SANBORNTON — Lt. Col. Raymond A. Beaupre, US Army Retired, 82, of Sanbornton, died at Lakes Region General Hospital on March 30, 2014 after a brief illness.
He was born in Franklin, the son of Armand and Emilienne (Marchand) Beaupre, where he was raised. He graduated from Franklin High School in 1949. Ray also graduated from the University of Maryland and received his Master's Degree from Fitchburg State College. He also studied Russian for a year at the Presidio Language School in Monterey, Calif.
Ray served in the US Army over 23 years retiring as Lt. Colonel. He received many awards and decorations including the Bronze Star Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, and the Army Commendation Medal.
Following his military service, Ray worked for the US Government for 20 years at Army Intelligence School at Ft. Devens, Mass.
As a linguist, he later taught German and French at Winnisquam Regional High School in Tilton.
Ray was a member of the Knights of Columbus and was former Financial Secretary of the Fr. AJ Timon Council. He was a communicant of St. Mary of The Assumption Church in Tilton was a member of the St. Paul Church Choir. Ray was also a member of The American Legion and Franklin VFW Post 1698.
He was a longtime Sanbornton resident where he was a member of the Sanbornton Historical Society and enjoyed gardening, chopping wood, and genealogy.
Ray was predeceased by his wife, Elizabeth (Sheehan) Beaupre who died in 2010, a sister, Claire Pelletier, and two brothers, Ronald Beaupre and Andre Beaupre.
Family members include 2 daughters: Sally Gallagher, Melissa Anderson and her husband Gary J. Anderson, and a son, Curtis Beaupre, all of Sanbornton, 6 grandchildren: Ian Gallagher, Lea Emery, Lenny Emery, Gary R. Anderson, Ethan Anderson, and Parker Beaupre, a great grandchild, Avery Beaupre, 2 sisters: Pauline Currier of Concord and Louise Boutin of Manchester, and nieces and nephews.
Visiting hours will be held Tuesday, April 8, 2014 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Thibault-Neun Funeral Home, 143 Franklin St., Franklin, NH. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Wed. April 9, 2014 at 10 in St. Mary of The Assumption Church in Tilton with interment with Military Honors at NH Veterans Cemetery, Boscawen at 1 p.m.
Donations in memory of Ray may be made to Central NH VNA and Hospice, 780 North Main St., Laconia, NH 03246.
For directions and an online guestbook, please visit www.neunfuneralhomes.com
Last Updated on Tuesday, 01 April 2014 06:44
ALTON BAY — Beatrice (Betty) Patten Finethy, 89, of Alton Bay, died peacefully at Forestview Manor on Sunday, March 30, 2014. Betty was born in Woburn, Mass. on January 25, 1925, the daughter of Clifford and Marie (Cleveland) Patten. She was predeceased by her husband of 56 years, Harold (Bud) Finethy, Jr.
Betty attended schools in Stoneham, Mass. and was a graduate of Marblehead High School. She attended the University of Maine, and later obtained her degree from Simmons College, Boston, Mass. She met and married Bud while working at Peter Bent Brigham Hospital.
Betty and Bud moved to Alton Bay, in 1957, where Betty was the owner of B&B Sportswear Shop on Main Street until she and Bud bought and ran Alton Home Center for 25 years. Betty was a member of DAR (Daughters of American Revolution), Alton Community Church and the Alton Garden Club. She enjoyed reading, swimming, walking outdoors and spending time with her family. She was a devoted wife, mother and friend and will be missed by so many.
She is survived by her son Harold (Bill) W. Finethy, III, daughter-in-law, Lisa (Stryker) Finethy, three grandsons, Christopher, Ryan and Tyler, and one niece, Ann McFadden, of North Carolina.
In addition to her husband, she is predeceased by her father, Clifford Patton, mother, Marie (Cleveland) Patton, sister, Mary (Patton) Moynhan and brother-in-law Col. William J Moynhan.
With respect to Betty's wishes, there will be a graveside service this summer (details to be provided at a later date). Donations in Betty's memory may be made to the Immune Deficiency Foundation, 40 West Chesapeake Avenue, Suite 308, Towson, MD 21204.
Mayhew Funeral Homes & Crematorium of Meredith and Plymouth are assisting the family with the arrangements. For Betty's Book of Memories: www.mayhewfuneralhomes.com
Last Updated on Tuesday, 01 April 2014 06:41
BRIDGEWATER — Robert Penn Williams, Jr, of Bridgewater, died of cancer on March 28 at the age of 83. He was born to the late Bessie and Robert Penn Williams on April 19, 1930 in Boston, Mass. Bob grew up along the Neponset River in Dorchester, Mass. where his father had a lumber and millwork business. He graduated from Thayer Academy in Braintree, Mass. in 1949. Bob attended college at the University of New Brunswick and the University of New Hampshire, before serving in the Korean conflict.
Upon his return from the service, Bob and his lovely wife Lolita (Lee) Machon settled permanently in New Hampshire. He went into business with his father, establishing what became RP Williams and Sons, Inc. During his career, Bob built or provided lumber for many of the summer cottages and year round houses for the growing Newfound Lake area.
Outside of work, Bob's life revolved around his family, and many weekends were spent skiing at Ragged Mountain, hiking in the White Mountains, or boating on Newfound Lake. Bob was active in the Bristol Federated Church for many years, where he served on the Finance Committee. Over the years he served the town of Bridgewater as a selectman and as a member of the planning board. During a long retirement, Bob and Lee enjoyed traveling around the country in their RV, and spent winters in the Florida community of Estero. In his later years he devoted himself to improving his woodlots, and caring for his wife as she succumbed to dementia.
Bob is survived by his wife, Lee, and three children: Robert Penn Williams III, of Bristol; Steven Williams, of Bridgewater, and Bruce Williams, of San Francisco, Calif. Four grandchildren: Travis Williams, Kiersten Williams, Alicia Williams and Kyle Williams as well as three great grandchildren. He is also survived by his brother, Burton Williams. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made to the Newfound Area Nursing Association. A memorial service will be held at Bristol United Church of Christ on April 5 at 11 a.m.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 01 April 2014 06:37
GILFORD — Richard Allan Miller, 83, of 235 Chestnut Drive, died at the Laconia Rehabilitation Center, Laconia on Sunday, March 30, 2014.
Mr. Miller was born May 31, 1930 in Irvington, N.J., the son of Claus J. and Mildred A. (Rowley) Miller. He resided in New Jersey for a number of years and graduated from Nutley High School in Nutley, N.J.. He attended Nichols Jr. College, Fairleigh Dickinson University and Newark Technical College. He served as a Fire Control Technician in the U. S. Navy aboard the USS Bauer (DC-26) and the USS Shea (DM-30).
Mr. Miller moved from Jefferson Township, N.J. to Gilford, N.H. twenty-eight years ago. He had been employed at Wickes Lumber for twenty-two years, retiring in 1988.
Mr. Miller was a member of the First United Methodist Church. Gilford and a ten year member of the First Presbyterian Church of Port S. Lucie, Fla. He was a member of the American Legion Wilkins-Smith Post #1 and the Lakes Region Singers. He enjoyed singing in the church choirs and with the Lakes Region Singers. Richard was a loyal veteran and a proud American.
Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Marilyn (Messer) Miller, of Gilford; a son, Scott A. Miller of Marshalls Creek, Penn.; a daughter, Cindy S. Pollard, of Jefferson Township, N.J.; two grandchildren, Erin Miller of Marshalls Creek, Penn. and Ashley Miller of Raleigh, N.C. and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, Mr. Miller was predeceased by a son, Craig R. Miller and by a brother, Claus F. Miller.
There will be no calling hours.
A Funeral Service will be held on Friday, April 4, 2014 at 10 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church, 18 Wesley Way, Gilford, N.H.
Burial will be at a later date 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 First United Methodist Church of Laconia-Gilford, (Memorial Fund) PO Box 7408 Gilford, NH 03247 or to the New Hampshire Veterans Home, 139 Winter St., Tilton, NH 03276.
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 Tuesday, 01 April 2014 06:35