HOLDERNESS - Louis P. "Louie" Francesco died on Jan. 20, 2013, at The Retreat at Golden View Healthcare in Meredith following a period of declining health.
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He was born in Holderness on Oct. 9, 1919, the only child of Frank and Mary (Romani) Francesco.
Louie was raised in Holderness and attended the Bridge School, Plymouth High School (1938), and New Hampton School (1939). After his school days he entered the U. S. Army and served his country during World War II from 1940 to 1945. He was stationed in Papua, New Guinea, also spending time in Australia.
After the war he returned home and married Dorothy Jacques and made their home in Plymouth. Dorothy predeceased him 15 years ago in January of 1998. He operated the Village Cafe and the Bowling Alley at the old railroad station in Plymouth in the 1950s. In 1959, he built the Bowling Alley (Lakeview Lanes) on Squam Lake in Holderness and operated it until 1980s.
He loved Squam Lake and will forever be known as captain of the steamboat Halcyon, the boat he lovingly restored after he retired. When he was not on the lake in the steamboat, he could be found tinkering in his boat shop on Sheppard Hill. His positive attitude, quick wit, and sense of humor will be missed by all.
Survivors are his son, Peter Francesco and wife Sue, of Holderness; his daughter, Kimberly Littlefield and husband Paul Williams, of New Jersey; his grandchildren, granddaughter Angi Miller and husband Warren, of Stowe, Vt., granddaughter Sarah Harris and husband Fennell, of New York, granddaughter Kristen Littlefield of New Jersey, and grandson David Littlefield of New Jersey; great-granddaughter Jocelyn Miller of Stowe, Vt.
services: Calling hours will be on Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Dupuis Funeral Home on Hill Avenue in Ashland. A celebration of Louie's life will be held at the Holderness Community Church on Route 3 in Holderness on Friday at 11 a.m. Donations may be made to the New Hampshire Boat Museum, 397 Center St., Wolfeboro, 03894, or to the Holderness Fire Department Benevolent Fund, P.O. Box 465, Holderness, 03245. Dupuis Funeral Home, Ashland, is handling arrangements.
Published in Union Leader on Jan. 22, 2013