Arthur A. Dean

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MEREDITH - Arthur Alwin Dean, 79, passed away at Golden View Health Care Center on Monday, Aug. 25, 2014.Art was born in Tilton, on June 23, 1935, to Gladys (Merrill) and Charles Dean. He grew up in Tilton, graduating from Tilton-Northfield High School. Art attended Plymouth State Teachers College, where he earned a Bachelor's Degree in education and played basketball and baseball. He served in the Army Reserves, and later earned a Master's Degree in physical education from Boston University.Art began raising his family with former wife Jeraldine P. Dean in 1958, settling in Laconia in 1966. During his 37-year teaching career, he taught physical education, driver's education and coached a number of boys' and girls' sports. Before coming to Laconia, he taught and coached in Lincoln, Bristol and Franklin, where he was Athletic Director. For many years, Art was a physical education teacher at the former Memorial Junior High School in Laconia. He served as varsity boy's basketball coach at Laconia High School from 1969 to 1975. After retiring from coaching, Art was an NHIAA-certified soccer official.Art strongly believed in the value of education, and participation in athletics, in preparing young people for life. He established summer basketball leagues for different age groups in Laconia, organized the annual Lakes Region Basketball Clinic, and was also on the coaching staff of basketball camps run by former Boston Celtic players Larry Siegfried and Dave Cowens.Art enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening, exercising and attending his grandchildren's activities. He also loved watching ballgames on TV, and spending time with family and friends at his camp near Kearsarge Mountain in Andover.Family members include: his son, Timothy S. Dean, and his wife Michelle, of Laconia; his daughter, Cheryl A. Angus, of Gilmanton; his son, James M. Dean, and Nancy DePasquale of Beverly, Mass.; his son, John K. Dean, and his wife, Karen, of Gilmanton; grandchildren, Hayley Angus, of Campton, Evan Dean and his adopted sister Saray of Cape Cod, Mass., Olivia, Aidan and Victoria Dean of Laconia, and Lauren and Caroline Dean of Gilmanton; great grandchildren Maxx and Juno Angus of Campton.


services: Calling hours will be held on Friday, Sept. 5, from 4 to 6 p.m. at Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 164 Pleasant St., Laconia, using the Carriage House entrance.Burial will be at a later date in Franklin Cemetery, Franklin.Donations in Art's memory may be made to the Arthur Dean Student-Athlete Scholarship Fund, c/o Lakes Region Scholarship Foundation, PO Box 7312, Gilford, NH 03247-7312.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

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Published in Union Leader on Sept. 2, 2014
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