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Maunsell B. Babin, 86

LACONIA — Maunsell B. Babin , 86, formerly of Pepperell, Massachusetts died Saturday, July 5, 2014, at Laconia Health Care Center, Laconia, N.H.

Mr. Babin was born in Boston, October 26, 1927 a son of Eustace M. and Margaret L. (Blake) Babin and was a longtime resident of Shirley Street, Pepperell. Following his retirement, he resided several years in Palm City, Florida, The Villages, Florida and Aiken, South Carolina before finally moving to Laconia, New Hampshire.
He was a 1945 graduate of Cambridge Rindge and Latin High School. He continued his education as an accounting major at Oxford School of Business in Cambridge and later studied at Northeastern University where his study focus was in law enforcement. During WW II and the Korean Conflict, he served his country for four years in the Intelligence Department of the United States Navy.
In 1956 Mr. Babin embarked on a career in law enforcement that spanned over three decades. His first position was a police officer in the Town of Wayland. In 1960 he moved to Pepperell where for ten years he worked as a police office when, in 1970, was appointed Chief of the Department, a position he held for ten years.
Following his retirement from the Town of Pepperell, he held several positions including Assistant Manager of the Fort Devens Golf Course, a players assistant at Wang Country Club in Groton and also at Pipers Landing Golf Course in Stuart, Florida.
Mr. Babin was a life member of the Massachusetts Police Chiefs Association, a member and past president of the North Middlesex Chiefs of Police Association. Mr. Babin was a member of the St. Paul Masonic Lodge A.F. & A.M. in Ayer and Ashby and a 32nd Degree Mason of the Scottish Rite, Valley of Lowell. He also served twenty years as a deputy tax collector in the Town of Pepperell.
He leaves his wife of 56 years, Noel O. (O'Neill) Babin; two sons, David J. Babin of Pepperell and Alton Bay, N.H., Kenneth M. Babin of New Ipswich, N.H.; two daughters; Dorie A. Babin of Hubbardston, Karen J. Blake of Ramer, Tenn.; eleven grandchildren and five great grandchildren.
He was predeceased by a daughter, Kristine Elizabeth Babin, in 1965.
Funeral services will be held 10 a.m. Friday, July 11, 2014 at Community Church, 2 Townsend Street, Pepperell. Burial will be Pepperell Association Cemetery.
Calling hours are 4-7 Thursday, July 10 at the T.J. Anderson & Son Funeral Home, 250 Main Street (Rte 119) Townsend Center. Please see www.andersonfuneral.com for additional information.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude's Children's Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 08 July 2014 08:10

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Edith Levasseur, 85

LACONIA — Edith (Levesque) Levasseur, 85, lifelong resident of the Laconia area, passed away on Monday, July 7, 2014. Her independent, determined spirit, coupled with her deep love of family, insure that she will be greatly missed.
Born Edith Levesque on March 21, 1929, Edith was the daughter of Alfred and Roseanna (Rocheleau) Levesque. She attended St. Joseph's school where she and her sisters were well-known as the "Levesque Girls" and much in demand at church functions for their singing talent. She graduated from Laconia High School, Class of 1947, and married her true love, the "cute guy", Clement Levasseur, in September, 1948, who predeceased her on July 12, 1995.
Growing up, Edith was a communicant of St. Joseph Church, and in her adult life, was a communicant of Sacred Heart Church.
Most recently, Edith found a calling in her ten years with First New Hampshire Bank as human resources representative for Laconia Peoples National Bank & Trust, retiring in September, 1991.
A unique team, Edith and Clem shared several and varied enterprises, including twenty-five years as owners/managers of Grovenole Cottages and Riverbank Laundromat. They particularly enjoyed their partnership raising their children, Steven, Donald and Joanne. Married for forty-seven years, Edith and Clem valued their time in Indian Rocks Beach, Florida where they relaxed with friends and family, particularly their granddaughter, Jessica.
Edith was a member of the "Senior Friends" group and loved traveling, reading, and gardening.
Edith leaves behind son, Donald, and his wife, Judy; daughter, Joanne Levasseur Blodgett, and her husband, Ernie Blodgett, Jr. and of course, Don and Judy's family, Jessica Levasseur and Josh Robinson and his wife, Joanna. She also leaves behind Alice Morin Bolduc, her longtime friend and support and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents and her husband, Edith was predeceased by her son, Steven, in 2000 and by three brothers and six sisters.
Calling hours will be held on Thursday, July 10, 2014 from 4 to 7 p.m. in the Carriage House of the Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home, 164 Pleasant Street, Laconia, N.H.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, July 11, 2014 at 11 a.m. at St. Andre Bessette Parish at St. Joseph Church, 30 Church Street, Laconia, N.H.
Burial will follow in the family lot in Sacred Heart Cemetery with a reception following at the Beane Conference Center, 35 Blueberry Lane, Laconia, N.H.
Friends wishing to make contributions in Edith's memory are asked to consider the New Hampshire Humane Society (where she found her beloved "Murphy"), PO Box 572, Laconia, NH 03247.
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, 08 July 2014 08:08

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Basil W. Thompson, Sr. and Jacqueline Thompson

LACONIA — Basil W. Thompson, Sr., and Jacqueline (Joyal) Thompson will be interred at St. Lambert's Cemetery in Laconia on Wednesday, July 9, at 11 a.m.

Mrs. Thompson passed away suddenly on December 31, 2013. Mr. Thompson followed her to their eternal rest 81 days later on March 22, 2014.

Mr. and Mrs. Thompson formerly resided on Union Avenue, where they raised three children, until they retired to Nova Scotia. Mostly recently, they resided with their daughter Marsha and her family in Orono, Maine.

There will be no calling hours. All are welcome to attend the graveside service.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 08 July 2014 08:05

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Robert A. Woodman, 84

LACONIA — Robert A. Woodman, 84, of 30 County Drive and formerly of Fore St. in Lakeport, passed away surrounded by loved ones at the Belknap County Nursing Home on Sunday, June 29, 2014. Mr. Woodman, known as Woody to his friends, was born July 28, 1929, in Laconia, N.H., the only son of the late Arthur L. and Sadie Emma (Pickering) Woodman.
Woody was a lifelong resident of Lakeport. He was very proud to have served with 339th Air Force fighter squadron during the Korean War. During his deployment he was an aircraft mechanic and quickly learned how to speak Japanese. He taught fellow service members the language and enjoyed it so much that he continued to practice it the rest of his life.
He worked for Tekwood, Scott & Williams, the Laconia State School, Tri State Fire Protection and other area businesses before retiring in 2001. He spent most of his free time in the summer fishing and boating. And when he wasn't working on it, he could be seen riding his yellow moped all over town. His favorite trip was riding it to the Weirs on motorcycle weekend. Using the callsign K1OMC, he communicated with hundreds of people all over the world using Morse code on his ham radio. He enjoyed working on crossword puzzles with friends, and wrote poetry and limericks. At times he referred to himself as a jack of all trades and master of none. But, he had mastered the important things in life and truly appreciated and loved his family, his friends and every single brook, stream, and cove in the lakes region.
He will be missed by all his friends in Lakeport, especially his friends at Lake Village Apartments, the caring staff at the Belknap County Nursing Home and his special friends Jean Durfee and Lisa Landry.
At his request there will be no calling hours or funeral service. For those who wish, donations can be made to Belknap County Nursing Home activity fund, 30 County Drive, Laconia, NH 03246.
Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 164 Pleasant Street, Laconia, NH is assisting the family with the arrangements.

Last Updated on Monday, 07 July 2014 09:43

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