NOTTINGHAM - Philip C. "Archie" Fernald, 91, died March 7, 2014, at the Epsom HealthCare Center after a period of failing health.Born May 29, 1922, in Nottingham, he was the son of the late Harold and Ruth (Smith) Fernald.He served in the U.S. Army during World War II in Company F of the 350th Infantry Regiment. Some of his time in the service was spent in Italy, where he earned a Bronze Star medal in April 1945.Archie was a lifelong resident of Nottingham. Combining his dedication to the town with a good-natured sense of humor, he served the town in several capacities. He was road agent, building inspector, a member of the School Board and the Budget Committee and a selectman for 24 years.Mr. Fernald was a local self-employed building contractor until his retirement. He enjoyed working in his yard and helping others as a volunteer, most recently for the Historical Society and the Nottingham School.He was predeceased by his sisters Frances Winkler and Edith Gero, and his brothers Harold, Thomas and his twin brother, Paul. Archie is survived by two sons, Greg Fernald of Alpharetta, Ga., and Philip Fernald Jr. of Nottingham; a daughter, Cheryl Batjer of Sandown, and stepdaughters, Deirdre Siede of Somersworth and Deborah Tolman of Moultonborough; nine grandchildren, Robin Sherry Fernald, Avery Fernald, Justin Siede, Darby Batjer, Jake Siede, Berkeley Fernald, Matthew Tolman, Michael Tolman and Daniel Tolman; his sisters, Virginia Rose, Euleta Bunnell and Marie Bapple; his first wife, Lida Turcotte, and his second wife, Paula Knox; and many nieces and nephews.
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services: A celebration of Archie's life will be held April 26 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Nottingham School, 245 Stage Road, Nottingham.In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: Nottingham School. Please mail to the school, 245 Stage Road, Attn: P. Fernald Jr., Nottingham, NH 03290. For more information, please visit www.brewittfuneralhome.com.
Published in Union Leader on Mar. 16, 2014