Richard O. Wasson Sr. (1923 - 2014)

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ROLLINSFORD – Richard (Dick) O. Wasson Sr., of Rollinsford, formerly of Manchester, passed away Sunday, June 15, 2014, at the Courville Nursing Home in Nashua. Dick was loved dearly by his family and many friends.
Born on Sept. 23, 1923, to Joseph and Mary Louise (Emerson) Wasson, Dick is survived by his wife of 67 years, Marie Therese (Charette) Wasson; his sister, Edith Eaton of Auburn; his children, Mary Louise Roche and her husband, Stephen Roche, Marguerite Longua and her husband, William Longua, Deborah Schanda and her husband, Richard, Carol Peck and her husband, Nick Peck and Kenneth Wasson and his wife, Beth Janson Wasson; eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren as well as several nieces and nephews.
Dick is predeceased by his son, Richard O. Wasson Jr. and his brothers Joseph and Robert Wasson
Dick grew up in Londonderry and attended Central High School in Manchester. He was a World War II veteran and served in the U.S. Navy as an Aviation Machinist Mate 1st class and Naval Aircrewman on dirigibles and was stationed at NAS Key West, Fla. and NAS Lakehurst N.J.
After leaving the Navy, Dick started his career in the shoe business working for Sundial Shoe in Manchester. He soon moved to the JF McElwain Corporation in Nashua where he served in many positions eventually being promoted to Comptroller and Vice President of the Miller Shoe Company in Dover. Dick retired in 1990 after a 43 year career in the shoe manufacturing industry. While working and raising his family he continued his studies graduating from the University of NH as a political science major, with the distinction of being the oldest graduate of the university.
Throughout the years, Dick remained active serving the community as a NH State House representative for two terms representing his home town of Rollinsford and the surrounding communities. He served as Treasurer of the Town of Rollinsford for 14 years and on the Rollinsford Budget Committee for 15 years serving as chairman for several years. He was instrumental in bringing recycling to the Town of Rollinsford. In addition, he served as Chairman of the NH Heart Association and Chairman of the Red Cross for many years. He served as Chairman of the New England Shoe Foremen & Superintendents Association, Inc. and was an active member of the Boston Boot and Shoe Club. Dick held the position of Chaplain and Historian for the American Legion Post 47, Rollinsford. He started the Rollinsford Family Fun Days, which were enjoyed for many years. He was also an active member of the Strafford County Conservation committee.
Dick and Therese enjoyed many happy years together raising their family, gardening, traveling the world with an amazing sense of adventure and serving their community.
Visitation will be Sunday, June 22, from 2 to 6 p.m. at the Tasker Funeral Home, 621 Central Avenue, Dover.
Funeral services will be held on Monday, June 23 at 10 a.m. at Parish of the Assumption St. Joseph Church, 150 Central Avenue, Dover.
Burial following at Mt. Calvary Cemetery, 474 Goffstown Road, Manchester.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Red Cross or the American Legion Post 47, Rollinsford, N.H. 03869
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Published in The Concord Monitor on June 20, 2014
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