NORTH ANDOVER — Anthony J. "Tony" Sakowich, 95, successful inventor, avid pilot, prodigious philanthropist, and devoted husband, died on February 14, 2014, fittingly St. Valentine's Day, with his beloved wife by his side. He was born in Lawrence, Mass., on December 27, 1919, to Lithuanian immigrants, John and Bronislawa (Ainorite) Sakowich, Tony grew up in Lawrence working at his father's Park Street meat market. After serving in the military, Tony attended Tulane and Bentley University, then went on to become a successful entrepreneur and inventor, patenting a process to mold laminated countertops, manufacturing them in North Andover, and selling to customers of the likes of Formica and Sears. In 1955, Tony married the love of his life, Gladys M. (Tidswell), and together they lived in Andover, sharing 58 years of unwavering devotion to one another. In the 1950s, Tony began flying his plane up to New Hampshire's Lakes Region to visit clients, or with his wife, Gladys, to enjoy boating on his favorite Lake Winnipesaukee aboard their antique Chris Craft, aptly named "Kismet" for their romance. He was a member of the Winter Harbor Yacht Club on Welch Island for over 50 years. They shared a vacation home on Governor's Island, the couples' "home away from home," where they made many lasting friendships. Although they had no children, Tony was dedicated to a philanthropic mission to improve the lives of children. As a longtime Kiwanis Club member, Tony gave generously to various causes benefiting children and education, recently donating half a million dollars to Lakes Region charities, including a new home for the Boys & Girls Club in Laconia. Other beneficiaries of their generosity have included Merrimack College in North Andover, where the Anthony Sakowich Recreation Center is named in his honor, and the Boys & Girls Club in Lawrence. In 2012, the couple gave their 9-acre Andover homestead to the Andover Village Improvement Society so it could be used as recreational space open to and enjoyed by all.
ARRANGEMENTS: Friends are respectfully invited to visit on Friday, February 21, from 9 to 11 a.m., at The Charles F. Dewhirst Funeral Home, 80 Broadway, Methuen, Mass. Funeral services will follow at 11 a.m., on Friday, at the funeral home. Burial will be in West Parish Cemetery, Andover.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Greater Lawrence Kiwanis Club Foundation, P.O. Box 3068, Andover, MA 01810. To send a condolence, please visit, www.dewhirstfuneral.com, or www.facebook.com/DewhirstFuneralHome.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 31 December 1969 07:00
WEARE – Theresa L. Swain, 81, of 882 Concord Stage Road, died Sunday, February 16, 2014 at Concord Hospital.
She was born on September 28, 1932 in Laconia, the daughter of Noel and Marie Rose (Caron) Runnals. Theresa grew up in Laconia and was a graduate of Villa Augustina Catholic School for Girls in Goffstown. In 1950, Theresa married her love of 63 years, "Gus", where they built a beautiful life together in Belmont. Theresa was employed at Laconia Hospital and was the owner and operator of "Swain's Market", with her husband and children, in Laconia. Upon retirement, Theresa relocated to Weare, where she dedicated herself to spending time with her husband, children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and pets (Mable and Pumpkin), as well as her life passion for quilting and gardening. Her smile and amazing grace will forever be missed by many.
She is survived by her husband of 63 years, Malcolm Swain, Sr. of Weare, eight children; Malcolm Swain, Jr. of Plymouth, Caron Beard of Gray, Maine, Charon Duranaleau of Lebanon, Terry Swain of Plymouth, Liberte Dragon of Warner, Jonathan Swain of Hopkinton, Laura Pillsbury of Springfield and Jerry Baron of North Berwick, Maine; nineteen grandchildren, Trisha Hurd, Cristy Wisell, Molly McCutcheon, Abbey Beard, Jeff Paine, Sarah Paine, Elizabeth Swain, Adam Dragon, Joseph Dragon, Greg Dragon, Robert Sprague, Nichole Swain, Jeremy Baron, Eric Baron, Tonya Baron, Megan Cormier, Paige Wyatt, Katlyn Wyatt and Connor Pillsbury; twenty great grandchildren; one brother, Noel Runnals, of Laconia and several nieces and nephews.
Memorial calling hours will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at the Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home, 164 Pleasant Street, Laconia, using the Carriage House entrance. A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 12 Noon on Friday, February 21, 2014 at St. Andre Bessette Parish at St. Joseph Church, 30 Church Street, Laconia.
Burial will be held in the family lot in South Road Cemetery, Belmont, in the spring.
For those who wish, memorial contributions' may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or online at www.stjude.org.
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, 18 February 2014 07:36
LACONIA — Roland H. "Red" Tetrault, 66, of 66 Landing Lane Unit 208, died at the Laconia Rehabilitation Center, on Sunday, February 16, 2014.
Mr. Tetrault was born in Laconia, on August 30, 1947, the son of Henry M. and Loretta (Provencal) Tetrault. He graduated from Sacred Heart High School and also from Concord Technical Institute in Concord.
Mr. Tetrault was a veteran of the US Air Force. He was an insurance agent for forty three years, first for Blaisdell Insurance Agency in Meredith and later worked for Clyde Foss Insurance of Moultonboro. At the time of his death he was employed by Cross Insurance. He was one of the founding members of the Meredith Kiwanis Club. He was an avid golfer and was a member of the Waukewan Golf Club in Meredith.
Survivors include his wife of forty four years, Sharon Elaine (Fisher) Tetrault, of Laconia.
There will be no calling hours or services.
Private burial will be held at a later date at Sacred Heart Cemetery, Laconia NH.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice, 780 North Main Street, Laconia NH 03246.
Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 164 Pleasant Street, Laconia, NH 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, 17 February 2014 09:54
LACONIA — Mark A. Chamberlain Sr., 52, of 380 Mile Hill Road, died Friday, Feb. 14, 2014, in his home after a long illness.
He was born on Dec. 24, 1961, in Laconia, the son of Langdon and Yvonne (Belanger) Chamberlain. Mark was a lifelong resident of Laconia and was best known for his quick wit, sense of humor and was always there for his friends.
He leaves behind his mother, Yvonne Chamberlain of Laconia; his two sons, Matthew Chamberlain of Laconia and Mark Chamberlain of Laconia; three grandchildren, Isaiah Chamberlain, Connor Chamberlain and Bycen Chamberlain.
In addition to his father, he was predeceased by his son, Michael "Chopper" Chamberlain on Feb. 4, 2014.
Memorial calling hours will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014, at the Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home, 164 Pleasant St., Laconia, using the Carriage House entrance. Memorial services will be private.
The family would like to thank Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice for the excellent care and support they provided.
For those who wish, memorial contributions may be made to ) Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice, 780 North Main St., Laconia NH 03246.
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 Monday, 17 February 2014 09:50