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Irene M. Avery, 87

BRISTOL — Irene May Avery, 87, of Bristol, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at Belknap County Nursing Home, after a lengthy illness.

Irene was born on January 28, 1927, in Bristol, the daughter of Leslie and Eva May (Evans) Bliss. She was raised in Bristol, attending local schools and graduated from the Newfound High School.

She was a long-time employee of I.P.C., Co, of Bristol.

In her life she was a loving wife and aunt to her numerous nieces and nephews, she was also long-time member of the Bristol Baptist Church. Irene loved to shop and dine out. She had many friends throughout the greater Bristol area.

She was predeceased by her husband, Wendell Berry Avery, of Bristol, in 2002, two brothers, Daniel and Gerald Bliss, both of Bristol, and a sister, Natalie Bliss – Jewell, also of Bristol.

Irene is survived by her sister, Jeanine Bliss Copp, of Meredith, and numerous nieces and nephews throughout the area.

A calling hour will be held at the Bristol Baptist Church, (30 Summer St./Rte. 104) on Friday, January 31, 2014 from 3 p.m. through 4 p.m. A funeral service will be held in the church following the calling hour at 4 p.m. Rev. Wayne Toutaint, pastor, will officiate. Interment will be held in the spring at the Homeland Cemetery, in Bristol and will be announced at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Irene's memory may be made to the Bristol Baptist Church, or to a charity of one's choice.

Mayhew Funeral Homes & Crematorium of Meredith and Plymouth are handling the arrangements. For Irene's Book of Memories: www.mayhewfuneralhomes.com

Last Updated on Wednesday, 31 December 1969 07:00

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Mary 'May' Prior, 91

MEREDITH — Mary "May" Prior, 91 of 21 Upper Mile Point Road, Meredith, died Tuesday, January, 28th, peacefully at Lakes Region General Hospital surrounded by her family.
Born on July 10, 1922 at her grandmother's home in Kilburny, Scotland, she was the daughter of James and Mary (Cochrane) Jackson. May grew up in Flint, MI, where she met and married her late husband of 59 years, Jerry Prior. They raised their four children in Flint before relocating to the Lakes Region in NH in 1998 to be closer to family.

May embraced life fully and was happiest when in the presence of her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. She loved her various hobbies, a good card game, and challenging crossword puzzles and boy could she make a pie! May was a passionate reader and passed on her love of books to her children and grandchildren. May led by example and saw her family through many difficult times, always with strength and dignity.

May is predeceased by her devoted husband, Jerry Prior, beloved daughter, DeeAnne Stein, sister Ann Burke, and brother, James Jackson. She is survived by her brother John Jackson of Brighton, MI, her sons, Fred Prior and partner, Diana Griffith, of Frederick, CO, Mark Prior and his partner Karen Roney of Aurora, CO, her daughter, Dawn Coleman of Meredith, NH, sons-in-Law, Nicholas Stein of New Albany, IN, and John Coleman of Portsmouth, NH, seven grandchildren, Katherine Conley, Amy Stein, Nicholas Stein Jr, Jillian Coleman Croteau, Adrienne Coleman, Alan Prior and Austin Prior, and four great grandchildren, Joseph Conley, Theodore Conley, Conrad Wheat, and Maeve Croteau.
There will a celebration of May's life at Center Harbor Christian Church, 80 Bean Rd. Center Harbor, NH 03226 on Saturday February 1, 2014 at 1 p.m. A reception will follow at Meredith Bay Colony Club 21 Upper Mile Point Rd, Meredith, NH where a light lunch will be served.

For those who wish, the family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorial donations be made to: LRGH Eldercare Services 80 Highland St Laconia, NH 03246 or Lakes Region Visiting Nurse Association186 Waukewan St Meredith, NH 03253. Bennett's Funeral Home & Crematorium, 209 N. Main St, of Concord, NH 03301 will be assisting the family with the arrangements.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 29 January 2014 08:45

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Herbert W. Gray, 93

LACONIA — Herbert W. Gray, 93, of 227 Ledges Drive, #301 Woodside, Taylor Community, died at Ledgeview, Taylor Community, on Saturday, January 25, 2014.

Mr. Gray was born January 25, 1921 in North Andover, Mass., the son of the late Herbert and Grace (Woodcock) Gray. He grew up and attended public schools there through his junior year at Johnson High School. Moving to Lawrence, Mass., he attended and graduated from Lawrence High School in 1938 and attended Boston University, majoring in Journalism/Public Relations. He also attended Dartmouth College's two-year summer Management Program and Brown University's three-year summer Management Program. He had been a resident of Laconia for twenty years.

During World War II, Mr. Gray served in the Canadian Army Le Regiment du Trois Rivieres from 1940-1941. He also served in the U.S. Army Air Corps with the 80th Squadron, flying anti-submarine duty out of Grenier Field, N.H., Dover Air Base, Delaware, Opa Locka Air Base, Miami, Florida and Marathon Island, Florida from 1941-1942 and served with the 2nd Airdrome Squadron, Alamagordo, N. M. in 1942, in Australia in 1942, New Guinea from 1943-1944 and in the Philippines & Ryukus from 1944-1945.

Mr. Gray had been employed at the YMCA as Boys Work Secretary and Camp Director at Camp Lawrence, Bear Island, Lake Winnipesaukee, N.H. from 1952-1953. In 1953, he was employed as a teller at Suffolk Savings Bank for Seamen and Others. He was Branch Manager of the Suffolk Franklin Savings and in 1956, Treasurer in 1964, President in 1967 and CEO in 1973. From 1981-1984, he was Chairman and CEO of the Mutual Bank of Boston.

Mr. Gray was President of the Savings Banks Association of Massachusetts from 1978-1979 and was Chairman of the National Association of Mutual Savings Bank from 1982-1983. He was Chair for the Center for Financial Studies, Fairfield University, 1980-1984 and was a member and Chair of Trustees for the Lawrence General Hospital, Mass. from 1975-1986. He was a member and Chair of the Merrimack Valley YMCA Board of Managers from 1974-1983, a member and Chair for the YMCA Camping Services Board of Managers from 1963-1983 and was a member, Board of Directors, of the Investor's Bank and Trust Company, Boston, Mass. from 1975-1985.

Mr. Gray was a member and Vestry at Saint James Episcopal Church in Laconia from 1986-1993, Warden from 1990-1993, Lay Reader and Lay Eucharistic Minister from 1985-2006 and Treasurer from 2002-2005. He also was Chair of the Woodside Council at the Taylor Community in Laconia, N.H. from 2009-2010, Woodside Representative to Taylor Forum from 2009-2011 and had been Chair of Forum since 2010. At the time of his death, Mr. Gray was serving his second term as Resident Trustee of the Taylor Community.

Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Janet (Haigh) Gray, of Laconia; three sons, David Gray and his wife, Roberta, of Concord, Stephen Gray and his wife, Carol, of Milford and Timothy Gray of Manchester; a daughter, Cynthia Smith of Manchester; six grandchildren, Rick Redman, Kristi Hedglin, David Gray, Ryan Smith, Joshua Smith and Emma Gray and five great-
grandchildren. In addition to his parents, Mr. Gray was predeceased by a brother, Charles.

There will be no calling hours however friends may come a half hour prior to the service to pay their respects.

A Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 11:00AM at Saint James Episcopal Church, 2238 Parade Road, Laconia, N.H. Rev. Tobias Nyatsambo, Rector of the Church, will officiate.

Burial, with military honors, will be held in the spring at the New Hampshire State Veterans Cemetery, 110 Daniel Webster Highway, Boscawen, N.H.

For those who wish, the family suggests that memorial donations be made to the Heritage Fund of Saint James Episcopal Church, 2238 Parade Road, Laconia, N.H 03246 or to the Episcopal Relief and Development, PO Box 7058, Merrifield, VA 22116-7058

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 Wednesday, 29 January 2014 08:42

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Richard F. Monasky, 82

LACONIA — Richard F. Monasky, 82, of Laconia, died Saturday, December 21, 2013 surrounded by his sons. He was born in Binghamton, NY on July 7, 1931, the son of Joseph E. and Marie A. (Turanek) Monasky. Mr. Monasky was predeceased by his wife of 53 years, Barbara J. (Racicot) Monasky in 2008. He was an auctioneer for 35 years in the Binghamton area and was known as Colonel Dick Monasky. Among his favorite hobbies was caring for his 1935 Studebaker Commander Land Cruiser and memorizing and reciting tales and limericks for friends and family. He is survived by six sons, Richard T. Monasky and his wife Debra, Sandy, Ut., Joseph J. Monasky and his wife Linda, Alton, N.H., Mark S. Monasky and his wife, Judy, Bismarck, N.D., Robert X. Monasky and his wife Marcy, Corvallis, Or., Michael E. Monasky, Binghamton, N. Y., and David A. Monasky and his wife Carolyn, Belmont, N.H.; two daughters, Marie E. Ahern, Meredith, N.H., and Barbara I. Opara, Spanaway, Wa.; nineteen grandchildren, five great-grandchildren; one brother, Ernest Monasky, Roanoke, Va., one sister, Helen Fishback, Ft. Lauderdale, Fl.; several nephews, nieces, and cousins. A Memorial Service will be held at the Laconia Senior Center, 17 Church St, Laconia on Friday, January 31 at 10:30 a.m.. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to: Laconia Senior Center, Laconia, N. H. 03246.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 29 January 2014 08:30

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