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William Coughlin, 82

LACONIA — William "Bill" V. Coughlin, 82, recently of Laconia, passed away Thursday, Dec. 19, after a short period of declining health.

He was born on April 2, 1931, in New Bedford, Mass., to Elsie Allen and Daniel Coughlin. He spent his younger years in the Lawrence, Mass., area.

Bill served in the Navy in the early 1950s, and returned home to marry the love of his life, Claire Walsh, 1956.

Bill and his young family moved to Salem, N.H., in 1960, where he spent most of his life living in the area.

He was member of the Derry-Salem Elks, where he enjoyed talking baseball and selling Christmas trees. In his spare time, Bill also enjoyed playing softball, golfing and mostly bowling in leagues at Park Place Lanes. With his friends in Laconia, he enjoyed their Wednesday night bingo games.

He was employed for many years by the Salem Water Department, where he was a heavy equipment operator. Before his retirement he was employed by Sanders Associates in Nashua.

Bill was predeceased by his wife of 29 years, Claire Coughlin; and his brother, Daniel Coughlin, of Lawrence, Mass.

He is survived by his son, Kevin Coughlin and his wife Nanci Coughlin of Alton Bay; his daughter, Karen Stickney and her fiancé Jeff Madden of Coeur d' Alene, Idaho. He also leaves behind his granddaughters Amanda Kellar and Ashli Snow, both of Alton; his grandson David Stickney of Allenstown, and also his great-grandsons, Kolebi Snow and Winston Kellar, who enjoyed visiting with "Grampa."

Friends and relatives are invited to call on Friday, Dec. 27, from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at the Goundrey & Dewhirst Funeral Home, 42 Main St., Salem, NH. A funeral Mass is scheduled to follow at St. Joseph Church, 40 Main St., Salem at 11 a.m. Burial will be in the Pine Grove Cemetery, Salem.

To leave an online condolence, please visit www.goundreydewhirstfuneral.com or facebook.com/GoundreyDewhirstFuneral

Last Updated on Monday, 23 December 2013 10:08

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Lucia 'Del' Dickson, 90

LACONIA — Lucia "Del" Dickson, 90, of 765 Union Ave., died Friday, Dec. 20, 2013, at Lakes Region General Hospital.

She was born in Laconia, the daughter of Homer and Philomene Bolduc.

Lucia worked for several years for Cormier Hosiery and also for Vernitron as a machine operator.

She was a communicant of St. Andre Bessette Parish - Sacred Heart Church in Laconia.

Del was a sweet, classy respectful lady who was viewed as quiet by most. She was a simple lady who was always pulled together, tidy and meticulous. She loved her family and was made most happy by a simple phone call or unexpected visit. She put the world before herself and always took the time to notice the simple things in life. She loved shopping and had a collection of housecoats and nylon stockings that could rival any collection out there. Del made the very best of every challenging situation or circumstance in life and was truly a remarkable woman who will be sorely missed by all who knew and loved her.

She is survived by three nieces, Cynthia Trefley and her husband Gerald of Meredith, Kathy Remal and her husband Gary of Freeport, Maine, and Diane Brown and her husband Robert of Ramsey, N.J.; a nephew, Michael Jalbert and his wife Pam of Woodstock, Ga., and multiple great-nieces and great-nephews and multiple great-grandnieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, Ronald Dickson; her sister, Rachel Jalbert; two half brothers, Woodrow and Lorenzo; four half sisters, Alice, Anita, Julie and Dorothy.

Calling hours will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Friday, Dec. 27, 2013, at the Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home, 164 Pleasant

St., Laconia, using the Carriage House entrance. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated also on Friday, Dec. 27, 2013, at 11 a.m. at St. Andre Bessette

Parish at Sacred Heart Church, 291 Union Ave., Laconia. Burial will follow in the family lot in Sacred Heart Cemetery, Laconia.

For those who wish, memorial contributions may be made to American Heart Association, 2 Wall St., Manchester, NH 03101.

Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 164 Pleasant St., Laconia, 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, 23 December 2013 09:59

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Robert R. Despres, 85

BELMONT — Robert R. Despres, 85, of Belmont, NH, formerly of Daytona Beach, FL, died Saturday, December 21, 2013 in his home after a long illness.

He was born in Norwalk, CT, the son of Maurice and Alice (Carrigan) Despres. Robert served in the US Army during World War II. He was a man who wore many hats. He was a skilled machinist by trade and retired from Branson Ultrasonic in Danbury, CT. He operated his own machine shop with his son for many years. He was a member of the VFW where he formerly served as Chaplain and enjoyed working on his land in Belmont with his backhoe and his old Massey Ferguson tractor. Robert enjoyed the challenge of research and development and was recognized numerous times for his accomplishments developing new tooling and processes.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Frances (Palinkas) Despres of Belmont, NH, five sons: Robert S, Raymond, Dennis, Robert F. and George, five daughters: Jeanette, Deborah, Roberta, Denise and Elizabeth, 21 grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren. . In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his son, Robert W. Erma.

A calling hour will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, December 24, 2013 at the Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home, 164 Pleasant Street, Laconia, NH, using the Carriage House entrance. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated also on Tuesday, December 24, 2013 at 10 a.m. at St. Andre Bessette Parish at Sacred Heart Church, 291 Union Avenue, Laconia, N.H. Burial with military honors will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, December 27, 2013 at the New Hampshire State Veterans Cemetery, 110 Daniel Webster Highway, Boscawen, NH.

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, 23 December 2013 09:54

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Doris Stone, 93

MEREDITH — Doris L. (Clarke) (Clinkard) Stone, 93, passed away, Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013, at Golden View Healthcare Center.

Doris was born in Boston on Jan. 1, 1920, to Arthur and Hazel (Daley) Clarke. She was raised by her adoptive parents, Alfred and Mary Louise (Clarke) Clinkard in Arlington, Mass., and she graduated from Melrose High School, class of 1938.

She was a graduate of the Leland Powers School of Theatre, in Boston, and served on the faculty for many years. She was employed as a director for many community theater groups and schools in the Boston area.

Mrs. Stone and her husband, George, resided in Winchester, Mass., for 23 years before moving to Meredith in l970 where she worked for the Meredith Chamber of Commerce for 14 years. She was also a member of the Meredith Congregational Church.

Doris treasured the experiences she had and the friendships she made during her 53-year membership of P.E.O.

Her family members include a daughter, Nancy and her husband Ross Deachman, of Holderness; a son, George R. Stone Jr., of Manchester; two grandchildren, Amy Deachman of Holderness, and W. John Deachman and Karen (Dalton) Deachman of Bedford; three great-grandchildren, Victoria Livingstone, Jessica Deachman and Peyton Deachman; many nieces and nephews. She is also survived by her dear friend, Charlie Chatterton and his family.

She was predeceased by her husband George R. Stone in 1989; and by five brothers, Arthur, Bill, George, John and Alfred Clarke; and one sister, Helen (Clarke) MacDonald.

A graveside committal service will be held in the spring at Oakland Cemetery, Meredith Center Road, Meredith, in the spring at the convenience of the family.

Memorial donations in Doris's name can be made to: P.E.O. Chapter G., PO Box 503, Meredith, NH 03253

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

Last Updated on Monday, 23 December 2013 09:51

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