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Clara K. Turner, 91

LACONIA — Clara K. Turner, 91, of 21 Ledges Dr., Taylor Community, and formerly of 44 Winnicoash Street, died on Tuesday, September 23, 2014 at Ledgeview, Taylor Community, Laconia.
Mrs. Turner was born December 31, 1922 in Marlborough, N.H., the daughter of the late Charles and Helen (Rugg) Knight. She graduated from Marlborough High School in 1940, Valedictorian of her class of 18 students. She went on to graduate from the University of New Hampshire in 1944 with a degree in German, and was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa. She served as her alumni Class Secretary until just recently.
She resided in Concord, N.H. for several years before moving to Laconia in 1968. She was employed as a legal assistant for McKean, Mattson and Latici, P.A. of Gilford, for almost 30 years.
Mrs. Turner was an active member of the Laconia Congregational Church since 1968, serving on multiple committees and ministries. She also served for many years on the Board of Trustees, serving as Vice Chairman in 1974 and Chairman in 1975. She continued on the Board of Trustees until 1981. She also served as the Church's Moderator as well as its Treasurer during the mid 1980's. Mrs. Turner also served on the Board of the Lakes Region Day Care Center and the Lakes Region United Way.
Survivors include a son, Robert H. Turner and his wife Sue of Bryant Pond, Maine and Park City Utah; two daughters, Dr. Martha J. Turner and her husband Dr. Alan Lord of San Juan, Puerto Rico; and Ruth T. McLaughlin and her husband Hayden of Gilford. Five grandchildren: Daniel McLaughlin of Gulfport, Mississippi; Jessie Turner currently studying in Fairbanks, Alaska; Abby Turner studying in Rabat, Morocco; Grace McLaughlin studying in Burlington, Vermont; and Catherine McLaughlin studying at the Holderness School. She is also survived by a sister Helen K. Normandin of Laconia. In addition to her parents, Mrs. Turner was predeceased by her husband of 54 years, Robert H. Turner, in 2005.
There will be no calling hours.
A Memorial Service will be held on Sunday, September 28, 2014 at 4 p.m. at the Laconia Congregational Church, 69 Pleasant Street, Laconia, N.H. Rev. Dr. Warren H. Bouton, Pastor of the church, will officiate.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to the Faith for the Future Fund at the Laconia Congregational Church, 18 Veterans Square , Laconia, NH 03246 or The University of NH Alumni Association for legacy scholarships at 105 Main Street , Durham, NH 03824.
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 Thursday, 25 September 2014 07:35

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Timothy E. Cote, 51

FRANKLIN — Timothy (Tim) E. Cote, born May 22nd, 1963, passed away September 15, 2014 after a short illness.
Tim briefly attended Brady High School, but soon transferred to Franklin High because of his passion for athletics, and it is from there that he graduated in 1981. His favorite sports were baseball, football, and basketball, and he showed his enthusiasm by rooting for all of the New England teams, as well as being a huge Florida Gator fan. He appreciated bands such as Blue Oyster Cult, Rush, and AC/DC. Tim was simply a fun person to be around, who always enjoyed a party and never had trouble making friends.
After high school, Tim spent some time working at Gunstock, and then as a factory worker, before moving to Manchester where he obtained his truck driving license and embarked on his future career path. Tim drove trucks for many years, beginning as a driver for a uniform cleaning company and eventually making long distance trips for deliveries. He was a silly, positive person, who played darts as a pastime and loved to ski.
Tim's favorite holiday was Halloween. He mostly enjoyed the decorations and passing out the candy. His sister would joke that he got double the number of trick-or-treaters she did, although at the time they were extremely close neighbors.
Tim was an unselfish man, whom always had a hand to extend to the ones that he loved. He could always be counted on for help and he was a good listener, as well as a worthy and trusted friend.
Above all else in this world, Tim felt fulfillment in becoming a father. His daughters, Hannah and Haley, were his little dancers, and they consumed his world. All of his most cherished thoughts and memories included the two of them.
Tim was predeceased by his sister, Monica (Cote) Harvey and his father, Bernard Cote. He is survived by his daughters; Hannah Elizabeth and Haley Rose Cote; his mother, Arlene Cote; brother, Mark Cote; sister, Terry (Cote) Rogers, and nephew, Wil Taylor, as well as many other beloved aunts, uncles and cousins.
Services will be held at St. James United Methodist Church in Merrimack, N.H. at 6 p.m. Friday evening.

Last Updated on Thursday, 25 September 2014 07:32

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Robert H. Irwin, 88

LACONIA — Robert H. Irwin, 88, of 1382 Old North Main Street, died at his home on Sunday, September 21, 2014.
Mr. Irwin was born August 16, 1926 in Laconia, the son of the late James R. and Ella (Henry) Irwin and was a lifelong resident of Laconia. He was a graduate of Laconia High School, Tilton Prep, the University of New Hampshire and served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during WWII.
Mr. Irwin was "civic minded" and was a business leader who started a Lincoln-Mercury car dealership, Robert H. Irwin Motors, in 1952 when there was a grand total of three Lincoln-Mercury car registrations in all of Belknap County. At the time of his retirement, he was an automobile dealer for Ford-Lincoln-Mercury-Toyota-Hyundai-Scion.
Mr. Irwin was a member of the Laconia Rotary Club, the Laconia School Board and was a Director of the Indian Head Bank. He and his wife, Susanne, were avid golfers and played at many clubs and in many tournaments from Maine to Florida and beyond.
"Most importantly, he smiled; he laughed; and, above all, he cared."
Survivors include wife of 64 years, Susanne Eakin Irwin, of Laconia; a son, Peter Irwin, and his wife, Sarah Gage Irwin, of Laconia; two grandchildren, Christopher Eakin Irwin of Meredith and Kara Gage Irwin of Boston, MA.; a sister, Dorothy "Dottie" Touart, a brother, John "Jack" Irwin; and many nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, Mr. Irwin was predeceased by his brother, James "Jim" Irwin, Jr. and his two sisters, Elinore Adams and Margaret Irwin.
There will be no calling hours.
A Funeral Service will be held on Monday, September 29, 2014 at 11 a.m. at the Gilford Community Church, 19 Potter Hill Rd., Gilford, N.H. — Followed by a reception at the same location.
Burial will be at a later date in the family lot at Bayside Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial donations be made to Central New Hampshire V. N. A. and Hospice, 780 North Main Street, Laconia, NH 03246 or a charity of one's choice. A very special mention goes out to "Central New Hampshire V. N. A. & Hospice" for their extraordinary care and concern.
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, 24 September 2014 05:46

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George E. Sinclair, Jr., 68

CANTERBURY — George E. Sinclair, Jr., 68, of Canterbury, died peacefully on September 21 at Hospice House, wrapped in the love of family and friends.

George, the son of George E. Sinclair, Sr. and Dorothy (Fortin) Sinclair of Laconia, N.H. attended St. John's Elementary School and graduated from Laconia High School.

After graduating from Fairfield University with a BS in Accounting, George joined the Army serving as a Lieutenant with the MACV military advisory effort in I Corp, Republic of South Viet Nam. He received the Bronze Star for Meritorious Service and the Combat Infantryman's Badge (CIB).

Upon returning to N.H., he began his public service career with the N.H. Department of Health and Welfare where he set up the State's first Child Support Enforcement program and championed the passage of its supporting legislation RSA 161B and RSA161C.

After receiving his MBA from the University of New Hampshire, he and his wife, Gloria, moved to Baltimore, Md. to continue public service with the Md. Department of Human Resources. During many of the Maryland years, George and Gloria maintained a home in Franklin so that they could spend holidays and vacations with their children, grandchildren and friends. They enjoyed traveling throughout the US and especially to England, Scotland and Scandinavia.

Always busy, George immersed himself in whatever interested him – and his interests were many- technology, finance, RVing, travel, reading. In retirement, George particularly enjoyed doing home renovations and improvements, woodworking, and spending more time with family and friends.

George is survived by his wife of 36 years, Gloria; and children from an earlier marriage. He leaves his son George E. Sinclair, III, daughter-in-law Tracey Deware Sinclair and granddaughters Katherine and Megan, all of Belmont, N.H.; as well as his daughter Kimberly Sinclair and granddaughter Celina Eddy both of Orlando, Fla. He is also survived by his sister Cynthia Stuller, brother-in-law Gene Stuller and niece Amanda Roberts of Orlando, Fla. and nephew Calvin Roberts of Barrington, New Jersey, as well as his sister-in-law Rose Slotsky of Burke, Va. and nieces Sara Cole of Henrico, Va. and Karen Slotsky of Portland, Oregon.

George was predeceased by his parents, brother Brian and brother-in-law Joel Slotsky.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to CRVNA Hospice House, The Slusser Center, 30 Pillsbury Street, Concord, NH 03301 or online at www.crvna.org or to the Loudon Food Pantry 30 Chichester Rd., Unit D, Loudon NH 03307 or online at www.loudonfoodpantry.org

Family and friends are invited to gather Thursday, September 25th, 10-11 a.m. at Phaneuf Funeral Home, 172 King Street in Boscawen. A memorial service will begin at 11 a.m. in the funeral home chapel. Inurnment will follow immediately at the New Hampshire State Veterans Cemetery, 110 Daniel Webster Highway in Boscawen.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 23 September 2014 09:56

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