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Hale, Richard L.  
Richard L. Hale ROCHESTER - Richard L. Hale passed away at peace and surrounded by family on December 19, 2014. He was 87 years old. Born in Exeter, New Hampshire September 22, 1927, the son of Harry Lester Hale and Elsie Hutchinson Hale, Dick - as he was known to one and all - spent his formative years in Dover and was a member of the Dover High graduating class of '45. After serving a stint in the Navy, he eventually took a job with the United States Postal Service, delivering letters, packages, and random rural route acts of kindness for some thirty-four years - eighteen in Dover and, then, sixteen in Rollinsford, where he was the first mail carrier. He retired in 1990. It is tempting to say Dick was a breed of fellow they simply don't make anymore. After all, many of his interests and activities were quintessential, hardy "Greatest Generation" pursuits: Dick's ranch-style home was festooned with bowling trophies, Do It Yourself manuals, and popular history tomes. He loved a leisurely barbecue by the pool almost as much as a good steamed hotdog, meticulously tended a constantly expanding collection of hats and caps, rumbled around on his trusty riding lawn mower in the orange-hued dusk of a Saturday afternoon. Held memberships at the Dover Elks #184, Rollinsford American Legion Post 47 and Dover Loyal Order of the Moose, took immense joy in his schnauzer Zipper and Poodle-Chihuahua mix (don't ask) Charles Walter, sat in reverent awe watching World War II documentaries, and more. Yet, the truth is, he was a singular man who would have been rare in any time - steadfast and wise, generous and honest, unpretentious and dutiful, sociable and warm, all in outsized ways. A man who prioritized family parties and the school functions of his children and grandchildren above almost all else. A man who provided a stabilizing and harmonizing presence in times of strife. Dick was the first to help and the last to ask for help, even in the face of a daunting and unforgiving disease, and always a phone call away. (And sometimes you didn't even have to make the call - he just somehow knew and turned up.) He was universally loved and respected in a way few will ever be and, as such, will be missed terribly by all who had the honor to swing through his orbit. He was predeceased by his father, mother, wife Edna (Hayman) Napolitano Hale, brother Paul E Hal, stepson Dale Napolitano and great-granddaughter Rachel Alice Aube. Dick is survived by his sister Marilyn Hale Sanders (Madbury), son Robert Hale and wife Madeleine (Strafford), son Gary Hale and wife Elaine (Durham, N.C.), son Mark Hale and wife Terrie (Dover), daughter Cynthia Hale Dupuis and friend Buddy Brown (Dover), son Sgt. James Hale and wife Nom (El Paso, Texas), daughter Virginia Hale (Conway) stepdaughter Katherine Napolitano Geary and husband Dave (Rochester), stepdaughter Rachel Napolitano Paluch and husband Keith (Alton), stepson David Napolitano and wife Lori, and his dedicated longtime companion Virginia LaBrecque as well as nineteen grandchildren and twenty-one great-grandchildren. The family would like to thank the Wentworth Hospice and Gafney Home staffs for their care and support. There are no calling hours. A celebration of life will be held at a future date. In lieu of flowers, please consider donations in Richard's memory to the Baby Rachel's Legacy P.O. Box 454, Rochester, N.H. 03867, or Wentworth Home & Hospice, 121 Broadway, Suite 117, Dover N.H. 03820. Please go to to sign the online guest book. Visit for an online guest book.
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Published in Fosters from Dec. 23 to Dec. 26, 2014

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Hailson, Lucy T. (Bremner)  
Lucy T. (Bremner) Hailson DOVER - Lucy T. (Bremner) Hailson passed away peacefully at the Wentworth Douglas Hospital the morning of December 18, 2014. Lucy was born November 19, 1923, in Plymouth, England, the daughter of George and Annie (Symonds) Bremner. Lucy was a Licensed Practical Nurse during World War II where she met her late husband, Louis A. Hailson. She immigrated to America in 1946 where she and Louis took up residence in Lawrence, Mass. before moving to Tewksbury, MA and eventually retiring to Salisbury Beach, Mass. Lucy worked as a volunteer to various groups in Salisbury including The Pettingil House and was a member of the Salisbury Chamber of Commerce. She continued well into her eighties to welcome family and friends their "Kingdom by the Sea". Lucy is survived by her daughters, Ann Hardiman and her husband Thomas of Dover, and Susan Hailson of Nashua; her sons, Louis Hailson Jr. and wife Olivia of Austin, Texas and Michael Hailson of Austin, Texas; her granddaughters, Sarah Hardiman Weeden, Mary and Caroline Hailson and grandson Michael Hailson Jr.; Great granddaughters Brighid and Shayla Weeden as well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins both in the US and United Kingdom. Charitable donations can be made in Lucy's memory to the Wentworth Home, 795 Central Ave., Dover, N.H, 03820. Friends and family may call from 2-4 p.m. on Sun., December 21, 2014, at Wiggin-Purdy-McCooey-Dion Funeral Home, 655 Central Ave., Dover, N.H. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Monday, December 22, 2014 in the Parish of the Assumption at St. Mary's Church, Corner of Third and Chestnut Streets, Dover, N.H. 03820. To sign our online guest book, please go to . Visit for an online guest book.
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Published in Fosters from Dec. 19 to Dec. 23, 2014
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