LACONIA - Arthur F. Drake, 82, of 305 Darby Drive died at the Lakes Region General Hospital on Sunday, Feb. 12, 2012.
Mr. Drake was born April 19, 1929, in Roosevelt, Long Island, N.Y., the son of Forrest R. and Luella (Reese) Drake, and lived most of his life on Long Island.
Mr. Drake served in the U.S. Army
during the Korean Conflict
and was employed at Grumman Aerospace on Long Island for 43 years before retiring in August 1990 to Laconia.
Mr. Drake loved Jazz and Big Band and was a professional drummer who had studied in New York City and until recently had his own band, "The Jazz Swingers."
Survivors include his wife of 26 years, Olivia M. (Davis) Drake, of Laconia; his daughter, Kelly E. Faber and her husband, Paul, of Orlando, Fla.; Olivia's four children, Judith LaPlante of Apache Junction, Ariz., and Donna Blake, Donald Blake and Steven Blake of Laconia; four grandchildren, Jonathan Faber, Samantha Faber, Ashley Prescott, and Eric Prescott; a brother, Raymond J. Drake and his wife, Anita, of North Carolina, his special sister-in-law, Elsie Noyes of Belmont; and several nieces and nephews. Arthur also leaves his two precious cats, Scooter and Kleo.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Drake was predeceased by a brother, Richard R. Drake, and by a sister, Audrey Jane May.
There will be no calling hours.
A Funeral Service, with military honors, will be at a later date at the NH State Veterans' Cemetery, 110 Daniel Webster Hwy., Route 3, Boscawen.
For those who wish, the family suggests that memorial donations be made to the NH Humane Society, PO Box 572, Laconia NH 03247.
Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 164 Pleasant St., Laconia, is assisting the family. For more information and to view an online memorial, go to www.wilkinsonbeane.com.