LACONIA - Roger James Stone, 48, of Old Prescott Hill, passed away at home on Tuesday, March 29, 2011 after a brief but courageous battle with a rare form of frontal lobe dementia.
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Roger was born in Laconia, November 5, 1962, the son of Bert and Lorraine (Munger) Stone. He lived in Belmont and graduated from Belmont High School in 1982. After graduation, he was employed by Concord Litho and remained there for twenty-eight years until 2009.
Roger married his sweetheart, Anna LaCroix, in 1984 and settled in Laconia where they bought their home and together they raised four children. Roger will be remembered as a devoted husband and father and a man who was always right there to help anyone in need. He helped out in Little League where his kids were so involved as well as with high school sports where he rooted from the sidelines. He was a volunteer in the annual Christmas Village and could often be seen and heard at the monthly City Council Meetings. He was a strong advocate of Bike Week and could be seen frequently cruising around town on his Harley.
Roger was a great all-around mechanic and "Mr. Fixit". He also enjoyed gardening, flowers as well as vegetables, and took pride in his work. He was no stranger to the kitchen and many times could be found preparing something he found on a popular TV show. His culinary capabilities were many. In the winter, he could be seen stoking up the fire in an old pot bellied stove in the back yard where he made his own maple syrup.
Anyone who knew Roger loved him. He was a kind, gentle, fun-loving man. He will be missed by all who were touched by his life.
Roger is survived by his wife, Anna (LaCroix) Stone, who was his best friend and soul mate for twenty-seven years; his daughter, Tanya Hogancamp, and her husband, Christopher, of Rumford, Maine; a son , Nicholas Stone, of Florida and twins, Jason and Kelsey Stone both of Laconia; two grandchildren, Brett and Kelley Hogancamp, of Maine; sisters, Jennie Maheux of Belmont and Debbie Labrecque and her husband, Robert, of Belmont; one brother, Bruce Stone, of Concord; a foster brother, Bobbie Freeman, and his wife, Karen, of Rumney and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, Bert and Lorraine Stone and two brothers, Dennis and Ronnie.
Calling hours will be held Saturday, April 2 from 3 to 5 p.m. using the Carriage House entrance of the Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home, 164 Pleasant Street, Laconia.
A Memorial Service will immediately follow the calling hours also at the funeral home, Rev. John Davies, Community Health & Hospice Spiritual Care Coordinator, will officiate.
Burial will be at a later date in the family lot in Union Cemetery, Laconia.
For those who wish, the family suggests that memorial donations be made to Community Health & Hospice, Inc., 780 North Main Street, Laconia, N. H. 03246.
Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 164 Pleasant Street, Laconia, is assisting the family with the arrangements.
For more information and to view an online memorial go to www.wilkinsonbeane.com.
Published in The Concord Monitor on Mar. 31, 2011