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Warren E. 'Pete' Levy, 90

LACONIA — Warren E. "Pete" Levy, 90, of Laconia, entered into eternal life on Monday, July 14, 2014, at Golden View Health Care Center, Meredith. He was predeceased by his mother, Sophie B. Sirois, his father, Alexander O. Levy, Sr., his sister, Mary E. Sanders, and his wife, Mabel K. Levy. He was also predeceased by his first wife, Isabella E. Levy.

Warren was born on February 20, 1924 in New York City, N.Y., and lived there before moving to N.J. in 1940. He was employed as a Communications Management Specialist by the US Army Communications Systems Agency at Fort Monmouth, N.J., and travelled to Japan, Korea, Germany, and Panama, and many sites within the United States on assignments for the Army. Warren received numerous awards and recognition for innovative solutions and outstanding performance during his 30 year career. He retired in 1980 and moved from N.J. to Laconia that same year.

"Pete" was best known for his accordion playing and he enjoyed performing and making people happy through music. His first instrument was the harmonica that his mother taught him to play. He purchased his first accordion in January of 1940, shortly before his 16th birthday. Pete never read music; his talent was playing "by ear". Once he heard a song, he could replicate it after a few tries. Over his lifetime, Pete delighted in playing his vast repertoire of tunes for family and friends.

After meeting his dear friend Ginny, Pete became an active member of Our Lady of the Lakes Church and was made an honorary member of the Ladies Guild there. He eagerly participated in every activity; he could be seen helping at Christmas bazaars, bake sales, and spaghetti suppers. Pete was also a volunteer at the Society of St. Vincent de Paul food pantry for many years.

Surviving are his loving daughters, Bridget Trapanese of New Monmouth, N.J. and Theresa Levy of Middletown, N.J.; his grandson, Gregory Trapanese, also of New Monmouth, N.J.; his beloved companion and dear friend, Virginia Mc Dermott, and Virginia's son, Donald. He also is survived by his brother, Alexander O. Levy, Jr., of Meredith; his sister and brother-in-law, Barbara and Frank Harwood, of Middletown, N.J.; several nieces and nephews and many friends.

Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. on Friday, July 18, 2014 in the Carriage House of the Wilkinson-Beane Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home, 164 Pleasant St., Laconia, N.H.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, July 19, 2014 at 10 a.m. at Saint Andre Bessette Parish - Sacred Heart Church, 291 Union Avenue, Laconia, N.H.

A private interment will be at Fairview Cemetery, Middletown, N.J.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice, 780 Main St, Laconia, NH 03246

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 Wednesday, 16 July 2014 08:01

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Albert V. Bratt, Jr., 91

CENTER HARBOR — Albert V. Bratt, Jr., 91, of Lake City, Fla. and Center Harbor, passed away on Wednesday, January 8, 2014, at his home in Lake City, Fla. after a battle with lung cancer. He was raised in Wellesley Farms, Mass., spending summers his summers in Center Harbor.

During his high school years he attended the Cambridge School, in Weston, Mass. In February 1943, he enlisted with the Army Air Force while a sophomore at the University of New Hampshire. He trained to be a fighter pilot and was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant, in March 1944. He then went overseas, joining the 79th Fighter Group operating in the Mediterranean Theatre, flying P-47 Thunderbolts. On his 40th combat mission he was shot down over Yugoslavia by ground fire, he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, and spent the last 4 months of WWII as a POW.

In the fall of 1945 he entered Purdue University, graduating in 1948 with a B.S. degree in Air Transportation. It was there that he met and subsequently married his wife Betty, a union which has lasted for 66 years.

Upon graduation he went to work at Logan International Airport, in Boston, holding various management positions until his retirement in 1987 as the Asst. Director of Aviation. He also continued to serve in the Air Force until 1966, retiring with the rank of Lt. Colonel.

In 1997, after living for three years in Wellesley Farms, 7 years in Norwood, and 39 years, in Lynnfield, Mass., he and his wife moved to Cannon Creek Airpark, in Lake City, Fla., but they continued to spend their summers together in Center Harbor.

Albert is survived by his wife Betty (Smith) Bratt, of Lake City, Fla.; his son, Steve Bratt and his wife Carol, of Lynnfield, Mass.; his four daughters, Paula Prucknicki and her husband John, of Danvers, Mass., Donna Sawyer and her husband Dan, Carol Crowley, of Scottsville, Va., Teresa Stapleton and husband Joe, of N. Easton, Mass.; Albert is also survived by his many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

A graveside service will be held on Wednesday, July 23, 2014 at noon in the Center Harbor Memorial Park. Rev. Carol Asher, pastor of the Center Harbor Congregational Church will officiate. A reception will follow in the Carriage House at Church Landing, in Meredith, all family and friends are welcome.

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

Last Updated on Wednesday, 31 December 1969 07:00

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Carll K. Tracy, 86

LACONIA — Carll Knapp Tracy, age 86, of Laconia, NH passed away peacefully on Sunday, June 22, 2014. Born in St. Petersburg, Fla. on February 18, 1928, the son of Crete(Carll) and Leighton Goodwin Tracy, Carll grew-up in Pelham Manor, N.Y. He attended Pelham High School and graduated from Dartmouth College ('49) and the Tuck School of Business ('50). Carll remained actively involved with Dartmouth and had been the secretary of his class for many years.

Carll had a fulfilling and successful career as a financial executive for several international corporations including Gulf Oil, H.H. Robertson, Erie Forge and Steel (formerly National Forge), and the WPP Group (formerly Ted Bates Advertising). A resident of Lakes Region for over 45 years, Carll was an avid skier and tennis player. In the summers, he loved cruising his much-loved Lake Winnipesauke with friends and family. Married for over 65 years, he is survived by his wife Barbara (Gleason); his sister Gloria Cassaboon; his six children: Lynde Ryan, Scott Tracy, Gayle Ashtiani, Jon Tracy, Brett Tracy and Jill T. d'Arbeloff; thirteen grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. In memory of Carll, a celebration of his life is planned for family and friends on Saturday, July 26 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the home of Lynde (Tracy) and Kevin Ryan, 280 Woodlands Road, Alton Bay, N.H.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Carll's memory to the Dartmouth College Fund, a financial aid fund for undergraduate students. Please send your gift to the Dartmouth College Fund, Dartmouth College, 6066 Development Office, Hanover, NH 03755-4400. Online This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Last Updated on Monday, 14 July 2014 07:57

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Erwin 'John' O'Leary, 76

TILTON — Erwin "John" O'Leary, 76, a resident of Tilton since 1979, died at his home in Tilton, Thursday, July 10, 2014, following a short period of failing health. He passed peacefully with his family at his side. John was born in Franklin, April 16, 1938, son of Erwin H. and Mary (Black) O'Leary. He spent his youth in Tilton and attended Tilton schools. He lived in Laconia for 20 years before moving back to Tilton. He was employed during his younger years at the former Leather Shop in Tilton, later for years at the Arwood Corporation as a cutoff person in the Arwood Foundry in Northfield.

He was an avid deer hunter and enjoyed spending time with family and friends. Over the years, he enjoyed snowmobiling, boating, camping and time spent on his pontoon boats during the summer. In recent years he enjoyed camping at Wells, Maine.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a son, John O'Leary and brothers, Robert, Daniel and Russell O'Leary.

His family includes his wife of 55 years, Claudette R. (Parent) O'Leary of Tilton; son, Jim O'Leary and his wife, Paula of Belmont; daughters, Tina Bean and husband Douglas of Sanbornton and Debra Waterman and husband Joseph of Belmont; seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren

Calling hours will be held Tuesday, July 15, 2014, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the William F. Smart Sr. Memorial Home, Franklin-Tilton Road (584 West Main St.) in Tilton. A private burial for his family will be in St. John Cemetery in Tilton.

In lieu of flowers, the family is asking those wishing to make memorial contributions in John's memory to the Hospice Program at Concord Regional Visiting Nurse Association located at 30 Pillsbury St., Concord, NH 03301, or by going to www.crvna.org

For more information go to www.smartfuneralhome.com

Last Updated on Monday, 14 July 2014 07:39

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