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Charles J. Chatterton, 88

MEREDITH — Charles Joseph Chatterton, born October 10, 1925, died on Friday, May 23, 2014 at Meredith Bay Colony Club where he resided for the past few years. A resident of Meredith since 1959, he is survived by his 4 children: twin sons, Paul and wife Diane, and Stephen and wife Sharon Chatterton. His middle daughter Linda married Steven Arndt just this past November, in Baltimore, and Charlie was able to attend. His devoted daughter Holly Oliver and her family have been attending locally to Charlie's needs. Holly and her husband Ralph gave Charlie three grandchildren, Eric and Jill Oliver, and their older daughter, Morgan and husband Matt Banville, gave Charlie his only great granddaughter, Avery. His sister Norma Gainer resides with her husband Harold in New Jersey. Several nieces from his wife Carol's side of the family were also very close: Bonnie and Edna Rees who reside in Canada and plan to attend his service. Charlie is predeceased by his dear friend, Doris Stone, who recently passed away this winter.

Charlie was born and raised in the New York City area, except for a year as a young boy when he was sent with siblings to live with relatives in British Guiana when his mother was quite ill. Charlie received his high school diploma in absentia since he left to join the U.S. Navy with whom he served during World War II, primarily in the Pacific theater. Here Charlie developed his love of electrical engineering and radios. After the war he was able to take some college training and electronics became his career and interested him throughout his life.

Charlie met his wife Carol, as a teenager while spending summers in Toronto, Canada, visiting his Uncle Carlos Cardoza — who happened to be dating Carol's older sister Lynn. Their courtship was intense and they married when she was 18 and he was 23, home from the war. They resided in New York City initially and then moved to N.H., the location of their honeymoon, and a better setting for their children to thrive in the educational system.

Charlie and Carol became members of Trinity Episcopal Church shortly after arriving in Meredith and the church has played a major role in Charlie's life. He served in various positions within the vestry, attended annual convocations, volunteered often in support of the Diocese and the various Bishops over the past many years. One of his greatest satisfactions was in his role of selecting Rev. Robin Soller, current priest at Trinity. Robin has been very close to the family and along with his daughter Holly was present at his side when he died.

During his life he was a business executive, primarily in the electronics industry, with Browning Labs, WILCOM Systems and others. Always one to decipher a problem, he became known as a "Gizmologist", able to work out some little thing that would make the whole work, thus solving various engineering and manufacturing challenges. He applied these same talents to Key Town Toys which were a variety of old fashioned wooden toys that he made and sold for a few years before he realized it was more fun to give them away. He became Santa Claus each holiday season for the town, Santa's Village in Laconia and at various businesses and functions in the area. He took this role seriously, studying the current toys of each season. Charlie owned his own suit because he wanted to always appear in a clean, nice suit — it was important to him that Santa live up to the expectations of all little boys and girls.

After retirement, and especially after Carol's death, Charlie became known as the "Bear Man" of Meredith. It started with a little stuffed bear that belonged to Carol that he took comfort in. That little bear was soon joined by others: purchases, gifts, donations, until the collection grew to over 5,000 bears. Charlie gladly shared his collection with everyone who wanted to see them. He often had Day Care Centers visit, served Bear tea's to a variety of people, young and old, and many tourists from faraway places. Charlie had always loved toys and is well known for his handmade wooden tops – especially the old fashioned tops. His trademark became a top which he gave to anyone and everyone he met. Some of these tops have ended up in places such as the U.S. Surgeon General's office!

In 2007, N.H. Governor John Lynch recognized Charlie for his outstanding volunteer service and awarded him the Joseph D. Vaughan Award. He was active in Boy Scouts, Band Boosters, Trinity Church, Meredith's Senior Center and many more services along with individual attention to many individuals who needed a favor, or a lamp fixed, etc. He never hesitated when he saw a need and did whatever he could to assist people in need or with a problem.
Perhaps Charlie is best known for his friendliness and fine sense of humor. He always had a joke ready and was an unofficial ambassador for the Lakes Region. He met many visitors at the town docks, often taking them for boat rides or inviting them back to Lang Street to meet the Bears. All left with fond memories and of course a wooden top!

Calling hours will be held at Mayhew Funeral Home (Rtes. 3 & Cataldo Rd.), Meredith, on Wednesday, May 28, 2014 from 5:00 pm through 7:00 pm. A funeral service will be held on Thursday, May 29, 2014 at 11:00 am in the Trinity Episcopal Church, Route 25, Meredith. Rev. Robin Soller, rector, will officiate. Interment will be private.
Donations may be made in Charlie's memory to the Trinity Episcopal Church, PO Box 635, Meredith, NH or a local charity of one's choice.
Mayhew Funeral Homes & Crematorium of Meredith and Plymouth are handling the arrangements. For Charlie's Book of Memories: www.mayhewfuneralhomes.com

Last Updated on Monday, 26 May 2014 05:28

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Ellsworth H. Wheeler, 78

LACONIA — Ellsworth Haines Wheeler, 78, of Laconia, NH, passed away at his home on Saturday, May 17, 2014. "Bud" was a loving husband, father, step-father, grandfather and friend. He will be missed by many.
Dr. Wheeler was born on September 19, 1935, in Geneva, New York. He received an A.B. from Dartmouth College in 1957, and a Ph.D. from the University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography in 1968. He served in the United States Air Force from 1958-1962 and the U.S. Navy Reserve from 1962-1974.
He joined Stanford University and planned and led research expeditions at sea, taught graduate courses and wrote grant proposals for the Stanford Oceanographic Program. He taught at the University of New Hampshire from 1970 through 1977.
Bud and his second wife, Kay, moved to Charleston, South Carolina, in 1987, and lived on a boat until Hurricane Hugo in 1989. After some years as a Reference Librarian at the Medical University of South Carolina library, he turned his hobby into a second career and enjoyed much success as a portrait sculptor. The Wheelers lived in Charleston until moving to Laconia last year to be with family as they began the "great winding down".
He is predeceased by his sister, Emily, his first wife, Ann,
and grandson, Benjamin.
Bud is survived by his wife, Kay; three sons: Jeffrey (Dawn) of Gig Harbor, WA, David (Francine) of Sandy Hook, Ct. and Drew (Jamie) of Kahuku, HI . Two grandsons, Jon Wheeler of Richmond, VA and Nate Wheeler of Sandy Hook, Ct. Also surviving are four step children, Fletcher Preuninger (John), Steven Youschak (Yun-Hui), Blair Youschak and Paige Thompson (David) and six step grandchildren, Chase, Grant, Grace, Christian, Ryan and Sage.
Private memorial services will be at a later date in Charleston.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to the Lakes Region Symphony Orchestra, P.O. Box 721, Meredith, NH 03253.

Last Updated on Friday, 23 May 2014 09:39

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Christine A. Magee, 29

EVERETT, Mass. — Christine Ann Magee, 29, of Everett, formally of Ipswich, passed away on Friday, May 16 at MGH surrounded by her loving family. She was the beloved daughter of William and Ann (Venezia) Magee of Gilmanton, NH, the precious sister of Catherine, Jessica and Sarah Magee.

Christine leaves her devoted fiancé, Jose Docen and her three beloved dogs: Buddy, Maya, and Casey. She was the granddaughter of Helen (Dunn) and the late James Magee, Mary (Spinale) and Anthony Venezia, all of Everett. She will be greatly missed by her many wonderful aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

Christine graduated Ipswich High School 2002 and Salem State University 2006. She continued her education with a Masters Degree in Education and Science from Concordia Univ. Christine taught at Pioneer Charter School of Science in Everett as a 7th grade math teacher, and later a special education teacher. Christine loved teaching and said her greatest pleasures were reading, walking her dogs, trying new restaurants, and having her students achieve high MCAS scores. Christine had a wonderful fulfilling life despite her challenges with Cystic Fibrosis. She touched everyone she encountered with her courage, resilience, selflessness, and caring nature. She will forever be in our hearts.

A Memorial Mass will be held at 10 a.m. on May 30th at Our Lady of Hope in Ipswich. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the "Christine Magee Memorial Fund" at any TD Bank or by mailing to PO Box 28 Gilmanton, NH 03237, to provide scholarships for her beloved students.

Last Updated on Thursday, 22 May 2014 07:09

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Claude L. Richer, 84

LACONIA — Claude Lavoie Richer, 84, of 1480 Old N. Main Street, Unit 2, Laconia, died at the Catholic Medical Center, Manchester, N.H. on Sunday, May 18, 2014.
Mr. Richer, a native of Lefaivre, Ontario, Canada, was born December 22, 1929, the son of the late Leonie (Legault) and Theophile Lavoie.
Mr. Richer graduated from St. Lawrence University, Canton, N.Y., in 1954 with a Bachelor of Science Degree. His post graduate studies were at the Universite de Paris and at St. Lawrence University.
Mr. Richer taught high school sciences at Carleton Place, Ontario and Lake Placid, New York and coached varsity skiing at St. Lawrence University. For eight years, he was general manager of Wescott Construction Corp. in Laconia. He founded Concrete Construction in 1968 and was president until 1989.
Mr. Richer served as a director of the Laconia Peoples National Bank and served on the Laconia Planning Board and the Winnipesaukee Watershed Committee.
Mr. Richer was on the Canadian Olympic Ski Team and competed in two Winter Olympics, the 1952 Games in Oslo, Norway in the cross country event and in the 1956 Games in Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy in the downhill event. In 1960, he was Coach for the Australian team at Squaw Valley, Calif. He was the Canadian National Cross-Country Champion and National Champion in Olympic style canoeing, winning in 1951, being honored as French Canadian Athlete of the Year and was twice runner up in the U. S. National Cross Country Ski Championship.
Survivors include his wife, Kathleen Robinson-Richer of Laconia; a daughter, Christine ; two sons, Marc and Brett; four grandchildren, Jagger, River, Cole and Kathryn. In addition to his parents, Mr. Richer was predeceased by his stepfather, Joas Richer, and by a son, John Richer.
There will be no calling hours.
A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, May 23, 2014 at 2:00PM at St. Andre Bessette Parish, Sacred Heart Church, 291 Union Avenue, Laconia, N.H.
For those who wish, the family suggests that memorial donations be made to the New Hampshire Humane Society, PO Box 572, Laconia, N.H. 03247
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, 20 May 2014 08:23

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