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Lemuel T. Mercer, 87

GILFORD — Lemuel Thomas Mercer, 87, of 60 Timber Lane, Gilford, NH, died on Wednesday, April 10, 2013 due to age related health issues.
Lem was born in Framingham, Massachusetts on January 13, 1926, the son of Arthur and Margaret (Towle) Mercer.
He was predeceased by the number one love in his life, his wife, Gwendolyn (Norton) Mercer. High school sweethearts, they were married shortly after World War II. Their 63 year marriage lasted up to the death of Gwendolyn in 2006.
After attending Hampton Academy High School in Hampton, NH, Lem enlisted in the Navy in 1943, serving valiantly in the South Pacific on PT boat 492, receiving a World War II Victory Medal, American Area Ribbon, Asiatic-Pacific Ribbon two stars and Philippine Liberation Ribbon two stars.
Upon returning home after the war he married, attended Northeastern University, had four children and worked at John Hancock Life Insurance, where he worked his way up to field vice president, retiring in the 1980s after 43 years. During this time, he and his family moved frequently as he advanced with John Hancock, living in Massachusetts, New York, Illinois, California and New Hampshire.
Lem was foremost, a loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. His family was always front and center in his life. He is survived by son Scott Mercer and his wife Theresa, daughter Suzanne Bayham and her husband Bill, and son Brian Mercer and his wife Debby. In addition are six grandchildren; Zoe Smith and husband Josh, Jacob Bayham, Benjamin Hughes and wife Jamie, Ryan Hughes, Tyler Mercer, Carter Mercer, Shannon Mercer and Sam Mercer.; and two great-grandchildren Quinn and Macy Smith. He is also survived by his brother Lester Mercer and sister Madeline Ouellette. He was predeceased by his wife Gwendolyn and his daughter Janice Hughes and her husband Michael, four sisters and one brother.
There will be no calling hours or service. Family gatherings to celebrate the lives of both Lem and his wife Gwen will take place this summer at their long time summer lake house in Maine and off the New Hampshire coast.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Lem and Gwen's names can be made to the Allied Whale Research, College of the Atlantic, Bar Harbor, Maine 04609 or to any favorite charity.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 01 May 2013 12:09

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Linda E. Elliott, 61

LACONIA — Linda E. (Hughes) Elliott: October 25, 1951 - April 25, 2013
Linda was surrounded by loving family and piano music at the time of her passing. Linda certainly lived life to the fullest, she enjoyed visits to Las Vegas, the Caribbean and cruising. A great cup of coffee with a sweet treat. Linda enjoyed her many friends, a sunny day and weather warmer than 70 degrees. She adored pigs of which she had quite a collection. In 2008 she authored a book titled "When pigs fly". She enjoyed being invited to local book shops to read her book for children, while signing copies. Linda loved to cook, especially cookies, which she gifted during the holidays to family and friends. Linda loved cats, shopping and dining out.
Linda was the loving daughter of Shirley and Everett Dunbar, sister to Andrew J Hughes and Susan A Vachon. Linda was the Aunt to: Kelly, Tracy, Tommy, Gage and Sidney.
For those who wish, the family suggests that memorial donations be made to a charity of your choice in her name.
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, 29 April 2013 11:11

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Evelyn E. Bastille, 94

GILFORD — Evelyn E. (Nicholas) Bastille, 94, of 580A Cherry Valley Road, died at the St. Francis Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, Laconia on Wednesday, April 24, 2013. She was the widow of Edward C. Bastille.
Mrs. Bastille was born December 8, 1918 in Winchendon, Mass., the daughter of the late Bryan and Emma Irons Nicholas. She resided in Worcester, Mass for 50 years where she was an L.P.N. and owner/operator of the Highland Manor Rest Home. She and her husband retired in August 1980, at which time their son Richard and daughter-in-law Maurine took over Highland Manor, operating it until 2006, when they and Evelyn moved to Gilford, NH.
Mrs. Bastille was a member of the Laconia Congregational Church UCC, and previously, a very active member of the Central Congregational Church, Worcester. She was past president of the American Legion Post in Baldwinsville, Mass, member of the Massachusetts Rest Home Association and past officer of the Quota Club of Worcester. She was a proud member of the Wing Family of America. She enjoyed travel, playing bridge, crossword puzzles, loved music, theater, her summer cottage in Saco, ME, and most of all, loved people; a fresh pot of coffee always available for friends and family.
Survivors include four sons, Rev. Dr. Edward C. Bastille, Jr. and wife Louise of Gilford, NH, Richard B. Bastille and wife Maurine of Gilford, NH, David A. Bastille and wife Susan of Saco, ME, and James J. Bastille and wife Sandra of Saco, ME; seven grandchildren: Daniel, Christine, Carrie, Kelly, Kimberly, Caleb, and Michelle. Six great-grandchildren: Jesse, Evan, Daniel, Avery, Johnathan and Jacob; twenty-four nieces; thirty-three nephews; and two much loved sisters, Dorothy Grimes of Worcester, MA and Georgianna Favreau of Baldwinsville, MA. Mrs. Bastille was predeceased by a brother, Bryan O. Nicholas II.
Calling hours will be held on May 1 from 1-2 p.m. at the Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home, 164 Pleasant Street, Laconia, N.H. A Memorial Service will follow at 2 p.m. also at the Funeral Home.
Burial will be on May 2 at 1 p.m. in the family lot at Worcester County Memorial Park in Paxton, Mass.
For those who wish, the family suggests that memorial donations be made to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, 1 Bedford Farms Drive, Suite 105 Bedford, NH 03110 . 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, 29 April 2013 11:09

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Vernon J. Morin, 89

PALMDALE, California – Vernon Joseph John Morin, 89, of Palmdale, CA, formerly of Laconia and Northport, FL, died Wednesday, April 17, 2013 in his youngest son's home after a period of declining health.
He was born in Laconia, the son of Joseph J. and Leda (Croteau) Morin. Vernon served in the US Army Air Corps during World War II in the Pacific Theater. He worked as Vice President of J.J. Morin Inc. under his father for a number of years. After his father's passing, he and his brothers operated the business until his retirement around 1986. Vernon loved fishing and hunting. He enjoyed and took immense pride in his yard . Vernon was a sailing enthusiast, owning several sailboats throughout his life. In later years, he enjoyed deep sea fishing with his son and touring California.
He is survived by three sons; Joseph Morin and his wife Kelly of Palmdale, CA, James Bradley Morin and his wife Elizabeth of Sanbornton and John Morin and his wife Cheryl of Laconia, one daughter, Donna Welch of Sanbornton, two brothers; Donald Morin and his wife Joan of Laconia and Florida and Ronald Morin and his wife Cathy of Florida, several grandchildren and great grandchildren. He was predeceased by three wives; Lucia (Wakeman) Morin in 1997, Ruth (Annis) Morin in 2001 and Cindy Morin in 2010 and one grandson, Jake Morin on March 17, 2013.
Calling hours will be held from 3 PM to 8 PM on Sunday, May 5, 2013 at the Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home, 164 Pleasant Street, Laconia. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, May 6, 2013 at 11AM at St. Andre Bessette Parish, St. Joseph Church, 30 Church Street, Laconia. Burial will follow in the family plot at Union Cemetery in Laconia.
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, 29 April 2013 11:06

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