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Norma S. Cummings, 84

ASHLAND — Norma Smith Cummings, 84, died at the Laconia Rehabilitation Center, Laconia, NH, on October 8, 2013, after several months of declining health.

Norma was born in Ashland on April 28, 1929, daughter of Edward and Mary Leona (Bilodeau) Smith. She was a lifelong resident of Ashland, graduating Ashland High School on June 13, 1947. On the day following graduation she married Arnold Cummings. They were married for 50 years until his death in 1998.

She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and beloved aunt. Norma enjoyed children immensely and was a loving daycare provider for many children over the years. She enjoyed sewing, reading, knitting, and spending summers at the Ashland Town Beach on Little Squam Lake. Norma made friends wherever she went, offering smiles and hugs to young and old.

Norma was predeceased by her husband, Arnold, in 1998, her daughter, Dianne Cummings Horne, in 2005 and her fiancé, Bernard Paquette, in 2011. She is survived by her son and his wife, Robin and Lynn Cummings of Ashland, her daughter and her husband, Nancy and David Page of Ashland, grandchildren, Christopher Cummings and his wife, Jessica, Derek Horne, Lindsay Sieg Devin Page and great grandchildren, Malachi Mozeika and Cassie Cummings. She also leaves behind many cherished nieces and nephews.

Private services will be held at the convenience of the family. Dupuis Funeral Home of Ashland is in charge of arrangements. For more information go to www.dupuisfuneralhome.com.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 October 2013 07:31

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Steven Wood, 63

GILMANTON — Steven Wood, 63, of Halmar Road, Gilmanton passed away on Tuesday, October 1, 2013 at home after a long, hard battle with cancer.
Steven was born March 21, 1950 in Laconia. He was the son of Ralph and Charlotte (Maclaine) Wood.
Steven is survived by his wife, Maureen Hanlon; his son, Stephen Gagne; two brothers, Michael and Mark Wood and three grandchildren, Emma, Landon and Sierra.
Steven had been employed at Aavid as a CNC Programmer since 1994. He was an avid photographer, loved history and traveling. He worked with ARPH in rescuing Australian shepherds for many years.
Steve was loved and admired by all who knew him.
There will be no calling hours.
There will be a celebration of his life at the Belknap Mill, The Mill Plaza, 25 Beacon St. East, Laconia, N.H. on Sunday, October 13, 2013 from 1 to 5 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice, 780 North Main Street, Laconia, NH 03246.
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 Tuesday, 08 October 2013 10:41

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Richard J. Sherman, 89

PLYMOUTH — Richard Jackson Sherman, 89, formerly of High St., died October 5, 2013 at the Academy Manor Nursing Home, in Andover, MA.

Born in Plymouth, N.H. on December 14, 1923, he was the son of Leon Ervin and Myra E. (James) Sherman. Richard grew up in Plymouth and graduated from Plymouth High School, class of 1941.

Dick was always interested in airplanes. He was six years old when he built his first model airplane and in his mid-teens when he learned how to fly at the Plymouth Airport. He received his pilot's license at the age of sixteen.

On September 14, 1942, Dick and his father went to Boston and enlisted in the US Navy. Dick enlisted in the Aviation Cadet School and received his basic training at Chapel Hill NC., followed a three month course at the Navy Pre-Flight School at the University of North Carolina. After training in at the Naval Reserve Aviation Base in Bunker Hill, Peru, IN, He became a qualified Navy Pilot. He trained in Scout Bombers out of Pensacola, Miami and Daytona airfields and was awarded his Gold Wings as a commissioned 2nd Lieutenant and transferred from the Navy to the Marines.

Dick was sent to El Toro Marine Corps Air Station in California as part of the Marine Aircraft Group 2 of the First Marine Air Wing. After several years of flying combat missions in the South Pacific, he returned to Cherry Hill, NC, and was separated as a 1st Lieutenant on January 4, 1946. For his service in World War II, he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal with 6 Bronze Stars, Presidential Unit Citation, Navy Commendation Ribbon, American Campaign Medal, Asian Pacific Service Medal with 2 Bronze Stars, Victory Medal, and Philippine Liberation Medal with 1 Bronze Star. Dick's total flight time logged was 938.4 hours.

Upon his return to Plymouth, Dick opened the Riverside Airport, in Ashland, as a flying school and charter flight facility. By the turn of the decade, his airport business has ebbed and Dick was called from inactive duty on March of 1951 as a Captain reporting to Squantum, MA.

Dick was predeceased by his wife Ruth Elizabeth (Trull) Sherman in June of 2011.

Dick is survived by his sons, Richard W. Sherman of Andover, MA, Roger L. Sherman of Tewksbury, MA and two grandchildren.

A calling hour will be held in the Mayhew Funeral Home, 12 Langdon St. Plymouth, on Thursday, Oct. 10, from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. A Graveside service will follow in the Riverside Cemetery, Plymouth, at 1:30 p.m. The Rev. Edward J. Charest will officiate.

To sign Dick's Book of Memories, please go to www.mayhewfuneralhomes.com

Last Updated on Tuesday, 08 October 2013 10:36

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Arthur E. Brown, 84

LACONIA — Arthur E. Brown, 84, of 55 Wentworth Cove Road, died at the New Hampshire Veterans Home, Tilton on Monday, October 7, 2013.
Mr. Brown was born July 29, 1929 in Yonkers, New York, the son of the late George V. and Elizabeth (Erickson) Brown. He resided in Huntington, Conn. for fifty-three years before moving to Laconia in 2009.
Mr. Brown served in the U. S. Army and had been employed at International Operating Engineers, Local #478 in Hamden, Conn for thirty-eight years before retiring in 1991. His hobbies included woodworking and pigeon racing.
Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Marie K. (Benedetti) Brown, of Laconia; two daughters, Linda Brown Terrasi and her husband, Richard, of South Burlington, VT and Sharon Brown Marcum and her husband, James, of Laconia, NH; four grandchildren, Lauren Terrasi Smith and her husband, Hans, of Colchester, VT, Lindsey Terrasi of New York City, Heather Marcum Leslie and her husband, Jason, of Houston, Texas and Kristin Marcum of Sugar Land, Texas; twin great grandchildren, Holden Leslie and Haiden Leslie, both of Houston, Texas; two brothers, Robert Brown and his wife, Hazel Brown, of Armonk, N.Y. and George Brown and his deceased wife, Marisha, of Yonkers, N.Y. and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, Mr. Brown was predeceased by a sister, Ethel Brown Demuro.
Calling hours will be held on Thursday, October 10, 2013 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home, 164 Pleasant Street, Laconia, N.H. using the Whipple Avenue entrance.
A Graveside Service will be held on Friday, October 11, 2013 at 1 p.m. at the family lot in Bayside Cemetery, Union Avenue Laconia, N.H.
For those who wish, the family suggests that memorial donations be made to the New Hampshire Veterans Home, 139 Winter Street, Tilton, NH 03276.
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 Tuesday, 08 October 2013 10:34

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