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Samuel M. Smith, 71

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — Samuel Maitland Smith, beloved grandfather and father, passed away on August 30th, 2013, in Flagstaff, AZ, after a sudden decline due to complications from myelofibrosis, a bone marrow disorder. Sam was born April 27th, 1942 to Dorothy (Weeks) Smith and Forrest Asa Smith in Laconia, New Hampshire. He grew up on a farm on Morrill Street in Gilford, NH, surrounded by numerous cousins. While attending Laconia High School, the Smith house was the main gathering place for meals and games for his football teammates and so many others. He was also known for throwing parties, some of such ridiculous magnitude that they are still talked about today. He earned his bachelor's degree from UNH. He worked briefly as a high school teacher before joining the US Army. His military service took him to Korea where he worked as a law clerk. While there he met and married Hung Nyo Yu.
On his return to New Hampshire he began working for New England Telephone, first as an Outside Plant Engineer, and then as Right of Way Agent. In connection with his work, he became a Justice of the Peace. He was delighted that this allowed him to marry several of his friends. He was a member of the Telephone Pioneers of America. He was a volunteer with the United Way. He was well known for his practical jokes and problem solving. Sam loved his work, and served as Senior Right of Way Agent for New England Telephone Company/Verizon for many years ...travelling throughout the states of Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont. He will be remembered by his coworkers, as well as many happy land owners, for his integrity and sense of humor with all he had served. Sam was still telling telephone company stories in his final weeks.
Sam was a devoted, although unconventional father. He instilled in his children a voracious love of books. He drove his girls to innumerable dance practices and music lessons. Although he was never an aficionado of classical music, musical theater, or field hockey, he never missed a concert, play, performance, or sporting event... He was also known for his kindness to his daughters' peers - whether they were punks or honors students they all got a smile, endless conversation and a mix tape. He saw one of his daughters through Dartmouth College and the other through Medical School at the University of Arizona.
For the last 15 years Sam made his home with his daughter Esther and her family. He was a devoted grandfather and with his granddaughters, he expanded from reading stories to weaving them. Using his most beloved childhood memories, his granddaughters starred in his recounting. On his visits to California, board games with Grampy were major events with his grandsons.
Sam had recently returned from a trip to New Hampshire to visit with his brother, Nathan, and his family. He was lucky enough to have been surrounded by friends and family for what would be a two-week farewell visit.
Memories of car horns that moo, sombreros worn for mowing the lawn, frogs in space, rambling drives on the back roads of New Hampshire and so much more will be celebrated by his daughters Esther Smith and Rebecca Owens, his loving sons-in-law Eric Snider and David Owens, and grandchildren Willow and Rowan Snider and Andrew and Peter Owens.
For anyone wishing to make memorial donations, please send checks to The Samuel Smith and Winnifred Page Library Fund, Attn Katherine Dormody, Library Director, 31 Potter Hill Road, Gilford, NH 03249. Please make checks payable to the Town of Gilford, and indicate they are in memory of Samuel Maitland Smith.

Last Updated on Friday, 04 October 2013 06:24

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Irene A. Root, 90

LACONIA — Irene A. (Chabot) Root, 90, formerly of 194 Gilford Avenue died at the Saint Francis Rehabilitation and Nursing Center on Tuesday, October 1, 2013.
Mrs. Root was born April 29, 1923 in Laconia, the daughter of the late Henry J. and Mary (Vachon) Chabot.
Mrs. Root had been a resident of Connecticut for twenty-one years before moving to Laconia where she lived for most of her life. She was a communicant of Sacred Heart Church.
Mrs. Root enjoyed collecting dolls and crocheting and loved her country music.
Survivors include a daughter, Camille Kimball, of Laconia; 3 grandchildren, Curtis Kimball and his wife Rhonda of Memphis, Tennessee, Heather Kimball-Griffiths of the Weirs in Laconia, and Paul Barden and his wife, Gina, of Belmont; 11 great grandchildren; one great, great grandchild; one sister, Helen Peavey, of Laconia and several nephews and nieces. In addition to her parents, Mrs. Root was predeceased by her husband of 66 years, Charles J. Root, on April 25, 2011, and by a sister, Theresa Baker.
There will be no calling hours
A graveside service will be held on Monday October 7, 2013 at 1 p.m. in the family lot at Sacred Heart Cemetery, Garfield St., Laconia, N.H.
For those who wish, the family suggests that memorial donations be made to the New Hampshire Catholic Charities Inc, PO Box 686 Manchester, NH 03105 or to the Disabled American Veterans of N.H. Chapter #19 PO Box 1498 Concord, NH 03302.
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, 03 October 2013 07:42

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Samuel W. Petrucci, 86

GILFORD — Samuel W. Petrucci, 86, resident of both Gilford NH and Fort Pierce FL, died unexpectedly Friday, September 27, 2013, in Scranton PA, from natural causes.

Born on December 22, 1926, Sam grew up in Medford MA. He lived a long and colorful life, regaling his friends and family with his many claims to fame. At age 16, he joined the Navy and was a radio operator on the USS Willard Keith. After the war, Sam studied art at Vesper George and went on to become a successful commercial illustrator, package designer and airbrush artist. Sam's career spanned six decades. One of his earliest clients was the Hassenfeld Brothers Toy Company, for whom he designed the original logo and boxes for Hasbro's GI Joe line of toys. In recent years, he took great pleasure in being a special guest at GI Joe conventions where he signed autographs and met his many fans. Later, Sam was employed by the prestigious Gunn Associates in Boston where he designed packaging and logos for many well known companies and products..

Sam was a voracious reader and enjoyed golfing with his buddies, fishing with his grandchildren, nature photography, alligator hunting, and painting wildlife and landscapes in oils. Sam designed the family home at Lake Shore Park on Lake Winnepesaukee and was admired for his countless talents. As he often pointed out to everybody, Sam was "The Best" at anything he chose to do.

Sam was married to his beloved Leona Petrucci (who passed away in 2008) and is survived by his children, Maureen Beaupre of Fernandina Beach FL, Ken Petrucci of Newburyport MA, Lisa Petrucci of Seattle WA, Linda Petrucci of New York NY, and Steven Petrucci of Peabody MA, as well as their spouses and numerous grand and great grandchildren.

A memorial service to honor Sam will be held at a future date. Memorial contributions may be left in his name to The Manatee Observation and Education Center, 480 N. Indian River Drive, Fort Pierce FL 34950, www.manateecenter.com/index.php/support

Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 October 2013 06:41

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Amy P. Wolf, 54

TILTON — Mrs. Amy P. Wolf, 54, of Tilton, died at Franklin Regional Hospital on Oct. 1, 2013.

She was born in Hartford, Ct. on Sept. 16, 1959 the daughter of the late Arthur and Ruth (Engelke) Paine. Amy was raised in Simsbury, CT and graduated from Simsbury High School in 1977. She and her family resided in Tilton for 30 years.

Amy's passions revolve around sharing time with her family and providing medical care for others. Her earliest caregiving involved that of being and EMT on a volunteer ambulance squad. This also incidentally ended up being how she met her husband of 27 years. In recent years, she had dedicated herself to providing assistance and medical care to those who could not help themselves through many home healthcare agencies. This was such an important part of her life that she continued to provide those services until her physical condition no longer allowed. Amy will be remembered as a loving wife, a loving mother and one who always had the greatest concern for those around her. She will be missed, dearly.

Family members include her husband, William C. Wolf of Tilton, two children, Jeffrey A. Wolf and Margaret E. Wolf, both of Tilton, a brother, Steven Paine of Granby, CT, a sister, Linda Landrigan of Simsbury, and nieces and nephews.

Visiting hours will be held Thursday (Oct. 3rd) from 5 to 7 p.m. at Paquette-Neun Funeral Home, 104 Park St., Northfield (I93 northbound exit 19). A Celebration of Amy's life will be held at the funeral home Friday (Oct. 4th) at 10 a.m. A Visiting hour will also be held Friday morning from 9 to 10 a.m. Burial will be in Park Cemetery at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Franklin Visiting Nurse and Hospice, 75 Chestnut St., Franklin, NH 03235.
For directions and an online guestbook, please visit www.neunfuneralhomes.com

Last Updated on Wednesday, 31 December 1969 07:00

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