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Roland E. Kimball, 80

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

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Samuel M. Smith, 71

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

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Irene A. Root, 90

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, of Laconia; 3 grandchildren, Curtis Kimball and his wife Rhonda of Memphis, Tennessee, Heather Kimball-Griffiths of the Weirs in Laconia, and Paul Barden and his wife, Gina, of Belmont; 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 Thursday, 03 October 2013 07:42

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Samuel W. Petrucci, 86

GILFORD — Samuel W. Petrucci, 86, resident of both Gilford NH and Fort Pierce FL, died unexpectedly Friday, September 27, 2013, in Scranton PA, from natural causes.

Born on December 22, 1926, Sam grew up in Medford MA. He lived a long and colorful life, regaling his friends and family with his many claims to fame. At age 16, he joined the Navy and was a radio operator on the USS Willard Keith. After the war, Sam studied art at Vesper George and went on to become a successful commercial illustrator, package designer and airbrush artist. Sam's career spanned six decades. One of his earliest clients was the Hassenfeld Brothers Toy Company, for whom he designed the original logo and boxes for Hasbro's GI Joe line of toys. In recent years, he took great pleasure in being a special guest at GI Joe conventions where he signed autographs and met his many fans. Later, Sam was employed by the prestigious Gunn Associates in Boston where he designed packaging and logos for many well known companies and products..

Sam was a voracious reader and enjoyed golfing with his buddies, fishing with his grandchildren, nature photography, alligator hunting, and painting wildlife and landscapes in oils. Sam designed the family home at Lake Shore Park on Lake Winnepesaukee and was admired for his countless talents. As he often pointed out to everybody, Sam was "The Best" at anything he chose to do.

Sam was married to his beloved Leona Petrucci (who passed away in 2008) and is survived by his children, Maureen Beaupre of Fernandina Beach FL, Ken Petrucci of Newburyport MA, Lisa Petrucci of Seattle WA, Linda Petrucci of New York NY, and Steven Petrucci of Peabody MA, as well as their spouses and numerous grand and great grandchildren.

A memorial service to honor Sam will be held at a future date. Memorial contributions may be left in his name to The Manatee Observation and Education Center, 480 N. Indian River Drive, Fort Pierce FL 34950, www.manateecenter.com/index.php/support

Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 October 2013 06:41

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