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Patricia A. G. Allen, 65

PERTH-ANDOVER, New Brunswick — Patricia Gilbert Allen died unexpectedly after a brief illness at Hotel Dieu of St-Joseph in Perth-Andover, New Brunswick on March 10, 2013 with her family at her side.
Patti was born at the Lakes Region General Hospital January 8th, 1948 in Laconia, New Hampshire, and was blessed to have a large loving family with which to grow.
Some of Patti's fondest childhood memories were singing with her family, swimming, water skiing, and chasing turtles at Silver Lake as well as many a country ride on her horses Nautalis and Shadow.
Patti attended St. John's School and graduated from Laconia High School in 1966 and then went on to graduate from Pierce College in 1968. Patti was hired by the Laconia Police Department and sworn in as the first female police officer in Laconia.
Patti married Tom Allen in 1970 and together they left city life and headed to Canada to make a life as homesteaders in the country.
Patti acquired a diverse number of talents and skills from plumbing to carpentry which she put to good use building the family home that her grandchildren now live in. Patti was an avid gardener and outdoors person-always hiking, biking, skiing, canoeing, and fishing.
Patti believed it took a community to raise a healthy happy child and she put tremendous amounts of energy into developing lifelong friendships with other young couples in her area which, in turn, created an environment where her children and other children could grow up with the input of many loving people.
Patti was a student of life and continuously read and learned about physical health and spiritual growth in order to grow and be a loving, caring person.
Patti gave of her time willingly and lovingly and volunteered as a board member for Falls Brook Centre for years and was a board member of the UCW in Lower Kintore. Patti also volunteered in recent years as the facilitator of the cooking club at Andover Elementary school.
Patti packed a lifetime of love and valuable input over the last ten years into her grandchildren and she devoted vast amounts of time and love into cooking, singing, fiddling, piano playing, reading, writing, canoeing, fishing, skiing, and gardening with them.
Patti is survived by her husband Tom Allen, son Garrett Allen and daughter Marguerite and her husband Kris Gallagher, grandchildren Aviahna and Kierem Gallagher, parents Rene and Elizabeth Gilbert, her sisters Lorraine, Cheryl, Carol, Ellen and Ruth and her brother David as well as numerous brother and sister-in-laws, nieces, and nephews.
Patti is pre-deceased by her brother John Gilbert, brother-in-law Phillip Allen, parents-in-law Lucille and Gary Allen and son-in-law Joseph Estes.
Patti's family and friends will miss her greatly. We love you!
A celebration of Patti's life will be held on April 7, 2013 at the Brunswick Funeral Home in Perth Andover, New Brunswick, Canada with a reception to follow at the United Church of Canada, Perth Andover, New Brunswick.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 19 March 2013 10:26

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David M. Bickford, 99

GILFORD and GILMANTON IRON WORKS — David M. Bickford, 99, died peacefully March 17, 2013 at the Genesis Nursing Home in Laconia, surrounded by his family. He was born April 18, 1913 in Gilmanton Iron Works and lived there for 92 years.
He is the son of Arthur and Ida (Brewster) Bickford. He was married for 72 years to Lizzie Twombly Bickford and lived in the same house on Stage Road in Gilmanton Iron Works for 70 years. Having moved to Gilford 7 years ago, he was the oldest resident in Gilford at the time of his death. David was the recipient of the Boston Post Gold Cane in August 2012.
He was for many years a carpenter, then during World War II, he went to work in Wyman's machine shop making submarine parts for the war effort. He remained with Mr. Wyman and became foreman of Wyman's Garage in Alton. He retired from there to become caretaker of the Fellow's estate in Gilmanton Iron Works. 30 years later he retired from that job and with his brother Clarence, took over the care of the Pine Grove Cemetery. He retired from that job at age 82.
During his years in Gilmanton he was very active in civic affairs. He was Selectman for 18 years, served on the Budget Committee for 8 years, was Fire Chief for several years, served as Treasurer and Sexton of the Pine Grove Cemetery for 30 plus years.
He and his wife Lizzie were both ardent trout fishermen, spending many summer days exploring trout streams all over the state. In the fall he and his wife were expert deer hunters, usually getting a deer.
He was predeceased by his wife, Lizzie E. (Twombly) Bickford seven years ago, three brothers, Herbert, Clarence and George Bickford and a sister Annie Mayhew.
He is survived by his daughter, Evelyn Firth and husband William of Gilford, granddaughter, Alicia Gorrell and Wally Riley of Meredith, great granddaughter, Breinn Daigneault and husband Thomas of Lakeport, great grandson, Aaron Kirk and wife Tammy of Columbus,MS, two great great grandchildren, Lydia Jordon and Brodie Kirk, several nieces and nephews.
There will be no calling hours. A graveside service will be scheduled later in the spring at Pine Grove Cemetery in Gilmanton Iron Works. Arrangements by Peaslee Alton Funeral Home, to express condolences, please visit: www.peasleefuneralhome.com

Last Updated on Tuesday, 19 March 2013 10:23

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Donald A. Gavan, 87

BRUNSWICK, Maine — Donald Allan Gavan, age 87, died peacefully Thursday morning, March 14, in Brunswick, Maine, with his children by his side. Allan joins his beloved wife of 53 years, Kathryn (Katie) Keating Gavan in entering Eternal Life.
Allan was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on July 10, 1925, the son of the late Harold L. and Loraine E. (Warden) Gavan, and older brother to the late Joan (Gavan) Shawy. The family lived first in Jeffersonville, Indiana, and ultimately made their home in Glen Rock, New Jersey.
After graduating from Ridgewood High School in 1943, Allan enlisted in the Army and proudly served in Europe. Captured in France in the fall of 1944, Allan endured a difficult winter in several prisoner of war camps, ending up in the Stalag VII-A camp in Moosburg, Germany, where he was liberated at the war's end by General Patton and the American forces.
After completing a Bachelor's program with a degree in marketing from the University of Notre Dame, Allan began a very successful advertising career in New York City, working as an account executive for the Dancer Fitzgerald Sample agency for 37 years. He and Katie made their home and raised their family first in Glen Rock and later in Allendale, NJ.
Allan and Katie retired to Lake Winnepasaukee in New Hampshire to enjoy the lake and mountain views and the birds that frequented their deck and many feeders. In addition to volunteer work at the Squam Lake Natural Science Center, Allan dedicated himself to memorializing the sacrifice of the 60 New Hampshire servicemen who died as Prisoners of War during World War II and in Korea. Thanks to his efforts and the efforts of many other members of the New Hampshire chapter of American Ex-Prisoners of War, a monument was erected at the New Hampshire State Veterans Cemetery. The families of all 60 heroes were then located and given Purple Hearts on behalf of those who died. Through Allan's perseverance, and the help of many, these recognitions were achieved.
There were many passions that Allan enjoyed—in addition to his love of family and God, he was an accomplished bird artist, a fine singer and former Notre Dame Glee Club member and past president, a devoted fan and faithful follower of Notre Dame football, an avid opening day trout fisherman, and a life-long lover of birds and the natural world.
Loving father of his three children and their spouses: Kathleen (Gavan) and David Ingmundson, of Woolwich, ME; Sheila Gavan and Christopher Galasso of Norfolk, MA; and Michael and Geri (Kane) Gavan of Phoenixville, PA. Proud grandfather of four grandchildren and first great-grandchild: Kelsey (Ingmundson) and Ross Wollen, and first great grandchild, Charlotte Kathryn Wollen of Oakland, CA; Erik Ingmundson of Noank, CT; Kirstie Ingmundson of Woolwich, ME; and Michelle Loraine Gavan of Phoenixville, PA.
A funeral mass will be celebrated at the St. Charles Borromeo Church in Meredith, NH, 10:30 on Saturday, March 23. Burial at the New Hampshire State Veterans Cemetery in Boscawen, NH will take place May 17 at 11:30. In lieu of flowers, donations would be deeply appreciated. Please consider giving to Wounded Warrior Project, 370 7th Avenue, Suite 1802, New York, New York 10001, or St. Charles Borromeo Church, PO Box 237, Meredith, NH 03235.
Arrangements are by Stetson's Funeral Home, 12 Federal St., Brunswick, ME, where memorial condolences may be expressed at stetsonsfuneralhome.com

Last Updated on Tuesday, 19 March 2013 10:19

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Ronald Ouellette, 66

BELMONT — Ronald Ouellette, 66, of 207 Bean Hill Road, died at the Dartmouth- Hitchcock Medical Center, Lebanon, N.H. on Saturday, March 9, 2013.
Mr. Ouellette was born October 30, 1946 in Sanford, Maine, the son of Joseph F. & Alice (Gagne) Ouellette.
Mr. Ouellette was a longtime resident of the Lakes Region and had resided in Belmont for the past twelve years. He graduated from Laconia High School in 1965, attended Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and graduated from Belknap College with a Business Degree. He was co-owner of Lakes Region Toyota-Saab, a realtor and general manager at Calley & Currier Crutch Factory in Bristol. He had been a building contractor for over twenty-five years and for the last ten years was owner of Sher-Ron Builders.
Ron enjoyed riding motorcycles with his wife. He was an avid outdoorsman who spent countless hours in the woods of New Hampshire with his son in pursuit of whitetail deer. Some of his other interests included skiing, fishing, gardening, and leading a health-conscious life.
Survivors include his wife of 12 years, Sheryl (Read) Ouellette, of Belmont, N.H.; a son, Geoffrey T. Ouellette, of Gilmanton, N.H.; his mother, Alice Gagne Ouellette Visocchi, of Bedford, N.H.; two sisters, Celeste M Nelson and Carmen O Kupetz, both of Manchester, N.H. and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his father, Joseph F. Ouellette, in August 1965 and by his stepfather, Bennie Visocchi.
Memorial Calling Hours will be held on Saturday, March 16, 2013 from 10 AM-Noon in the Carriage House of the Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home, 164 Pleasant Street, Laconia, and N.H.
A Memorial Service will follow the calling hours at Noon also at the Funeral Home.
Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 164 Pleasant Street, Laconia, NH is assisting the family with the arrangements. For more information and to view an online memorial go to www.wilkinsonbeane.com.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 12 March 2013 23:17

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