William P. Ambrose, 79
BELMONT — William " Bill" P. Ambrose, 79, of Magnolia Lane, beloved husband and father, passed away on Thursday, May 28, 2015, at Lakes Region General Hospital after a long battle with cancer.
William was born on Sept. 1, 1935 in Winthrop, Mass., the son of Louis and Celia (Mask) Ambrose. He had been a resident of New Hampshire for the past 25 years after moving from Massachusetts.
Bill was a teacher and assistant principal at Bedford High School in Bedford, Mass., for many years. He served in the National Guard, achieving the rank of colonel.
Bill was a member of the Franklins Elks Lodge Post 1280, the Dade City, Fla., Moose Lodge, The American Legion and The Concord Eagles.
He enjoyed his friends and family, traveling, camping, golf and winters in Florida.
Bill is survived by his loving wife of 25 years, Kathleen A. Ambrose, of Belmont; a son, William Ambrose and wife Cathy, of Westminster, Colo.; two daughters, Barbara McKinney and husband Joseph, of Jacksonville, Fla., and Julie Murphy and husband James, of Delafield, Wis.; a stepson, Jonathan Drenas and Shannon, of Fountain Valley, Calif.; six grandchildren, James and Jay Murphy, Estelle and Tessa Ambrose, Lewis McKinnie and Lilly Drenas; a brother, Edwin Ambrose and his wife, Lois, of Winthrop, Mass.; a sister, Shiela Caggiano of Shrewsbury, Mass.
In addition to his parents William was predeceased by two brothers, Louis and James Ambrose; and a sister, Marie Turner.
Calling hours will be held on Thursday, June 4, 2015 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home, 164 Peasant St., Laconia, using the Carriage House entrance. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, June 5, 2015, at 10 a.m. in St. Joseph Church, 96 Main St. Belmont. Burial will be held in NH State Veterans Cemetery, Boscawen, on Friday, June 5, 2015, at 2:30 p.m.
For those who wish, memorial donations may be made to American Lung Association 55 West Wacker Drive, Suite 1150, Chicago, IL 60601.
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 please visit www.wilkinsonbeane.com.
Last Updated on Monday, 01 June 2015 08:01
Wayne H. Knight, 91
FRANKLIN — Wayne H. Knight, 91, of Franklin, passed away peacefully in his sleep on Tuesday, May 19, 2015.
Wayne was born in Burlington, Vt., on Sept. 29, 1923, the second son of Ross and Alice Adams Knight.
He is survived by Janet (Graham), his wife of 69 years; his four children, Ken Knight of Raleigh, N.C., Tim Knight of Pottstown, Pa., John Knight of Placitas, N.M., and Martha Knight Lefebvre of Tilton; his seven grandchildren, Kim, Scott, Nicole, Julianne, Abby, Suzanne and Ross; his five great-grandchildren, Olivia, Danielle, Izabella, Delaney and Dylan; and his sister, Nathalie Knight Ossenfort of Clifton Park, N.Y., and brother Guy Knight of Charlotte, N.C.
He was predeceased by his brother, Ross Knight of Charlotte, N.C., also a World War II veteran, who is buried at Arlington National Cemetery.
Wayne was raised in Lebanon, graduating from high school there in 1941. Like every young man in his class, he joined the service as soon as he could after Pearl Harbor. He finished his freshman year at UNH and was off to the Navy Flight School and trained as a Marine aviator, flying F4U Corsairs in the South Pacific in World War II (Squadron VMF-311 Hell's Belles) where he was awarded the Silver Star and the Distinguished Flying Cross. He was called back into the service, this time flying H-19 helicopters in the Korean War (Squadron HMR-161.)
Wayne served in the Civil Air Patrol in the late 1950s and early 1960s, and remained active in the Twin States Marine Corps League throughout his life and was especially involved in Toys for Tots.
Wayne and his family lived in Franklin for many years. Wayne was instrumental in the opening of the Insulating Fabricators facility in West Franklin. He was active in the Franklin community serving as president of the Rotary Club, running for City Council and helping with the early work in the creation of the Ragged Mountain Ski Area where his sons have memories of clearing a lot of brush. He served as a Grafton town selectman from 1975-1977 and volunteered for many years as an adult education math teacher. Wayne ended his working career as director of purchasing for IPC in Bristol (now Freudenberg), retiring in 1986.
Wayne was fiercely loyal to his family and his country and will be remembered by his family and friends alike as a true American hero. Tom Brokaw got it right when he called them "The Greatest Generation."
A graveside service with military honors will be held on Friday, June 26, 2015, at 2 p.m. at the New Hampshire State Veterans Cemetery, 110 D.W. Highway, Boscawen, burial will follow.
Arrangements are under the care of the William F. Smart Sr. Memorial Home in Tilton.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in memory of Wayne may be made to the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation, 18251 Quantico Gateway Drive, Triangle, VA 22172.
For more information go to www.smartfuneralhome.com.
Last Updated on Monday, 01 June 2015 08:00
Melba J. LaRoche
GILMANTON — Graveside services for Melba Jean (Clifford) LaRoche, 84, lifelong resident of Gilmanton, who passed away on Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015, at the Golden Crest Senior Wellness Resort and Spa, Franklin, will be held at the family plot in Beech Grove Cemetery, 563 Province Road, Gilmanton, on Saturday, June 6, 2015, at 11 a.m.
She is survived by her three children, Candace Daigle and her husband Raymond M. Daigle of Gilmanton, Michael A. LaRoche and his wife Susan LaRoche of Hudson, and Stephan E. LaRoche and partner Amy Rice of Lower Gilmanton. In addition Melba leaves her four adored grandchildren, Benjamin, Evan, Jacob and Victoria "Tori," her extended family, including Samantha and Jaycob Hamel and Ethan Rice; many loving nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews and dear, lifelong friends including Virginia ("Ginny"), Stanley, Ned and Elaine Lawson (Bernard, ME).
For those who wish, the family suggests that memorial donations be made to the Stockwell Scholarship Fund of the American Legion Auxiliary, c/o Mary Richardson, 136 Loon Pond Road, Gilmanton, NH 03237, to further Americanism and support veterans, military, their families and their community.
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, 01 June 2015 06:36
Eleanor P. Benjamin, 72
ASHLAND — Eleanor Patricia Benjamin, 72, died at her home following a long illness on May 27, 2015.
Born in Orange, N.J., on Sept. 10, 1942, the daughter of Edgar and Helen [Warner] Bury. She was raised in New Jersey, moving to New Hampshire from Parsippany, N.J. 35 years ago.
While in Ashland, Eleanor was employed at L.W. Packard Co. for 20-plus years. She was also employed by Main Street Dental in Plymouth for 11 years.
She volunteered at the Senior Center, enjoyed puzzles, and her grandchildren.
She was predeceased by her granddaughter, Amanda Marie Paquette in 1991.
She is survived by her husband of 51 years, Paul J. Benjamin of Ashland; two daughters, Michelle Benjamin of Plymouth, and Patricia Paquette of Ashland; also by her son, Michael Benjamin of Ashland; her grandchildren, Derek Davis of Plymouth, Lauren Paquette and Taylor Paquette both of Ashland; one brother, Edgar Bury of West Orange N.J.
Services will be at the convenience of the family.
Dupuis funeral Home in Ashland is assisting the family.
Last Updated on Monday, 01 June 2015 06:30