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NEW LONDON - After a courageous nine month battle with cancer, Dr. Thomas John Brennan Jr. passed away on Wednesday April 9 just before 5:30 a.m., surrounded by his loving family. He was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, son, brother, uncle, friend, coach, and teacher. He is survived by Wendy, his loving wife of 44 years, and their daughters, Amy (husband Chris Holsinger and daughter Elizabeth), Catherine (husband Stephen Girard and son Finn Thomas), Jennifer, and Lindsay (husband John David Lyman and son John); mother Rose Brennan; his brothers Robert (wife Janice and children Keri, Casey, Kelly, and Christopher) and John (wife Mary and children Mark, Mollie, Patrick, Sean, and Maggie); and sister Rosemarie. He will be remembered for his joyous laughter, his great love for his family, and his passion for education. Tom was cherished by all, a giant in the lives of those who knew him. He was a dedicated educator and family man, and somehow managed to balance both perfectly. His smile was quick - as was his wit - and, through the final days of his life, he carried himself with tremendous grace and dignity. His three beloved grandchildren - Elizabeth, Finn Thomas, and John - knew their doting grandfather as "Pops." Tom was born on Sept. 21, 1947 in Waltham, Mass. to Thomas John Brennan Sr. and Rose Brennan. Throughout Tom's childhood, the family traveled with his father, a lifelong combat medic who served in World War II, Korea, Vietnam. After graduating from Ayer High School in 1965, Tom earned a degree in Business Education from Salem State University. Perhaps more important: that's where he met his future wife, Wendy (Raymond), whom he married on May 9, 1970. After graduating from Salem in 1969, Tom followed in his father's footsteps and enlisted in the Army, joining the US Army Corps of Engineers. Ranked as a Specialist E5, he was later transferred to the Adjutant General's Core to serve as a stateside cleric during the Vietnam War. In 1971, Tom received an honorable discharge to return to school, and he continued to serve as a reservist until 1975. Returning to Salem State, Tom earned his first Master's degree in School Counseling and began working in the Haverhill School System as an Adjustment Counselor. While living in Haverhill, Tom and Wendy welcomed their first three daughters, Amy Elizabeth, Catherine Rose, and Jennifer Marie. Tom later earned a second Master's degree from Salem State in School Administration. When he was hired as the Assistant Principal at Peterborough Middle School in 1979, the family moved to Hancock, where they resided for over 20 years. In 1982 Tom and Wendy welcomed their youngest daughter, Lindsay Ann. After leaving Peterborough Middle School, Tom spent a year in the Jaffery-Rindge School District as an Assistant Principal. He then joined CFH Associates as an Office Manager and Trip Host for Senior Citizens. Tom returned to education as the Principal of Conant High School, where he was named New Hampshire State Principal of the year in 1993. He remained in education for his entire career, moving from Conant to the Manchester School District, where he became the Assistant Superintendent. Later, Tom served as the Superintendent for the Kearsarge Regional School District. Tom earned his Doctorate of Education in 2006 from Nova Southeastern University. Before retiring in July 2013, Tom served in Manchester as the Superintendent of Schools. Tom was an educational visionary and often ahead of his time with his ideas about policy and curriculum. Another full page would be needed to list his many awards, commendations, and achievements - in addition to the committees and associations which he led and to which he belonged. Constant and unflagging in his love for the family and friends he felt blessed to have, Tom's commitment to education similarly relentless. The Brennan family wishes to express their unending gratitude to Dr. Matt Yurgelun and the teams at Dana Farber and Brigham & Women's for their incredible dedication and support. Calling hours will be held at Chadwick's Funeral Home located at 235 Main Street in New London on Monday April 14 from 3 p.m. until 8 p.m. The funeral mass will be held at Our Lady of Fatima at 724 Main Street in New London, at 11 a.m. on Tuesday April 15. A military burial ceremony will be held at the New Hampshire State Veterans Cemetery in Boscawen on Wednesday April 16 at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in memory of Thomas Brennan to support esophageal cancer research and patient care at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, P.O. Box 849168, Boston, Mass. 02284 or via www.dana-farber.org/gift or to New Hampshire Jobs for America's Graduates (NH-JAG) in memory of Thomas Brennan to support today's youth to attain personal success in school, work and life via http://www.nh-jag.org:8080/pdf/Individual%20Gift%20form.pdf or 175 Ammons Dr. Suite 212 Manchester, N.H. 03103. Condolences may be sent to the Brennan family at 209 Squires Lane, New London, N.H. 03257. To sign an online guestbook, please visit www.chadwickfuneralservice.com . Read Obituary
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FOREST CITY, N.C. - Anita Louise (Sizemore) Goulette, 75, passed away peacefully at home with family by her side Sunday April 13, 2014. Anita was retired, and was a native of New Hampshire. She was the daughter of the late John Orval Sizemore and Charlotte Dearborn Sizemore. She was preceded in death by sisters Marlene Salisbury, Phyllis Connell, and brothers Ronald Sizemore, John Sizemore, Curtis Baker, Stewart Baker and Linwood Baker. She is survived by her three children, Scott Ellis of Worthington, Ohio, Shawn Ellis of Calif. and Tina Breslin of Greenfield; three brothers, Truman Sizemore, of Antrim, Eugene Sizemore of Merrimack and Kerwin Sizemore of Inman, S.C.; four grandchildren, four great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. After retiring in 1990 as a manager from the New Hampshire State Liquor Commission, she moved to Maine with her husband Robert Goulette. Then after many New England winters, she moved to North Carolina close to her brothers and to enjoy warmer weather. A very giving and compassionate person, she will be remembered for her many selfless actions throughout her life by everyone that knew her. No matter what the encounter, anyone that came in contact with her throughout the course of her life remembered her genuine kindness and caring spirit. The family will announce arrangements at a later date with the urn burial to be in the Maplewood Cemetery, Concord Street, Antrim. She was always an avid supporter of hospice. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice of Rutherford County, P.O. Box 336, Forest City, N.C. 28043. Washburn & Dorsey Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements and cremation services. Online condolences @www.washburndorsey.com Read Obituary
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PETERBOROUGH - Barbara D. Woodbury, 81, died at Pheasantwood Center, on April 9, 2014, after a period of failing health. Barbara was born in South Wakefield, R.I. on Feb. 28, 1933, the daughter James Spaulding and Dorothy (Wilber) Spaulding. Barbara lived in Peterborough for 45 years before moving to Jaffrey where she resided for 13 years. She recently moved to Peterborough to live at Scott- Farrar before living at Pheasantwood Center. She retired from the Conval School System in 1984. Barbara loved to collect dolls and was an active member of the Granite States Doll Club. She was also a member of the Studebaker Drivers Club. Barbara enjoyed embroidering, crocheting, knitting and crafts. She was a parishioner of the Peterborough Congregational Church. Barbara is survived by her two sons, Thomas Woodbury and his wife, Debra, of Swanzey, and Peter Woodbury of Weare. She is survived by her brother, Hugh Spaulding of Elmwood, Neb. A memorial service will be held on Friday, April 18, 2014 at 2 p.m. at The Union Congregational Church of Peterborough, 33 Concord Street, Peterborough. A private burial will take place at a later date. In lieu of flowers the family suggests that memorial contributions be made in Barbara's name to Peterborough Fire & Rescue, 16 Summer Street, Peterborough, N.H. 03458 or Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation at www.komen.org . Jellison Funeral Home and Cremation Services is assisting the family with arrangements. To view an online obituary or leave a condolence please visit www.jellisonfuneralhome.com . Read Obituary
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NOTHING LOVED IS EVER LOST RINDGE - Reveille sounded its drum early on Sunday morning, April 6, 2014, as another member of The Greatest Generation took flight surrounded by ten members of his loving family. Command Sergeant Major (Ret.) Rexford Vernon Young, 93, died from a brief bout with pneumonia at Lakes Regional General Hospital, Laconia, where both he and the family received tender and compassionate care. Rex was born in Ashland, on Aug. 26, 1920, the fifth child of Otis George Young and Vernie Imelda Durant. After high school, he enlisted in the U.S. Army, honorably serving his country for 32 years. Rex served three years in the South Pacific Theater during WWII; suffered 18 months in Korea, a traumatism he called "the worst experience of his life"; and survived two 13-month tours of duty in Viet Nam. He was proud to have acted as tour guide for Donald Rumsfeld during Rumsfeld's first trip to Viet Nam and enjoyed meeting him again on one of W. F. Buckley's National Review tours. Rex was awarded numerous ribbons but was most humbled by his three Bronze Stars, one with Valor. He was nominated for a Silver Star but said if his entire squad did not also receive a Star, then neither would he. After retiring from the military, Rex worked ten years for United Virginia Bank in Newport News, Va., where he resided for 30 years. In retirement, he enjoyed golf, won big at Bingo on Friday nights, and volunteered two days a week at the Ft. Eustis eye clinic. He was politically active, working as an election official for many years and as an active supporter of numerous campaigns. He was also a committed member of VFW Post 6002 in Newport News, Va., and has made annual charitable contributions to the American Legion Post 15 in Ashland. His family bore witness to the sacrifices a lifetime of service requires, and they are standing, hands over their hearts, in awe and with gratitude. Survivors include his younger sister, Beverly LaBrique, who has cared for him daily with unparalleled devotion; a son and his wife, Vernon K. and Barbara B. Young, of Rindge; and a daughter, Karen Young Holt, of Oklahoma City, Okla. He also leaves behind four grandchildren: Jeremy Young and his partner, Holly, of Orlando, Fla.; Jessica Young Faustina and her husband, Dan, of Pleasanton, Calif.; Colby Young and his fiance, Shirley Austin, of Boston, Mass.; and Trevor Young and Jenna Williams, of South Weymouth, Mass. Rex has also been blessed with two great grandchildren, Connor and Jackson, both of Orlando, Fla. with a third great grandchild due in June. He was predeceased by his loving wife of 60 years, Linia Virginia Duke, who now guides him to his eternal home. He was also predeceased by five sisters, all of whom he loved fiercely: Lena Mildred Walker; Lillian May Young; Madalene Landroche; Evelyn Maybelle Tilton; and Laetitia Janice Imelda Ash. Rex will be remembered for his voracious appetite for reading, his ability to win every bridge tournament he entered, his lifelong penchant for gardening (he even grew tomatoes outside his tent in An Khe, South Vietnam), his colorful language on the golf course, his incredible popcorn with a monster in the pot, his love of the cosmos and lying on the beach while making up wild and colorful stories about what existed beyond the stars, sparking a lifelong sense of wonder in his children, his ability to boogie-woogie and waltz from dusk to dawn, and most of all, for his treasure map and lockbox full of coins and treasures planted in the backyard awaiting each grandchild's discovery, and for the mysterious appearance of a Hershey Bar Tree every time a grandchild came to visit. Calling hours will be Friday, May 23, 2014, from 6 - 8 p.m. at the Dupuis Funeral Home, 11 Hill Avenue, Ashland. A funeral service will celebrate Rex's life at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 24, 2014, at St. Agnes, Ashland. Burial with full military honors will occur later that afternoon at 3 p.m. at the family burial plot in Rindge. Donations may be made to Dupuis Cross Post No. 15 American Legion Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 423, Ashland, N.H. 03217. The Dupuis Funeral Home will conduct all related matters, for more info go to dupuisfuneralhome.com . To our father, a final command and salute: "At ease," Father. "At ease." Day is done, gone the sun From the lakes, from the hills, from the sky All is well, safely rest God is nigh. -from "Taps" Read Obituary
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