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David W. French, 58

FRANKLIN — Mr. David W. French, 58, of Franklin, died at Portsmouth Regional Hospital on June 24, 2013.
He was born in Franklin on Sept. 20, 1954 the son of James L. French Sr. and Verna Mae (Paradie) French.
Dave lived in Franklin most of his life and was a graduate of Manchester Memorial High School, Class of 1972. He served in the NH National Guard for six years.
A woodsman like his dad, Dave worked at Bill Crowley Logging in Loudon for several years and later for Henniker Hardwood. Recently, Dave was self-employed.
Dave loved the outdoors and was an avid hunter, gardener, and also loved camping.
Dave served as a mentor to many at Webster House in Franklin.
Dave was a great son, nephew, cousin, grandfather, friend, and exceptional brother... We were all lucky to have had him in our lives and he will be dearly missed.
Family members include 13 brothers and sisters: Jeanne Dukette of Franklin, James French, Jr. of Laconia, Sylvia Chmielewicz of Oak Ridge, TN, George French, Sr. of Andover, Patricia Derby of Webster, Michael French, Sr., Susan Overlock, and Sherry Ames, all of Franklin, Raymond French of Gilford, Kathy Kenneson of Belmont, Deborah Tessier of Northfield, Peggy Arend of Newsfields, and Cheryl Davis of Manchester, a grandson, Craig James (CJ) Barnard of Concord, a stepdaughter, Kimmie Barnard of Franklin, and many nieces,nephews, aunt, uncles, and cousins. He was predeceased by his parents.
Visiting hours will be held Thursday, June 27, 2013 from 5 to 8 p.m. at Thibault-Neun Funeral Home, 143 Franklin St., Franklin. Funeral services will be held at the Congregational Christian Church on Friday morning, June 28, 2013 at 10 a.m. Burial will follow in Franklin Cemetery.
Donations in memory of Dave may be made to the James L. French Sr. Scholarship Fund, c/o Debbie Tessier, Franklin Savings Bank, 387 Central St., Franklin, NH 03235 or to The Webster Place, 27 Holy Cross Rd., Franklin, NH 03235.
For directions and an online guestbook, please visit www.neunfuneralhomes.com

Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 June 2013 06:12

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Robert 'Fat Bob' A. Bilodeau, 53

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GORHAM — Robert A. "Fat Bob" Bilodeau, 53, passed away at his home on Sunday June 23, 2013.
Fat Bob was born in Berlin, NH on May 30, 1960 a son of Kovi and Lois (Bilodeau) George.
Robert was raised in Gorham and resided in the Belmont, NH area for 25 years, returning to Gorham in 2009. He was a self employed woodworker. He loved his wife and children dearly and enjoyed taking road trips, photography, wild life and especially watching his son Jeremyah go 4-wheeling and rock climbing and also watching his grandson play sports and grow. He was the best arranger of bike week for many years. To his friends & family, a big NEGU & HFD. The family wishes to thank all the doctors at DHMC as well as a special thank you to Shana Bertin and Sabrina Jones for all the love and support they gave him.
Family members include his wife Sylvie (Baron) Bilodeau of Gorham, NH, his children Jeremyah Bilodeau of Belmont, NH, Heather Bilodeau of Pembroke, NH and Ryannan Baron of Chaplin, CT, his grandson Devin Carignan of Gilford, NH, his mother Lois George of Gorham, nieces, nephews, cousins, many friends and extended family. He was predeceased by his father Kovi George and a grandson Jayden Baron.
A celebration of life will be held on Saturday June 29, beginning at 12 p.m. at 7 Jimtown Road, Gorham, NH. For more information please contact Ryannan Baron at 603-998-1470. Arrangements are under the direction of the Bryant Funeral Home, Berlin. Please go to www.bryantfuneralhome.net to send an online condolence.

Last Updated on Monday, 24 June 2013 09:32

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Elmer H. Riemer, 95

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MANCHESTER — Elmer H. Riemer died peacefully June 10, 2013, at the age of 95 at the Veteran's Hospital Medical Center Palliative Care Unit. He had spent the last nine months living at the home of his younger daughter, Elaine Hirshan, who was at his side in his final days.
Elmer was born August 30, 1917, to Eduard and Eva Riemer in Cleveland, OH. He was the youngest of six children. Growing up his family attended Zion Lutheran Church in Cleveland. The love of his life, his wife of 56 years, Vera May Riemer predeceased him in 2008 while the couple was living in Indiana near their elder daughter, Diana Higdon.
Elmer began his career in machine tool engineering as an apprentice at Brown & Sharpe Manufacturing in Providence, RI. In 1942, he joined the Navy and later became a Navy pilot. He always took pride in the fact that when landing on the aircraft carrier, Saipan he never had a wave-off.
From 1945 to 1947 he was stationed in Pensacola, Florida and Banana River Naval Air Base. He flew to Bermuda and Guantanamo Bay for Atlantic coast security and made supply runs to the naval base in Cuba. He flew many single and dual engine aircraft during his time in the Navy, including the Stearman plane, Lockheed PBY high wing dual engine sea planes, and PBM sea planes.
He met Vera, herself a Navy veteran, during a bus strike in Detroit, MI when he offered Vera and her roommates a ride to work. The couple married and gave birth to their first child, Diana in Detroit. Later they settled in Connecticut where Elmer became a tool engineer for Pratt & Whitney Aircraft in Hartford. Eventually he moved back to Cleveland with his young family to start a career as a sales engineer, representing Lovejoy Tool Company of Springfield, VT. He thrived on challenges, solving difficult machine tool engineering problems that others had abandoned.
Elmer cared foremost about his family and his faith, and devoted his life to both. The family attended Grace Lutheran Church in Cleveland Heights. Elmer served as a deacon and a trustee.
He was an avid reader, following politics in national newspapers and the latest university research on nutrition, diet and exercise for maintaining lifelong health.
Elmer leaves behind two loving daughters and their husbands, Diana Higdon and husband Brian of New Albany, IN, and Elaine Hirshan and husband Adam of Concord, NH, and six grandchildren: Miranda of Bloomington, IN; Thomas of Boston, MA; Juliet of St. Augustine, FL; Grace of Los Angeles, CA; Alison of Orange, CA; and Madeline of San Diego, CA.
A funeral service will be held Sunday at 1 p.m., June 30 at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 673 Weston Ave., Manchester, NH; Pastor Colageo presiding. A reception will follow. 
Elmer will be buried later this summer next to his wife, Vera in New Albany, IN.
Donations may be made to VA Medical Center, Volunteer Service Office, Palliative Care Unit, 718 Smyth Rd. Manchester, NH 03104 or The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. All are invited.

Last Updated on Monday, 24 June 2013 09:27

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Susan L. Taylor

GILMANTON — Graveside services for Susan L. Taylor, 50, of 1 Applewood Ave, will be held in the family plot at Pine Grove Cemetery in Gilmanton on Saturday, June 29, 2013 at 1 p.m.
Susan died Saturday, December 22, 2012 in her home after a brief illness.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to American Liver Foundation 39 Broadway, Suite 2700, New York, New York 10006 or to the MakeA-Wish Foundation of NH, 814 Elm Street STE 300, Manchester, NH 03131-2230.
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 Monday, 24 June 2013 06:32

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