LACONIA — Michael "Mike" Sanford Dillon, 46, of 1480 Old North Main Street #30, died suddenly in a single automobile accident on Tuesday, July 30, 2013 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama while on business.
Mike was born October 31, 1966 in Wilmington, Delaware, the youngest son of Glen E. and Mary A. (Sanford) Dillon. He was raised in Concord, N.H. with his brothers, Thomas A. Dillon, Steven G. Dillon and Gary S. Dillon. He graduated from Concord High School in 1985 and from the New Hampshire Technical Institute in 1990.
Michael and Holly Stafford were married June 2, 1990 at St. James Episcopal Church in Laconia. He was a devoted employee of twenty-two years at Graphic Packaging, Concord, N.H. as National Packaging Manager of the Laminations Division. Michael & Holly primarily raised their children, Carter (17) and Katia (16) in Bow, N. H., having recently moved to Laconia to be closer to family.
Mike's biggest joy was his family. He was an avid sports fan, whether he was watching professional sports or more importantly his children's sports. He took great pride as a coach and also enjoyed golfing, boating, participating in sporting events with his family and just hanging with "the fam".
Mike is survived by his wife of twenty-three years, Holly (Stafford) Dillon, a son, Carter, and daughter, Katia, all of Laconia; his parents, Glen and Mary Dillon, of Meredith; a brother, Thomas H. Dillon, and his wife, Mary Beth Dillon, and their daughter, Zanna Dillon, all of Findlay, Ohio; his mother-in-law and father-in-law, Sandra and Carroll Stafford and two brothers-in-law, Scott Stafford and his wife, Martha, and their son, Sam, and James Stafford and his wife, Kathy, and their children, Meghan and Jack, all of Laconia; niece Tammy Carusone and her husband George of Portland, Maine; a nephew, John Dillon and his wife Shayna and their daughter Olivia, all of Fairbanks, Alaska; one niece and two nephews. He was predeceased by two brothers, Steven G. Dillon of Nashua, NH and Cpt. Gary S. Dillon, USMC.
There will be no calling hours.
A Memorial Service will be held on Tuesday, August 6, 2013 at 11:00AM at the Gilford Community Church, 19 Potter Hill Road, Gilford, N.H. Rev. Michael Graham, Pastor of the Church, will officiate.
Burial will be in the family lot in Union Cemetery, Academy Street, Laconia, N.H.
For those who wish, the family suggests that donations be made in Mike's memory to the New Hampton School, c/o Sandy Calhoun, 70 Main Street, New Hampton, N.H. 03256.
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, 01 August 2013 07:39
MEREDITH — John H. Martin, 64, of Meredith, died peacefully surrounded by his family on Wednesday, July 24, 2013, at Lahey Clinic, in Burlington, MA.
Born on September 2, 1948, in Jamestown, RI, he was the son of the late John James and Vera (Piva) Martin.
John attended the University of Rhode Island, in Kingston, RI. He started his banking career in 1973 as the Branch Manager of Lakeport Bank/ Indian Head Bank, in Gilford, NH, where he met his wife Lu-Ann. John was the founder and Executive Vice President of Belknap Bank & Trust, in Belmont, NH in the 1980's before becoming Executive Vice President of Village Bank & Trust, in Gilford, NH. When Village Bank & Trust merged with Laconia Savings Bank, John became Vice President in Business Banking & Commercial Loans. In total, John spent 27+ years between Village Bank & Trust, Laconia Savings Bank, and Bank of New Hampshire, and over 40 years as a banker.
Outside of work, John was an invaluable member of the community, as a part of the Jaycee's Club, Kiwanis Club and the Gilford Rotary Club. John also received many achievement awards for his service to the community.
John's love of life showed everyday by his ear to ear smile and to all that knew him, John was nothing less than a beacon of positivity. John was taken away way too early from all that were lucky enough to have known him. He touched so many lives with his sparkling and energetic personally and was always there for everyone.
Above all else, his family was his life and his life was spent taking care of his family. He loved spending time with his children and grandchildren and he was always focused on the family being together, whether taking long walks in the woods, working around the garden, tending to the animals, playing cards or just watching the Red Sox. John was the Master Griller on holidays, the happy-go-lucky farmer, and the life of every gathering he attended. There are truly no words that can express the loss of this amazing husband, father, brother, son in-law, father in-law, brother in-law, grandfather, friend and human being.
John, you will never be forgotten. You will always be loved.
John is survived by his inseparable and true soul mate of 39 years, LuAnn G. (Smith) Martin, of Meredith; four amazing children, sons, John E. Martin and wife Michelle, Brian S. Martin and his girlfriend, Heidi McCarter (and her children, Aryssa and Kendra McCarter), daughters, Jennifer G. Martin and future son-in-law, Ken Mavrogeorge, Amy Messinger and her husband Joshua; three grandchildren, Kaila, Hunter, and Ethan Martin; sister-in-law, Diane Smith, of NH; in-laws, Charlie and Esther Smith, of NH; two brothers, Bill Martin, of RI, and Raymond Martin and his wife Darlene Brown, of CA; nieces, Lindsey and Jennie Brown, both of CA; nephews, Jason Martin and wife Sarah, of RI, and Justin Martin and wife Christine, of PA; grand-niece, Isabelle, of RI; grand-nephew, Hudson Martin, of PA; aunt, Emeline Cabral, of RI; uncle, Ed Austin, of CA; numerous cousins from Rhode Island and North Carolina.
A private service will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, John's family asks that everyone spend quality time with their family as a special tribute to John. Donations may be made in his memory to: Northern Lakes Veterinary Hospital, Save an Animal Program, 83 Depot Street, Ashland, NH 03217 (603) 968-9710.
Mayhew Funeral Homes & Crematorium of Meredith and Plymouth are assisting the family with the arrangements. To view John's Book of Memories: www.mayhewfuneralhomes.com
Last Updated on Monday, 29 July 2013 07:47
BELMONT — Ethelyn R. Dore, 79, formerly of 9 Heritage Terrace, Belmont, died at the Lakes RegionGeneral Hospital, Laconia on Saturday, July 27, 2013. She was the widow of Franklin W. Dore who died in 1990.
Mrs. Dore was born September 16, 1933 in Sanford, Maine, the daughter of the late Leslie and Elaise (Burham) Lord.
Mrs. Dore resided in the Lakes Region for most of her life. She was a member of the Laconia Emblem Club #80 and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Laconia Post #1670 Auxiliary.
Survivors include her daughter, Lynn M. Martin, and a grandson, Owen N. Martin, both of Laconia.
Calling hours will be held on Tuesday, July 30, 2013 from 6:00-8:00PM in the Carriage House of the Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home, 164 Pleasant Street, Laconia, N.H.
A Funeral Service will be held on Wednesday, July 31, 2013 at 10:00AM also at the Funeral Home.
Burial will be at a later date in the family lot at Pine Hill Cemetery, Wolfeboro, N.H.
For those who wish, the family suggests that memorial donations be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 5 Bedford Farms Drive Suite 201, 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 Monday, 29 July 2013 07:34
NORTHFIELD — Patricia A. Barney of Northfield, NH passed away on 7/17/13 at LRGH. She was 71 years old. She leaves behind her loving husband of 27 years, Henry Barney, two brothers, George and Durwood Fowle and one sister, Marilyn Terry. She also leaves behind one daughter, Pamela McDonald, granddaughter Jessica Labraney, great-grandchildren, Gabby and William Flagg Jr. and Brett Tatakes Jr. She also leaves behind 4 step-children, step-grandchildren and step-great grandchildren and many friends and acquaintances. She was predeceased by her granddaughter Patty Laclaire. Pat loved country music, bingo, eating out, her many animals/birds and will be greatly missed. A celebration of life will be held at 29 Twinbridge Road, #11 Northfield, NH on Sunday, August 4 at 4 p.m.
Last Updated on Monday, 29 July 2013 07:31