LACONIA — Laconia native Harry J. Price, 76, passed away peacefully on Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015, in the company of family and friends at The Retreat at Golden View in Meredith after a three-year fight against cancer.
Son of the late Robert Sydney and Ruth Pitman Price, Harry John Price was born on June 4, 1938, in Laconia. He is survived by his wife Susanne, who he has been with for 53 years; his sons, Jeff and his wife Cristina of Sea Cliff, N.Y., and Robert and wife Patricia of Campton; his sister Roberta Price Burke of Franklin. He was predeceased by his brother, George Price, late of Laconia. Other survivors are six grandchildren he adored and who knew him simply as Buppa - Tristan, Alexa, Mina, Jordan, Julia and Josey.
Few individuals have better epitomized the words of the late ESPN sportscaster Stuart Scott when he poignantly noted, "You beat cancer by how you live, why you live, and in the manner in which you live." After being diagnosed with Stage 4 esophageal cancer in early 2012, Harry embarked on a three-year journey to live every day to its fullest with the help of the great team at Massachusetts General Hospital. From big events like the Super Bowl in Indianapolis and the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York, to the activities of his grandchildren in soccer, volleyball, basketball, softball, track and field, plays and concerts or his annual family trip to Wells Beach, Maine, Harry truly treasured every day he was given. All the while he continued to be a "team player" working at Lakes Region General Hospital right up until the last few weeks before his passing.
Born the youngest of three children, Harry graduated from Laconia High School in 1956 and was the first in his family to go to college. He graduated from Plymouth State Teachers College in 1963 and embarked on a 16-year teaching career, connecting with students in the Hampstead, Franklin and Timberlane school districts. A social studies and history teacher, Harry loved nothing more than taking his students on trips to Boston to inspire them in the living and breathing history of our country.
With his summers off while teaching, Harry became an accomplished sailor on his cherished "Serenity,." and was a founding member and commodore of the Wentworth-by-the-Sea Yacht Club. Combining his love of history and sailing, perhaps his most memorable voyage along the New England coast was a cruise south from Little Harbor in New Castle, down to Plymouth, Mass., to see the Mayflower and Plymouth Rock.
After retiring from teaching, Harry took on a lengthy leadership role at Alpine Ridge Recreation Area in Gilford. Home of the Alpine Slide and an extensive water park back in its day, Harry had the opportunity to mentor and develop hundreds of teenagers who "worked the mountain" with him each summer. Alpine Ridge was also a "family affair" as all members of his family worked there with him over the years, including his beloved foreign exchange students from Mexico City.
When Alpine Ridge was forced to close in the early 1990s due to an ownership change, Harry transitioned to a career in the medical services field. Beginning with a role on the staff of dear friend Dr. Ben Tuttle and followed by his last role on the billing staff at LRGH, Harry was a trusted friend and colleague to many until his passing.
Throughout his life Harry was a loving husband, father, grandfather and friend who had a close connection with nature including plants and animals, especially his favorite rose bushes that grew on the same plot of land on which he grew up. He also coached many youth sports teams in Laconia including Little League Baseball and Softball and Lou Athanas Youth Basketball.
The family wishes to express their gratitude to three caring and professional medical teams who helped Harry in his fight against cancer. First, Dr. Richard O'Brien and Dr. Robert J. Friedlander and the staff at LRGH. Second, Dr. Eunice Kwak and her associates at Massachusetts General Hospital who helped turn a six- to 12-month dire prognosis into a joyful and fruitful three-year odyssey. Finally, they would also like to thank the patient and kind staff at Golden View for their exceptional care and compassion in his final days and hours.
Calling hours will be 4-7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 13, 2015, at Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home using the Carriage House entrance, 164 Pleasant St., Laconia. A Celebration of Life will immediately follow at 7p.m. also at the Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that gifts in the memory of Harry Price may be made to the Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center in support of esophageal and stomach cancer research. Gifts can be made online at www.massgeneral.org/donate or mailed to the MGH Development Office, Attention: Meagan Coons, 100 Cambridge St., Suite 1310, Boston, MA 02114. Checks payable to MGH Cancer Center.
Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home & Cremation services are assisting the Family with arrangements. To view an online memorial and for more information please visit www.wilkinsonbeane.com.
Last Updated on Monday, 09 February 2015 10:48
VINEYARD HAVEN, Mass. — Ellen (Reidy) Wetherbee, a resident of the Henrietta Brewer House in Vineyard Haven, and formerly of Laconia, N.H., died peacefully on Monday, Feb. 2, at the Falmouth Hospital following a brief illness. She was 88.
Ellen was born in Laconia, N.H., on July 29, 1926, to Timothy P. and Anna (Fitzgerald) Reidy. Ellen grew up in Laconia, graduated from Laconia High School and went on to receive her nursing degree from the Laconia Hospital School of Nursing in 1947.
Ellen's early career included a nursing position at Dartmouth College Health Services in Hanover, N.H., followed by several years at the Manchester VA Hospital in Manchester, N.H. Ellen was an operating room nurse and it was there that she met her future husband, H. Parker Wetherbee, an orthopedic surgeon. Ellen and Parker were married in 1966 and moved to Mountaintop, Pa., where Parker had taken a position at the VA Hospital in Wilkes-Barre, Pa.
During this time, Ellen's creative talents blossomed and she was known by many for her gardening skill and the beautiful grounds of their home that she lovingly cared for. She also became an accomplished seamstress, making countless custom draperies and slipcovers, a talent she shared throughout her life with many family members and friends who needed help with decorating their homes.
After Parker's death in 1969, Ellen returned to Laconia and became an active member of the community. She was a communicant of St. Joseph Catholic church, volunteered at Lakes Region General Hospital, and served on the board of the Taylor Community for several years. She was an avid tennis and golf enthusiast and was greatly loved by her many friends and extended family.
Ellen's final years were spent living on Martha's Vineyard with her sister, Gerry, until her sister's death in 2013.
Ellen is survived by her niece, Kathleen Sollitto and her husband Joseph of Oak Bluffs; two nephews, Charles Davis Jr. and his wife, Norma Brambilla of Pacific Grove, Calif., Mark Davis and his wife, Carola DeRoy of Richmond, Calif.; six grandnieces and grandnephews, Elizabeth Taylor, of Essex, Conn., Kara Taylor of West Tisbury, Cole and Martha Davis of Pacific Grove, Calif., Sarah Cupp and Aaron Davis of Moline, Ill. and five great-great-grandnieces and nephews.
In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by her sister, Geraldine (Davis) Cronig.
Funeral services will be held at a later date in Laconia, N.H.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice of Martha's Vineyard PO Box 1748, Vineyard Haven, MA. 02568 or a charity of one's choice.
Last Updated on Monday, 09 February 2015 10:45
MEREDITH — Elaine B. Shaw, 61, a homemaker, quilter, and the best wife and mother, was taken too soon to be with her family on Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015. She will be dearly missed by her many surviving friends and relatives.
Born on April 12, 1953, in Meredith, she was the daughter of Laban and Winnifred (Graves) Chandler. As a lifelong resident of Meredith, she attended local schools, graduating from the Inter-Lakes High School.
She is survived by her beloved husband of 25 years, Joey R. Shaw, of New Hampton; daughters, Amy Sullivan and her husband Brian, of Meredith, Tegan Joseph and husband Ryan, of Coral Springs, Fla.; a brother, Dan Chandler and his wife Nancy, of North Carolina; a sister, Patricia Chandler, of Allenstown; her two wonderful grandchildren, Nicole Sullivan and Hunter Lank. Elaine is also survived by many extended family members and friends throughout the area.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Elaine's memory to the New England Organ Bank, 60 1st Ave., Waltham, MA 02451 (www.neob.org)
A spring graveside service will be held on Thursday, May 21, 2015, at 11 a.m. in the Oakland Cemetery, Meredith Center Road, in Meredith. The Rev. Robert Lemieux, pastor of the Free Will Baptist Church of Meredith, will officiate.
Mayhew Funeral Homes & Crematorium of Meredith and Plymouth are handling the arrangements. For Elaine's Book of Memories: www.mayhewfuneralhomes.com
Last Updated on Monday, 09 February 2015 10:40
LACONIA — Alice Doucet, 99, of 30 County Drive, died Friday, Feb. 6, 2015, at Belknap County Nursing Home. She was the widow of Adalbert Doucet who died in 1998.
Alice was born on July 5, 1915 in Laconia, the daughter of William and Eva (Gosselin) Maheux. She was a lifelong resident of Laconia. Alice was a homemaker for much of her life but also worked as a stitcher and inspector for the Vogue Doll Company for 13 years.
She enjoyed baking, gardening, and playing the organ. But most of all she enjoyed spending time with her large family.
Survivors include three sons, Robert Doucet of Littleton, Colo., Roger Doucet of Belmont, and Leo Doucet, of Portsmouth, R.I.; three daughters, Claire Shuten, of Sterling Heights, Mich., Lorraine Satchell of Portland, Ore., and Simone Schwerin, of St. Helen, Mich.; 25 grandchildren, 36 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren; a brother, Antonio Maheux, of Laconia; and many nephews and nieces.
She was predeceased by her husband; and two daughters, Cecile Brough and Helen Sargent; four brothers, Jack, Edward, Lionel and Robert Maheux; and by five sisters, Marie Gilbert, Merilda Drouin, Alberthine Hughes, Rose Blunden, and Irene Wyatt.
Calling hours will be held on Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home, 164 Pleasant St., Laconia, using the Carriage House entrance. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, Feb. 13, 2015, at 11 a.m. at St. Andre Bessette Parish in Sacred Heart Church, 291 Union Ave. Laconia. Burial will follow in Sacred Heart Cemetery, Laconia.
For those who wish, the family suggests that memorial donations be made to Belknap County Nursing HomeActivities Fund, 30 County Drive, Laconia NH, or a charity of one's choice.
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, 09 February 2015 10:36