GILFORD — Rowland Davenport Hazard Keith, local businessman and civic leader, died peacefully at his home on Feb. 21, 2014. He lived a long, full life, continuing to learn and find great joy in family, friends and nature through his last days. The cause of death was congestive heart failure.
Mr. Keith, known as "Rowley," was born on May 18, 1928, in New Haven, Conn., son of Susan Bacon and Elmer Davenport Keith.
He grew up in New Haven, and spent summers with his family on Squam Lake in Holderness. As a small child, he spent two years in Switzerland. He was a graduate of the Choate School (Class of '45), and Yale University (Class of '48, with a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering). He served in the Army during the Korean War (1951-53) as an ordnance engineer, testing anti-tank rockets in Aberdeen, Md.
He had a successful early career in sports car racing from 1949-1959, racing in both the U.S. and Canada at the top racetracks of the day. He specialized in racing British sports cars, including MG-TC, Cooper, Allard and Austin-Healy, and won the Queen Catherine's Cup at Watkins Glen in an MG-TC in 1950. In 1955, he won the Mount Washington Hill Climb race in a 500cc Cooper, and in 1956 he briefly held the world record for the race until he was bested by Carroll Shelby's 4,200cc Indy Ferrari. He was the Formula III National Champion for 1956, and second in SCCA points in 1954 and 1957.
Following college, he worked as a mechanical engineer, first at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio, and then with Arthur D. Little in Boston.
He determined early on that he wanted to settle in New Hampshire, and in his mid-20s was able to relocate. In 1954, along with partners Joe Long and Kip Hawkins, he was awarded one of the early U.S. Volkswagen auto dealerships. He moved his family to New Hampshire in 1956, first living in Sandwich, and then moving to Gilford in 1958. The dealership, based in Holderness, was known as Kip and Joes. The partners moved the business to Gilford in 1962, ultimately expanding to include Toyota, Audi, Saab, Mazda, Fiat and Indian Motorcycle franchises. The partners also opened a marina, Boat Service Inc., in Holderness in 1957.
After retiring from the auto dealership in 1981, Keith established RK Realty Inc. which invested in residential real estate properties in New Hampshire and Maine.
Mr. Keith had a strong sense of citizenship, and was active in the local community. He served two terms as selectman in the town of Gilford, seven years on the Gilford School Board, and also served as Chairman of the Laconia-Gilford-Gilmanton Supervisory Union and as a member of the Gilford Budget Committee. He also served as a Director of the New Hampshire Music Festival and the New Hampshire Council for Better Schools. He worked actively to help create the Lakes Region Mental Health Clinic and served two years as its vice-chairman. He supported local land conservation efforts, and as selectman helped to preserve numerous local properties. He supported many organizations devoted to world prosperity and conservation.
One of his greatest pleasures was traveling throughout the world. In 1950, he toured Europe on an Ariel Square Four motorcycle, and in later years traveled extensively in Europe, Asia, the Middle East and South America. He had a deep interest in world history and a great appreciation of other cultures. He had a special love of Portugal, which he first visited in 1964 and to which he returned almost 40 times.
He loved family, friends and pets. He enjoyed sharing a good meal, a nice view or an evening sunset, the wonders of nature, fishing, hiking, sailing his boat on the Maine coast, or riding the backroads on his motorcycle. He read voraciously, on topics ranging from world affairs to Eastern philosophies. His later years were filled with a deep sense of gratitude for all of the rich experiences and gifts in his life.
Mr Keith is survived by his wife of almost 40 years, Linda Buell Keith; by his sister, Caroline Ellen deForest; his six children, Ellen, Susannah, Lisa, Margaret, Rowland and Christopher: three step-daughters; eight grandchildren, one great-grandchild; and many nieces and nephews.
Friends and family are welcome to join an outdoor gathering in his honor at noon on Saturday, March 1, 2014, at Shepard Hill in Holderness, followed immediately by a memorial celebration to be held at the Squam Lake Inn in Holderness.
In lieu of flowers, please send gifts in Rowland's memory to either: Lakes Region Conservation Trust, PO Box 766, Center Harbor, NH 03226, or NH Humane Society, PO Box 572, Laconia, NH 03247.
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 February 2014 10:24
GILFORD — Abby M. Greene, 80, of 343 Old Lakeshore Road has taken her heavenly flight to be with her Lord, February 19, 2014.
Abby was born on September 21, 1933 in Canaan, the daughter of the late Kenneth and Eva Greene. She graduated from Franklin High School and was also a graduate of Concord Tech with an Associate's Degree in Mechanical Engineering.
Abby proudly served twelve years in the United States Air Force, attending the Strategic Air Command Officers School, receiving her stripes as Technical Sergeant in the 5th Field Maintenance Squad at Travis Air Force Base in California. Abby also completed training for Air Force Supervisors at Ramey Air Force Base, Puerto Rico. Abby served in many places around the world, Guam, Okinawa, England.
After her military service, she returned to New Hampshire and worked as a machinist and mechanic at IPC in Bristol and Delfont Lumber, Andover. After retirement, Abby enjoyed teaching us about home repairs, going fishing, gardening, telling us about the history of the world wars and airplanes. Abby also enjoyed making model planes.
Abby is survived by her family, Doris Greene of Andover, David Greene of Andover, Mike Greene and his wife, Carol, of Northfield, Wendy Miller of Gilford and her grandchildren, whom she was very proud of, Jeff Greene, Travis Greene and Pete Greene.
There will be no calling hours.
A Memorial Service will be celebrated on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 2 p.m. at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 2238 Parade Road, Laconia, N.H.
A spring burial will be in the New Hampshire State Veterans Cemetery, 110 Daniel Webster Highway, Boscawen, N.H.
For those who wish and in lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial donations be made to The New Hampshire Aviation Historical Society, 27 Navigator Road, Londonderry, NH 03053.
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 Thursday, 20 February 2014 09:09
MEREDITH — Barbara V. Bohl, 72, of 62 Pleasant Street and formerly of Pease Road, died at the Lakes Region General Hospital, Laconia on Tuesday, February 18, 2014. Mrs. Bohl was the widow of Karl F. Bohl, Sr. who died June 26, 2011.
Mrs. Bohl was born January 7, 1942 in New Jersey, the daughter of the late Charles and Ruth Lincks. She resided in Belmont for several years before moving to Meredith twenty years ago.
Mrs. Bohl was a communicant of St. Joseph Church. She enjoyed painting, cooking and bird watching.
Survivors include a daughter, Barbara R. Onijamowo, and her husband, Temitope, of Meredith; five sons, Karl F. Bohl, Jr. of Franklin, Robert C. Bohl of Illinois, Richard A. Bohl of Ohio, Kristopher S. Bohl of New Jersey and Brendan D. Bohl of Michigan; fifteen grandchildren, Mike, Spencer, Charles, Derek, Kiefer, Emma, Minna, Kaitlyn, Joshua, Anya, Amelia, Nicholas, Michael, Ian and Sophia Bohl and a great grandchild, Aislynn E. Bohl.
Calling hours will be held on Friday, February 21, 2014 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Carriage House of the Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home, 164 Pleasant Street, Laconia, N.H.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, February 22, 2014 at 10 a.m. at St. Andre Bessette Parish – St. Joseph Church, 30 Church Street, Laconia, N.H.
Spring burial will be in the family lot in St. Lambert Cemetery, Laconia.
For those who wish, the family suggests that memorial donations be made to the Christian Foundation for Children & Aging, 1 Elmwood Ave., Kansas City, KS 66103 or to St. Andre Bessette Parish-St. Joseph Church, 291 Union Avenue, Laconia, NH 03246.
Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home & Cremation Services 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, 31 December 1969 07:00
NORTH ANDOVER — Anthony J. "Tony" Sakowich, 95, successful inventor, avid pilot, prodigious philanthropist, and devoted husband, died on February 14, 2014, fittingly St. Valentine's Day, with his beloved wife by his side. He was born in Lawrence, Mass., on December 27, 1919, to Lithuanian immigrants, John and Bronislawa (Ainorite) Sakowich, Tony grew up in Lawrence working at his father's Park Street meat market. After serving in the military, Tony attended Tulane and Bentley University, then went on to become a successful entrepreneur and inventor, patenting a process to mold laminated countertops, manufacturing them in North Andover, and selling to customers of the likes of Formica and Sears. In 1955, Tony married the love of his life, Gladys M. (Tidswell), and together they lived in Andover, sharing 58 years of unwavering devotion to one another. In the 1950s, Tony began flying his plane up to New Hampshire's Lakes Region to visit clients, or with his wife, Gladys, to enjoy boating on his favorite Lake Winnipesaukee aboard their antique Chris Craft, aptly named "Kismet" for their romance. He was a member of the Winter Harbor Yacht Club on Welch Island for over 50 years. They shared a vacation home on Governor's Island, the couples' "home away from home," where they made many lasting friendships. Although they had no children, Tony was dedicated to a philanthropic mission to improve the lives of children. As a longtime Kiwanis Club member, Tony gave generously to various causes benefiting children and education, recently donating half a million dollars to Lakes Region charities, including a new home for the Boys & Girls Club in Laconia. Other beneficiaries of their generosity have included Merrimack College in North Andover, where the Anthony Sakowich Recreation Center is named in his honor, and the Boys & Girls Club in Lawrence. In 2012, the couple gave their 9-acre Andover homestead to the Andover Village Improvement Society so it could be used as recreational space open to and enjoyed by all.
ARRANGEMENTS: Friends are respectfully invited to visit on Friday, February 21, from 9 to 11 a.m., at The Charles F. Dewhirst Funeral Home, 80 Broadway, Methuen, Mass. Funeral services will follow at 11 a.m., on Friday, at the funeral home. Burial will be in West Parish Cemetery, Andover.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Greater Lawrence Kiwanis Club Foundation, P.O. Box 3068, Andover, MA 01810. To send a condolence, please visit, www.dewhirstfuneral.com, or www.facebook.com/DewhirstFuneralHome.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 31 December 1969 07:00