Lawrence Hill

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Lawrence Ward Hill

June 27, 1913 - February 10, 2013 Lawrence Ward Hill, 99, who resided at 1106 Wilmington Drive, Deltona, Florida, died at the Hospice House in Merrimack, New Hampshire on February 10, 2013. He was living at his daughter's home, Sherry Cupak, in Nashua, New Hampshire until hospitalized.

Lawrence was born June 27, 1913 in Halifax, Vermont, the son of Grace Thurber and George Hill. He was one of four siblings, all of whom have predeceased him: Margaret, Burton, and Eleanor.

Lawrence married Marguerite Eva Watkins, of Brattleboro, Vermont, on June 30, 1946, in Charlestown, New Hampshire. They had been married for nearly 56 years, and had two children, Richard Lawrence and Sherry Marguerite. Deltona, Florida was the home of Lawrence and Marguerite for nearly 23 years until moving in with his daughter and son-in-law. Marguerite predeceased Lawrence on January 14, 2002.

In his early years, Lawrence helped his brother in Halifax, Vermont, with logging and maple sugaring. Lawrence was drafted into the Army Air Corp and served from 1942 until 1945, where he maintained P-39 and P-40 aircraft for the 324th Fighter Group. He was deployed to Africa, Italy, France, and Germany. He was promoted to Master Sargent and awarded a Bronze Star for his service.

After the war, Lawrence returned to open a garage in Guilford and was the fire chief before joining John Deere in 1954. Lawrence moved from Guilford to Agawam, Massachusetts, then to Baldwinsville, New York, where he worked for John Deere until his retirement in 1975. He worked for Syracuse Diesel until he and Marguerite relocated to Deltona, Florida and became "snow birds" driving up North in the summer and returning to the South in the winter.

Lawrence is survived by two children and their spouses: Sandra and Richard Lawrence Hill of Rochester, New York, Sherry (Hill) and John Cupak of Nashua, New Hampshire, five grandchildren, Brian R. Hill, Karen E. Hill, Christopher J. Hill, Gary J. Cupak, Kevin W. Cupak, three great-grandchildren, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

SERVICES: Visiting hours will be from 4 to 7 p.m., Wednesday, February 13, 2013 at the ANCTIL-ROCHETTE AND SON FUNERAL HOME 21 Kinsley Street Nashua, NH. Interment and graveside services with military honors will be in the family lot in the Chesterfield West Cemetery, Chesterfield, New Hampshire in the spring. Donations may be made in Lawrence's name to Home Health & Hospice Care, 7 Executive Park Drive Merrimack, NH 03054. Services and arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Anctil-Rochette & Son Funeral Home.
Published in Brattleboro Reformer on Feb. 13, 2013
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