LACONIA — Robert A. McCrea Sr., 66, of 86 Batchelder St., died at the VA Medical Center in Manchester on Friday, March 21, 2014.
Robert was born April 27, 1947, in Laconia, the son of the late George and Alice (VanderHarst) McCrea. He was an E-3 LCP1 in the Marine Corps, serving from 1965-1968 during the Vietnam War.
Robert was a lifetime resident of Laconia and had been employed at Osco Drug Inc. until 1982, and was bar manager at the Elks from 2008 until he retired in December 2013, and also worked a little bit with The Citizen. He was a communicant of St. Joseph Church.
Robert was a Charter and Life Member and a past president of the Laconia Jaycees. From 1973-76, Robert was the State Shooter Education Program Director for the State of New Hampshire Jaycees and was the Laconia Jaycees' Shooter Education Director for three years. In 1978, he received the U.S. Jaycees' Recruiting Ambassador Award. He was a long time member and past exalted ruler of the Laconia Lodge of Elks 876 and was also a life member of the Disabled American Veterans.
Robert's motto was "I did it my way."
Survivors include his wife of 17 years, Pamela (Young) McCrea, of Laconia; a daughter, Robin A. McCrea Sanborn, and her husband, Douglas, of Belmont; a son, Robert A. McCrea Jr., and his wife, Shannon, of Laconia; six grandchildren, Kassandra, Keisha and Tori McCrea, Casey DeGroot and Dougie and Jeremy Sanborn; a great-granddaughter, Rebecca, and several nephews and nieces.
In addition to his parents, Robert was predeceased by his first wife, Marie (Dionne) McCrea, in 1987 and by two brothers, George E. McCrea and Lawrence F. McCrea.
Calling hours will be held on Thursday, March 27, 2014, from 5 to 8 p.m. in the Carriage House of the Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home, 164 Pleasant St., Laconia. During calling hours, the Laconia Lodge of Elks 876 will conduct a Session of Sorrow at 6:15 p.m. also at the funeral home.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, March 28, 2014 at 10:00 AM at St. Andre Bessette Parish at St. Joseph Church, 30 Church St., Laconia. Burial, with military honors, will follow the Mass at 12:30 p.m. at the New Hampshire State Veterans Cemetery, 110 Daniel Webster Highway, Boscawen.
For those who wish, the family suggests that memorial donations be made to a charity of one's choice.
The family and Gram would like to give a very special thank you to his grandson, Casey, for taking such great care of his grandfather.
Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home & 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 Monday, 24 March 2014 06:58
STOW, Maine — Joseph Wyman Emerson, 86, passed away March 8, 2014, at his home.
He was born in North Chatham, N.H., on Dec. 2, 1927, a son of Roger and Bernice (Bishop) Emerson, and attended local schools.
He proudly served as a sergeant in the 185th Engineer Combat Battalion, Army, in Korea. In the Army he trained as a bulldozer operator. After returning home from Korea he worked for the U.S. Forest Service for a number of years.
For more than 30 years he worked for Ambrose Brothers Inc., out of Meredith, N.H., operating a bulldozer. He used, and honed the skills he learned in the Army, and became widely known as one of the best dozer operators in New England.
Joe was a member of the National Rifle Association. He was also a life member of the Fryeburg Fair, which he greatly looked forward to each year. He only missed a few fairs in his adult life. After his retirement he enjoyed logging on his own land. He truly loved the White Mountains, especially Mount Washington. One of his favorite pastimes was trips around the mountains with his son. He was especially fond of the Basin area in North Chatham, N.H.
Besides his parents, he was predeceased by a sister, Elizabeth Stiles.
Surviving are his son, Joseph Emerson II of Brownfield; his former wife and still his friend, Mabel Hidden of Brownfield; a sister, Pauline Libbey of Dover, N.H., formerly of Freedom, N.H.; three brothers, Chesley Emerson, of Chatham, N.H. and Florida, Ralph Emerson and wife Beatrice of Freedom, N.H., and Roger Emerson and wife Bettina of Palmyra. Also several nieces and nephews.
A memorial service is planned for later in the spring. Online condolences may be expressed at: www.wnyfuneralhome.com
Last Updated on Monday, 24 March 2014 06:53
SANBORNTON — Frank E. Hewitt, 64, of Hermit Woods Road, Sanbornton died Thursday, March 20, 2014 at his daughter's home in Belmont.
Frank was born February 16, 1950 in Exeter, N.H., the son of the late Carroll and Louise (Blanchette) Hewitt.
Frank was a longtime resident of Laconia before moving to Sanbornton twenty-one years ago. He served in the U. S. Marine Corps during the Vietnam War and had been a self-employed carpenter for many years. He also was employed at Home Depot in Tilton for a number of years.
Frank enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren, as well as hunting, fishing and camping. He was a member of the Boy Scouts, the Jaycees, SASS and Pemi Fish & Game.
Survivors include his loving wife of twenty years, Leean (Winstanley) Hewitt, of Sanbornton; five children, Michelle L. McDonald of Laconia, Marc J. Hewitt, and his wife, Megan, of Bristol; Kristine O. Hewitt and her significant other, Thomas DiCato, of Massachusetts; Katrina A. Hood and her husband, Tom, of Indiana and Jennifer I. Jackes and her husband, Brian, of Belmont; six grandchildren, Lily, Zoe and Abigail Hewitt, Isabella and Jonathan McDonald and Thomas Hood; a sister, Pam Moyer, of Arizona and one nephew, Justin Barriault. In addition to his parents, Frank was predeceased by a sister, Deborah Hewitt.
There will be no calling hours.
A Graveside Service will be held on Thursday, March 27, 2014 at 11 a.m. at the New Hampshire State Veterans Cemetery, 110 Daniel Webster Highway, Boscawen, N.H.
For those who wish, the family suggests that memorial donations be made to Fisher House Foundation, 111 Rockville Pike, Suite 420, Rockville, MD 20850-5168.
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 Monday, 24 March 2014 06:51
ORONO, Maine — Basil W. Thompson, Sr., 88, died after a brief illness on March 22, 2014, at a Bangor hospital. He was born in Eastville, Nova Scotia, in 1926, to Frederick and Lillian Thompson. In 1948 he married Jacqueline (Joyal) Thompson in Laconia, N.H., with whom he shared his life for 65 years.
He enlisted in the U.S. Navy during World War II, serving in both the Atlantic and the Pacific fleets from 1941 through 1945.
Basil was an accomplished craftsman who owned and operated Quality Custom Canvas by Basil in Lakeport, N.H., from 1961 until 1991, winning awards for his creative designs. A man of his word, he was respected by his business associates, friends and family.
After retirement, Basil and Jackie moved from Laconia, N.H., to Amherst, Nova Scotia, where they lived for 20 years in a house that he built with his owns hands. During that time, they formed many friendships and fond memories. In recent years, they resided in Orono, Maine, with their daughter and son-in-law, Marsha and John Moore.
Basil lost his beloved wife, Jackie, in December 2013.
He is survived by, three children, daughters, Maureen Maynes and Marsha Moore, his son, Basil W. Thompson, Jr.; and a sister, Bernice Vincent, of Laconia, N.H. Basil was a grandfather to Jennifer Farr, Ryan Moore, Jared and Abby Martin, Alexander Moore, Ansel and Derek Thompson; and great-grandfather to Rosemary, Gabriel and Lily Farr. Basil was a faithful provider whose main goal in life was to see his children and grandchildren advance through higher education.
He was predeceased by an infant son, Michael; sister, Hattie Landry; and brothers, William, Victor, Arnold and Ansel.
Internment for Basil and Jackie Thompson will take place in the July in Laconia, N.H. A notice will be posted in area papers. Memorial gifts may be given in Basil's name to the Good Shepherd Food Bank, PO Box 1807, Auburn ME 04211.
Condolences to the family may be expressed at www.BrookingsSmith.com.
Last Updated on Monday, 24 March 2014 06:49