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Rondi Stevenson, 70

MEREDITH — Rondi Jean Stevenson, 70, of Meredith, passed away at Catholic Medical Center in Manchester, after suffering from multiple illnesses.

Born on May 30, 1943, in Providence, R.I., she was the daughter of Allan B. and Nancy A. (Richardson) Stevenson. Rondi was raised in Attleboro, Mass., graduating from Attleboro High School. She furthered her education at Harvard University where she earned her bachelor's degree in humanities.

Rondi moved to the Lakes Region due to her love of skiing. She was a ski instructor for some time at Gunstock. She owned and operated Belknap Travel Co., in Gilford and Meredith. Rondi loved dogs, her horse, her cats, and she was an avid golfer and played frequently on many local golf courses.

Rondi was very much involved with the Trinity Episcopal Church in Meredith and will be dearly missed by her many friends at the church.

She is survived by her brothers, Allan Campbell Stevenson, of Shelburne, Mass., William G. Stevenson and wife Jeanne Haley, of Holliston, Mass.; nieces, Devyn Stevenson, of Boston, Juliana and Leah Stevenson, of Holliston, Mass.; and her many friends throughout the Lakes Region.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 1, 2014, at 1 p.m. at the Trinity Episcopal Church, Rte. 25, Meredith. The Rev. Robin Thomas Soller, rector, will officiate. A reception will be held in the church hall following the service. Interment will be held in the memorial garden at the church in the spring.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Trinity Episcopal Church, PO Box 635, Meredith, NH 03253.

Mayhew Funeral Homes & Crematorium of Meredith and Plymouth are assisting the family with the arrangements. For Rondi's Book of Memories: www.mayhewfuneralhomes.com

Last Updated on Monday, 24 February 2014 10:35

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Alcide 'Bud' Lefebvre, 70

GILFORD — Alcide "Bud" H. Lefebvre, 70, of Gilford passed away at the Veterans Hospital in West Roxbury, Mass., Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014 after a brief illness.

He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and true friend who will be missed dearly and remembered as the generous, funny and warm-hearted man he was.

Bud was born April 8, 1943, in Smithmill, Pa., son of the late Alcide and Anna Lefebvre.

After serving in the Air Force, he settled his family in Londonderry where they lived and operated several family-owned businesses until relocating to Gilford in 1990. He was semi-retired from Lefebvre's Tire and Auto Repair in Londonderry.

He was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed boating, hunting and fishing with his children and grandchildren and playing golf with friends. He was a member of the NRA, Belknap Sportsman Club, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1670 of Laconia, Veterans of Foreign Wars of Pennsylvania, the Laconia Lodge of Elks No. 876 and the Lochmere Country Club.

Survivors include his wife of 47 years, Janice E. Lefebvre of Gilford; his daughter and son-in-law, Missi and Dave Perkins, of Gilford; his son and daughter-in-law, Darron and Kelly Lefebvre, of Mooresville, N.C.; five grandchildren, Connor, Hannah and Cooper Perkins, all of Gilford, and Avery and Carter Lefebvre, both of Mooresville; two sisters, Judy Elwell of Ocean City, Md., and Maryann Powell of Philipsburg, Pa.; and one brother, Alan Lefebvre, of Clearfield, Utah.

Memorial calling hours will be held Sunday, March 2, 2014, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., with a memorial service to follow at 3:30 p.m. in the Carriage House of Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home, 164 Pleasant St., Laconia. A graveside service, with military honors, will be held Monday, March 3, 2014, at 1 p.m. at the New Hampshire State Veterans Cemetery, 110 Daniel Webster Highway, Boscawen, for family and friends.

For those who wish, memorial donations may be made to the Crutzfeld-Jacobs Foundation (cjdfoundation.org), or the Boston Fischer House Foundation (fisherhouseboston.org).

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 Monday, 24 February 2014 10:30

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Anthony 'Tony' Richardson, 52

CLIFTON, Maine — Anthony Edward "Tony" Richardson, 52, beloved father, son and brother, passed away suddenly Feb. 14, 2014, in Clifton, Maine. where he resided with his sister Annette Richardson Verschoor and her family.

Born April 29, 1961, in Laconia, N.H., to the late Richard L. Richardson Sr., and Bernice Forsyth Blais, he graduated from Laconia High School in 1979 and attended New Hampshire Vocational-Technical College in Laconia.

Tony served his country proudly in the Navy aboard the USS Nimitz and USS Reasoner.

Settling in San Diego, he raised his greatest pride and joy, the treasures in life, son Allen Anthony and daughter Emma Louise Richardson. He was always happiest when with them. His kids are currently residing in California. Moving to Maine was very difficult, leaving behind his children and very favorite job with Sullivan International, an environmental company.

Tony was preceded in death by his father Richard, stepfather Eugene Blais, and stepbrother Dennis Blais.

Left to cherish his memory are his mother, Bunny Blais of Union Mills, N.C.; brother, Richard Richardson Jr. of Moyock, N.C.; four sisters, Annette Richardson Verschoor of Maine, Donna Richardson Timmins of Laconia, N.H., Susan Richardson Tolcser of Gilmanton, N.H., and Jennifer Blais Winward of Preston, Idaho; his stepmother, Jeannie Richardson of Rupert, W.Va.; stepbrothers, Carl E. Blais of Laconia, N.H., and Scott Blais of Fort Meyers, Fla.; a stepsister, Brenda Blais Kenney of Belmont, N.H. and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

A member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Tony loved the warm weather, walking, writing poetry, music, reading and Facebook. Tony was "Twizzles" the clown and volunteered in his community.

Tony's mother, brother, and sisters had the opportunity to say their goodbyes to him at the Birmingham Funeral Home in Old Town, Maine. Memorial services will be held in California in March.

Last Updated on Monday, 24 February 2014 10:27

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Rowland 'Rowley' Keith, 85

GILFORD — Rowland Davenport Hazard Keith, local businessman and civic leader, died peacefully at his home on Feb. 21, 2014. He lived a long, full life, continuing to learn and find great joy in family, friends and nature through his last days. The cause of death was congestive heart failure.

Mr. Keith, known as "Rowley," was born on May 18, 1928, in New Haven, Conn., son of Susan Bacon and Elmer Davenport Keith.

He grew up in New Haven, and spent summers with his family on Squam Lake in Holderness. As a small child, he spent two years in Switzerland. He was a graduate of the Choate School (Class of '45), and Yale University (Class of '48, with a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering). He served in the Army during the Korean War (1951-53) as an ordnance engineer, testing anti-tank rockets in Aberdeen, Md.

He had a successful early career in sports car racing from 1949-1959, racing in both the U.S. and Canada at the top racetracks of the day. He specialized in racing British sports cars, including MG-TC, Cooper, Allard and Austin-Healy, and won the Queen Catherine's Cup at Watkins Glen in an MG-TC in 1950. In 1955, he won the Mount Washington Hill Climb race in a 500cc Cooper, and in 1956 he briefly held the world record for the race until he was bested by Carroll Shelby's 4,200cc Indy Ferrari. He was the Formula III National Champion for 1956, and second in SCCA points in 1954 and 1957.

Following college, he worked as a mechanical engineer, first at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio, and then with Arthur D. Little in Boston.

He determined early on that he wanted to settle in New Hampshire, and in his mid-20s was able to relocate. In 1954, along with partners Joe Long and Kip Hawkins, he was awarded one of the early U.S. Volkswagen auto dealerships. He moved his family to New Hampshire in 1956, first living in Sandwich, and then moving to Gilford in 1958. The dealership, based in Holderness, was known as Kip and Joes. The partners moved the business to Gilford in 1962, ultimately expanding to include Toyota, Audi, Saab, Mazda, Fiat and Indian Motorcycle franchises. The partners also opened a marina, Boat Service Inc., in Holderness in 1957.

After retiring from the auto dealership in 1981, Keith established RK Realty Inc. which invested in residential real estate properties in New Hampshire and Maine.

Mr. Keith had a strong sense of citizenship, and was active in the local community. He served two terms as selectman in the town of Gilford, seven years on the Gilford School Board, and also served as Chairman of the Laconia-Gilford-Gilmanton Supervisory Union and as a member of the Gilford Budget Committee. He also served as a Director of the New Hampshire Music Festival and the New Hampshire Council for Better Schools. He worked actively to help create the Lakes Region Mental Health Clinic and served two years as its vice-chairman. He supported local land conservation efforts, and as selectman helped to preserve numerous local properties. He supported many organizations devoted to world prosperity and conservation.

One of his greatest pleasures was traveling throughout the world. In 1950, he toured Europe on an Ariel Square Four motorcycle, and in later years traveled extensively in Europe, Asia, the Middle East and South America. He had a deep interest in world history and a great appreciation of other cultures. He had a special love of Portugal, which he first visited in 1964 and to which he returned almost 40 times.

He loved family, friends and pets. He enjoyed sharing a good meal, a nice view or an evening sunset, the wonders of nature, fishing, hiking, sailing his boat on the Maine coast, or riding the backroads on his motorcycle. He read voraciously, on topics ranging from world affairs to Eastern philosophies. His later years were filled with a deep sense of gratitude for all of the rich experiences and gifts in his life.

Mr Keith is survived by his wife of almost 40 years, Linda Buell Keith; by his sister, Caroline Ellen deForest; his six children, Ellen, Susannah, Lisa, Margaret, Rowland and Christopher: three step-daughters; eight grandchildren, one great-grandchild; and many nieces and nephews.

Friends and family are welcome to join an outdoor gathering in his honor at noon on Saturday, March 1, 2014, at Shepard Hill in Holderness, followed immediately by a memorial celebration to be held at the Squam Lake Inn in Holderness.

In lieu of flowers, please send gifts in Rowland's memory to either: Lakes Region Conservation Trust, PO Box 766, Center Harbor, NH 03226, or NH Humane Society, PO Box 572, Laconia, NH 03247.

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, 24 February 2014 10:24

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