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Robert H. Irwin, 88

LACONIA — Robert H. Irwin, 88, of 1382 Old North Main Street, died at his home on Sunday, September 21, 2014.
Mr. Irwin was born August 16, 1926 in Laconia, the son of the late James R. and Ella (Henry) Irwin and was a lifelong resident of Laconia. He was a graduate of Laconia High School, Tilton Prep, the University of New Hampshire and served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during WWII.
Mr. Irwin was "civic minded" and was a business leader who started a Lincoln-Mercury car dealership, Robert H. Irwin Motors, in 1952 when there was a grand total of three Lincoln-Mercury car registrations in all of Belknap County. At the time of his retirement, he was an automobile dealer for Ford-Lincoln-Mercury-Toyota-Hyundai-Scion.
Mr. Irwin was a member of the Laconia Rotary Club, the Laconia School Board and was a Director of the Indian Head Bank. He and his wife, Susanne, were avid golfers and played at many clubs and in many tournaments from Maine to Florida and beyond.
"Most importantly, he smiled; he laughed; and, above all, he cared."
Survivors include wife of 64 years, Susanne Eakin Irwin, of Laconia; a son, Peter Irwin, and his wife, Sarah Gage Irwin, of Laconia; two grandchildren, Christopher Eakin Irwin of Meredith and Kara Gage Irwin of Boston, MA.; a sister, Dorothy "Dottie" Touart, a brother, John "Jack" Irwin; and many nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, Mr. Irwin was predeceased by his brother, James "Jim" Irwin, Jr. and his two sisters, Elinore Adams and Margaret Irwin.
There will be no calling hours.
A Funeral Service will be held on Monday, September 29, 2014 at 11 a.m. at the Gilford Community Church, 19 Potter Hill Rd., Gilford, N.H. — Followed by a reception at the same location.
Burial will be at a later date in the family lot at Bayside Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial donations be made to Central New Hampshire V. N. A. and Hospice, 780 North Main Street, Laconia, NH 03246 or a charity of one's choice. A very special mention goes out to "Central New Hampshire V. N. A. & Hospice" for their extraordinary care and concern.
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, 24 September 2014 05:46

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George E. Sinclair, Jr., 68

CANTERBURY — George E. Sinclair, Jr., 68, of Canterbury, died peacefully on September 21 at Hospice House, wrapped in the love of family and friends.

George, the son of George E. Sinclair, Sr. and Dorothy (Fortin) Sinclair of Laconia, N.H. attended St. John's Elementary School and graduated from Laconia High School.

After graduating from Fairfield University with a BS in Accounting, George joined the Army serving as a Lieutenant with the MACV military advisory effort in I Corp, Republic of South Viet Nam. He received the Bronze Star for Meritorious Service and the Combat Infantryman's Badge (CIB).

Upon returning to N.H., he began his public service career with the N.H. Department of Health and Welfare where he set up the State's first Child Support Enforcement program and championed the passage of its supporting legislation RSA 161B and RSA161C.

After receiving his MBA from the University of New Hampshire, he and his wife, Gloria, moved to Baltimore, Md. to continue public service with the Md. Department of Human Resources. During many of the Maryland years, George and Gloria maintained a home in Franklin so that they could spend holidays and vacations with their children, grandchildren and friends. They enjoyed traveling throughout the US and especially to England, Scotland and Scandinavia.

Always busy, George immersed himself in whatever interested him – and his interests were many- technology, finance, RVing, travel, reading. In retirement, George particularly enjoyed doing home renovations and improvements, woodworking, and spending more time with family and friends.

George is survived by his wife of 36 years, Gloria; and children from an earlier marriage. He leaves his son George E. Sinclair, III, daughter-in-law Tracey Deware Sinclair and granddaughters Katherine and Megan, all of Belmont, N.H.; as well as his daughter Kimberly Sinclair and granddaughter Celina Eddy both of Orlando, Fla. He is also survived by his sister Cynthia Stuller, brother-in-law Gene Stuller and niece Amanda Roberts of Orlando, Fla. and nephew Calvin Roberts of Barrington, New Jersey, as well as his sister-in-law Rose Slotsky of Burke, Va. and nieces Sara Cole of Henrico, Va. and Karen Slotsky of Portland, Oregon.

George was predeceased by his parents, brother Brian and brother-in-law Joel Slotsky.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to CRVNA Hospice House, The Slusser Center, 30 Pillsbury Street, Concord, NH 03301 or online at www.crvna.org or to the Loudon Food Pantry 30 Chichester Rd., Unit D, Loudon NH 03307 or online at www.loudonfoodpantry.org

Family and friends are invited to gather Thursday, September 25th, 10-11 a.m. at Phaneuf Funeral Home, 172 King Street in Boscawen. A memorial service will begin at 11 a.m. in the funeral home chapel. Inurnment will follow immediately at the New Hampshire State Veterans Cemetery, 110 Daniel Webster Highway in Boscawen.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 23 September 2014 09:56

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Florence G. Drouin, 88

GILFORD — Florence G. Drouin, 88, of 80 Young Road, died Thursday, September 18, 2014 at Lakes Region General Hospital in Laconia.
Mrs. Drouin was born October 3, 1925 in Laconia, the daughter of the late Alfred and Marie (Mailhot) Jacques. She was a lifelong resident of the Lakes Region.
Survivors include her son, Francis L. Drouin and his wife, Debra, of Sanbornton and three daughters, Elaine Porter of Laconia, Claire Perrier of Gilford and Gail Drouin of Laconia, five grandchildren and four great grandchildren. In addition to her parents, Mrs. Drouin was predeceased by her husband of 61years, Leo H. Drouin, in 2007.
There will be no calling hours or funeral service.
For those who wish, the family suggests that memorial donations be made to New Hampshire Catholic Charities, Inc., PO Box 686 Manchester, NH 03105.
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

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Irene Patten, 90

LACONIA — Irene Patten, 90, of 45 Sanborn Street, died at her home on Monday, September 22, 2014.
Mrs. Patten was born April 4, 1924 in Laconia, N.H., the daughter of the late Edlaw and Avila (Gilbert) Carrigan. She was a longtime resident of Laconia and had been employed at the Lakes Region General Hospital for over twenty-seven years.
Survivors include her son, Lawrence "James" Ryan and his wife, Tammy, of Laconia; three daughters, Jeannie Day and her husband Norm of Laconia, Judy Ryan of Laconia and Sandra LaPierre and her husband, Roger, of Laconia, nine grandchildren; Tammy Howe, Mike Swormstedt, Jimmy Swormstedt, Kelli Keenan, Jeff Deforge, Gina Roy, Sara Laramie, Cody Ryan and Travis Ryan, 15 great grandchildren, one great-great granddaughter and her sister, Jane Noyes of Belmont, nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, Mrs. Patten was predeceased by a daughter, Mary Swormstedt, in April, 2010, by her brother, Arthur Carrigan, and by two sisters, Jeannette Baron and Regina Gordon.
Calling hours will be held on Thursday, September 25, 2014 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home, 164 Pleasant Street, Laconia, using the Carriage House entrance.
A Funeral Service will be held on Friday, September 26, 2014 at 10 a.m., also at the funeral home.
Burial will follow in the family lot in Bayside Cemetery, Laconia, N.H.
For those who wish, the family suggests that memorial donations be made to Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice, 780 North Main St, Laconia, N. H. 03246.
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

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