WOLFEBORO – Richard "Dick" A. Larson, 93, of Sugar Hill Retirement Community died peacefully at home with his daughter at his side on August, 6, 2013.
Born in Chicago on November 14, 1919 he was the son of Charles and Clara (Nies) Larson. Growing up during the Depression years, Dick thought college was not to be. His high school math teacher encouraged him to apply and helped him receive a full academic scholarship at Armour Institute (now Illinois Institute of Technology), making him the first in his family to attend college. He continued to work in his father's printing business, played football, captained the swim team, and was president of his fraternity for two years while carrying a full-load of engineering courses.
After graduating from college in 1941, Dick began his career with General Electric in the manufacturing and engineering training program. This was interrupted by enlistment in the Navy during World War II.
Because he was color-blind, he was dismayed that he could not go to sea to serve his country. However, there was an upside to being stationed in Oakland, California as he met "the love of his life", Janet Kirby, there. They were married in her parents' home on Mothers' Day 1945 in Kansas City, MO.
When the war ended, Dick resumed his career with GE and Dick and Jan spent most of their time in Schenectady, NY; Caracas, Venezuela; and Pittsfield, MA. Dick retired in 1982 as Support Material Manager in the Ordnance Division at the end of the Trident Missile I Program. He and Jan moved to their vacation home at Eastman, in Grantham, NH where they enjoyed an active life and Dick golfed, skied and played tennis. They moved to Sugar Hill as Jan's eye-sight failed and to be closer to family.
Dick was always actively involved in his community. He served on many committees at church and was a long-time and frequent soloist in the choir. He was a fund-raiser and served on the boards of several social service programs, was an avid gardener, and loved music, especially symphony, opera, and Big Band. However, his greatest love was for his family. Dick was predeceased by "one, special lady" in August, 2002. He is survived by his son, David Larson of Burlington, VT; daughter, Carol Hounsell and her husband, Douglas, of Gilford, NH and their two children, Christopher Douglas of Tahoe City, CA and Kirby Elizabeth of Boston, MA. One of Dick's greatest joys was being able to attend their college graduations and to watch them move on into adult life.
There will be a celebration of Dick's life on August 23, 2013 at 11:00 in Anderson Hall (Brewster Academy) Wolfeboro, NH. For those who wish, memorial contributions may be made to: Central New Hampshire VNA and Hospice, 780 North Main St. Laconia, NH 03246 or to the New Hampshire Association for the Blind, 25 Walker St. Concord, NH 03301.
Baker-Gagne Funeral Home & Cremation Service is handling arrangements. To view an online memorial go to www.baker-gagnefuneralhomes.com
Last Updated on Friday, 09 August 2013 07:07
MILTON, Vt. — Sylvia "Syl" Maria Bonnette, 55, of Milton, Vt., died peacefully on August 2, 2013 in Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington, Vt. She was born on October 16, 1957 in Keene, N.H. to Kenneth W. Bonnette and Elaine (Turner) Bonnette . She graduated from Laconia High School class of 1976 and Colby-Sawyer College class 1978. She was with Staples for 16 years.
Sylvia loved to laugh, enjoyed horses, traveling, reading and being with friends and family. She is survived by her parents, sisters, Marjorie (Bonnette) Seager, Nancy (Bonnette) McGrath, and sons Jesse and Jonathan Eldred. Her ashes will later be spread at the family farm. Donations may be made to the Sylvia Maria Bonnette Vocational Scholarship, c/o Ledyard National Bank , 178 Country Rd., PO Box 2203, New London 03257. Arrangements under Corbin and Palmer Funeral Home , 9 Pleasant St , Essex Junction, Vt.
Last Updated on Thursday, 08 August 2013 07:17
HENNIKER — George Angus Rennie, 64, of Henniker passed away suddenly on Monday, August 5, 2013. He was born in Andover, MA on January 25, 1949. The son of Margaret (Purcell) and Wallace Rennie. In his early years he helped on his parents' strawberry farm before moving to Mirror Lake, Tuftonboro, NH. He was a graduate of Kingswood Regional High School and Plymouth State University where he was a founding brother of the Lambda Chi fraternity. He was previously employed by Concord Hospital and currently employed at Chesire Medical Center. He was an avid golfer and skier and volunteered his time to many charitable efforts including the McDonough Scholarship. He is currently the president of the Jordan Grand Condo Association, Sunday River, ME.
He is survived by his loving wife Lucinda (Cindy) Rennie; two children Mike Rennie and Meg Rennie; two step children Jessica Williams and Sara Cox; three grandchildren Katelyn Rennie, Alden Williams and Graham Williams.
Burial will be private and held in Andover, MA. A celebration of life where friends and family are welcome to attend will be held at Concord Country Club, 5:30 to 8 p.m. on Friday, August 9, 2013.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in George's memory to the charity of one's choice or to The McDonough Scholarship Foundation, 12 Wayside Drive, Bedford, NH 03310.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 07 August 2013 07:46
LACONIA — Tracy Anne MacLeod, 43, of 1025 Weirs Blvd. Laconia, N.H. died suddenly on Tuesday, August 6, 2013.
Tracy was born December 27, 1969 in Suitland, Maryland. She lived in the Laconia area for the past 26 years after moving with her parents from Lincoln, Massachusetts. She was involved with the Laconia Lakers Special Olympics since 1987. She was known for being a huge Boston Red Sox fan. She enjoyed bowling, swimming, snow shoeing, cross country skiing, wheelchair racing and the shot-put, where she threw balls for distance during the Special Olympics. She loved the holidays and all the dances.
Survivors include her parents, George and Elizabeth MacLeod, of Laconia; her brother, Scott MacLeod, of Laconia; grandmother, Mildred MacLeod, of Watertown, Massachusetts; her aunt, Anne "Lovey" Camelio, of Watertown, Massachusetts and her special boyfriend of 9 years, Benjamin Phillips, and cousins Nicky, Catherine and Timothy Camelio of Watertown, Massachusetts, Karyn Ramshaw and family and Greg, Caitlyn and Ryan of Watertown, Massachusetts. She was predeceased by her grandparents, Frank and Mildred Mariano of Watertown, Massachusetts, her grandfather, George MacLeod, of Watertown, Massachusetts and an aunt, Ethlyn MacLeod, of Watertown, Massachusetts.
Calling hours will be on Thursday, August 8, 2013 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home 164 Pleasant Street, Laconia, N.H. using the Whipple Avenue entrance.
A funeral service will follow the calling hours at 3 p.m. also at the Funeral Home.
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, 07 August 2013 07:42