 11, at the Concord Hospital in Concord.

He was born in Amesbury, Mass., on Sept. 9, 1963, son of Gloria (Ethier) Packard of Newburyport, Mass., and the late Robert M. Packard.
He was raised in Amesbury and was a graduate of Amesbury High School with the class of 1982.

He once had been employed as a deli clerk at Sam's Club in Seabrook.

Tom was known to be a very loving uncle, brother, son and friend. All those close to him will cherish the memories and times they shared together. His great love for family, friends, and the Lord was an inspiration to all who knew him. His family is saddened by the loss of Tom and will miss him dearly.

Besides his mother, his is survived by his, brother Greg Packard and his wife Linda of Hampton; his two sisters, Roberta Dixon of Rochester, and Linda Morse and her husband Bernard of Belmont; and his loving nieces and nephews.

Calling hours at the E.V. Jutras & Sons Funeral Home 118 Friend St. in Amesbury, Mass., are Thursday, May 15, from 4-6 p.m. followed by at service at 6 p.m. Burial will be private.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in his name to the National Spinal Cord Injury Assoc. NH Chapter, 21 Chennell Drive, Concord, NH 03301, or to donate on line go to http://www.gsil.org/

Last Updated on Tuesday, 13 May 2014 08:50

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Chester 'Mike' Ireland, 62

Chester 'Mike' Ireland, 62

PLYMOUTH — Chester "Mike" Ireland, 62, of Plymouth, passed away at his home on May 10 after courageous battle with cancer.

Mike was born on Sept. 7, 1951, the son of Chester R. and Lois (Yeaton) Ireland.

He lived his entire life in Plymouth, graduating from Plymouth High School in 1969 and New Hampshire Vocational Technical College in 1971.

He worked as a truck driver for Yeaton Oil Company for six years before going to work at Ireland Lumber Company in the spring of 1977. In addition to his full-time work at the mill, "Mike" ran a light trucking business, delivering cordwood, bark mulch and sawdust to dozens of loyal customers in the Plymouth area. After the 2007 fire at Ireland Lumber, "Mike" founded his own company, Phoenix Lumber, and expanded his firewood production. He continued to work tirelessly and take great pride in his two businesses right up until his passing.

For part of the 1970s, and all of the '80s and '90s he was a loyal fan of Dave Dion and the Dion Brothers racing team based out of Hudson NH, following them to various tracks around New England such as "Thunder Road," Beech Ridge Motor Speedway, Oxford Plains Speedway, to name a few, even going as far as Virginia and Canada. Sometimes he took the boys with him, other times some of his loyal racing buddies.

Those who knew "Mike" in recent years were very familiar with his love of collecting antique International Harvester tractors. He rarely left the house without his IH suspenders, IH hat or a tractor T-shirt of some sort. Mike was known to seek out virtually any piece of antique red farm equipment, but he was especially partial to Farmall "Cub" Tractors. He was enormously proud of his collection of IH tractors and IH farm implements and his library of IH books, manuals and magazines numbered into the thousands. He had been a member of Chapter 18 of the International Harvester Collectors Club since 1996 and served as director and advisor at various points.

Beginning in 2009, he was co-founder of the "Power of the Red" tractor show in Dublin, an All-International Harvester annual event hosted by Chapter 18. Mike's absolute favorite time of every year was his summer pilgrimage to the "Red Power Round-Up" tractor show. He traveled to Wisconsin, Iowa, Tennessee and a handful of other states to view beautifully restored farm machines, talk tractors and to dicker and deal with other IH enthusiasts. For Mike, The Red Power Round-Up was even better than a trip to Disneyland.

He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Jackie Ireland, of Plymouth; two sons, Toby, of Belmont, and Mickey and his wife Kathy, of Mansfield, Mass.; his father, Chester R. Ireland, of Plymouth; and his sister, Sara Tatham and her husband Steve, of Plymouth.

He was predeceased by his mother, Lois Y. Ireland; a brother, Timothy Ireland; and a sister, Laurie Ireland.

Calling hours will be held on Saturday, May 17, from 4-7 p.m., at the Mayhew Funeral Home, 12 Langdon St. in Plymouth.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Mike Ireland to the International Harvester Collectors Club Chapter 18 Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 181, Ashland, MA 01721.



Last Updated on Tuesday, 13 May 2014 08:04

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William McCain Sr., 75

William H. McCain Sr., 75

FRANKLIN — William H. McCain Sr., 75, a resident of Franklin died at the Pleasant View Center in Concord following a short period of failing health.

He was born in Springfield, Mass., June 23, 1938, son of the late Harold and Eleanor (Shackett) McCain. Bill spent his youth in Springfield and was a graduate of West Springfield High School. Prior to moving to Franklin he had been a longtime resident of Northfield.

A commercial painter by trade, Bill worked for many years at Bradleys and Shop 'n Save. Bill served for several years with the Massachusetts National Guard. He was a longtime member of the Franklin Lodge of Elks, BPOE, #1280.
He was predeceased by his wife, Elizabeth H. (Kelleher) McCain in 1995.

His family includes sons, William H. McCain Jr. of Tennessee, and Timothy F. McCain and his wife Deirdre of Tilton; a daughter, Judith L. LaPlante of Auburn, Mass.; four grandchildren; brothers, Richard McCain of Holderness and Robert McCain of North Hadley, Mass.; and his close friend, Laurie Hale of Franklin.

According to his wishes, there are no calling hours planned. A private graveside service will be held at Park Cemetery in Tilton. Burial will follow.

Those wishing may make memorial contributions in Bill's name to the NH Alzheimer's Association, 5 Bedford Farms Drive, Suite 201, Bedford, NH 03110.

Arrangements are under the care of the William F. Smart Sr. Memorial Home in Tilton.

For more information go to www.smartfuneralhome.com

Last Updated on Tuesday, 13 May 2014 07:55

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