MEREDITH — Anthony Michael "Tony" Governanti, 74, of Meredith, passed away Thursday, December 12, 2013 at Lakes Region General Hospital, in Laconia, after four month battle with pancreatic cancer. Born on June 13, 1939 in Bronx, NY, to parents Michael J. and Antoinette (DiFranco) Governanti, he was educated at Hempstead High School, Hempstead, NY, Hofstra University, Uniondale, NY and Louisiana Polytechnic University, Ruston, LA. He received a Bachelor’s of Science in Geology, competed in varsity football and lacrosse as a student-athlete at Hofstra. From 1966 to 1971 he was a science teacher, at the Tilton School, Tilton, and taught environmental science, geology and water pollution control. As a dorm parent, football and lacrosse coach he assisted in development of first lacrosse program at Tilton School. From 1970-1985, he was the director of Mayhew Program for Boys, Newfound Lake, Bristol, and developed and directed a “big brother” style program for under privileged New Hampshire boys age ten through thirteen. Anthony was a chief fundraiser, interacting with the United Way, local businesses, chambers of commerce, fraternal orders and charitable organizations across the state. He worked closely with school systems, social work organizations and the courts to identify and assist high need, at risk youths. From 1985 to the present, he joined his wife Frances in running the Alexandria Lamp Shop, in Meredith, a small retail antique shop and lamp repair business. He will be fondly remembered for his humor, kindness, work ethic and genuine concern for others. Tony is survived by his beloved wife of 51 years, Frances (Troccoli) Governanti; three sons, Bartolo Rhesa Governanti and his wife Shirley Fleury, of Lebanon, Vincenzo Governanti and his daughters, Talia and Tessa, of Alexandria, NH.; Anthony Governanti and his wife Elizabeth Jones Governanti, their sons, Domenic and Donovan, of New Boston; two brothers, Michael Governanti and his wife Sandra Governanti, of Cincinnati, OH, their children, Mickey, Brett, Marc, and Kristen, Daniel Governanti and his wife Karen Governanti, and their sons Matthew, Christopher and David, of Ithaca, NY; sister, Celeste Governanti, of Lake Worth, FL. Calling hours will be held on Friday, December 20, 2013, from 6 through 8 p.m. at Mayhew Funeral Home (Routes 3 & 104), Meredith. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend.In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to: the NH Humane Society, NHHS P.O. Box 572, Laconia, NH 03247 or to the Central New Hampshire VNA and Hospice, 780 North Main Street, Laconia, NH 03246. Mayhew Funeral Homes & Crematorium of Meredith and Plymouth are handling the arrangements. For Anthony’s Book of Memories: www.mayhewfuneralhomes.com
Last Updated on Friday, 13 December 2013 10:51
MEREDITH, MOULTONBOROUGH — Rudolph John Laporte Jr., 78, of Meredith, passed away on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at Meredith Bay Colony Club with his loving wife by his side, after a lengthy illness.
Born on October 27, 1935, in Holyoke, MA, the son of Rudolph J. and Rose (Lynch) Laporte, Rudy was raised in Holyoke and graduated from the South Hadley High School. Upon graduation he attended college earning some credits before entering the U.S. Army. After his service, he enrolled at UMASS Amherst and received a bachelor's degree in Business Accounting.
Rudy started his career at RCA before becoming the President of Mutual Data Inc., in Boston, and worked as an Information Technology Executive at the Hartford Insurance Co in Hartford CT.
A long-time resident of Moultonborough, NH on Lake Kanasatka, Rudy was a beloved husband, father, and grandfather, who enjoyed all sports, was an avid golfer, and he loved photography and videography. He was always making home movies of special family events, and had a collection of every Polaroid camera ever released. He will be dearly missed by his family, and the many friends whose lives he had touched throughout the years.
Rudy is survived by his beloved wife of fifty-six years, Florence (Boyden) Laporte, of Meredith; daughters, Katherine Barnes and husband Barry Constant, of Seattle, WA, Ann Laporte and husband Tony Scotto, of Boston, MA; granddaughter, Ashley Woodford and husband W. J. Woodford III, of Marlborough, MA.
In lieu of flowers donations in his memory may be made to the following: Central NH VNA, 780 Main St. Laconia, NH 03246 (centralvna.org), The Red Sox Foundation, 4 Yawkey Way, Boston, MA 02215 (redsoxfoundation.org), or to the Moultonborough Academy Athletic Scholarship Fund.
A memorial service will be held on Friday, December 13, 2013 at Meredith Bay Colony Club in the Library, at 10 a.m. Rev. John Eaton will officiate. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend.
Mayhew Funeral Homes & Crematorium of Meredith and Plymouth are assisting the family with the arrangements. For Rudy's Book of Memories: www.mayhewfuneralhomes.com
Last Updated on Thursday, 12 December 2013 08:33
MEREDITH — Esther Linnea Lindsey passed away December 5th at her home. She died peacefully with her husband and golden retriever at her side. She had always approached her disease with a positive attitude and a graciousness only to be admired. "I am going to do this with grace and dignity," was often heard once she decided to end her therapy.
Linnea was a dedicated teacher of 43 years, spending the last 26 years in Gilford fourth and fifth grades. Teaching and her many students were the love of her life. Since retiring in 2010, she had enjoyed yoga, bridge, book club and hikes around the Lakes Region. Hikes down to Squam with Marcy, Miley and Kelsey were a constant source of joy. She touched many hearts with her never ending positive spirit and sunny outlook on life. She never became discouraged or complained of the many trips to Hanover.
A special thanks goes out to the Dartmouth-Hitchcock facility and very special staff in the Norris Cotton Cancer Center. We are privileged to have such a facility here in central New Hampshire.
She is survived by her husband Ted of nearly 47 years, her golden retriever Kelsey, and an extended Lindsey family along with her many dear friends.
There are no public services planned at this time. Please remember her with a smile and a never ending positive attitude.
Last Updated on Thursday, 12 December 2013 08:30
BELMONT — Bruce K. Hooker, 61, of 39 Dock Road, died at his home on Monday, December 9, 2013.
Mr. Hooker was born July 28, 1952 in Laconia, N.H., the son of Leonard and Shirley (Colburn) Hooker. He resided in Laconia for several years before moving to Belmont thirty-six years ago.
Mr. Hooker had been employed as a truck driver and mechanic for several years and had been most recently employed at the Prescott Farm Environmental Education Center. He also repaired antique clocks for over twenty years.
Mr. Hooker was a member of the New Hampshire Giant Pumpkin Growers Association and was a member of the National Clock and Watch Collectors Association.
Survivors include his wife of 34 years, Cathy A. (Twombly) Hooker, of Belmont; two sons, Benjamin Hooker and his wife, Cori, of Belmont and Todd Hooker of Gilmanton; a daughter, Bridgette Elguero and her husband, Sergio, of Henniker; three grandchildren, Jackson and Caleb Hooker of Belmont and Santiago Elguero of Henniker; his parents, Leonard Hooker of Meredith and Shirley (Colburn) Hooker of Laconia, a brother, Alan Hooker, of Bozeman, Montana; three sisters, Diena Rae of North Carolina, Sue Mansfield of Ely, Minnesota and Wendy Hooker of Fairbanks, Alaska.
There will be no calling hours or funeral services.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Prescott Farm, 928 White Oaks Road, Laconia, NH 03246.
Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 164 Pleasant Street, Laconia, N.H. is assisting the family. For more information and to view an online memorial go to www.wilkinsonbeane.com.
Last Updated on Thursday, 12 December 2013 08:25