SANFORD, Fla. — Shep Spinney, 72, of Sanford Florida died on June 11, 2014 after a long period of failing health. Shep and his wife Bunny moved to Florida in November of 2012 to be closer to their sons. Shep was a long time resident of Laconia, coming here in 1966 to perform at the Playhouse Inn. Shep also performed regularly at the Hidden Cove (where he and Bunny met ) as well as Christmas Island Steakhouse, Karl's Steakhouse, B Mae Denny's, and many other N.H. venues.
Shep started playing guitar at the age of seven and began playing on stage at the age of 10 with his father's band. Shep lived in Nashville for a while with his father, it was there that he picked up many of the guitar skills he was known for. While still in high school Shep's band The Javalans was signed to Event Records and had a huge hit with the song "Cynthia", the year was 1959. Shep performed on as well as co-wrote this early hit. After high school Shep joined the U.S. Navy and served from 1961 to 1965 in the NSGA. While stationed in Germany he performed with several bands and was staff guitarist for Teldec Records. After Germany Shep was stationed in Edzel, Scotland where he again performed with several artists as well as conducted guitar clinics.
In 1979 Shep made history opening the show as well as backing up major Nashville artists such as Ronnie Milsap, Grandpa Jones, Skeeter Davis and Charlie Walker on the Grand Ole Opry the first time it was ever broadcast outside of Nashville – at the Boston Gardens.
Over the next 30 years Shep performed with his band and as a single throughout the Northeast and Canada, and even as far away as Houston, Texas. For the past few years Shep entertained at various nursing homes and assisted living facilities ranging from Woodstock, Vt. to Billerica, Mass. In addition to performing Shep was also a country line dance instructor and choreographer for the past 25 years. Some of Shep's dances were performed as far away as England where a dance club "adopted" him.
Shep was a patriot and a great supporter of our military participating in many troop rallies in Laconia. He was also a member of the VFW post 1670 and the American Legion Post 1 in Laconia.
Shep is survived by his wife of almost 46 years, Charlotte (Bunny) Spinney, His two sons Jason and wife Cindi Spinney of Orlando, Fla. and Tony and Christine Spinney of Gulfport, Fla. In addition there are 3 grandchildren – Carlin and Evan of Palmyra, PA and Makenzie of Trenton, FL. He also leaves his brother Rodney of Norwich, Conn. as well as his team of loyal line dance girls of 20 years.
Shep is being cremated at Gramkow Funeral Home, 500 East Airport Blvd, Sanford, FL. They are receiving online condolences for the family at www.gramkowfuneralhome.com. The family intends to bring his ashes back to N.H. in the fall, details for the ceremony will be shared when they are confirmed.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 July 2014 07:15
MEREDITH — Geralynn Anne Fountain, 47, of Meredith Neck Road, died June 30, 2014 at her home, after a courageous battle with cancer.
Born in Jamaica, New York on January 15, 1967, she was the daughter of William T. and Madeline M. (Sommi) O'Brien.
Geralynn grew up in Merrick, N.Y. and graduated from Sanford H. Calhoun High School, class of 1985. She went on to graduate from Siena College, in Loudonville, N.Y. She resided in Rocky Point, NY before moving to Meredith in May of 2002.
Geralynn worked as a Quality Control Chemist for Altana Inc, in Melville, N.Y. For the past five years, Geralynn has been employed by the Inter-Lakes School District in the middle school as a Para Educator, where she has greatly enjoyed working with all the students.
Geralynn is a communicant of Saint Charles Borromeo Roman Catholic Church, in Meredith and was very active as a volunteer and a religious educator.
Geralynn enjoyed her garden, and loved to spend time tending to her flowers. Her passion was spending time with her family.
Geralynn is survived by her husband Stephen J. Fountain and her daughter, Megan E. Fountain, both of Meredith, her parents, William and Madeline of Merrick, N.Y., brothers, William G. O'Brien of Bedford, N.H., Thomas G. O'Brien of Deerfield, N.H., Timothy G. O'Brien of Lutherville, Md. and many nieces and nephews.
Calling hours will be held in the Mayhew Funeral Home, Routes #3 and #104, Meredith, on Wednesday, July 2, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, July 3, at 12 p.m. in St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, Route # 25, Meredith. The Rev. James Bowman will be the celebrant. Burial will follow in the Oakland Cemetery, Meredith.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Geralynn Anne Fountain Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o TD Bank, 184 Route #101, Bedford, NH, 03110 or www.geralynn.org. To provide financial assistance to students in Inter-Lakes School District by helping to fund special programs that the school cannot afford or has a shortfall in financing. Geralynn was a strong advocate of education and inspiring at risk students.
To sign Geralynn's Book of Memories, please go to www.mayhewfuneralhomes.com
Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 July 2014 07:13
NORTHFIELD — Jonathan Peter Sprague passed away Friday, June 27, at his home in Northfield, New Hampshire. Born April 4, 1958, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Jon lived many places in his life, including Sunapee, N.H., Boston, Mass., Killington, Vt., Gilford, N.H., Reno, Nev., and more. Hard working and easy going, Jon will be greatly missed by his family and friends. Jon will be remembered for his kind and gentle nature as well as a dogged perseverance for any task he faced. Jon is preceded in death by his father, Richard Earle Sprague and two brothers, Kenneth Martin Sprague and Duane David Sprague. He is survived by his son, Sean Richard Sprague of Seabrook, N.H., his former wife, Donna Cadrette of Gilford, N.H., his mother, Jeanine Laurea Sprague of St. Petersburg, Fla., his brothers Richard (Sonora, Calif.), Lowell (Novi, Mich.), Peter (Bradenton, Fla.) and Paul Sprague (Kennesaw, Ga.), their wives (Deborah, Sheila, Suellyn and Jodi, respectively), and ten nieces and nephews.
While still among us he grew up as an avid skier, or as he would like to put it, a ski bum. He spent many years living and working on mountains while pursuing his great love of skiing. He was among the first in the North East region to practice freestyle skiing, which was still not allowed at the time. He also had a great passion for dirt biking and riding motorcycles which he did often as well. As he grew older he enjoyed relaxing and telling stories of his younger, more adventurous days. He was always good for an interesting story of which he seemed to have an endless supply.
Jonathan died a devout Christian, a religion which he practiced often. He was always willing to help those who have seemed to have lost their way. He would always lend an ear or a hand whenever he was able, happily passing on his good faith to those around him. Jonathan will be greatly missed and always remembered by those he loved.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 31 December 1969 07:00
ALLENSTOWN — Michael L. Phelps, 66, of Allenstown, N.H. died from injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident on June 30, 2014. Michael was born in Rutland, Vermont on October 9, 1947, the son of Earle and Doris (Greenan) Phelps.
Michael was raised in Laconia and graduated from Laconia High School in 1965. He received his Bachelor of Arts Degree from Plymouth State College in 1969. He went on to earn his Master's of Education at Antioch New England College in 1989. Michael retired from teaching English after 35 years of dedicated service to the Concord School District.
Michael was also very involved in his community over the years where he had coached track and field and football for Concord High School. He also coached track and field at Pembroke Academy, youth basketball teams in Suncook, and he had coached girls' basketball at Armand R. Dupont School in Allenstown.
Michael had also served on the town planning board and was currently active on the Board of Selective Service, the Tri-Town Ambulance Joint Board, and he volunteered every Monday morning at the Payson Center at Concord Hospital.
Michael was a prostate cancer survivor and was dedicated to supporting other cancer patients through his volunteer work and involvement in the Man-to-Man group.
Michael was a loving, husband, father and Grampy. He was his wife's, children's and grandchildren's biggest supporter. He lived for visits with friends and family, and he could tell a great joke. His smile and laughter were infectious, and he will live long in the hearts of those who knew and loved him.
He is survived by his loving wife of 45 years, Alice (Normandin) Phelps of Allenstown; his son, Todd, and his wife, Katie of Pembroke; his daughter, Alyza Morris, and her husband, Dan, of Pembroke; his daughter, Amy DiDomenico, and her husband, Patrick, of Ponte Vedra, Florida; his beloved grandchildren Lydia, Phoebe, Olivia, Daphne, and Lucas; a sister, Joanne Borda and her husband, James, of Laconia; two brothers, Richard Phelps and his wife, Gail, of Chichester and Paul Phelps and his wife, Mary Lou, of Laconia; his brother-in-law, Denis Normandin, and his wife, Karen, and a sister-in-law, Rachel Normandin, and many cousins, nieces, and nephews.
Michael was predeceased by his father, Earle W. Phelps, in 1971, his mother, Doris E. Phelps, in 2007, his parents-in-law, two nephews, and two brothers-in-law.
Calling hours will be held on Thursday, July 3, 2014 from 5 to 8 p.m. in the Carriage House of the Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home, 164 Pleasant Street, Laconia, N.H.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Andre Bessette Parish at Sacred Heart Church, 291 Union Ave, Laconia on Friday, July 4, 2014 at 9:30 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Michael's name to the Payson Center at Concord Hospital, 250 Pleasant Street, Concord, NH 03301 or to a charity/organization of one's choice.
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, 31 December 1969 07:00