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David W. Ecker, 82

MOULTONBOROUGH — David W. Ecker, 82, a member of the Moultonboro, NH community for forty-one years passed away on December 31, 2013, at Lakes Region General Hospital in Laconia, New Hampshire.
David's battle with metastatic prostate cancer was brief and courageous. He never gave up and to his last few days
he was planning the completion of his many projects.

He was born on February 5, 1931, to Marion Radu Ecker and Winslow Ecker of Patchogue, Long Island, now deceased.
Close living relatives include his wife of fifty years, Willavene; two sons, Gregory David and his wife Anik, and Jonathan Jay. He also leaves his two grandchildren, Violet Anik and Kaspar Winslow, and his beloved brother Robert and his wife Margaret "Peg" Ecker. Other relatives who pre-deceased him are his first wife Gloria and their son David Francis, three days old.

As a patriot, David joined the Army on the Fourth of July, 1951. He became a Second Lieutenant of an Army Intelligence Unit
and led troops in the famous Korean Battles of Pork Chop Hill and Old Baldy, among others. He received a Bronze Star and two
battle medals for providing key information to his commanding officers and thereby saving many men's lives in battle, as well as three other medals and citations. David's army experiences were one central reason for his steel-core work ethic. He often said that "After the army, every day is a gift."

In his educational career, David moved from studio artist to Art Educator and Aesthetician. He received Bachelor of Science degrees from the State University of New York at Albany and Albright Art School in Buffalo, NY, an M.S. from the University of Wisconsin and an Ed.D. in Philosophy at Wayne State University.
He then taught and directed programs in art and art education at Ohio State University and New York University for forty years. He was highly influential as an art educator, both nationally and internationally. Two of his crowning achievements were his theory of art as qualitative problem solving which has been widely published in the Art Education Field and the founding of the International Society for the Advancement of Living Traditions in Art (ISALTA).
But it was David's many doctoral students (over 60 in number) who gave him the most satisfaction in his career. His students
were top artists representing their countries of Brazil, Japan, Korea, China, Malaysia, Tibet, Jordan, Afghanistan, Nigeria,
Cuba, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Egypt, and the United States. Those students have continued to enhance the fields of art and art education around the world.

Since retiring fifteen years ago, David has still pursued artistic paths which have branched out to include developing beautiful buildings and landscapes with the help of artists and artisans from New Hampshire, Maine, and Ohio. He often expressed
his love of his home and immediate locality in Moultonboro, and New Hampshire in general, particularly for "all of the wonderful people who live here."

Friends wanting more information on David's life and career may view the website established in his honor by the International Society for the Advancement of Living Traditions in Art (ISALTA), at http://www.davidwecker.net/. Anyone who wishes to honor David may make contributions to the New Hampshire Korean War Veterans Association, 177 Pako Avenue, Keene, New Hampshire 03431.

Last Updated on Monday, 27 January 2014 10:55

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Cecil W. Stanley, 86

LACONIA — Cecil W. Stanley passed away on January 23, 2014 at the Belknap County Nursing Home in Laconia, NH, 3 days after his 86th birthday, following a period of declining health.

He was born on January 20, 1928 in St. George, ME to Oscar and Ethel (Wilson) Stanley. Cecil grew up in St. George, ME and attended schools in St. George. After moving to New Hampshire, he worked for the Scott and Williams Company in Laconia for 25 years. He also worked for the Lakes Region General Hospital for many years before retiring.

Cecil married Ruth Huntoon, daughter of Charles and Isabelle Huntoon, in 1950. They were happily married for 54 years, until Ruth's death in 2004. Cecil enjoyed hunting and other outdoor activities, and spending time vacationing with family in Maine.

Cecil is survived by his son, Norman Stanley and his wife Denise of Kissimmee, FL, daughter, Nancy Gaumond and her husband Eric of Manchester, NH, and daughter, Norma McLeod and her husband Wayne, of Melbourne, Australia; his siblings, Frances Thompson of Rockland, ME, Edna Carter, of Thomaston, ME, Vernon Stanley, of Camden, ME, Maurice Stanley, of Texas, and Ann Wallace and her husband Raymond, of Thomaston, ME; his grandson Sean McCarty and his wife Abigail, of Tilton, NH, and other grandchildren, Jason, of Georgia, and Michael, Jennifer, and Sarah of Florida; three great-grandchildren, Asher, Tristan, and Colin; and several nieces and nephews.

Per Cecil's wishes, he will be cremated, with no services held.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that any memorial donations be made to the Belmont Fire Relief Association, P.O. Box 837, Belmont, NH 03220 or to the ST George Volunteer Fire Dept., 7 School St., Tenants Harbor, ME 04860.

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 Friday, 24 January 2014 08:31

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Nathaniel M. Johnson, 74

LACONIA — Nathaniel M. "Nat" Johnson, PE, 74, of Laconia, NH passed away at CRVNA Hospice House, Concord, NH on Monday, January 6, 2014 with his wife at his side.

Mr. Johnson grew up in Antrim, NH, the son of Carroll M. Johnson and Helen B. Johnson (Munroe.) Nat graduated from Tilton School in '56 and Worcester Polytechnic Institute '60 with a BSEE. He was a man of integrity who was dedicated to his work and generous with his time. He invented the Ground Fault Interrupter sensor (GFI) and holds many other US and foreign patents related to carbon capture and multi-pollutant control solutions. He co-founded Powerspan LLC and was sole proprietor of Winnipesaukee Associates. Nat was fortunate to work in a field he loved. Nat was devoted to the men at the firehouse and his job as Fire Prevention Officer of the Laconia Fire Department. He retired in 2002 to work as a Fire and Arson Investigator. He became well known for his expertise in the field. He wrote code for and served BOCA and NFPA. He was an expert witness in NH, VT, ME, MA, CT and NY. Nat was community oriented; he supported the Lakes Region and the City of Laconia by serving on the Planning Board, the Zoning Board of Adjustments, the Lakes Region Planning Commission, and as President of the Lakes Region Mutual Fire Aid Association. He was also an Adjunct Professor at the New Hampshire Vocational Technical College Laconia and taught classes in math, fire and electrical. Nat was a member of the National Society of Professional Engineers and was a licensed Professional Engineer in NH, ME and VT. He was also a licensed master electrician and private investigator. Nat will be greatly missed by his family, friends, business associates and the many fire protection and fire investigation related boards and organizations he served.

He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Adrienne M. Johnson, his son, Andrew, daughter, Elizabeth, four grandchildren and two sisters, Pamela and Sarah. He was predeceased by his parents.

Memorial calling hours will be held from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday, January 30, 2014 at the Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home, 164 Pleasant Street, Laconia, using the Carriage House entrance.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made in Nat's name to Worcester Polytechnic Institute's Fire Protection Engineering, 100 Institute Road, Worcester, MA 01609

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 Friday, 24 January 2014 08:25

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Harley Q. Towers

LACONIA — Baby Harley Quinn Towers, of Laconia, passed away on Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon. Harley was born on December 11, 2013 at 11:50 a.m.

She leaves behind her parents, Averil Taylor and Jon Towers, both of Laconia, her siblings Sid Towers, Jamie Towers and Leia Taylor, all of Laconia, grandmothers Lisa Taylor of Belmont, Elaine Lord of Alton, Myrion Heighton of Lexington, Mass. and Deborah (Heighton) Towers of Moultonborough, grandfathers Daniel Heighton of Lexington, Mass., Aurther Towers of Moultonborough, Douglas Horne of Laconia and Wendell Corrow of Laconia, Aunts Elizabeth, Jessica, Beth and Tina, Uncles Jimmy and Joey and several cousins.

She was predeceased by her grandfather, James Taylor.

Memorial calling hours will be held from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at the Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home, 164 Pleasant Street, Laconia, using the Carriage House entrance. A memorial service will immediately follow the calling hours at 6 p.m., also at the funeral home.

For those who wish, memorial contributions may be made to Averil Taylor, 192 Union Ave, Apt 6, Laconia, NH 03246.

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, 23 January 2014 10:06

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