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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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Marilyn Plummer, 85

MEREDITH — Marilyn (Shurtleff) Plummer, 85, of 3 Tucker Mountain Road, died Monday morning, June 30, 2014, at Golden View Health Care Center after a period of declining health.

Marilyn was born on Aug. 23, 1928, in East Bridgewater, Mass., the daughter of the late Leonard F. and Mary F. (Cornish) Shurtleff. She was raised in Bradford, Mass., and was a graduate of Haverhill High School Class of 1946. She was a graduate of Burdett School of Business in Boston.

She had been a resident of Meredith since 1962. She had been employed by Scott & Williams in Laconia and later was a longtime clerk of the Zoning and Planning Boards for the Town of Meredith.

Marilyn was a Worthy Advisor in the Rainbow Sorority in Haverhill, Mass. She was a longtime breeder of collies, having established Hermit Hill Collies in 1969. Marilyn held various offices in the Collie Club of New Hampshire and Lakes Region Kennel Club, of which she was a life member.

Marilyn is survived by her son, David W. Plummer and his wife Joanne of Las Vegas, Nev.; her daughter, Nancy E. Plummer of Meredith; her brother, Ambassador Leonard G. Shurtleff of Gainesville, Fla.; her grandsons, Shane D. Plummer of Concord, and Alex W. Plummer of Center Harbor.

In addition to her parents, Marilyn was predeceased by her husband, Warner M. Plummer in 1987.

A graveside service will be held on Saturday, July 26, 2014, at noon at the family lot in Bayside Cemetery, 1350 Union Ave., Laconia.

For those who wish, the family suggests that memorial donations in Marilyn's name be made to the 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 please visit www.wilkinsonbeane.com.


Last Updated on Monday, 14 July 2014 07:29

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V. Clayton Lafferty, 85

ST. PAUL, Minn. — V. Clayton Lafferty, formerly of Sarasota, Fla., and Laconia, N.H., died Thursday, July 10, 2014, in St. Paul.

Mr. Lafferty was born in Spenser, Iowa, on Sept. 24, 1928. He was the son of Raymond and Elizabeth (Tritz) Lafferty.

He served in the Navy during World War II as an electronics technician. He graduated from Marquette University, Milwaukee, in 1950 with a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering and earned a master's degree in electrical engineering from Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago in 1956.

On May 26, 1951, he was united in marriage to Beverly Ann Hokenson in West Allis, Wis.

He was the head of Research and Development at United Parcel Service for most of his career. He held several patents and developed the prototype of the "Smart Pad" used today by UPS delivery.

Clayton was a member of St. Genevieve's Catholic Church in Centerville, Minn. He was a Eucharistic minister for many years and taught religion to church youth. He was a Scoutmaster for the Boy Scouts of America for more than 30 years and climbed, hiked, camped, spelunked and canoed throughout the Midwest and Northeast America. He traveled the world and climbed to the summit of Ayers Rock in Australia and barely missed doing the same at  Kilimanjaro in Africa. He logged more than 100 scuba dives across the globe.

Clay enjoyed coin collecting, building model railroads, basket weaving, playing bridge, and spending time with his family.

Clayton is survived by Beverly, his wife of 63 years; his children, Barbara (Loren) Braun of Golden Valley, Ann (Martin) Corbett of Mt. Holly, N.J., Timothy Lafferty of Santa Cruz, Calif., Daniel (Barbara) Lafferty of Los Angeles, Patrick (Bridget) Lafferty of Wauwatosa, Wis., and Sean (Sharon) Lafferty of New York City; his grandchildren, Emily (Christopher) Ryan, Elena Braun, Timothy Corbett, Claire Corbett, James Lafferty, Kathleen (Patrick) Pacheco, Sarah Lafferty, Rachel Lafferty, Aidan Lafferty, Conor Lafferty, Keinan Lafferty, Quinn Lafferty, Ian Lafferty; and four great-grandchildren, Zelda, Link and Zoe Pacheco, and Conan Baggett. He is also survived by his sisters and in­laws, Sr. Nancy Lafferty, Virginia (Roy) Struve, Judy Lafferty, Sr. Andre Lafferty, Elaine Hokenson and many nephews, nieces and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his sisters, Eleanor Queenan, Kathleen Rose Lafferty, Jeanne Walker, Sylvia Lafferty, Ann Marie Lafferty and his brother, Monsignor James Kendall Lafferty, four brothers­-in­-law.


A Mass of Christian Burial was held on Monday, July 14, 2014, at the Chapel at Presbyterian Homes, Waverly Gardens.

The family is grateful for the loving care provided to Clay by the staff of Presbyterian Homes, Waverly Gardens. Memorials preferred in lieu of flowers to Presbyterian Homes, Waverly Gardens.

Bradshaw Funeral Services of White Bear Lake handled the arrangements.

Last Updated on Monday, 14 July 2014 07:17

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