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Ashley E. Thomas, 29

PORTLAND, Maine — Ashley Elizabeth Thomas, 29, of Portland, Maine, formerly of Gilford, perished in a fire, with her dog, Daisy, in Portland, Maine on Saturday, November 1, 2014.

Ashley was born June 28, 1985 in Worcester, Mass., the daughter of Nikki (Cabral) and Louis Thomas, Jr.

Ashley graduated from Gilford High School in 2003 and Hallmark Institute of Photography in 2008. She was a self-employed photographer with her business partner and best friend, Mat Garber. Ashley will always be remembered for her infectious smile and laugh and love for life.

In addition to her parents of Gilford, Ashley is survived by her brother, Louis Thomas III, all of Gilford, N.H.; her paternal grandmother, Carol (Kirby) Thomas, of Shrewsbury, Mass; her aunts and uncles, Karen (Thomas ) Moss and her husband, Todd, Kathy (Thomas) Perduta and her husband, Peter, Jeanne Cabral Guptill, Marjorie (Cabral) Bird and her husband, Michael, Linda Cabral Giguere and her husband, Richard; her business partner and best friend, Mat Garber; several cousins and several friends. Ashley was predeceased by her maternal grandparents, Nick and Babe Cabral, her paternal grandfather, Louis Thomas; her paternal great grandmother, Lillian Kirby; her aunts, Nancy Thomas, Deborah O'Brien and Joyce O'Dougherty and uncle, Norman "Butch" Cabral, Sr.

Calling hours will be held on Sunday, November 9, 2014 from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home, 164 Pleasant Street, Laconia, using the Carriage House entrance.

A Funeral Service will be held Monday, November 10, 2014 at 11 a.m. at the funeral home.

Burial will be private.

For those who wish, the family suggests that memorial donations be made to the Ashley Thomas Fund, to help the family with final expenses and Mat Garber with business costs, at www.gofund.com/glegyg.

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 on online memorial go to www.wilkinsonbeane.com.

Last Updated on Friday, 07 November 2014 08:35

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Alice M. Burbank, 79

NEW DURHAM — Alice Mary (Drouin) Burbank, 79, of Birch Hill Road, formerly of Portland, Conn. died Monday, September 29, 2014 at Lakes Region General Hospital.

She was born on October 20, 1934 in Laconia, N.H. the daughter of Peter J. and Merilda (Maheux) Drouin. She loved crafts and knitting and also enjoyed her flower gardening. Alice was an active church member of St. Katharine Drexel Catholic Church in Wolfeboro and St. Andre Bessette Parish – St. Josephs Church in Laconia. Alice also was previously employed by Middlesex Memorial Hospital in Middletown, Conn. for 35 years.

She is survived by her two sons, Michael Burbank and his wife Holly of East Hampton, Conn. and Wayne Burbank of Columbia, Conn., two daughters, Kathryn Sharpley and her husband Tom of Coventry, Conn. and Cynthia Christensen and her husband Robert of Penn., six grandchildren, five great grandchildren, one brother, Antonio Drouin, and his wife, Therese, of Laconia, two sisters, Theresa Rolfe and her husband Nelson of Belmont and Lucille Morin of Vt., nieces, nephews, her uncle, Antonio "Tony" Maheux and his wife Noel of Laconia, her aunt Alice Doucet and her special cousin, Margie Walker of Laconia. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband of 58 years, Lyndon P. Burbank in 2010 and one brother, Lucien Drouin.

There will be no calling hours.

A memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Saturday, November 15, 2014 at St. Andre Bessette Parish - St. Joseph Church, 30 Church Street, Laconia. Burial will follow at Sacred Heart Cemetery, Garfield St., Laconia.

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, 06 November 2014 08:18

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Mary Ann Burdett, 77

CHIEFLAND, Fla. — Mary Ann Burdett died on October 31, 2014, age 77, in Chiefland, Fla. Born in Woburn, Mass. to parents Fred and Dorothy Burdett.

In addition to her parents, Mary Ann is predeceased by siblings Charles, Sara May and Caroline, and her daughter Abby.

Mary Ann leaves her daughter Melissa and her sons Coleman and William of Lebanon, N.H., and daughter Helen of Silt, Colo., granddaughter Jezamine of Albuquereue, N.M..; niece Deborah Severnce of Colo.; nephew Douglas of Mass.; aunt Judith Curtis and uncle Richard Curtis of Gorham, Maine; step-son Scott Hodgkins and his wife Carol and granddaughter Lola of Gilford, N.H.; husband Allan Hodgkins, a Laconia native and resident of Chiefland, Fla. and summer resident of Lancaster, N.H.

Mary Ann graduated from Woburn High School in Mass., Bates College in Maine and earned her master's degree from Salem State in Mass. She had taught school in Laconia and Gilford, N.H. and was an avid quilter. Memorial services will be at the Chiefland, Fla. Lutheran Church.

Last Updated on Thursday, 06 November 2014 08:15

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John A. MacDonald, 76

PLYMOUTH — John Alan MacDonald, 76, of a Plymouth, passed away on Monday, November 3, 2014 at Mountain Ridge Health Care Center, in Franklin, after a lengthy illness.

A lifelong resident of Plymouth, he was born on January 16, 1938, the son of Alan and Arlene (Kimball) MacDonald. John attended Plymouth schools.
John was a friend to many and will be dearly missed by his family.
He is predeceased by his beloved wife of 57 years, Joan F. MacDonald, in June 2014; his grandson, Brendan J. MacDonald; two brothers, Donnie and Kim; his two sisters, Sue Soderon and Sandy Greenwood.
John is lovingly survived by his four sons, John J. MacDonald and his wife Monique, of Thornton, Jamie MacDonald, of Plymouth, Jeff MacDonald, of Plymouth, Joey MacDonald, also of Plymouth; a daughter, Melissa Goodwin and her husband Tim, of St. John, Virgin Islands; eleven grandchildren, Nick, Matt, Brad, Kylee, Owen, Christian, Callista, Logan, Brittany, Phillip, Bridget; and his great-granddaughter, Addison.
Please join the family to celebrate John's life at Mayhew Funeral Home (12 Langdon St.), Plymouth, on Sunday, November 9, 2014 from noon until 2 p.m. Interment will be private and held at a later date.
Donations in John's memory may be made to a charity of one's choice.
Mayhew Funeral Homes & Crematorium of Meredith and Plymouth are handling the arrangements. For John's Book of Memories: www.mayhewfuneralhomes.com

Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 November 2014 09:22

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