SIESTA KEY, Fla. — Norman Herbert Dunbar passed away at his home in Siesta Key, Florida on September 30, 2013. Norm was born in Manchester, New Hampshire on April 1, 1921.
He attended schools in Manchester, worked at Dunbar Farm Equipment, and in 1950 started with R. C. Peabody Co. Inc., Plumbing & Heating. He was hired as an apprentice and retired as a superintendent after a 30 year career. He was a member of Local #131 Plumbers and Steamfitters Union. Norm and his wife of 52 years were very active in Masonic orders, including the White Shrine of Jerusalem, Nazarene #2. He was also a member of Bektash Temple Shriners, and participated as a marching patrol member, a flag bearer, and an aide to the Potentate.
Norm enlisted in the Marines in World War II, serving three years in the 4th Marine Division in the Pacific on the islands of Maui and Pellalu.
His hobbies included woodworking, golf, watching the ocean and sea birds, and British TV. He loved spending time with family and friends. He and his wife were members of the Parrish (FL) Methodist Church.
He is survived by his loving wife of 52 years, Loraine Walsh Foust Dunbar, and by his daughters Sandra Dunbar Scofield, Linda Foust Fisk (husband Carlton), Camie Foust, and by his sister Milly Dunbar Ranney. He will be missed by his grandchildren: Carlyn Fisk McAvoy, Casey Fisk, Courtney Fisk Hogan, Jennifer Scofield, Tracy Scofield Smith, Leslie Scofield Wood, Heather Little Sutton, and 17 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by nephews Curtis Schelzel and Richard Henry. He is preceded in death by his youngest daughter, Bonnie Dunbar Little, andhis sister Luella Dunbar Henry.
Internment and a memorial service will be held at a later date at the New Hampshire Veterans Cemetery, in Boscowen, N.H. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to the Shriners Hospital for Children, 51 Blossom Street, Boston, MA 02114.
Last Updated on Monday, 07 October 2013 07:55
LACONIA — Irene A. (Chabot) Root, 90, formerly of 194 Gilford Avenue died at the Saint Francis Rehabilitation and Nursing Center on Tuesday, October 1, 2013.
Mrs. Root was born April 29, 1923 in Laconia, the daughter of the late Henry J. and Mary (Vachon) Chabot.
Mrs. Root had been a resident of Connecticut for twenty-one years before moving to Laconia where she lived for most of her life. She was a communicant of Sacred Heart Church.
Mrs. Root enjoyed collecting dolls and crocheting and loved her country music.
Survivors include a daughter, Camille Kimball and her husband John of Laconia; 3 grandchildren, Curtis Kimball and his wife Rhonda of Memphis, Tennessee, Heather Kimball-Griffiths and her husband Steven of the Weirs in Laconia, and Paul Barden and his wife, Gina, of Laconia; 11 great grandchildren; one great, great grandchild; one sister, Helen Peavey, of Laconia and several nephews and nieces. In addition to her parents, Mrs. Root was predeceased by her husband of 66 years, Charles J. Root, on April 25, 2011, and by a sister, Theresa Baker.
There will be no calling hours
A graveside service will be held on Monday October 7, 2013 at 1 p.m. in the family lot at Sacred Heart Cemetery, Garfield St., Laconia, N.H.
For those who wish, the family suggests that memorial donations be made to the New Hampshire Catholic Charities Inc, PO Box 686 Manchester, NH 03105 or to the Disabled American Veterans of N.H. Chapter #19 PO Box 1498 Concord, NH 03302.
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 Friday, 04 October 2013 07:06
MEREDITH — Roland E. Kimball, 80, a lifelong resident of Meredith, died unexpectedly in his home on October 2nd of natural causes.
Born July 15, 1933 Roland spent all but a few years living, working and playing throughout the Lakes and Mountain regions of NH. Oldest child and only son of Robert and Beatrice Kimball, Roland as a young adult spent four years in the US Air Force working as a trained airplane tech mechanic and 16 years as a reservist. After serving his country in active duty, Roland came home, married and settled down. Roland's formative years were spent working in Laconia at Allen Rogers Corporation where he starred as a tool maker in the wood turning plant. Roland was the proud father of three children, Bruce, Cheryl and Doreen. During retirement Roland explored the great state of NH as an avid hiker and traveler throughout the many natural and manmade attractions that the White Mountain state offers. Roland spent the last several years enjoying the wonders and beauty of his home and property. He was a collector of many things and had a love for cooking, gardening, movies and gatherings with fellow church friends.
Roland is predeceased by his parents but leaves behind many loving friends and family. Roland will be missed by his dear friends Jim and Marilyn Rushton, sisters Roberta and Rita, his eldest and only son Bruce and wife Cindy with daughter and son-in-law Amanda and Tim, sons Trevor and Caleb, Roland's daughter Cheryl with daughter Kayla and son Chad and Roland's daughter Doreen with husband Chris and daughter and son, Taylor and Ryan. Roland had three great grandchildren Braden, Xavier and Emma.
A graveside service will be held on Wednesday, October 9, 2013 at 11 a.m. in the Oakland Cemetery, Meredith Center Rd., Meredith. Rev. Gary Mauck, pastor of the United Baptist Church of Lakeport will officiate.
Roland Kimball had a good heart and a strong soul while on this earth and would be proud if you were to make a donation to the Lakes Region CAP program.
Mayhew Funeral Homes & Crematorium of Meredith and Plymouth are handling the arrangements. For Roland's Book of Memories: www.mayhewfuneralhomes.com
Last Updated on Friday, 04 October 2013 07:02
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — Samuel Maitland Smith, beloved grandfather and father, passed away on August 30th, 2013, in Flagstaff, AZ, after a sudden decline due to complications from myelofibrosis, a bone marrow disorder. Sam was born April 27th, 1942 to Dorothy (Weeks) Smith and Forrest Asa Smith in Laconia, New Hampshire. He grew up on a farm on Morrill Street in Gilford, NH, surrounded by numerous cousins. While attending Laconia High School, the Smith house was the main gathering place for meals and games for his football teammates and so many others. He was also known for throwing parties, some of such ridiculous magnitude that they are still talked about today. He earned his bachelor's degree from UNH. He worked briefly as a high school teacher before joining the US Army. His military service took him to Korea where he worked as a law clerk. While there he met and married Hung Nyo Yu.
On his return to New Hampshire he began working for New England Telephone, first as an Outside Plant Engineer, and then as Right of Way Agent. In connection with his work, he became a Justice of the Peace. He was delighted that this allowed him to marry several of his friends. He was a member of the Telephone Pioneers of America. He was a volunteer with the United Way. He was well known for his practical jokes and problem solving. Sam loved his work, and served as Senior Right of Way Agent for New England Telephone Company/Verizon for many years ...travelling throughout the states of Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont. He will be remembered by his coworkers, as well as many happy land owners, for his integrity and sense of humor with all he had served. Sam was still telling telephone company stories in his final weeks.
Sam was a devoted, although unconventional father. He instilled in his children a voracious love of books. He drove his girls to innumerable dance practices and music lessons. Although he was never an aficionado of classical music, musical theater, or field hockey, he never missed a concert, play, performance, or sporting event... He was also known for his kindness to his daughters' peers - whether they were punks or honors students they all got a smile, endless conversation and a mix tape. He saw one of his daughters through Dartmouth College and the other through Medical School at the University of Arizona.
For the last 15 years Sam made his home with his daughter Esther and her family. He was a devoted grandfather and with his granddaughters, he expanded from reading stories to weaving them. Using his most beloved childhood memories, his granddaughters starred in his recounting. On his visits to California, board games with Grampy were major events with his grandsons.
Sam had recently returned from a trip to New Hampshire to visit with his brother, Nathan, and his family. He was lucky enough to have been surrounded by friends and family for what would be a two-week farewell visit.
Memories of car horns that moo, sombreros worn for mowing the lawn, frogs in space, rambling drives on the back roads of New Hampshire and so much more will be celebrated by his daughters Esther Smith and Rebecca Owens, his loving sons-in-law Eric Snider and David Owens, and grandchildren Willow and Rowan Snider and Andrew and Peter Owens.
For anyone wishing to make memorial donations, please send checks to The Samuel Smith and Winnifred Page Library Fund, Attn Katherine Dormody, Library Director, 31 Potter Hill Road, Gilford, NH 03249. Please make checks payable to the Town of Gilford, and indicate they are in memory of Samuel Maitland Smith.
Last Updated on Friday, 04 October 2013 06:24