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Leo N. Sasseville, 87

SUN CITY, Ariz. — Leo N. Sasseville 87, passed away June 13, 2014. He was born in Manchester, NH on August 10, 1926 to Napoleon and Flora (Pincince) Sasseville. He married Claire St. Cyr, May 28, 1949, celebrating 65 years last month. They had two children, a son, Lawrence (deceased 2011) and a daughter, Catherine.
Leo wanted to follow his father's career in the navy, joined as soon as he turned 17 in 1943 and was assigned to the USS Lexington in the Pacific. He was severly injured when Kamikazi planes hit the ship. He was honored to receive the Purple Heart.
Both Leo and Claire lived in South Hooksett most of their life. He was very active in the South Hooksett Volunteer Fire Dept. and became the Fire Chief. When a permanent position was opened in Laconia, NH for a deputy chief, the family moved to Lakeport, NH and Leo became the first training officer for the Laconia Fire Department, a position he held until his retirement after 20 years service. He managed the Laconia Fire Equipment Store until he was ready to officially retire.
The thought of warmer weather brought them to Sun City, Arizona. Leo shortly joined the Sun City Fire Department as a volunteer fire inspector for the next 20 years.
Wherever Leo moved he started a Boy Scout Troop. First in South Hooksett, he formed Troop 292 and the move to Lakeport began Troop 146. Then came Leadership Training arriving in Arizona. Leo was honored to be the fire chief for two Boy Scout Jamborees. He was proud to have the Wood Badge and the Silver Beaver Awards.
Leo was a faithful member of the Laconia Kiwanis Club since 1971 and upon arrival to Arizona joined the Agua Fria Kiwanis Club becoming known as the song leader.
Calling hours will be from 4 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, June 17, 2014 at the Menke Funeral Home, 12420 N. 103rd Ave., Sun City, AZ. Catholic Services will be at St. Joachim and St. Anne Church, 11625 N. 111th Ave., Sun City, AZ on Wednesday, June 18, 2014 at 11 a.m. Burial services will be held at the National Cemetery at a later date.
The family wishes to thank the staff at Arizona Buttes Assisted Living in Peoria for their loving care of our husband and father. We cannot thank Hospice of the Valley enough times for the compassionate care given to him. Please visit www.menkefuneralhome.com to leave condolences.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 31 December 1969 07:00

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John Giuffrida, 82

LACONIA — John J. Giuffrida, 82, of Laconia, passed away on Sunday afternoon, June 8, 2014, as the result of a tragic accident. His family was with him when he passed.

John was born in Lawrence, Mass., on October 19,1931 and was the son of Giuseppe and Orazio (Faro) Giuffrida. In 1955 he graduated with honors from Boston College where he received his bachelor's degree in chemistry. In 1957 he married Jacqueline Masuhr of Haverhill, Mass., and they went on to have three daughters and a son.

John began his career in the chemical industry, working for Dow Chemical Company in Midland, Micgh. He later returned to Massachusetts working for Cabot Corporation. He retired in 1993 as a regional sales manager for Cabot Corporation in Annandale, N.J.

John spent his retirement years in the area he loved most, the Lakes Region of New Hampshire. He had several hobbies, including golf and fishing. Throughout his life he was also passionate about cooking, and everyone always enjoyed his Italian family recipes. He was also known for his quick wit and good humor.

John is survived by an older sister, his wife, four children, and seven grandchildren.

Funeral arrangements are private as requested by the family.

For those wishing to donate, memorial donations can be sent to their favorite charity.

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, 16 June 2014 06:53

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Geraldine 'Gerry' Metcalfe, 88

MEREDITH — Geraldine "Gerry" Marie Metcalfe, 88, of 153 Parade Road and formerly of Gilford and West Alton, died at Forestview Manor, Meredith on Friday, June 13, 2014. She was the widow of Francis "Frank" Metcalfe who died March 4, 2009.

Mrs. Metcalfe was born April 26, 1926, in Cambridge, Mass., the daughter of the late Richard and Theresa (Campbell) McCormick. She resided in Watertown, Mass., for many years before moving to Alton where she lived for 30 years. She was a secretary at Buckley & Scott for 25 years before retiring in 1983.

Survivors include two sons and daughters-in-law, Frank and Linda Metcalfe of Billerica, Mass., and Gilford, and Bruce and Patricia Metcalfe of Medway, Mass., and West Alton; six grandchildren, Jason Smith, Brian Smith, Francis Metcalfe, Jill Metcalfe, Michael Metcalfe and Matthew Metcalfe; four great-grandsons; a sister Paula MacAuley of Florida; many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and her husband, Mrs. Metcalfe was predeceased by a daughter, Denise M. Smith, in 1996.

Calling Hours will be held on Tuesday, June 17, 2014, from 4-7 p.m. in the Carriage House of the Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home, 164 Pleasant St., Laconia. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday, June 18, 2014, at 10 a.m. at St. Andre Bessette Parish at St. Joseph Church, 30 Church St., Laconia. Burial will follow the Mass at noon at the New Hampshire State Veterans Cemetery, 110 Daniel Webster Highway, Boscawen.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations be made to the Alzheimer's Association, N.H. Office, 5 Bedford Farms Drive, Suite 201, Bedford, NH


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 on line memorial go to www.wilkinsonbeane.com.

Last Updated on Monday, 16 June 2014 06:43

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Albert Laflam, 85

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Albert Laflam, formerly of Belmont, N.H., passed away on the 29th of May, 2014 at George Washington University Hospital in Washington, D.C., where he resided for many years. He was 85 years old. Albert died after a lengthy struggle with Lewy Body Dementia and was comforted in his last days by his loving wife Joan (Bissonette) Laflam. He is also survived by his sister-in-law Florence Laflam, his cousins Colonel Robert Laflam, Paul Laflam, Donald Laflam and Samuel Corriveau; his nephews Lawrence Laflam and Daniel Laflam and niece Christine Clark. He is the last surviving child of Albert Laflam, Sr. and Vilida (Cote) Laflam late of Belmont, New Hampshire. He was pre-deceased by his brother Armand and Armand's first wife Elizabeth and their child Jacqueline.

Albert graduated from Saint Michael's College in 1951 and returned to his home state of New Hampshire. He spent the next ten years working in the transportation industry, before moving to Washington, D.C. for a life in public service. Prior to leaving New Hampshire, Al met the young woman he would take as his bride nine years later. Al and Joan were married forty-five years, enjoying the social, cultural and political life of Washington, D.C.

Al's career was in the field of information technology. Computer utilization was in its infancy and Al was on the ground floor. Soon after arriving in Washington, D.C., he was assigned by the General Services Administration to one of the first task forces to develop an internal program to track inventory within the largest US government agency. That was the start of a career in project management that would span over thirty-five years, until the early stages of his disease made it difficult for him to function effectively.

Al loved his work and he especially loved to help young people navigate the emerging information technology. He also loved music and the performing arts. Al and Joan were long-standing patrons of the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., attending many performances until Al's illness made it difficult to manage.

Joan would like to thank the staff and nurses at the Sunrise Senior Living Center for their wonderful care.

There will be no calling hours.

There will be a Memorial Mass of Christian Burial at St. Joseph Parish in Belmont, N.H. on Saturday, June 21, 2014 at 10 a.m. followed by a reception in the parish hall. Interment at Sacred Heart Cemetery in Laconia, N.H. will follow the reception.

Contributions in Albert's memory may be made to Lewy Body Dementia Association, 912 Killian Hill Road, S. W. Lilburn, GA 30047.

Arrangements are entrusted to the care of Wilkinson- Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 164 Pleasant Street, Laconia, N.H. For more information and to view an online memorial go to www.wilkinsonbeane.com.

Last Updated on Monday, 16 June 2014 06:41

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