LAKEPORT — Arnold Shirley Goss, 89, of Lakeport, passed away at Lakes Region General Hospital in Laconia on Thursday. He was born in Lynn, Massachusetts, and was preceded in death by his parents Charles and Alice Goss, and his brother, Donald. He'll be dearly missed by his wife of 67 years, Mary Elizabeth (Bryant) Goss, or as he called her, "Betty."
If nothing else, Arnold was a humble man, which is why he would never have said the following about himself:
When the people who knew Arnold best reflect on his long and wonderful life, there is a clear theme—he was a man who served.
He served his country in World War II, volunteering in the U.S. Army two years after Pearl Harbor was attacked on his 16th birthday. He received a Purple Heart and a Bronze Star for heroism as a member of the 42nd Rainbow Division.
He served New Hampshire as a telephone lineman, installing and climbing telephone poles across the Granite State for over 30 years.
He even served the citizens of Laconia as a young soda jerk at the Rexall Drug Store, back when you had to mix flavored syrup with carbonated water by hand.
But his longest tour of service came as the patriarch of his family. Arnold's love, loyalty and devotion to his family can't be overstated. He is survived by his three children – Steve, Holly and Glenn – and their spouses, who Arnold loved as his own. He also shared a special bond with each of his 10 adoring grandchildren.
Arnold leaves 10 great grandchildren (and counting), and they're sure to hear the stories and lessons of their great grandfather. They'll learn of his kindness, his sense of humor and his Bunyanesque physical strength. But most of all they'll learn about his willingness to serve everyone around him without asking much of anything in return. That is why the legend of "Bubba" will live forever.
There will be no calling hours.
A funeral service will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014, at 1 p.m. in the Carriage House of the Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home, 164 Pleasant St., Laconia. Burial will follow in the family lot in Bayside Cemetery, Laconia.
For those who wish, the family suggests that memorial donations be made to the New Hampshire Humane Society, PO Box 572, Laconia, NH 03247; the United Baptist Church, 23 Park St., Lakeport, NH 03246; or the Community Wellness Center, 22 Strafford St., Suite 2, Laconia, NH 03246.
Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral & Cremation Services, 164 Pleasant St., Laconia, is assisting the family with the arrangements. For more information and to view an online memorial go to www.wilkinsonbeane.com.
Last Updated on Friday, 19 December 2014 09:54
FRANKLIN — Ronald C. Dube, 75, a longtime resident of Franklin died, Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014 at the Franklin Regional Hospital following a lengthy illness.
Ron was born in Oxford, Mass., Feb. 9, 1939, son of the late, Alfred L. and Agnes M. (Cote) Dube. He moved from Oxford to Franklin in his early teens where he lived with his family on a working farm. Ron was a graduate of Franklin High School, class of 1957.
Following graduation Ron enlisted in the Air Force, serving from 1957 until 1961. He served with the 3635th Flight Line Maintenance Squadron and honorably discharged with the rank of aircraftman second class.
He was employed at the former Plastic Fabricators in Franklin and later retired as a machine operation supervisor with Aavid Engineering in Laconia, having been employed there for 26 years.
A farmer at heart, Ron enjoyed the outdoors and was often seen outside bringing in hay or working on the tractor when you passed his home on New Hampton Road.
He enjoyed collecting steins and accumulated many over the years. Ron enjoyed bowling during his spare time in his younger years.
In addition to his parents, Ron was predeceased by a brother, Philip Dube; a sister, Dorothy Beauregard; and daughter, Karen Dube. He leaves his children, daughters Karen Samson of Franklin, Dawn Dube-Zaikowski of Hopedale, Maas., Kelly Florence of Franklin, and Rebecca Bezio of Keene; sons Michael Dube of Virginia, and Kevin McFall of Franklin; his sister, Priscilla Denaris of Laconia; and a brother, Donald Dube of Upton, Mass. Numerous grand and great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews.
Calling hours will be held Monday, Dec. 22, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the William F. Smart Sr. Memorial Home, Franklin-Tilton Road (584 West Main St.) in Tilton. Graveside services with military honors will be held later in the spring at Sacred Heart Cemetery in Laconia.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Ron's memory to the Future Farmers of America, in care of the the Winnisquam Agricultural Education Center, 435 West Main St., Tilton, NH 03276.
For more information go to www.smartfuneralhome.com
Last Updated on Monday, 22 December 2014 10:42
TAMPA, Fla. — Donna Powers, 85, died Dec. 13th, 2014 after a period of declining health, with family members at her side.
She was born on Sept 3, 1929 in Telsiai, Lithuania to Ciprijonas and Eugenia Malisauskas.
She left Lithuania during WWII with her parents, eventually immigrating to the US and residing in Dorchester, Mass. for many years. She moved to central N.H. in the early 1970s, where she lived until 1989. She spent her remaining years in Altoona and Tampa, Florida.
In her youth, Donna worked at a Boston hospital as a nurse's aide in the maternity ward. She enjoyed dancing, music, playing the piano, gardening and cooking.
Her survivors include a son, Richard Sanda II and his wife Catherine of Dorchester, Mass., four daughters, Debbie Smith of Maryville, Tenn., Lorna Lorenzini and her husband Russ of Monroe, Wash., Maureen Bolstridge and her husband David of Tilton, N.H., Andrea Murley and her husband Scott of Temple Terrace, Fla., sixteen grandchildren and many great grandchildren.
Donna will be remembered for her courage, strength, open-mindedness, and sense of humor. She was an inspiration to everyone she knew.
Calling hours will be held on Monday December 22, from 10 a.m. to noon at the Wendell J. Butt Funeral Home 42 Washington Street Penacook, NH 03303. Funeral Services will immediately follow in the funeral home at noon and committal services will take place in Calvary Cemetery in Penacook.
Last Updated on Friday, 19 December 2014 09:36
MEREDITH — Martha A. Compton, 80, of 22 Eaton Avenue, died at her home on Wednesday, December 17, 2014, surrounded by her family.
Martha was born October 16, 1934 in Medford, Mass., the daughter of the late James and Mildred (Welch) Highet.
Martha resided in Somerville, Mass. for many years before moving to Laconia in 1973 and Meredith in 2007. She was a registered nurse for twenty-six years after graduating from Peter Bent Brigham Hospital School of Nursing in 1955. She ended her career in Laconia working at the Laconia State School.
Martha will be remembered for her love of family, reading, poetry, New Orleans jazz, golf, the "Pats", the Red Sox, Yahtzee, crossword puzzles and Black Russians. Notes from a 2004 ten day trip with her best friends Ruth Towle and Nancy Davidson, says it all: she read a book about Johnny Pesky, went to jazz concerts, antique shops, book shops and had a few "toddies", along the way, of course!
She loved to bake and her family will always remember her Doll's French Soup, corn chowder and her special Fire Cracker Casserole. When she wasn't cooking, she was watching the golf matches and advising the family on things political. She didn't care who you voted for, just so long as you exercised your right to vote.
Her life's philosophy is best expressed in the book "Wings of Silver":
"The clock of life is wound but once, and no man has the power to tell,
And no man has the power to tell just when the hands will stop at late or early hour.
Now is the only time you own: live, love, toil with a will,
Place no faith in tomorrow, for the clock may then be still."
...And this she truly believed. We will all benefit from your sharing, your wisdom, your experiences and your love of life and family. Again, we love you and thank you so much.
Survivors include her husband of 56 years, Edwin Compton, of Meredith; two sons, Scott Compton and his wife, Laurie, of Meredith and Doug Compton and his wife, Karen, of Virginia;
two daughters, Dianne Compton Luneau of Laconia and Denise McKim of Belmont;
her brother, Jim Highet, Jr. and his wife, Lenore, of Jacksonville, Fla.; nine grandchildren, Aaron Luneau of Concord, Cassie Compton and Nick Luneau, both of Laconia, Emily Compton, Scott Compton, Jr., and Natalie Compton all of Meredith. Dathon Compton and Angela Barglof, both of Virginia and Justin Lessard of Mass.; five great grandchildren, Robert, Tyler, Maxx, Elle and Brooklyn and two more precious ones on the way; two nieces, Cheryl Highet and Cindy Highet Carter and one nephew, Mike Highet, all of Texas.
There will be no calling hours.
A Celebration of Life will be held at the end of January 2015.
For those who wish, the family suggests that memorial donations be made to Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice, 780 North Main Street, 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 an online memorial go to www.wilkinsonbeane.com.
Last Updated on Friday, 19 December 2014 09:35