LACONIA - Bernard Roland Little, 94, of Sandhurst Drive, died at the N.H. Veterans Home, Tilton on Thursday, April 3, 2014.
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He was the widower of Alice M. Little who died in 2007 and Louise Little who died in 1976.
Bernard was born June 6, 1919, in Woodsville, the son of Frank and Julia (Hutchins) Little. He had lived in the Laconia, Belmont and Gilford area since 1934.
Bernard served during World War II in the European Theater as a 100th Div. Ranger in the U.S. 7th Army, seeing action in the Battle of the Bulge and qualified for three campaign stars. He received a Certificate of Appreciation presented by the Boston French Consul and signed by the Secretary of Defense of France, in recognition of his participation in the liberation of France.
Leaving his employment in 1942 from the Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Laconia for the U.S. Army he returned after discharge in 1946 where he was employed for 40 years. In 1954, he received a national award for placing among the top 50 route salesmen in the U.S.A. from the home office in Atlanta, Ga. He later became the manager of Concord Coca-Cola distribution warehouse for 18 years. He retired in 1981 from the N.H. Department of Safety, Concord, after being employed as the mail room supervisor for three years.
Bernard had enjoyed many winters in Orange City, Fla. He was a past-member for many years of the Belmont Winnisquam Lions Club, V.F.W. Post No. 1070, F. & A.M. Mt. Lebanon Lodge No. 32 and the Lakes Region Management Club. Bernard was a lover of horses; his horses led many parades in Belmont and the Sandwich Fair.
Survivors include a sister, Virginia McBride, of Laconia; two stepsons, Raymond Marceau and Roger Marceau, both of Laconia and many nephews and nieces.
He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Norman Little and Clayton Little; two sisters, Beatrice (Little) O'Brien and Pearl (Little) Eastman and stepsons, Roland Marceau, Robert Wiggin and Donald Wiggin.
SERVICES: There will be no calling hours.
A memorial service will be held on Friday, May 2, at 11 a.m. in the Carriage House of the Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home, 164 Pleasant St., Laconia.
Burial, with military honors, will follow in the family lot in Union Cemetery, Academy St., Laconia.
For those who wish, the family suggests that memorial donations be made to Honor Flight New England, P.O. Box 16287, Hooksett, 03106, Phone 603-518-5368 Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 164 Pleasant St., Laconia, is assisting the family with the arrangements.
For more information and to view an online memorial go to www.wilkinsonbeane.com.
Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home
164 Pleasant Street
Laconia, NH 03246
Published in Union Leader on Apr. 10, 2014