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Dragon, Robert H.  
PLYMOUTH - Robert H. Dragon, 77, passed away on Wednesday, April 29, 2015, at Speare Memorial Hospital, in Plymouth, after a sudden illness. Bob Dragon was born on July 13, 1937, the son of the late Henry J. and Alice P. (Gilbert) Dragon-Preston from the Penacook/ Concord area. He was a veteran and served in the U.S. Air Force for seven years in Military Intelligence from 1956 to 1962. Moving to Plymouth in 1967, Bob made this area his home and was known by all locally as well as the surrounding Lakes Region. He severed for many years on the Plymouth Planning Board. Bob attended Plymouth State College where he earned a bachelor's degree in accounting and a master's degree in business administration. He also taught students at Plymouth Regional High school in his early years for accounting and business. Bob loved the outdoors, hunting and fishing, sporting events as well as tending to his yard and property in which he took great pride. For more than 45 years, Bob owned and operated Chestnut Hill Sales, in Plymouth, for retail manufactured homes. He was cited for many awards over the years for both sales and services in this industry. He was always known for going the extra mile and doing the right thing in all his endeavors, both in business and personal pursuits. He will always be remembered as a true gentleman by those who knew him. He is survived by his loving family, his son, Robert J. Dragon of Hebron, and his granddaughter, Victoria Dragon; his daughter, Alicia Triplett, of Auburn, his son-in-law, Wayne Triplett; his granddaughter, Ava Mary Triplett, and his grandson, Caleb Triplett; and his former wife of 39 years, Mary L. Dragon, of Plymouth. The Dragon/ Triplett Family would like to thank everyone who has sent their condolence and has reached out to remember Bob. He will be greatly missed by both family and the community. . SERVICES: Calling hours will be held privately. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Thursday, May 7, at 11 a.m., at Immaculate Conception Church, 9 Bonney St., Penacook. Committal prayers and military honors will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery, Penacook. To view an online obituary and memorial, please go to www.bennettfuneral.com . Arrangement are under the direction of the Bennett Funeral Home, Concord.
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Dutton, Thomas L.  
SURRY - Thomas L. Dutton, 70, of Surry, passed away on Wednesday, April 29, 2015. He was born in Weymouth, Mass., on Feb. 26, 1945, the son of Charles A. and Florence M. (Gossler) Dutton. He was raised in Lyndeborough. He is survived by his wife, Julia M. (Perrone) Dutton, of Surry; daughter Nancy Dutton and son-in-law Andrew Mankin, of Great Barrington, Mass.; brother William Dutton of Barrington; sister Jane Dutton of Albany, N.Y.; and a strong, supportive extended family and community. He was predeceased by a sister, Sally Tesoro. . SERVICES: A memorial Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated Thursday, May 7, at 10:30 a.m., in St. Margaret Mary Church, 33 Arch St., Keene. Burial will follow in the Village Cemetery, Village Road, Surry. Family and friends are invited to call on Wednesday evening from 5 to 8 at the Foley Funeral Home ( www.foleyfuneralhome.com ), 49 Court St., Keene. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Tom's name to the Surry Volunteer Fire Department, care of Chief Durwin Clark, 444 Route 12A, Surry, NH 03431.
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Grappone, Greg  
CONCORD - Greg Grappone, 35, died peacefully on May 1, 2015, in Seattle, Wash., following complications from graft-versus-host disease following a stem cell transplant for cancer. He was surrounded by his adoring family and took his last breath with his beautiful daughter by his side. Greg and his twin sister Allison Grappone were born in Concord in 1979 to Robert and Beverly Grappone of Bow. Greg was in the first graduating class of Bow High School in 1998 and earned his bachelor's degree in Great Books at St. Anselm College in Goffstown. He married Amy Augustine in 2011. Their daughter, Briar, was born in 2012 in Concord. Greg called himself a wannabe futurist and was excited to see how science and technology would get humankind out of its current predicaments. His moral compass and wisdom were beyond his years from an early age; he always did the right thing and never spoke before thinking about about how it would affect people. He cared deeply about cultural and social issues, politics and the environment. He constantly scouted for new music, movies, books and television. He was kind, humble and just plain cool. Like his mom, he loved entertaining and cooking for friends and family. He worked for years to perfect his pizza dough recipe. Like his dad, he enjoyed philosophical discussions. This year they emailed each other daily with reflections on Tolstoy's "A Calendar of Wisdom." Greg endured heroically through a series of illnesses throughout his life and resisted being defined by them. The birth of his daughter coincided with unrelenting health challenges but he was determined to get better for Briar. Despite setbacks, Greg remained optimistic about his health and looked forward to nothing more than seeing Briar grow up. His endurance and patience never ceased to amaze those around him, especially his medical teams at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, the Dana Farber Cancer Institute and the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, who became like family to him. Greg was a fourth generation member of the Grappone family of Concord. Most recently he served as the chief information officer at Grappone Automotive Group before moving to Seattle last year. Greg was a graduate of Leadership New Hampshire, Class of 2011. He served on the boards of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Concord and Five Rivers Conservation Trust. He is survived by his wife, Amy Augustine Grappone, and 2-year-old daughter, Briar Grappone; his parents, Robert and Beverly Grappone; his sisters, Gretchen Grappone, Gina Grappone and husband Derek Wang, Amanda Osmer and husband Tom Osmer, Allison Grappone and husband Christophe Matson; nieces, Mary and Abigail Osmer, and nephew, Henry Osmer. . SERVICES: A memorial celebration of Greg's life will be held on Sunday, May 10, from 1 to 4 p.m., at the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Concord, 55 Bradley St. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the following causes that were meaningful to Greg: Boys & Girls Club of Greater Concord, 55 Bradley St., Concord, NH 03301; Greg Grappone Children's Health Fund at Concord Hospital, 250 Pleasant St., Concord, NH 03301; Ben Towne Foundation, 4616 25th Ave. NE, #717, Seattle, WA 98105; Stupid Cancer, 40 Worth St., #808, New York, NY 10013.
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Mansur, Richard R.  
MOULTONBOROUGH - Richard Roy Mansur, 73, of Moultonborough, formerly of Reading, Mass., passed away on Saturday, May 2, 2015, surrounded by his family at the Goldenview Health Care Center in Meredith, following a brief illness.He is survived by his beloved wife of 50 years, Susan C. (Lawson) Mansur, of Moultonborough; son Clark A. Mansur and wife Wendy, of Moultonborough; grandchildren, Alyssa Marie and Mary Allison, both of Moultonborough; brother John K. Mansur and wife Peggy, of Wales, Maine; sister-in-law, Jane Bonaccorso and husband Robert, of Grants Pass, Ore.; nieces, Cheryl Dudus and husband Roman of Cromwell, Conn., Laura Reeves of Grants Pass, Ore.; nephews, Matthew Mansur of Wales, Maine, Adam Mansur and life partner Sarah Sillin of Takoma Park, Md., Daniel Reeves and wife Jamie of Roseburg, Ore. . SERVICES: In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Rotary Foundation, 14280 Collections Center Drive, Chicago, IL 60693 ( www.rotary.org ).Calling hours will be held at Mayhew Funeral Home (Routes 3 and 104), Meredith, on Tuesday, May 5, from 7 to 9 p.m., and on Wednesday, May 6, from 10:00 a.m. to 12 p.m. A funeral service will be celebrated at the Center Harbor Congregational Church, Route 25, Center Harbor, on Wednesday, May 6, at 12:45 pm. Rev. Earl Miller will officiate. Interment will follow at the Shannon Cemetery, in Moultonborough.www.mayhewfuneralhomes.com .
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Olsen, Miranda K.  
TEWKSBURY, Mass. - Miranda Kim Olsen, 34, died unexpectedly on Saturday morning, May 2, 2015, at her Tewksbury home, from an apparent heart attack.She was born in Lowell on Sept. 20, 1980, one of two daughters of Carl and Susan (Laderoute) Olsen, of Tewksbury, with whom she resided. She had lived in Tewksbury since the age of 10. She was educated in the Tewksbury school system and graduated from Shawsheen Valley Technical High School with the Class of 1998.She was currently working at Wendy's restaurant in North Tewksbury.Miranda was proud of her Native American heritage, with ancestors in both the Micmac and Chippewa tribes. She was a member of the St. William's Parish community.Besides her mother and father, she leaves her sons, Sean Paul MacKenzie Jr. and Jordan Olsen MacKenzie, of Tewksbury; a stepdaughter, Faith R. MacKenzie, of Lowell; her fiancé, Robert Menear, of Tewksbury; a sister- and brother-in-law, Kimberly A. and Jeff Landry, of Tewksbury; maternal grandfather Paul Laderoute, of Tewksbury; a niece, Aleah Landry, of Tewksbury; a nephew, Jeffrey Landry, of Nashua, N.H.; maternal aunts and uncles, Linda (Laderoute) and Stephen Hattori of Tewksbury, Michael and Barbara (Timmons) Laderoute of Virginia, Mark and Maria (Azulay) Laderoute of Gardner, David Laderoute of Tewksbury, Andrew and Kathy (Pasquariella) Laderoute of Lowell; paternal aunts and uncles, Carol Houghton of Westford, Donna Sheehan of Milford, N.H., Rosemary Olsen of Chelmsford, Sherwood Avery of Manchester, N.H., Chazette and John Catania of Seabrook, N.H., Al and Judith Cassidy of Bedford, N.H., Georgia and Carlton Lamper of Bow, N.H., Linda Brown of Seabrook, N.H., Margaret and Russell Riley of Florida; and many cousins and friends.She was predeceased by her aunts and uncles, Paul Laderoute Jr., Arthur Olsen, Norman Olsen, Edgar Olsen, Shirley Avery and Charlotte Crocker. . SERVICES: Visiting hours will be held Tuesday, May 5, from 4 to 7 p.m., in the Tewksbury Funeral Home, corner of 1 Dewey St. and 975 Main St. (Route 38), Tewksbury center, 978-851-2950. Her funeral will begin Wednesday, May 6, at 9 a.m., from the funeral home, followed by a funeral Mass at 10 a.m. in St. William's Church, 1351 Main St. (Route 38), Tewksbury. Committal will be in St. Joseph's Cemetery, East Chelmsford.In lieu of flowers, memorials to the Alzheimer's Association of Massachusetts, 480 Pleasant St., Watertown, MA 02472, will be appreciated.For more information, visit tewksburyfuneralhome.com .
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Watson Sr., Charles W.  
RAYMOND - Charles W. "Charlie" Watson Sr., 88, passed away on April 27, 2015. Charlie was born and lived in Clifton until moving to Raymond 22 years ago. A World War II veteran, he served on the USS Intrepid. Charlie was a self-employed commercial laundry repair man, and was active in Boy Scouting, as well as an active outdoorsman. Charlie is survived by Alma, his wife of 66 years; daughter Linda Ribolini (Bruce); son Charles Jr. (Donna); five grandchildren, Jocelyn DePrisco (Tim), Marissa Gresser (Mischa), Kristin Watson, Matthew Watson (Lisa), Jacob Watson; and seven great-grandchildren. Cremation was private, as will be the memorial service in Raymond. In lieu of flowers, donations to the New Hampshire Audubon Society would be appreciated. Charlie will be greatly missed by all those who knew and loved him.
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Whitcher, Horace T.  
BRISTOL - Horace Tilton "Bud" Whitcher, 82, died Wednesday, April 29, 2015, at Lakes Region General Hospital after a period of declining health. He was born in New London, the son of Horace A. and Evelyn (Marshall) Whitcher. He graduated from New London High School and went on to serve in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. After returning from his service in the Army, he worked as a finish carpenter in the New London-Sunapee area for most of his life. He was well known for his extensive restoration work done on many old homes and historical societies. His passion was woodworking and even in his free time, Bud enjoyed making wooden toys for children. He was a member of the Faith Alive Fellowship in Laconia. He is survived by his wife, Kathleen (Morrison) Whitcher, of Bristol; children, Ruth Koloski of Claremont, Rebecca Whitcher of Claremont, Daniel Whitcher of Chesapeake, Va., April Messer of Newbury, Matthew Whitcher of Andover, David Whitcher of Wade, N.C., Michael Robbins of North Andover, Mass.; 19 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; a sister, Lois Palmer, of Sutton; a brother, Robert Whitcher, of Penacook; many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a daughter, Laurel Cronis. and brother Donald Whitcher. . SERVICES: A memorial service will be held on Friday, May 8, at 11:30 a.m., at the Faith Alive Fellowship, 72 Primrose Drive South, Laconia. Burial will follow in the New Hampshire State Veterans Cemetery in Boscawen at 1:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to St. Jude's Research Hospital, P.O. Box 1893, Memphis, TN 38101. Arrangements are under the direction of Emmons Funeral Home of Bristol.
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Contraros, Laura J.  
DERRY - Laura J. Contraros, 85, of Derry, died Friday, May 1, 2015, in the Lahey Clinic in Burlington, Mass.Mrs. Contraros was born in Highland Park, Mich., on May 10, 1929, a daughter of the late Charles and Georgia (Hutchinson) Libbee. She graduated from Lowell High School, in Lowell, Mass., Class of 1947. She was a longtime resident of Pelham before moving to Derry in 1998. Mrs. Contraros had been employed at Hadco Corporation in Derry for many years. She enjoyed playing bingo and taking trips to Foxwoods Casino.She is survived by her four sons, Leo Contraros and wife Bonnie of Pembroke, Robert Contraros and wife Deborah of Derry, Ronald Contraros of Litchfield, and Peter Contraros and wife Kathy of Manchester; 11 grandchildren, two great-grandchildren; and one niece, Linda McGrade, of Florida. She was predeceased by her husband, John J. Contraros, in 1986, and by her granddaughter, Katelyn Contraros, in 2005. . SERVICES: Calling hours will be held on Tuesday, May 5, from 9 to 11 a.m., in the Peabody Funeral Homes and Crematorium, 15 Birch St., Derry, followed by a funeral service at 11 a.m. in the funeral home. Burial will be in the Gibson Cemetery, Pelham.To send a condolence or for more information, please visit www.peabodyfuneralhome.com .
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Deshaies, Eleanor M.  
FRANKLIN - Eleanor M. "Ellie" Deshaies, 72, died Saturday, April 25, 2015, surrounded by her loving family, at the Mountain Ridge Nursing home after a long-term illness. She was born Nov. 20, 1942, in Exeter, the daughter of Clarence and Eleanor (Wilkins) Ladd. She was educated in the Exeter and Manchester school systems and went on to work at Sylvania and Jordan Marsh before settling down and raising her family.Ellie had been a long-term resident at the Mountain Ridge Center where she enjoyed playing Beno, arts and crafts, and spending time with her family.She is survived by her mother, Eleanor (Ladd) Sullivan, of Exeter; two sons, Roland Cassidy and Glen Deshaies; two daughters, Marlene Dionne and Debi Cote; five grandchildren, two great-grandchildren; three sisters, Lee Cole, Lana Stearns and Lori Ladd; and a brother, Douglas Ladd. She was predeceased by her father, Clarence Ladd; stepmother Alice Ladd; and stepfather Clint Sullivan. . SERVICES: Services will be private and at the convenience of the family. Interment will be in the Exeter Cemetery.In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Concord VNA, Slusser Center, Development Center, 30 Pillsbury St., Concord, NH 03301.Emmons Funeral Home of Bristol is in charge of arrangements.
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Dumont, Gilles  
LINCOLN - Gilles Dumont, 87, passed away Thursday evening, April 23, 2015, at Cottage Hospital in Woodsville following a period of declining health. Born on Aug. 8, 1927, in St. Marguerite, Dorchester, Canada, he was the son of Ovide and Maria (Deblois) Dumont. In earlier years, he cooked for Arthur Asseline's restaurant for five years. He was then employed for 21 years at Franconia Paper Company as a backtender to Machine No. 3 and retired from Burndy Corporation in Lincoln in 1993 where he worked for 16 years as a setup man for the rollmaker. He was a communicant of St. Joseph Church in Lincoln. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by three brothers: Roland Dumont and wife Marguerite Rioux of Canada, Bernard Dumont, and Benoit Dumont and wife Rita Carrier, all of Lincoln, as well as sister-in-law, Marcelle Dumont, and brothers-in-law Lucien Carrier and Mercel Mercier. He leaves his loving wife of 54 years, Ghislaine (Veillex) Dumont, of Lincoln; three brothers: George Dumont and wife Theresa of Lincoln, Arthur Dumont of Massachusetts, and Jean-Paul Dumont and wife Rejeane of Canada; four sisters: Florence Dumont, Suzanne Dumont and husband Jean-Paul Royer, and Mariette Dumont, all of Canada, and Huguette Dumont and husband Mark of Lincoln; as well as sister-in-law Alene Dumont; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. . SERVICES: A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Friday, May 8, at St. Joseph Church in Lincoln. Rev. David Kneeland will officiate. Burial will be at Riverside Cemetery in Lincoln. Calling hours will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, May 7, at Fournier-Hale Funeral Home, 144 Main St., North Woodstock. An online guest book is available at www.fournier-hale.com .
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