ORONO, Maine — Basil W. Thompson, Sr., 88, died after a brief illness on March 22, 2014, at a Bangor hospital. He was born in Eastville, Nova Scotia, in 1926, to Frederick and Lillian Thompson. In 1948 he married Jacqueline (Joyal) Thompson in Laconia, N.H., with whom he shared his life for 65 years.
He enlisted in the U.S. Navy during World War II, serving in both the Atlantic and the Pacific fleets from 1941 through 1945.
Basil was an accomplished craftsman who owned and operated Quality Custom Canvas by Basil in Lakeport, N.H., from 1961 until 1991, winning awards for his creative designs. A man of his word, he was respected by his business associates, friends and family.
After retirement, Basil and Jackie moved from Laconia, N.H., to Amherst, Nova Scotia, where they lived for 20 years in a house that he built with his owns hands. During that time, they formed many friendships and fond memories. In recent years, they resided in Orono, Maine, with their daughter and son-in-law, Marsha and John Moore.
Basil lost his beloved wife, Jackie, in December 2013.
He is survived by, three children, daughters, Maureen Maynes and Marsha Moore, his son, Basil W. Thompson, Jr.; and a sister, Bernice Vincent, of Laconia, N.H. Basil was a grandfather to Jennifer Farr, Ryan Moore, Jared and Abby Martin, Alexander Moore, Ansel and Derek Thompson; and great-grandfather to Rosemary, Gabriel and Lily Farr. Basil was a faithful provider whose main goal in life was to see his children and grandchildren advance through higher education.
He was predeceased by an infant son, Michael; sister, Hattie Landry; and brothers, William, Victor, Arnold and Ansel.
Internment for Basil and Jackie Thompson will take place in the July in Laconia, N.H. A notice will be posted in area papers. Memorial gifts may be given in Basil's name to the Good Shepherd Food Bank, PO Box 1807, Auburn ME 04211.
Condolences to the family may be expressed at www.BrookingsSmith.com.
Last Updated on Monday, 24 March 2014 06:49
TILTON — Albert "Al" Joseph Laliberte, 65, a lifelong resident of Tilton died Wednesday, March 19, 2014, following a period of failing health. He and his wife lived in their home in Tilton for the past 39 years.
Al was born in Franklin, Oct. 4, 1948, son of the late, Robert J. and Marion Edna (Laramie) Laliberte. He was a graduate of the Tilton-Northfield High School, class of 1967. Al worked as a master auto technician, and for many years worked at Grappone Toyota in Concord. He later worked for the Tilton Highway Department for seven years before retiring in 2010. He owned and operated Al's Services, which included, lawn care, minor mower repairs, power washing homes and doing automobile repair.
An adventurous spirit and outdoorsman, Al's favorite hobbies were fishing, snowmobiling, camping and working on cars. An antique car enthusiast, and given the opportunity, Al was out riding in his Mustang convertible as often as he could, especially his trips to the ocean with his wife. He was a member of the Tilton-Northfield Arch Trail Travelers Snowmobile Club and Sons of the American Legion Post 49, in Northfield. In addition to his parents, Al was predeceased by his stepmother, Jeanette Laliberte Bolduc; and a sister, Elaine Laliberte.
His family includes, his loving wife of 40 years, Patricia (Jordan) Laliberte of Tilton; two sons, Andre R. Laliberte and his husband Daniel Yarborough of Quincy, Mass., and Jonathan R. Laliberte and his fiancée, Lauren Flavin of Rochester; brothers, Robert, Leo and Wayne Laliberte of Laconia; stepbrother, Alfred Fecteau of Belmont; and his mother-in-law and father-in-law, Roy and Wanda Jordan of Northfield; numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.
According to Al's wishes, calling hours will not be held. Services for Al will be held later in the spring with an announced date, time and place. Burial will be in his family lot in Holy Cross Cemetery in Franklin.
Arrangements are under the care of the William F. Smart Sr. Memorial Home in Tilton.
Memorial contributions in Al's name be made to either the T-N Arch Trail Travelers, in care of Patricia Sawicki, 136 Bean Hill Road, Northfield, NH 03276 or to the Sons of the American Legion Post 49, in care of Robert Nicol, 60 Forrest Road, Northfield, NH 03276.
For more information go to www.smartfuneralhome.com
Last Updated on Monday, 24 March 2014 06:46
GILFORD — William E. Grant, 85, of 136 Watson Road, #10, died at his home on March 18, 2014.
Mr. Grant was born Jan. 13, 1929, in Brockton, Mass., the son of the late Frederick and Nora (Donahue) Grant. He served in the Army, and was a longtime resident of Massachusetts and Florida before moving to Gilford.
He had been employed at Nynex (formerly New England Telephone and Verizon) for 33 years.
Mr. Grant was a member of the American Legion Post 19 of Somerville, Mass.
Survivors include his wife of 39 years, Rosemarie (Caliri) Grant of Gilford; four sons, William Grant Jr. and his wife, Paula, of North Andover, Mass., Joseph Grant and his wife, Patricia, of Tyngsboro, Mass., Robert Grant of Stoneham, Mass., and John Grant and his wife, Tammy, of Everett, Mass.; four grandchildren, Karen Young, Steven Grant, Patrick Grant and Daniel O'Brien; three great-grandchildren; three sisters, Marjorie Cormier of Stoneham, Mass., Barbara Osgood of Carver, Mass., and Virginia McKenna of Saugus, Mass., and several nephews and nieces.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Grant was predeceased by a son, Daniel Grant, in 1984; by a daughter, Margaret Grant, on Jan. 22, 2014; a brother, Frederick Grant Jr.; and a sister, Ruth Perantoni.
There will be no calling hours. A funeral service will be held on Friday, March 28, 2014, at 11 a.m. in the Carriage House of the Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home, 164 Pleasant St., Laconia. Burial, will military honors, will follow at 1 p.m. at the New Hampshire State Veterans Cemetery, 110 Daniel Webster Highway, Boscawen.
For those who wish, the family suggests that memorial donations be made in Bill's memory to Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice, 780 North Main St., Laconia, NH 03246.
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 go to www.wilkinsonbeane.com.
Last Updated on Thursday, 20 March 2014 08:29
BRISTOL — Lawrence "Larry" Sylvia, 55, was a resident of Fox Meadow Retirement Home, Bristol and formerly of 57 Dixon Street, died at Dartmouth Hitchcock Hospital, Lebanon on Wednesday, March 19, 2014.
Larry was born November 15, 1958 in Boston, Mass., the son of Manuel and Virginia (McMichael) Sylvia.
Survivors include two brothers; Phillip Sylvia, of PA and Andrew Sylvia, and his wife, Elizabeth, of Raymond; four nephews, Phillip Sylvia, and his wife, Theresa, of Laconia, Donald Sylvia, and his wife, Betty, of Laconia, and Trevor and Kamin Sylvia, of Raymond; two nieces, Alyssa Sylvia, of Raymond, and Melissa Sylvia, of Laconia, two great nephews, Kristofor, and Jaekwon. and two great nieces, Jerikah and Kalyssa. In addition to his parents Larry was predeceased by a brother Howard Sylvia.
Calling hours will be held on Tuesday, March 25, 2014 from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Carriage House of the Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home, 164 Pleasant Street, Laconia, N.H.
A Funeral Service will follow calling hours at 7 p.m.
Burial will be later this spring in the family lot at Union Cemetery, Academy Street, Laconia, N.H.
For those who wish, the family suggests that memorial donations be made to American Diabetes Association, 10 Speen St. Second Floor, Framingham, MA 01701.
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, 20 March 2014 08:24