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
GILMANTON — David Peter Lake, 62, of 38 Varney Road, in Gilmanton Iron Works, died on Saturday, March 29, 2014, in his home after a long illness.
David was born March 20, 1952 in Boston, the son of the late Francis and Joan (Phelps) Lake. He served in the Army, Marine Corps, and the Coast Guard.
David resided in Rochester for several years before moving to Gilmanton Iron Works 17 years ago. He was employed as a Public Health Scientist and Health Physicist with the State of New Hampshire for 16 years, retiring in May 2010.
David was a member of the Gilmanton Community Church, the Farmington Fish & Game, the NRA, the Gilmanton Militia and the Dump Run Gang. He enjoyed music, fishing, hunting and karate.
Survivors include his wife of 23 years, Twila M. Kenna of Gilmanton Iron Works; two kids, Tilly and Jake; three brothers and sisters-in-law, Francis and Cecila Lake of Worcester, Mass., Thomas and Denise Lake of West Boylston, Mass., and James and Linda Lake of Lowell, Mass; three nieces; and one nephew.
In addition to his parents, David was predeceased by his kids, Samantha, Ally, Wysh and Clyde.
Calling hours will be held on Friday, April 4, 2014 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home, 164 Pleasant St., Laconia, using the Carriage House entrance.
A funeral service will be held on Saturday, April 5, 2014, at 1 p.m. at the Gilmanton Community Church, 1807 NH Route 140, Gilmanton Iron Works, with the Rev. Christopher Stevens, pastor, officiating. Burial will be held in the spring in the family lot at Smith Meetinghouse Cemetery, Gilmanton.
For those who wish, the family suggests that memorial donations be made to Gilmanton Community Church, PO Box 16, Gilmanton, NH 03837; Concord Merrimack County SPCA, 130 Washington St., Penacook, NH 03303; or the Wildlife Heritage Foundation of New Hampshire, (Barry Camp), PO Box 3993, Concord, NH 03302-3993
Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 164 Pleasant St., Laconia, is assisting the family with the arrangements. For more information and to view an online memorial go to www.wilkinsonbeane.com.
Last Updated on Monday, 31 March 2014 08:02
NORTHFIELD — Walter John Laws, 61, a resident of Northfield for eight years, died at his home following a period of failing health.
Walter was born in Boston, Oct. 26, 1952, son of the late Walter E. and Marie (Arsenault) Laws. He had resided in Bristol for many years before moving to Northfield. Prior to his retirement Walter worked as a truck driver for various construction companies and retail consumer companies.
Walter enjoyed the outdoors and camping. He enjoyed time spent with family, especially his grandchildren. Over the years his pastimes included, tinkering with autos and enjoying his animals. He was a pool player and member of a local downtown league.
Walter's family includes, his daughter, Karen A. Hanser of Sanbornton; sons, William J. Laws of Windham
Brian M. Laws of Bristol, and Walter J. Laws II of Bedford; eight grandchildren; his former wife, and mother of his children, Margaret Laws of Bristol; a brother, Richard Laws of Hull, Mass.; a sister, Joan Dickerson of Quincy, Mass.; two nieces and two nephews.
Calling hours will be held Saturday, April 5, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the William F. Smart Sr. Memorial Home, Franklin-Tilton Road in Tilton. A celebration of life will follow the calling hours at the Greenside Restaurant at Lochmere Country Club, 360 Laconia Road, Tilton. Burial will be at a later date.
Those wishing may make memorial contributions in Walter's name to the New Hampshire Humane Society, P.O. Box, 572, Laconia, NH 03247-0572.
For more information go to www.smartfuneralhome.com
Last Updated on Monday, 31 March 2014 06:52