Alan Goss Kidder(1942 - 2014)

FRANKLIN – Alan Goss Kidder, 72, passed away Sunday, June 1, 2014, at Merrimack County Nursing Home, Boscawen. Alan was born on Jan. 6, 1942, in Franklin. He was the son of the late Marjory Goss Kidder and Richard Davis Kidder.

Alan was a graduate of Tilton School and the University of New Hampshire where he was a member of the Theta Chi Fraternity. He was the 1964 captain of both the UNH golf and football teams. Alan was also inducted into the Tilton School and UNH Athletic Halls of Fame.

Alan was a lifelong resident of Franklin and was the owner and president of the former Kidder Fuels Inc. in Northfield. He was a strong supporter of youth sports and community activities. He served as a Trustee of the Franklin Savings Bank and the Franklin Regional Hospital. He also served on the Board of the Franklin Visiting Nurse Association and the Peabody Home.

Alan had a great love for the game of golf and he was a past president of the NH Golf Association. He was a three time NHGA Jr. Golf Champion and was the 1971 NHGA State Amateur Golf Champion. He was a club champion at several NH golf clubs but he always considered Mojalaki Golf Club in Franklin his home course.

Alan was a very loving and kind man. He was often referred to as the "Gentle Giant" during his golf career. He greeted everyone with his warm smile and was loved deeply by his family and friends. The most important part of his life was his family and he adored his grandchildren and the time he spent with them.

He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Beverly Hall Kidder of Hill; daughter, Laurie Donahue and her husband, Patrick, of Franklin; son, Jamey Kidder and daughter, Marie Ouimette of Sugar Hill, Ga. His brother, Jason Kidder and wife, Beverly, of Hopewell, N.J.; and his sister, Marilyn Perkins and husband, John, of Naples Fla. He is also survived by eight grandchildren and one great-grandson, as well as many loving family members and friends.

Visiting hours will be held Thursday, June 5, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Thibault-Neun Funeral Home, 143 Franklin St., Franklin.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday, June 6, at 10 a.m. in St. Paul Church.

Burial will be in Franklin Cemetery.

Donations in memory of Alan may be made to The Edna McKenna Fund (for the Walking Path at Merrimack County Nursing Home, 325 Daniel Webster Highway, Boscawen, NH 03303.

For directions and an online guestbook, please visit

Funeral Home

Thibault-Neun Funeral Home
143 Franklin Street  Franklin, NH 03235
(603) 934-2408

Published in The Concord Monitor on June 3, 2014