LACONIA - James R. Gott, 66, of Laconia, died Oct. 13, 2013, at Concord Hospital, surrounded by his loving family, after a period of declining health.
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Born in Manchester on Nov. 30, 1946, he was the son of John R. and Annabelle (Ballard) Gott. He resided in the Queen City all of his life before moving to Laconia in 2000.
Jim graduated from Manchester Memorial High School, class of 1964.
During the Vietnam War he served with the U.S. Air Force.
Until his retirement, he was a delivery driver with United Parcel Service for 30 years. Afterwards, he worked part-time in the maintenance department at Lakes Region Community College.
He was a longtime member of the Teamsters Union, Local 633.
Jim will be remembered as a loving and devoted husband, father, and grandfather, whose family was the center of his life. He loved spending time with his grandchildren, especially pushing them on the swing in his backyard. He enjoyed spending time at the lake, boating and fishing. He was an avid golfer and New England sports fan. An extremely likeable man, Jim had a positive effect on everyone because of his smile and engaging personality.
Family members include his wife of 21 years, Donna M. (Roche) Gott of Laconia; his two sons, James R. Gott Jr. of Nashua and David J. Gott and his wife, Jessica, of Nashua; his two stepsons, Sean F. Noonan of Manchester, and Ryan T. Noonan and his wife, Heather, of Bedford; five grandchildren, Emma, Connor, Joshua, Jack, and Molly; two brothers, William E. Gott and his wife, Hazel, and George F. Gott and his wife, Susan, all of Manchester; his sister, Donna J. Kempton and her husband, John, of Nashua; several nieces and nephews. He will be missed by all who knew him.
The family would like to thank the Lakes Region General Hospital, Concord Hospital, and N.H. Oncology and Hematology LRGH, for the wonderful care and support provided to Jim and his family during his illness.
services: Calling hours are Wednesday from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Connor-Healy Funeral Home and Cremation Center, 537 Union St., corner of Concord Street, Manchester.
The funeral will be held Thursday with a Mass of Christian burial to be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. in Saint Catherine Church, Webster Street, Manchester. Burial will follow in Saint Joseph Cemetery, Bedford.
Courtesy local transportation for calling hours will be provided on request by contacting Daniel J. Healy at 622-8223.
In lieu of flowers, please donate blood or make a donation to your local American Red Cross in Jim's memory.
For more information or to view the online quest registry, please visit connorhealy.com.
Published in Union Leader on Oct. 15, 2013