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Paul L. Valez, Sr.

SANBORNTON — Mr. Paul L. Velez Sr., 61, of Sanbornton, went to be home with the Lord after passing away at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center on April 8, 2015.

He was born in the Bronx, N.Y., on April 5, 1954, the son of Raymond and Lillian (Ramos) Velez.

Paul was raised in the Bronx and later moved to New Hampshire in 1981. He resided in Conway prior to moving to the Lakes Region in 1993. Paul and his family resided in Sanbornton for 10 years.

He had most recently been employed by the Lakes Region Community Services Council.

Paul was a member of the Calvary Independent Baptist Church in Tilton. He loved his Bible, his church, and his family. Paul enjoyed the outdoors, walking, swimming, and fishing.

Family members include his wife of 22 years, Laura (Dearborne) Riley-Velez of Sanbornton; a son, Paul L. Velez Jr. of Sanbornton; two stepsons, Josh Riley of North Carolina, and Matthew Riley of Florida; his siblings, Jose Novoa and Miagro Marti, both of Puerto Rico, Raymond Velez Jr. of New York, Lillian Colon of Florida, Joseph Velez of Florida, Mike Velez of New York, and Mark Vega of Florida; and nieces and nephews.

Besides his parents, he was predeceased by a sister, Martha Velez, and a brother, Roland Velez.

Graveside services will be held on Saturday, May 30, 2015, at 2 p.m. in Center Conway Cemetery.

Paquette-Neun Funeral Home in Northfield is assisting with arrangements. For an online guestbook, please visit www.neunfuneralhomes.com

Last Updated on Thursday, 21 May 2015 09:34

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John H. Fuller, 93


FRANKLIN — John Fuller, 93, a longtime resident of Franklin passed away on Wednesday, May 20, 2015, at home where he was living with his son and daughter-in-law, Kathy.

He is survived by his son, David Fuller (wife Kathy); and his daughter, Susie Pope, (husband Brian); four grandchildren, Wendy Beaudet (husband Robert) of Franklin, Richard Fuller of Franklin, Sara Johnson (husband Craig) of Concord, Kenneth Pope (wife Heidi) of Franklin; and his seven great-grandchildren, Theodore, John, and Elizabeth Beaudet, Cody and Carly Fuller, and Ian and Tucker Pope.

John was born in Natick, Mass., on Sept. 12, 1921, to parents Mary (Tuckerman) and Sears Fuller. When he was a little boy his parents divorced and he and his brother, Clark, moved into The Home for Little Wanderers. It was his job to walk miles to the schoolhouse where he had to feed the foxes, and light the fire to warm up the classroom. His father and second wife Katherine brought him to Franklin when they bought and managed The Gateway Inn in West Franklin.

John entered Franklin High School. He worked at Guay's garage on Central Street as a mechanic while he attended high school, then at Johns Manville, in Tilton. He was then hired as general manager of Prescott Oil and was known to be able to fix or repair anything. Oftentimes when short of help, he could even be seen delivering oil in the worst of snowstorms. He married his high school sweetheart, Helen Thibodeau, when they were both serving in the Navy during World War II. They were married for 68 years before she passed away on Jan. 11, 2011.

John served on the USS Philadelphia. In 2014 he received a tribute to his 62-year membership as a Mason. He served as a member of the Board of Trustees for the Franklin Savings Bank, President of the Rotary Club, and a member of the Franklin Outing Club. He was both a member and President of the Board of Trustees at the Franklin Regional Hospital. He was a Mason and longtime member of the Meridian Lodge 60 in Franklin.

His hobby was rebuilding and restoring Model A Fords. At one time John, son David, and daughter Susie each owned a yellow-and-black Model A Ford and could be seen driving them in local parades. His last Model A is still preserved and running in Franklin, and is owned by his grandson. John took special interest in following the baseball achievements of his five oldest great-grandchildren. In 2013 John and his son David attended the Honor Flight in Washington where he was honored as a World War II veteran.

John's graveside committal service by members of the Meridian Masonic Lodge 60, F & AM of Franklin will be held at the New Hampshire State Veterans Cemetery, 110 D.W. Highway in Boscawen with military honors, on Tuesday, May 26, 2015, at 10:30 a.m. He will be buried with his wife, Helen.

In lieu of flowers, any donation to the Veterans Memorial Ski Area, c/o Franklin Outing Club, 200 Prospect St. Franklin NH, 03235, would be appreciated.

Arrangements are under the care of the William F. Smart Sr. Memorial Home of Tilton. For more information go to www.smartfuneralhome.com.

Last Updated on Thursday, 21 May 2015 09:24

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Rexford D. Barros


BELMONT — This is an invitation to the family, many friends, former classmates and business associates of Rexford D. Barros (a.k.a. Poppy) of Belmont, N.H. who died at his home unexpectedly on March 28, 2015.

A celebration of Rex's life will be held on Saturday, May 30, 2015 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Barros Residence located at 149 Leavitt Road, Belmont, N.H.

Those who may have special photos of Rex from his past, are asked to bring them to share special moments or special stories that can be shared.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 31 December 1969 07:00

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Bette B. Taylor, 95

LACONIA — Bette Bruce Taylor was born on April 2, 1920, and passed away on April 21, 2015, two weeks and five days after celebrating her 95th birthday.
She leaves behind her son Gordon and his wife, Deborah, and their three children, Denton, Dylan and Whitney Taylor. In addition, she also leaves behind the family of her close friend, Sally Whitmore, which includes Peter Prentice, Leanne Prentice and Chris Moneypenny, and their children Henry and Madeline; as well as her brother's family of Stewart and Marylou Bruce, and Lee and Marjorie McGriff; and her close friend Ann C. Wiss.
She was predeceased by her husband, Ted, daughter Cynthia, and best friend Sally, and her brother Bill.
She was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, and lived in several communities including Winnipeg, Canada, during her childhood. She met her husband, Ted through her mother prior to World War II. After the war, they were married and gave birth to their late daughter Cynthia and son Gordon. They raised their children in East Orange, Short Hills and Madison, New Jersey.
In 1977, they moved to Center Sandwich, following Ted's retirement. There, they moved into their retirement home. Ted passed away in 1986 following a long illness, however; Bette remained in their home until 2000. At which point she moved to Moultonborough and resided in a subdivision managed by the Taylor Retirement Community.
In 2006, she moved to the Taylor Community's Laconia campus where she lived until she passed.
Bette lived a full life, filled with adventures and happiness. In 1970, she and Ted went around the world. She loved the island of Bermuda and spent many idyllic summers there. She loved golf and when she was not playing, she was watching it on T.V. up until her final breath. Bette loved driving so much, that she and her car were seemingly on the most watched list by the local authorities. She and Sally received fame by her now famous "Thelma and Louise get away". She enjoyed telling stories, for which she had an uncanny ability to spin a story and captivate her audience(s) with the right blend of humor and drama.
Her family wishes to thank Comfort Keepers and the Taylor Community for helping her during the last years of her life together with Chris Moneypenny and Leanne Prentice, and their children Madeline and Henry, for their lifelong friendship with Bette.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 May 2015 06:36

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