MOULTONBOROUGH — William M. Dean, a life-long aviator, died on October 3 at his home in Moultonborough, N.H., with his five children by his side. He was 92.
Born in Sheffield, Mass., he was raised and educated on the Berkshire School campus where his father was a French professor. The Berkshire School remained a source of pride and self-identity throughout his life. He also attended school two years at St. John the Divine in New York City where he was a choir boy. He graduated from high school in Gloucester, MA. Mr. Dean attended Wentworth Technical Institute but withdrew early to enlist in the Army Air Corps during WWII where he served as a pilot in command of a B-17 Bomber crew. A 1st LT in the Eighth Air Force, he flew 35 missions as a member of the 398th Bomb Group against Nazi Germany. Following the war he began a career as an airline pilot for TWA, residing in Winchester, Mass., where he married and raised a family. Upon retirement as a TWA Captain, he established the seasonal Moose River Flying Service in Jackman, Maine, and relocated his home to Moultonborough, N.H. Through his later years he remained a masterful tinkerer, indulged his love of music, enjoyed the companionship of his dogs, work as a flight instructor, attending reunions of the 398th and meetings of the Quiet Birdmen and EAA.
He was the son of the late Frederick S. and Alice (Miller) Dean. He is predeceased by his beloved wife Patricia B. Dean, brother Frederick Dean Jr, and sister Celena Bradlee. He is survived by his sister Nancy Dean Kingman, sons Jonathan and Robert and daughters Nancy, Pamela, and Patricia Jennifer, as well as eleven grandchildren.
His family will remember him as a deeply sensitive and humble man, a charming raconteur who generously shared his extensive knowledge. They will miss his steadfast interest in their lives, sense of humor and unfailing kindness.
A memorial to celebrate his life will be announced at a later date. As he often quoted A.A. Milne, "And so it goes-tiddely-pom."
The Mayhew Funeral Homes and Meredith Bay Crematorium are assisting the family with arrangements. To view Williams on line book of memories; go to www.mayhewfuneralhomes.com
Last Updated on Thursday, 09 October 2014 08:56
LACONIA — William Thomas Goodwin, 64, passed away peacefully on Oct. 1, 2014, surrounded by his loving family after battling a long illness.
Bill was born in Rumford, Maine, on Sept. 26, 1950, to Margaret and Patrick Joseph Goodwin, the youngest of four children.
He graduated from Stephens High School in 1968, entered the Army in 1969 and was honorably discharged in 1971.
Being an avid skier and true "Mainer" he gravitated to the Sugarloaf area. It was there that he began a life of small town living. Having been a painter since his teens, he started his own business at the time when Sugarloaf was beginning the 1st of it's condominium developments.
Leaving dear friends behind, in the early 1990s, Bill returned to Rumford, thinking it a temporary stop before moving on. He realized that his mother, then a widow, needed assistance. He remained there caring for her and continuing his painting career until their move to New Hampshire. in 2004.
Bill was a kind, gentle man and loved by all who knew him. He was a master painter at both interior and exterior and had a special talent with wood finishing. His career in painting extended over nearly 40 years in both Maine and New Hampshire, retiring at the end of 2009.
He was predeceased by his parents, Margaret and P. Joseph Goodwin; a sister, Ann Pascale late of Bronxville, N.Y.; and brother-in-law, Barry Van De Moere late of Spotswood, N.Y.
He is survived by his long-time love, Sue Burgum; her children, Travis and Erica Glazier; a sister Mary Ellen Van De Moere of Spotswood, N.J.; a brother, Peter Goodwin and wife Jo of Bridgewater; and several cousins, nieces and nephews.
A special thank you goes out to Dr. Alan Fine and Susie Cieri, program coordinator of the VA Boston Healthcare System.
A graveside service in celebration of his life will be held at St. John Cemetery in Rumford, Maine, on Saturday, Nov. 1, at 11 a.m. A reception will follow at 757 Somerset St., home of Jim and Christine St. Cyr.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Fisher House Foundation at 111 Rockville Pike, Suite 420, Rockville MD 20850-5168, or the Central N.H. VNA & Hospice at 780 N.Main St. Laconia, NH 03246.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 08 October 2014 07:51
LACONIA — Joseph O. Lapointe, 96, of 406 Court Street and formerly of 27 Lincoln Street, died Wednesday, October 8, 2014 at St. Francis Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Laconia.
Mr. Lapointe was born on May 12, 1918 in St. Magloire, Quebec, Canada, the son of the late Wellee and Marie (Lejeune) Lapointe. Mr. Lapointe served in the U. S. Army Air Corps during WWII. He had been a resident of Laconia since 1940 and had been employed at the Laconia Shoe Co. for thirty-eight years. Joseph was a 4th Degree Knight with the Knights of Columbus, one of the original members of the American Legion Wilkins-Smith Post #1 and was also a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Laconia Post #1670. He loved fishing and woodworking. Joseph was also an avid Red Sox fan.
Survivors include his wife of 67 years, Rose A. (Prince) Lapointe, of Laconia; two sons, Peter Lapointe and his wife Malou and David Lapointe and his wife Diane, all of Laconia; two grandchildren, Sarah Lapointe of Laconia and Jonathan Lapointe of Henniker; three great grandchildren, two brothers, Paul Lapointe of Welland, Ontario, Canada and Robert Lapointe of Welland, Ontario, Canada, one half brother, Jean-Marc Lapointe of Montreal, Canada, a half sister, Ghislaine Lessard of Quebec, Canada and two step sisters; Marielle and Rejeanne Gagnon, both of Canada.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Lapointe was predeceased by an infant daughter, Sandra Jean Lapointe, three brothers; Ovila Lapointe, Lucien Lapointe and Marius Lapointe and one sister, Lucienne Bouley.
There will be no calling hours.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, October 10, 2014 at 10 a.m. at St. Andre Bessette Parish, Sacred Heart Church, 291 Union Ave., Laconia, N.H.
Burial will follow in the family lot at Sacred Heart Cemetery, Garfield St., Laconia.
For those who wish, the family suggests that memorial donations be made to the St. Francis Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, 406 Court Street, Laconia, NH 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, 08 October 2014 07:47
LACONIA — Pauline L. (Barnes) Hoffman, 87, 21 Ledges Drive, Taylor Community died peacefully on Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014.
Polly was born Feb. 28, 1927, in South Weymouth, Mass., the daughter of Milton A. and Doris (Hadley) Barnes. She was a longtime resident of Hingham, Mass., before moving to Lakes Region in 1979.
Polly loved music and loved to sing. She was a member of the Laconia Congregational Church and sang in the choir for more 25 years, and was a member of the Pemigewasset Choral Society for many years. She enjoyed gardening and was a member of the Opechee Garden Club. She was a devoted mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother.
Survivors include her husband of 68 years, John B. Hoffman, of Laconia; a son, E. Harl Hoffman, of East Barre, Vt.; two daughters, Doris E. Wood and Virginia A. Barunas, both of Gilford; seven grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; 10 nieces and seven nephews.
In addition to her parents, Polly was predeceased by a brother, Milton A. Barnes Jr.; and her sisters, Edwina Lawton, and Doris Hartshorn.
There will be no calling hours. A celebration of her life will be held on Saturday, Nov. 8, at the Laconia Congregational Church, 69 Pleasant St., Laconia. The Rev. Dr. Warren H. Bouton, pastor, will officiate. Burial will be held at a later date in the family lot in North Weymouth Cemetery, North Weymouth, Mass.
For those who wish, the family suggests that memorial donations be made to Laconia Hospice, or Taylor Community music/entertainment fund.
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 Wednesday, 08 October 2014 07:35