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Elsie K. 'Babe' King, 93

GILMANTON IRON WORKS — Elsie K. "Babe" King, 93, died at her home on Monday, January 13, 2014. She was the widow of Burns F. King who died April 17, 2002.
Mrs. King was born October 7, 1920 in Gilmanton, N.H., the daughter of the late Carroll and Edna (Tibbetts) Moulton. She graduated from Laconia High School, class of 1940.
Mrs. King was a longtime resident of Hartford, Connecticut before moving to Gilmanton Iron Works . She had been employed at the Travelers Insurance Co. for twenty-eight years, retiring in 1980.
Survivors include two brothers, Theodore Moulton of Gray, Maine and Stanley Moulton of Alton, N.H.; three sisters, Verna Spinney of Deep River, Conn., Louise Bradshaw of Merrimack, N.H. and Beatrice Vachon of Moodus, Conn., one cousin, Robert Tibbetts of Gilmanton Iron Works. Elsie was the aunt of 44 nephews and nieces. She also leaves her close friends Gladys "Blondie" Burbank of Lakeport, Betty Newell of Meredith and George McClary of Gilmanton. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by four brothers; John Moulton, Morris Moulton, Richard Moulton and Albert Moulton, one sister, Betty Parker and cousins Charles, Frank and Carl Glidden.
According to Mrs. King's wishes, there will be no calling hours or funeral service.
For those who wish, the family suggests that memorial donations be made to the Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice, 780 North Main Street, Laconia, N. H. 03246 or to the American Cancer Society, 2 Commerce Drive, Suite 110, Bedford, NH 03110
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, 16 January 2014 09:21

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Gerard R. Morin, 88

LACONIA — Gerard "Gerry" Rene Morin, 88, of 14 Magnolia Lane, Laconia, died Wednesday evening, January 15, 2014, at the Genesis Rehabilitation Center after a period of failing health.
Mr. Morin was born February 15, 1925, the son of Henry and Louise-Anna (Fournier) Morin. A lifelong resident of Laconia, he attended school in Laconia until enlisting in the Army in 1941. He spent three years as a Staff Sargent Radio Repairman stationed in Panama and an additional one and a half years stationed in Mississippi, Louisiana, and Arkansas, returning to civilian life in 1945.
His entry into the Textile Industry came with Scott and Williams Company working as a machine tester and service technician. In 1948, Gerard moved to work at Seneca Knitting Mills in Seneca Falls, NY. He returned to Laconia to marry the love of his life, Ann Stewart. Shortly thereafter they relocated back to Laconia and Gerard worked at Sulloway Hosiery Mills in Franklin, NH. During this time, he invented a hosiery machine that made argyles automatically. He was hired in 1951 at Cormier Hosiery as a research engineer and quickly was made Head of Research. His association with Cormier lasted 28 years as Vice President of Research and Development before retiring in 1978. During this time Gerard acquired six patents and built approximately 300 hosiery machines used in conjunction with the patents. Additionally, he personally started Sun and Surf Footwear in Franklin, White Mountain Industries in Campton, and Woodsville Industries in North Haverhill. In 1981, Gerard took over Star Specialty Knitting, initially locating it in Franklin and then moving in 1988 to Laconia. He served as Owner and CEO until closing in 2001.
Gerard enjoyed many adventures throughout his life, including a failed attempt to hitchhike to the New York World Fair with a childhood friend. He was active in the Elks, VFW, and Winnipesaukee Yacht Club. He enjoyed tennis and golf, but his passion was sailing. He delighted in sailboat racing with his family on Lake Winnipesaukee, always serving as the consummate helmsman. A devoted family man, he sponsored numerous family trips including an unforgettable two day train ride to a family ranch in Montana, and more recently a trip to Cape Cod with his great-grandchildren. Known as 'the Judge', he would arbitrate sibling squabbles between his grandchildren with compassion and respect.
He is survived by his dedicated wife of sixty-four years, Ann (Stewart) Morin of Laconia; his daughter Marcia Hayward and son-in-law Richard Dunnell of Laconia; his brothers Alex Morin of Laconia and Raymond Norman Morin of Myrtle Beach, SC; his grandchildren Kristen Nazer of Gilford and Aaron Hayward of Laconia; his three great-grandchildren Abigail Hayward, Aidan Hayward, and Lauren Nazer; and his seven nieces and six nephews.
There will be no calling hours.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, Jan 23, 2014 at 11 a.m. at St. Andre Bessette Parish at St. Joseph Church, 30 Church Street, Laconia. A reception will follow at the Beane Conference Center, 35 Blueberry Lane, Laconia.
For those who wish, the family suggests memorial donations be made to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, PO Box 6123, Laconia, NH 03247, or the Boys and Girls Club of the Lakes Region, 888 N. Main St., Laconia, NH 03246.
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, 16 January 2014 09:16

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Kenneth J. Moynihan, 69

PAXTON, Mass. — Kenneth J. Moynihan, respected historian, columnist, and author, died on January 10, 2014 in the arms of his loving wife with family and his friends at his bedside. Although he lived with Parkinson's disease for fourteen years he showed glimpses of his keen intellect and sense of humor even as the disease progressed.

He is survived by his wife of 23 years, Mary Jo (Brennan Nadeau) and daughters, Connie Nadeau and partner Eric DeCoster, Mary Beth and husband Adrian LaVoie, and Jolayne Nadeau. He is also survived by granddaughter, Brennan LaVoie and grandson, Conrad LaVoie and was predeceased by his granddaughter, Jolayne Nadeau (Little Jo) who he called his "hero". He was also predeceased by his older brother, Jack and is survived by his brothers, Bob and wife Mary, Wayne and wife Claudette, Dan and wife Debbie, Paul and wife Dona Lynn, Mark and Patrick, his sister Ann Theroux and his sister-in-law Diane Krafton.

Ken was the son of John and Claire (O'Connell) Moynihan. He was born July 27, 1944 and was raised in Belmont, N.H. He attended Sacred Heart School in Laconia, N.H. and then at the age fourteen he entered Assumption Prep School in Worcester, Mass. After graduating from Assumption Prep, he attended The College of the Holy Cross where he studied history, edited the school paper, and developed his love of politics. After graduating, he attended Clark University, earning a Ph.D. in History in 1972.

Ken began his academic career at Assumption College where he taught history, including a popular course in African-American History. He wrote two books, The History of Assumption College and A History of Worcester 1674-1848. He founded the Worcester History Group and was a fellow at the Worcester Antiquarian Society. Ken was at Assumption College for over 30 years, serving as the chair of the History Department for 20 years. He was awarded the President's Medal when he retired.

Ken loved politics. He was active in the Massachusetts Democratic Party, supporting and advising candidates at the state and local levels. He was most proud to be a George McGovern delegate to the Democratic National Convention. He was also involved in non-partisan politics in the Worcester area. Ken chaired the Citizen's Plan E Association, overseeing their candidate process and regularly attending Worcester City Council meetings.

Ken was a successful newspaper columnist for Worcester Magazine and later the Worcester Telegram and Gazette. He wrote thoughtful, honest and occasionally tough commentary, prompting one local judge to call him "the conscience of Worcester County".

The love of his life was his wife Mary Jo. Their home in Paxton, Mass. was a "perpetual open house" where they hosted family, friends, and students. Mary Jo cooked while Ken led lively discussions and played the piano. Ken was a gentleman farmer, caring for animals large and small and a gardener extraordinaire.

In keeping with Ken's generous spirit the family has donated his body to the UMass Medical School for research and education.

A memorial service was held at the Holy Spirit Chapel at Assumption College, Worcester, MA on Tuesday, January 14, 2014. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Michael J Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research, Grand Central Station, and PO Box 4777, NY, NY 10163-47777

Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 January 2014 06:36

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Victor Bota, 76

GILMANTON IRON WORKS — Victor Bota, 76, of 173 Burke Road, died at the Concord Hospital on Saturday, January 11, 2014.
Mr. Bota was born April 2, 1937 in Budapest, Hungary, the son of Maria Bota and was a freedom fighter in the Hungarian Revolution. He immigrated to the United States in 1957 and was a longtime resident of Gilmanton Iron Works.
While in Hungary, he trained as a chef. He worked as a gourmet chef for the Deauville Inn in New Jersey and was the owner and operator of Vic's Underwater World Pet Store in New Jersey and ran it for fifteen years. He also worked for the Ocean Beach Marina in New Jersey. After moving to New Hampshire, he had been employed as a school bus driver for twenty-four years , most recently for First Student of Belmont and drove for Shaker Regional School district for fifteen years. Victor also had served as Union Steward for the U.A.W. He also worked for the New Hampshire Motor Speedway as head of Corporate Security since 1990 and was involved with Make-A-Wish Foundation.
Mr. Bota was a man of many talents. He loved NASCR and the sea. He loved his family and was committed to his work, especially the safe transportation of students under his care. He was known for his wonderful sense of humor and his big heart.
Survivors include his wife of 11½ years, Jeanne (Mitchell) Bota, of Gilmanton Iron Works; a son, Victor Bota, Jr., of Las Vegas, Nevada; a daughter, Kathleen Drude and her husband, Timothy, of East Brunswick, N.J., two stepsons, Rodney Collins, Jr. and his wife, Megan, of Helena, Alabama and Matthew D. Collins of Westfield, Mass.; three stepdaughters, Jennifer Collins of Salem, Mass., Michelle Collins of Pinson, Alabama and Joy Collins of Amherst, Mass. and four grandchildren, Kristen Ann Dore of Sayreville, N.J., Marcy Collins, Hope Collins and August Collins, all of Helena, Alabama.
Memorial calling hours will be held on Friday, January 17, 2014 from 4 to 7 p.m. in the Carriage House of the Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home, 164 Pleasant Street, Laconia, N.H.
A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 11 a.m. at the Grace Presbyterian Church, 174 Province Street, Laconia, N.H.
For those who wish, the family suggests that memorial donations be made to the Make-A-Wish Foundation of New Hampshire, 814 Elm Street, Suite #300, Manchester, N.H. 03101-2230 or to the American Heart Association, 2 Wall Street, Manchester, NH 03101.
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 on line memorial go to www.wilkinsonbeane.com.

Last Updated on Monday, 13 January 2014 10:17

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