GILFORD — Seven-year-old John Bradley Thompson died peacefully at home in Gilford on Wednesday morning. His loving parents, Jesse and Alison Thompson, were close at his side.
John was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor called diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma (DIPG) in June, 2013. His ten-month battle was defined by courage and love. Throughout his life and especially in his last year, John was embraced by a caring, generous community and surrounded by joyful friends and family members. He found fun and happiness in every single day.
A vibrant first-grader at Gilford Elementary School, John excelled at puzzles and patterns; enjoyed writing mystery stories; and was a dedicated artist whose projects often displayed a meticulous attention to detail. John was a fast skier and a skilled, strategic soccer player. He was small but mighty on the flag football field. He looked forward to playing with his buddies at Gilford Beach each summer and impressed his fan club with creative jumps off the dock into Lake Winnipesaukee.
John was a nurturing and protective big brother to his sisters, Clara and Elizabeth. He also doted on his little cousins, Irene and Otto. He loved curling up on the couch with his yellow lab, Jackson, to watch the Patriots, the Bruins, and the Red Sox bring it home. John was a leader on the playground and on the dance floor. He became a minor Internet sensation in the summer of 2013 due to his awesomely original dance moves (Booyah!). Until the very end, John focused on making others laugh. By his last birthday, he could no longer walk or speak clearly. But he could load berries onto a plastic spoon and mischievously launch them one by one at his ninety-year-old great-grandparents. There were belly laughs all around.
We know in our hearts that John is now at peace in Heaven, running and playing and always laughing. His spirit will inspire us always.
John Bradley Thompson is survived by his parents, Jesse and Alison, and his sisters, four-year-old Clara and one-year-old Elizabeth. He is mourned by his loving grandparents, "Dearest" Nancy Hesko, of Cambridge, Mass., and Brad and Daryl "Buck and DeeDee" Thompson of Gilford, as well as great-grandparents Harold and Mary "Guppie and Grammie" Dexter and Walton "Gup" Thompson, all of Gilford. John was adored by five aunts and five uncles: Katherine Hesko and Andrew Spofford of Malden, Mass.; Dr. Caroline Hesko and Garrett Hickey of Cleveland, Ohio; Kalee Thompson and Dan Koeppel of Los Angeles, Calif.; Becky and Pete Doherty of Gilford; and Abby and Jason Fopiano of Barrington.
A celebration of John's life will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 12 at the Gilford Community Church, 19 Potter Hill Road, Gilford, N.H. Please wear comfy shoes, as we will be walking through the Village to Pine Grove Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Gilford Youth Center or the N.H. Chapter of The Cure Starts Now at www.thecurestartsnow.org/newhampshire_2014.
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 Wednesday, 31 December 1969 07:00
GILMANTON — John F. O'Hare, 80, formerly of Lynn and Swampscott, Mass., died on Friday March 28, in Vitas Hospice in Miami Florida after a brief illness. He was the husband of Julia (Doyle) O'Hare originally of Salem, Mass. Born in Lynn, Mass., he was the son of the late John and Jeanie (McLaughlin) O'Hare. A graduate of St. Mary's Boys High School (Class of 1950), he received his Bachelor's and Master's Degrees in Education from Salem State College. He was a resident of Lynn, Swampscott and most recently Gilmanton, N.H.
A proud veteran, he served in the Army during the Korean War, was a teacher at Pickering Junior High School in Lynn for 40 years, and was active in many causes. He served as the Inspector of Weights and Measures in Swampscott, and was a member of the Swampscott Housing Authority for over 20 years each. He founded and ran a citywide bowling program for Junior High students in Lynn for many years, and was an expert softball umpire in great demand in South Florida, and New Hampshire.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by his daughters Nancy Cumming of Groveland, Mass., Kelly Gardner and her husband John of Berlin, Mass. and a son James O'Hare of New York City. He also leaves his grandchildren, Emily and Thane Cumming, their father Rocky Cumming, granddaughters Grace and Molly Gardner and several nieces and nephews, and many cousins in Scotland. He was the brother of the late Catherine Smith and Gregory O'Hare.
Visitation will be on Friday, April 11, 2014 from 5 to 9 p.m. at SOLIMINE FUNERAL HOME, 67 Ocean Street (Rte 1A) Lynn, Mass. His funeral mass will be held on Saturday, April 12, 2014 at 10 a.m. at St. James Church, Federal Street, Salem, Mass. Burial will follow at St. Joseph's Cemetery in Lynn, Mass. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Salem State University, Class of 1960 Alumni Association, 252 Lafayette Street, Salem, MA 01970. or to North Shore Veterans Counseling 45 Broadway Street, Beverly, MA 01915. Directions and guestbook at www.solomine.com
Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 April 2014 06:54
LACONIA — Bernard Roland Little, 94, of Sandhurst Drive, died at the N.H. Veterans Home, Tilton on Thursday, April 3, 2014. He was the widower of Alice M. Little who died in 2007 and Louise Little who died in 1976.
Bernard was born June 6, 1919 in Woodsville, the son of Frank and Julia (Hutchins) Little. He had lived in the Laconia, Belmont and Gilford area since 1934.
Bernard served during World War II in the European Theater as a 100th Div. Ranger in the U.S. 7th Army, seeing action in the "Battle of the Bulge" and qualified for three campaign stars. He received a "Certificate of Appreciation" presented by the Boston French Consul and signed by the Secretary of Defense of France, in recognition of his participation in the liberation of France. Leaving his employment in 1942 from the Coca Cola Bottling Company of Laconia for the U.S. Army he returned after discharge in 1946 where he was employed for forty years. In 1954, he received a national award for placing among the top fifty route salesmen in the U.S.A. from the home office in Atlanta, Ga. He later became the manager of Concord Coca Cola distribution warehouse for eighteen years. He retired in 1981 from the NH Department of Safety, Concord after being employed as the mail room supervisor for three years.
Bernard had enjoyed many winters in Orange City, Fla. He was a past member for many years of the Belmont Winnisquam Lions Club, V.F.W. Post #1070, F. & A.M. Mt. Lebanon Lodge #32 and the Lakes Region Management Club. Bernard was a lover of horses; his horses led many parades in Belmont and the Sandwich Fair.
Survivors include a sister, Virginia McBride, of Laconia; two step-sons, Raymond Marceau and Roger Marceau, both of Laconia and many nephews and nieces.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Norman Little and Clayton Little; two sisters, Beatrice (Little) O'Brien and Pearl (Little) Eastman and step-sons, Roland Marceau, Robert Wiggin and Donald Wiggin.
There will be no calling hours.
A Memorial Service will be held on Friday, May 2, 2014 at 11 a.m. in the Carriage House of the Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home, 164 Pleasant Street, Laconia, N.H.
Burial, with Military Honors, will follow in the family lot in Union Cemetery, Academy St., Laconia, N.H.
For those who wish, the family suggests that memorial donations be made to Honor Flight New England, PO Box 16287, Hooksett, NH, 03106, Phone 603-518-5368
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 Wednesday, 09 April 2014 06:48
LACONIA — Peter Hudson Burr, 66, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, April 1, 2014 at Concord Hospital after a brief illness, with his wife, Lynn, by his side.
Pete was born December 9, 1947 in Hingham, Mass., to Allston Pratt ("Shorty") and Lois Cushing Burr. He graduated from Boston University in 1972 with a Bachelor's degree in Marketing. He served in the Navy in the early 1970s, stationed out of the now-closed Weymouth Naval Base. He worked in "Corporate America" during that time, and then left the three-piece suits behind for a new adventure.
For 16 years, Pete worked as a metal spinner, first at Consolidated Machine in Allston, Mass., and then on his own with Burr Enterprises. He moved the family to Gilford, N.H. in 1989 to escape the hustle and bustle of the city. The next chapter started in 1992 when Pete and Lynn opened Cheapo Depot in the old Diamond Lumber building on Court Street. The business expanded over the years, and in 2005, they added a Budget truck rental dealership. Both businesses are still running at Paugus Plaza in Gilford.
Pete enjoyed many hobbies, including telling stories, gardening, playing cards, discussing history, and watching classic movies. During the 1980s, he participated in Civil War reenactments in Massachusetts. He also enjoyed woodworking, and more recently, made wooden furniture that was available for purchase at the store.
Pete leaves his wife and "partner in crime" of 44 years, Lynn Burr of Laconia; a daughter, Rachael of Scottsdale, Ariz.; two sons, Carl of Meredith and Matthew of Laconia; and several grandchildren.
There will be no calling hours, as Pete wished to be remembered as the man everyone knew. He will be laid to rest at a later date. For those who wish, memorial donations may be made to the charities he supported: St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, P.O. Box 1000 Dept 142, Memphis, TN 38101-9908 or to the Shriners Hospital for Children, Boston Burns Unit, 51 Blossom St., Boston, MA 02114.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 April 2014 06:23