HARRISVILLE - Andrew Ross Elder, 83, of Harrisville died peacefully on August 11, 2013 at Monadnock Community Hospital surrounded by his loving family.
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Andy was born on November 2, 1929, to George and Thelma (Pope) Elder, and grew up in West Medway, MA, the seventh of 12 children. His tight-knit family valued hard work, good cheer and public service. Among his many activities, Andy helped in his father's surveying and landscaping business, achieved the rank of Eagle Scout, and served in the Civilian Conservation Corps on Cape Cod. At a young age, Andy met a local auctioneer, Perley Porter, who introduced him to the antiques business. From this early interest grew his lifelong passion and vocation.
After graduating from Medway High School, Andy moved to New Hampshire to work for his Uncle Harold Pope, owner of Popes General Store in Harrisville. It was here that he first became acquainted with his future wife, Lynn Clymer. In 1951, Andy entered the Army, training at Fort Chaffee, AR, and Fort Riley, KS, in the Counter-Intelligence Corps, serving in Germany during the Korean War.
Under the GI Bill, Andy enrolled in Boston University's College of Business Administration, and earned his degree in 1958. During college, he worked at Goodspeeds, an antiquarian bookshop in Boston. In 1956, Andy married Lynn Clymer at All Saints Episcopal Church in Peterborough.
Andy and Lynn returned to the Monadnock region, living briefly in a cottage Andy built on Lake Skatutakee, and later settling in Dublin. He became personnel manager at Miniature Precision Bearings in Keene, a post he held for 11 years. Dublin was their home for 38 years, and it was here that they raised their four children.
Andy continued to pursue his vocation as an auctioneer and appraiser, and eventually it became his full-time profession. He held auctions regularly in the Dublin Town Hall and country auctions throughout southwestern New Hampshire. His knowledge of antiques, fine art, and history was deep and broad, and he eagerly shared his expertise with others.
Andy actively participated in the Dublin community: he was a trustee of the Dublin Public Library for more than 35 years, a volunteer firefighter, served on the Recreation Committee, and was a member of the Dublin Community Church. His other associations included the Lake Skatutakee Association (first president) and the New Hampshire Antiques Dealers Association.
In 1997, Andy and Lynn moved back to Harrisville to live in an ancestral home. One of their great joys was to have friends drop by for a cup of tea anytime of the day.
Andy is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Lynn (Clymer) Elder, of Harrisville; his son, Bruce Elder, and daughter-in-law Cathy (Sysyn) of Staunton, VA; his daughter Elizabeth Elder of Denver, CO; his daughter Sarah Elder Hale and son-in-law Matthew Hale of Hancock; and his daughter Mary Elder and son-in-law Rodney Gleysteen of Seattle, WA; his grandchildren: Lana, Emily, Andrew, and Samuel Elder; Alice and Owen Hale; and Grace and Hugh Gleysteen; his brothers David Elder of Dublin, Robert Elder of Andover, MA, John Elder of Keene, and Stephen Elder of Bedford, MA; his sisters Judith Scott of Marblehead, MA, Geneva Smith of Wilmington, DE, and Jean Chamberlin of Woodsville, NH; and many nieces, nephews, grandnieces, and grandnephews. He is predeceased by his brothers Hugh, Donald, and Dustin and sister Diane.
A memorial service to celebrate Andy's life will be held at the Dublin Community Church on Saturday, August 17 at 2:00. The Reverend Michael Scott will officiate. Burial at Pine Hill Cemetery in Peterborough will be private.
The family has requested that in lieu of flowers, contributions in Andy's memory be made to: Monadnock Adult Care Center, 22 North Street, Jaffrey, NH 03452; Home Healthcare, Hospice, and Community Services, PO Box 496, Peterborough, NH 03458, or Historic Harrisville (for the preservation of town archives), PO Box 79, Harrisville, NH 03450.
Jellison Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. To view an online obituary, please visit www.jellisonfuneralhome.com.
Jellison Funeral Home
25 Concord Street
Peterborough, NH 03458
Published in The Monadnock Ledger-Transcript on Aug. 15, 2013