LACONIA — Robert A. Woodman, 84, of 30 County Drive and formerly of Fore St. in Lakeport, passed away surrounded by loved ones at the Belknap County Nursing Home on Sunday, June 29, 2014. Mr. Woodman, known as Woody to his friends, was born July 28, 1929, in Laconia, N.H., the only son of the late Arthur L. and Sadie Emma (Pickering) Woodman.
Woody was a lifelong resident of Lakeport. He was very proud to have served with 339th Air Force fighter squadron during the Korean War. During his deployment he was an aircraft mechanic and quickly learned how to speak Japanese. He taught fellow service members the language and enjoyed it so much that he continued to practice it the rest of his life.
He worked for Tekwood, Scott & Williams, the Laconia State School, Tri State Fire Protection and other area businesses before retiring in 2001. He spent most of his free time in the summer fishing and boating. And when he wasn't working on it, he could be seen riding his yellow moped all over town. His favorite trip was riding it to the Weirs on motorcycle weekend. Using the callsign K1OMC, he communicated with hundreds of people all over the world using Morse code on his ham radio. He enjoyed working on crossword puzzles with friends, and wrote poetry and limericks. At times he referred to himself as a jack of all trades and master of none. But, he had mastered the important things in life and truly appreciated and loved his family, his friends and every single brook, stream, and cove in the lakes region.
He will be missed by all his friends in Lakeport, especially his friends at Lake Village Apartments, the caring staff at the Belknap County Nursing Home and his special friends Jean Durfee and Lisa Landry.
At his request there will be no calling hours or funeral service. For those who wish, donations can be made to Belknap County Nursing Home activity fund, 30 County Drive, Laconia, NH 03246.
Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 164 Pleasant Street, Laconia, NH is assisting the family with the arrangements.
Last Updated on Monday, 07 July 2014 09:43
LACONIA — Richard Nickel, Jr., 68, died unexpectedly on July 1, 2014.
Rick is survived by his wife of 24 years, Helen (Gilbert) Nickel who moved back to the area 4 years ago after living in Colorado for 21 years. Rick was born in Carlisle, Penn. on January 16, 1946, son of Richard, Sr. and Beatrice Nickel. As his father was in the Army, the family lived in many countries and states including Japan, France, Germany, Florida, Pennsylvania, Alabama, and Texas. He graduated from Linden High School in Linden, Alabama and attended El Paso Community College and Mesa College both in Colorado majoring in electrical technology.
He served proudly in the US Army, staff sergeant E6, for almost 5 years with a tour in Vietnam. He then worked seventeen years for several power companies as a high power lineman. After marrying Helen, they moved to Colorado where he worked as an electrical maintenance manager for several hospitals and a shopping mall.
Rick loved ranching, where he raised and trained horses, NASCAR, motorcycling, classic cars, hunting in the Rocky Mountains and fishing, He successfully battled 2 ½ years of colon cancer.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by one daughter, Lisa Sweeney and her husband Mike from Florida; step-daughter Lisa Ballantyne Alden and her husband Lou; step-son Blaine Ballantyne and his wife Jill from Helena, Mont.; his beloved grandchildren Andrew and Zachary Sweeney; Cord and Isabella Ballantyne; one brother Dennis and his wife Chris from Carlisle, Penn.; his sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Marie Anne and Frank Mills of Laconia; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Marilyn and Paul Gilbert of Ellington, Conn.; and many cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.
Memorial calling hours will be held from 9:30 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 12, 2014 at the Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home, 164 Pleasant Street, Laconia, using the Carriage House entrance. A memorial service will immediately follow at 11 a.m. also at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Sacred Heart Cemetery in Laconia.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Richard's name to the Payson Center at Concord Hospital, 250 Pleasant St., Concord, NH 03301
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, 07 July 2014 09:35
CENTER HARBOR — Reuben Elias Turner, Jr. of Center Harbor, N.H. passed away peacefully at home on July 3, 2014 after years of battling lung cancer. In the words of his Thoracic Oncologist, surviving stage 4 lung cancer at his age for more than 5 years is amazing. Reuben was a brave and remarkable man.
Reuben was born in Hawkinsville, Ga. on January 24, 1928 as the oldest of three sons. He served in the 702nd Army Air Forces and was awarded a World War II Victory Medal. After his discharge, Reuben attended The University of Georgia where he met his wife of 65 years, Lorraine Newell, of Saco, Maine.
Reuben began a 38 year career with Firestone Tire & Rubber Company in 1952 as a Sales Representative in Portland, Maine. He later became a go-to Store Manager, charged with revitalizing under-performing stores in Brockton and Worcester Mass.; Reading, Penn., and Hartford, Conn.. In 1965, Reuben was transferred to corporate headquarters in Akron, Ohio as Regional Personnel Manager for the west coast and southern store organizations. Reuben was an active member of the community there, spearheading an effort to found The Hudson Country Club in Hudson, Ohio and actively mentoring the Junior Achievement Club. Reuben's last and longest-tenured position with Firestone was in Miami as Corporate Real Estate Manager for the Florida territory. He retired in 1990.
Reuben and Lorraine were drawn back to New England in 1991 and settled in Moultonborough, N.H. This became the gathering place for their close-knit family where they enjoyed more than 20 happy years on Lake Winnipesauke boating, golfing, and fishing together. Reuben and Lorraine spent winters touring the US in their RV and cruising around the world on the Queen Elizabeth II. Always striving to make life better for others, Reuben was Co-Founder and served as Chairman of the Board of the Lakes Region General Hospital Winnipesaukee Wellness Center in Center Harbor/Moultonborough. He and two good friends organized an annual golf tournament at the Waukewan Country Club to support the center. Reuben was also an active member of the Lion's Club and a strong advocate of the Milfoil Project.
In addition to his wife, Lorraine Turner, Reuben leaves three children, Jane Turner Michael of Concord, Mass., David Turner of Staunton, Va., and Scott Turner of Richmond, Va., two brothers, James Turner of Rome, Ga. and John Turner of Hawkinsville, Ga., nine grandchildren, and two great grandchildren.
The Turner family is especially grateful to the Thoracic Oncology Department of Dana Farber, Boston, Mass., to the Meredith Visiting Nurses Association, and to Mary Ellen McCormack of Pemi-Baker Hospice.
An Open House will be hosted by the Turner family at 13 Tufts Lane in Center Harbor on Wednesday, July 9 from 4 to 7 p.m. Friends wishing to celebrate Reuben's life are welcome. A formal Memorial Service will be held at a later date.
Last Updated on Monday, 07 July 2014 09:31
NORTHFIELD — John Whidden Twomey, 79, a resident of Northfield since 1975 died Wednesday, July 2, 2014 at the Lakes Region General Hospital in Laconia following a period of failing health. John was born, January 2, 1935 in Stoneham, Mass., son of Mortimer and Gladys (Whidden) Twomey. He spent his youth in Danbury, N.H., graduated from Andover High School, and later attended the N.H. Vocational Technical Institute in Laconia and the U.S. School of Professional Paperhanging in Rutland, Vt. He lived in Franklin for six years before moving to Northfield.
John served his country in Germany with the U. S. Army from 1957 to 1959 and was called back into the service from 1961 to 1962.
He was a "jack of all trades" who held a variety of jobs during his lifetime. He especially enjoyed his work as Building Supervisor at the historic Belknap Mill in Laconia. For about 10 years, he ran his own papering and painting business, "Hanging Around Wallpapering." John worshiped at the Trinity Episcopal Church in Meredith, where he served as sexton for about five years. Most of all, John enjoyed spending time with his family. His warm, caring personality, quiet sense of humor, and wardrobe of hats and ties for every occasion will be missed.
He leaves his wife of 47 years, Carol (Purdy) Twomey of Northfield, sons, Brendan J. Twomey of Northville, N.Y. and Brian J. Twomey and wife Jane of Manchester, and two grandchildren, Abe Twomey and Phineas Twomey, of Manchester.
There are no calling hours planned, according to John's wishes. A service will be held Saturday, July 12, 2014 at 11 a.m. at Trinity Episcopal Church, Route 25 in Meredith, N.H.
Arrangements are under the care of the William F. Smart Sr. Memorial Home in Tilton.
Those wishing may make memorial contributions in John's name to Trinity Episcopal Church, PO Box 635, Meredith, NH 03253 or the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation, 230 East Ohio Street, Suite 304, Chicago, IL 60611.
For more information go to www.smartfuneralhome.com
Last Updated on Monday, 07 July 2014 09:27