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Thomas E. Kemp, II, 64

CONCORD — Thomas (Tom) E. Kemp II, of Concord, died March 22, 2014, at the Concord VNA Hospice House following a courageous battle with cancer for a number of years.

Born in Hyannis, Mass., on Cape Cod, on Dec. 1, 1949, Tom was the son of Thomas E. and Miriam (Belanger) Kemp.

The family moved to Meredith when Tom was 3 years old. Tom was a graduate of Inter-Lakes High School in Meredith, University of New Hampshire and Franklin Pierce Law School. Tom spent many years in the insurance industry in New Hampshire and then ended his working career as a service delivery manager at Fidelity Investments located in Merrimack.

Tom enjoyed growing up in Meredith. He remembered fondly water activities at Lake Waukewan. Besides continuing to enjoy time on Lake Waukewan with his sister and her husband, Tom, would take day trips to Wellington State Park in Bristol. He liked to take drives to view the scenery. Tom always had three or more books he was reading. Many years ago he was a Boy Scout leader.

In addition to his wife of 39 years, Diane Kemp, survivors include a son, Sean Kemp and his wife Ellen of Concord; two grandchildren, Emma and Lauren Kemp; a sister, Deborah McNeish and husband Duncan of Meredith; father-in-law, Stewart Lamprey currently of Meredith; and brother-in-law George Lamprey of Center Harbor; an aunt, Eva Bauer of Norwalk, Conn.; and many cousins.

The family would like to express their gratitude to the various providers and support staff that assisted Tom in this journey. They include NH Oncology and Hematology, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Concord, Concord VNA, Concord VNA Hospice Program and Concord Hospital.

A funeral service will be held on Thursday, March 27, at 11 a.m. at the First Congregational Church UCC, 4 Highland St., Meredith. The Rev. Russell Rowland, pastor, will officiate. Burial will be held at a later date in the Oakland Cemetery, Meredith.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Concord Hospital for programs associated with the Payson Center, 250 Pleasant St., Concord NH 03301; Concord Regional Visiting Nurse Association, 30 Pillsbury St., Concord, NH 03301 or charity of one's choice.

The Mayhew Funeral Homes and Crematorium are in charge of the arrangements. To sign Tom's Book of Memories, go to; www.mayhewfuneralhomes.com

Last Updated on Monday, 24 March 2014 07:02

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Robert A. McCrea, Sr., 66

LACONIA — Robert A. McCrea Sr., 66, of 86 Batchelder St., died at the VA Medical Center in Manchester on Friday, March 21, 2014.

Robert was born April 27, 1947, in Laconia, the son of the late George and Alice (VanderHarst) McCrea. He was an E-3 LCP1 in the Marine Corps, serving from 1965-1968 during the Vietnam War.

Robert was a lifetime resident of Laconia and had been employed at Osco Drug Inc. until 1982, and was bar manager at the Elks from 2008 until he retired in December 2013, and also worked a little bit with The Citizen. He was a communicant of St. Joseph Church.

Robert was a Charter and Life Member and a past president of the Laconia Jaycees. From 1973-76, Robert was the State Shooter Education Program Director for the State of New Hampshire Jaycees and was the Laconia Jaycees' Shooter Education Director for three years. In 1978, he received the U.S. Jaycees' Recruiting Ambassador Award. He was a long time member and past exalted ruler of the Laconia Lodge of Elks 876 and was also a life member of the Disabled American Veterans.

Robert's motto was "I did it my way."

Survivors include his wife of 17 years, Pamela (Young) McCrea, of Laconia; a daughter, Robin A. McCrea Sanborn, and her husband, Douglas, of Belmont; a son, Robert A. McCrea Jr., and his wife, Shannon, of Laconia; six grandchildren, Kassandra, Keisha and Tori McCrea, Casey DeGroot and Dougie and Jeremy Sanborn; a great-granddaughter, Rebecca, and several nephews and nieces.

In addition to his parents, Robert was predeceased by his first wife, Marie (Dionne) McCrea, in 1987 and by two brothers, George E. McCrea and Lawrence F. McCrea.

Calling hours will be held on Thursday, March 27, 2014, from 5 to 8 p.m. in the Carriage House of the Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home, 164 Pleasant St., Laconia. During calling hours, the Laconia Lodge of Elks 876 will conduct a Session of Sorrow at 6:15 p.m. also at the funeral home.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, March 28, 2014 at 10:00 AM at St. Andre Bessette Parish at St. Joseph Church, 30 Church St., Laconia. Burial, with military honors, will follow the Mass at 12:30 p.m. at the New Hampshire State Veterans Cemetery, 110 Daniel Webster Highway, Boscawen.

For those who wish, the family suggests that memorial donations be made to a charity of one's choice.

The family and Gram would like to give a very special thank you to his grandson, Casey, for taking such great care of his grandfather.

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 March 2014 06:58

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Joseph W. Emerson, 86

STOW, Maine — Joseph Wyman Emerson, 86, passed away March 8, 2014, at his home.

He was born in North Chatham, N.H., on Dec. 2, 1927, a son of Roger and Bernice (Bishop) Emerson, and attended local schools.

He proudly served as a sergeant in the 185th Engineer Combat Battalion, Army, in Korea. In the Army he trained as a bulldozer operator. After returning home from Korea he worked for the U.S. Forest Service for a number of years.

For more than 30 years he worked for Ambrose Brothers Inc., out of Meredith, N.H., operating a bulldozer. He used, and honed the skills he learned in the Army, and became widely known as one of the best dozer operators in New England.

Joe was a member of the National Rifle Association. He was also a life member of the Fryeburg Fair, which he greatly looked forward to each year. He only missed a few fairs in his adult life. After his retirement he enjoyed logging on his own land. He truly loved the White Mountains, especially Mount Washington. One of his favorite pastimes was trips around the mountains with his son. He was especially fond of the Basin area in North Chatham, N.H.

Besides his parents, he was predeceased by a sister, Elizabeth Stiles.

Surviving are his son, Joseph Emerson II of Brownfield; his former wife and still his friend, Mabel Hidden of Brownfield; a sister, Pauline Libbey of Dover, N.H., formerly of Freedom, N.H.; three brothers, Chesley Emerson, of Chatham, N.H. and Florida, Ralph Emerson and wife Beatrice of Freedom, N.H., and Roger Emerson and wife Bettina of Palmyra. Also several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service is planned for later in the spring. Online condolences may be expressed at: www.wnyfuneralhome.com

Last Updated on Monday, 24 March 2014 06:53

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Frank E. Hewitt, 64

SANBORNTON — Frank E. Hewitt, 64, of Hermit Woods Road, Sanbornton died Thursday, March 20, 2014 at his daughter's home in Belmont.
Frank was born February 16, 1950 in Exeter, N.H., the son of the late Carroll and Louise (Blanchette) Hewitt.
Frank was a longtime resident of Laconia before moving to Sanbornton twenty-one years ago. He served in the U. S. Marine Corps during the Vietnam War and had been a self-employed carpenter for many years. He also was employed at Home Depot in Tilton for a number of years.
Frank enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren, as well as hunting, fishing and camping. He was a member of the Boy Scouts, the Jaycees, SASS and Pemi Fish & Game.
Survivors include his loving wife of twenty years, Leean (Winstanley) Hewitt, of Sanbornton; five children, Michelle L. McDonald of Laconia, Marc J. Hewitt, and his wife, Megan, of Bristol; Kristine O. Hewitt and her significant other, Thomas DiCato, of Massachusetts; Katrina A. Hood and her husband, Tom, of Indiana and Jennifer I. Jackes and her husband, Brian, of Belmont; six grandchildren, Lily, Zoe and Abigail Hewitt, Isabella and Jonathan McDonald and Thomas Hood; a sister, Pam Moyer, of Arizona and one nephew, Justin Barriault. In addition to his parents, Frank was predeceased by a sister, Deborah Hewitt.
There will be no calling hours.
A Graveside Service will be held on Thursday, March 27, 2014 at 11 a.m. 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 Fisher House Foundation, 111 Rockville Pike, Suite 420, Rockville, MD 20850-5168.
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 March 2014 06:51

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