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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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Linda M. Malone, 54

LACONIA – Linda M. Malone, 54, of 81 Elm Street, died Monday, January 20, 2014 at her home after a brief illness.

She was born on May 12, 1959 in Skowhegan, Maine, the daughter of Richard and Norma Salisbury. She loved cooking and enjoyed ceramics. In earlier years, she enjoyed camping with family and friends.

In addition to her father of Skowhegan, ME., she is survived by two sons; Tim Malone of Laconia and Christopher Malone of Laconia; one brother, Kevin Salisbury of Skowhegan, ME, two sisters, Jodi-Lynn Dyke and her husband, Tim, of Chesterville, ME and Wanda Sullivan of Portland, ME; four grandchildren, Alyssa Malone and Asia Malone, both of Laconia and Dyson and Riley Malone, both of Gilmanton; her nieces and nephew, Candice Salisbury and Kristina Salisbury, both of Skowhegan, Randelle Dyke of Chesterville, and Dustin Dyke of Brunswick; great-nephews, Tyler Johnson of Skowhegan and Carter Dyke of Chesterville; her long-time companion, Carl Shaw of Laconia.

She was predeceased by her mother, Norma and daughter, Carrie-Lynn Salisbury.

Memorial calling hours will be held from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at the Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home, 164 Pleasant Street, Laconia, using the Carriage House entrance.

A private memorial service and burial will be at a later date.

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 Tuesday, 28 January 2014 08:20

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Foster D. Peverly, 85

TILTON — Foster D. Peverly, 85, a longtime and well respected auctioneer and appraiser in NH died suddenly, Saturday, January 25, 2014 at the Retreat at Golden View in Meredith, NH where he was receiving therapy following hip surgery. Foster was born in Canterbury, NH August 23, 1928, son of George and Leola (Houser) Peverly. He spent his youth and was schooled in Canterbury. Foster later lived in Vermont, Laconia and finally Tilton for the remainder of his life. During his youth Foster worked with his father, who at the time owned the George D. Peverly Auctioneer Company and kept the family farm. He then worked with Public Service Company of New Hampshire as a lineman and in the stock room for several years, after which he worked for fifteen years with Metropolitan Life Insurance Company in Laconia as a sales agent. In the 1970's Foster continued in the auction/appraisal business and formed his company, F. D. Peverly and Sons, which he was still currently involved with. During his years as an auctioneer he enjoyed the privilege of serving as President of the NH Auctioneer's Association and on the state Board of Auctioneers, in addition to spending many hours doing charity auctions for various groups. Over the years he was also involved in many aspects of real estate including development, rental properties, and sales by the auction method. He was a longtime member and chairman of the Tilton Zoning Board. Foster was instrumental with the forming of the Town of Tilton School Funding Committee, serving as a member. Foster served on the the Winnisquam School District Budget Committee, and its District Funding Committee. While his children were growing up in Laconia he was active with the local sporting activities. He was a hunter and lifelong member of the National Rifle Association and a strong advocate for gun rights. One of his greatest joys was to be in the woods, hunting or just to be there. Foster kept close contact with friends in the Canterbury community and the goings on there. He was an active member of the Canterbury Historical Museum. His writings were acknowledged in the Canterbury book, "As I've Heard Tell." His family includes, his wife of 32 years, Shirley A. (LaPointe) Peverly of Tilton, four sons, John F. Peverly and his wife Carolyn of Belmont, Gregory J. Peverly and his wife Deborah of Northfield , Richard A. Peverly and his significant other Renee of Center Harbor, Kevin J. Peverly and his wife Kathy of Meredith and his daughter: Diane Rooney of Shelburne, VT

He also had thirteen grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. His sister: Nora Peverly of Burlington, Vermont and one nephew.

Following the wishes of Foster, there are no calling hours planned. A private graveside service will be held in the spring at Maple Grove Cemetery in Canterbury where he will be buried alongside his parents. Expressions of sympathy may be made in Foster's memory to the Canterbury Historical Society, Attn: Roger Klose, Treasurer, P. O. Box 81, Canterbury, NH, 03224-0081

Arrangements are under the care of the William F. Smart Sr. Memorial Home in Tilton.

For more information go to www.smartfuneralhome.com

Last Updated on Tuesday, 28 January 2014 08:05

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