BRIDGEWATER — Mary-Jane Denton, 74, of Whittemore Point Road, North, died Friday, June 4, 2004, at Franklin Regional Hospital.
She was born in Traverse City, Mich., the daughter of Robert F. and Cecile (Apsey) Gray. After graduating from high school, she went on to attend Mt. Holyoke College.
She married Lawrence L. Denton and they settled in Hamilton, Mass., before moving to Bridgewater 50 years ago. Mrs. Denton volunteered within the Newfound Area communities by taking patients to medical appointments and serving as chairperson for area blood drives.
Mrs. Denton’s true loves in life included her four sons, her two grandchildren, Alexander S. Denton and Grace E. Denton, and playing bridge.
Family includes her four sons, Lawrence G. Denton of Bristol, Geoffrey G. Denton of Belmont, Andrew S. Denton of Bridgewater, and Matthew L. Denton of Danbury.
She was predeceased by her husband; and one brother, Robert Gray.
There are no calling hours. Funeral services will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Newfound Area Nursing Association, 214 Lake St., Bristol, NH 03222. Arrangements are under the direction of Emmons Funeral Home of Bristol.
Robert F. Thomas
TILTON — Robert F. Thomas, 77, a resident of the New Hampshire Veterans Home in Tilton, died there Wednesday, June 2, 2004, following a period of failing health.
He was born in Newton, Mass., on Jan. 15, 1927, the son of Sterling G. and Dorothy (Daly) Thomas. Mr. Thomas attended schools in Massachusetts and later attended junior college. Prior to moving to the Veterans Home 10 years ago, he lived in Ossipee for several years.
For many years he worked as a construction superintendent. He was an active member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8270 in Ossipee. He was a Mason and a National Sojourner Member. He was elected several times as president of the resident council at the New Hampshire Veterans Home. During World War II, Mr.Thomas served with the Army Air Corps.
His family includes two brothers, Donald Thomas Somers of Connecticut and Gordon Thomas of Burlington, N.J., and staff and friends at the New Hampshire Veterans Home.
A service with honors will be held Wednesday, June 9, 2004, at 1 p.m. at the New Hampshire State Veterans Cemetery in Boscawen. The William F. Smart Sr. Memorial Home of Tilton is assisting with arrangements. Expressions of Sympathy may be made in his name to the "Activities Fund," N.H. Veterans Home, Winter Street, Tilton, NH 03276.
Lloyd ‘Sharky’ Emerson
FRANKLIN — Lloyd "Sharky" C. Emerson, 85, of 140 Chestnut St., in Franklin died Friday, June 4, 2004, at the Franklin Regional Hospital following a period of failing health.
He was born in Franklin on Aug. 28, 1918, the son of George C. Emerson, who died Sept. 21, 1975, and Bernice P. (Robie) Emerson, who died July 27, 1980. Mr. Emerson was a lifelong resident of Franklin.
Sharky worked as a carpenter for many years. He was general manager at the former Clement Motors in Tilton for 20 years and later owned and operated his own businesses, T&F Auto Co. and Tilton Main Street Motors in Tilton prior to retiring due to ill health.
He was a member of the VFW Post 1698 in Franklin. A disabled American veteran, he was a life member of the DAV and Commander Club as bronze leader. He enjoyed working on his home and caring for the grounds.
Family and friends will remember his sense of humor. He joined the New Hampshire National Guard in 1939 and was activated to the Army in 1940. He served in the Pacific Theater of Operations and later in the United States. Prior to his discharge in 1946, he served with the 257th Motor Company, SCU, Station Compliment.
His family includes his wife of 60 years, R. Madeline (Sawtelle) Emerson of Franklin; two sons, Richard G. Emerson of Franklin and Kevin R. Emerson of Bristol; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; his sister, Ruth St.Croix of East Boston, Mass.; and several nieces and nephews
Calling hours will be Monday, June 7, 2004, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the William F. Smart Sr. Memorial Home, Franklin-Tilton Road, in Tilton. A funeral service will be held Tuesday at 10 a.m. in the Memorial Home with burial and honors following in Franklin Cemetery in Franklin. The William F. Smart Sr. Memorial Home of Tilton is assisting the family with arrangements. Expressions of Sympathy may be made to a local DAV Association in his memory.
Mark Taylor, Enjoyed time with family
CAMPTON — Mark Easton Taylor, 55, of 32 Alden Drive, Campton, and formerly of 20 Lake Shore Drive, in Amesbury, Mass., died suddenly as the result of an automobile accident in Edinburg, Maine.
Mark was born in Amesbury on March 12, 1949, the son of Easton A. and Antoinette M. "Ginger" Poulin Taylor. Mark grew up surrounded by the love and support of his dear family, including his four brothers, Jeffrey, Timothy, Daniel, Andrew and his dear sister, Carolyn. He attended local schools and graduated from Amesbury High School, Class of 1967.
As a young man, he forged a relationship with the Mellon family of the Amesbury Country Club and in 1966 began an apprenticeship there where he developed his passion for golf and the outdoors that would soon become an integral part of his life. In 1967, Mark further pursued his studies at Salem State College, majoring in education. He eventually moved on to the University of Massachusetts Turf School where he was formally trained.
As years passed, he occupied various positions in the field, such as director of golf course operations at the Rockingham Country Club, and positions at the Haverhill Country Club and the Mount Washington.
In 1983 he attended business courses at Northern Essex Community College. He also pursued various seminars that would keep him up to speed on the developments in the industry. He attended several Golf Course Superintendent’s Association of America education seminars.
In 1983, Mark also took on the responsibilities of his own business. He owned and operated A&M Landscaping and, through this position, took on such tasks as industrial landscape maintenance and golf course irrigation installation.
As Mark’s career evolved, his personal life was also changing. A pleasant turn happened on Feb. 8, 1976, when Mark married his dear Caryl E. Mc Dermot. Caryl brought to their union five beautiful children: Terry, Jeffrey, Jay, James and Patrick. Mark immediately embraced the children as his own. This new family was soon blessed with a new son named Adam, and shortly after, a granddaughter, Courtney.
A loving man, he soon found great joy in sharing his own enjoyments with his children. A one time assistant manager of the Iceland Hockey Rink in Amesbury, Mark had not lost his fondness for the sport. He implicated himself in youth hockey, sitting on the Board of Directors from 1975 to 1983. He sat as president in 1977 and 1978. He was also a member of the National Ice Hockey Officials association from 1972-1983. A generous soul, he spent countless hours fundraising, coaching and volunteering.
A particularly memorable event in Mark’s hockey coaching experience was his trip to Russia, as coach of the All Star Youth team. He always spoke of this "once in a lifetime" experience with great pride! Also active in his children’s activities, he loved to proudly share his son Adam’s Little League triumphs.
Whenever an organization was in need, Mark was always tireless in giving of himself to advance the cause. Mark was a communicant of St Joseph’s Church in Amesbury and volunteered regularly. He was a member of the church council from 1991 to 1993. A member of the Knights of Columbus for many years, he was also very proud of his recent affiliation with the Elks.
He is survived by his dear wife, Caryl E. (McDermot) Taylor of Campton; his parents, Easton A. and Antoinette M. "Ginger" (Poulin) Taylor of Indian Town, Fla.; his loving children, Terry L. McDermot of Portsmouth, Jeffrey P. McDermot and his wife, Donna, of Hampton, Jay L. McDermot and his wife, Sharon, of Amesbury, Mass., James T. McDermot and Patti, of Lombard, Ill., Patrick W. McDermot and Lynne of Salem, and Air Force Capt. Adam E. Taylor of Okinawa, Japan; his beloved grandchildren, Courtney (Mrs. Joel) Smith, Ryan and Lisa McDermot, Amanda, Anthony and Andrew McDermot, Adam, Molly and Maddie McDermot and Kathryn and Kevin McDermot; his very special great-grandchild, Clayton Smith; and his dear brothers and sisters, Jeffrey A Taylor and his wife, Marlene, of Goffstown, Timothy F. Taylor of Key West, Fla., Daniel P. Taylor and his wife, Tricia, of Goffstown, Major Andrew A. Taylor and his wife, Mary Kay Taylor of Alexandria, Va., and Carolyn R. (Mrs. Timothy) Rabbit of Lake Worth, Fla.; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. He leaves behind his loving and loyal friend, his Husky, Alex.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday morning, June 7, 2004, at 10 a.m. at Holy Family Parish St. Joseph Upper Church, School Street, Amesbury, Mass. Family and friends are invited to call at the E. V. Jutras & Son Funeral Home, 118 Friend St., Amesbury, Mass., on Sunday afternoon and evening from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Interment in the family lot in St. Joseph Cemetery will follow the Funeral Mass. In his memory contributions may be directed to Holy Family Parish Restoration Fund, 6 Allens Court, Amesbury, MA 01913.
Nancy J. Sanborn
ELIOT, Maine — Nancy J. Sanborn, 62, of Pleasant Avenue in Eliot, died on Friday, June 4, 2004, in Dover following a period of failing health.
Born in Kittery, Maine, on Sept. 28, 1941, she was a daughter of Thomas Howard Ferguson and Thelma May (Grant) Ferguson. She was raised in Kittery and attended local schools graduating from R.W. Traip Academy with the class of 1959.
Nancy Sanborn, Loved singing with choir
She will among many other things be remembered for her love of music, especially country music, as well as her wonderful singing voice. She often enjoyed singing at the Kittery Grange and with her church choir. Although country music was a favorite, her deepest appreciation for music was with gospel singing especially that of her dear friend Ken Fernald. She rarely missed a local concert and was often comforted by his music.
Nancy was an active member of her church, the Second Christian Congregational Church UCC of Kittery, for many years. She was a door keeper, and loved singing with the choir.
She worked in the hospitality industry for many years at Valley’s in Kittery where she was a hostess and member of the wait staff, she also worked for a time at Fryday’s Fish in Eliot, she enjoyed her contact with the people she served and the many friends she made at work.
Nancy was an avid bingo player, enjoying games all over the Seacoast especially at the Frank Jones Center in Portsmouth. She was also a member of the Country Music Association.
She is survived by her loving family and will be dearly missed by her mother, Thelma M. Ferguson of Portsmouth; her daughter, Denise L. Lago and her fiancé, James Gaunya, of Rochester; her sons, Tom Sanborn and his wife, Martine, of Salisbury, Mass., and Jim Sanborn and his wife, Donna, of South Berwick, Maine; her sisters, Brenda Coleman and her husband, Dick, of Cerritos, Calif., and Cindy Boyd and her husband, Sonny, of Kittery, Maine; her grandchildren, Lorin Danner and her husband, Rob, Becky Lago, Jill Kazee-Locke, Nikki, Maggie, Kimmy, Celine and Cameron Sanborn; and her great-grandchildren, Taylor and Kaitlyn Sanborn; as well as her aunt and uncle; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was predeceased by her father; and her brother, James W. Ferguson.
A funeral will be held at her church, Second Christian Congregational Church UCC on Government Street in Kittery on Tuesday, June 8, 2004, at 1 p.m. with burial to follow in Orchard Grove Cemetery in Kittery. Friends may visit with Nancy’s family on Monday evening from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the J.S. Pelkey Funeral Home, 125 Old Post Road, Kittery, Maine 03904. Family flowers only. Donations may be made in her memory to Seacoast Hospice, 10 Hampton Road, Exeter, NH 03833. Arrangements are entrusted to the J.S. Pelkey Funeral Home of Kittery.
Jean M. McCarthy
PORTSMOUTH — Jean M. (Maskwa) McCarthy, 68, 0f 116 Mill Road, Hampton, and a lifelong resident of Portsmouth, died on Thursday, June 3, 2004, peacefully in Exeter surrounded by her loving family.
Jean was born in Portsmouth on Feb. 6, 1936, the daughter of the late Stanley J. and Helen C. (Bickford) Maskwa, both of Portsmouth. An only child, Jean found great joy in the company of her parents and her circle of friends. Even at a young age, she always enjoyed spending time with her dad. One of her favorite memories was helping her father umpire the Sunset League baseball games, which was always a treat.
Jean attended local schools and graduated from Portsmouth High School, Class of 1954. As she progressed in her education, it became clear she had a gift for learning. She took a strong interest in sports yet her obvious intellectual talents were also beginning to clearly manifest. On her agenda, during her senior year, were such things as the National Honor Society and the Latin Club. After graduation, she moved on to Boston University. There, she began to flourish, wholeheartedly embracing college life. She studied the Liberal Arts and eagerly pledged the sorority of Phi Beta Phi. In 1958, she proudly graduated, Cum Laude.
Armed with her education and a sense of community and compassion, Jean returned to Portsmouth to begin a career in teaching. This service to the community and area youth would span 39 years. She began at Portsmouth Junior High School, taking on such subjects as Spanish and English. This position evolved into her 36-year tenure in Portsmouth High School’s Language Arts Department. Throughout her teaching career, many students were fortunate benefactors. Jean always treated her students with compassion, patience and respect. Jean’s devotion and pride in her students extended far beyond the classroom. She enjoyed seeing the young men and women that she so painstakingly taught evolve into active members of the community. Her gracious decision to select the Gray Funeral Home, Robert K. Gray Jr. being a former student, only serves to illustrate her continued kindness and devotion.
On the homefront, these same qualities of devotion were ever present. A loving mother to two boys, John and Stephen, she was hard working yet ever present. She managed to become, not only a parent to her children, but a confidant and friend. A remarkable woman, she juggled the care of her children, her career and the care of her parents and aunts beautifully.
Later in life, Jean turned her attention back to her own education and training. She attended Keene State College and achieved a Master’s Degree in Special Education. She also maintained her ties with the Boston University Alumni Association.
Always an avid sports fan, Jean’s enjoyment did not fade with time. She was interested in professional sports and enjoyed following the various teams. With the arrival of a grandson, Sean, she also began to take an active interest in his sporting events. It was not uncommon to see Jean, in attendance at Sean’s football, basketball or lacrosse games.
Jean is predeceased by her parents, Stanley J. and Helen C. (Bickford) Maskwa; and her aunts, Keith G. Bickford and Jean F. Bickford.
She is survived by her two sons, John C. McCarthy and his wife, Mary L., of Hampton, and Stephen McCarthy of Portsmouth; her grandson, Sean J. McCarthy of Hampton; her aunts, Mary (Maskwa) Mrs. Charles O’Brien, Betty Maskwa, and Dorothy Maskwa, all of Portsmouth; several nieces and nephew, Paul Maskwa, Beverly Miyares, Michael Maskwa and Susan Fort; her lifelong friend, Joseph G. Williams of Hampton.
Family and friends are invited to call to the Robert K. Gray, Jr. Funeral Home on Tuesday evening, June 8, 2004, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Her interment in the family lot in Riverside Cemetery, in New Castle, will be held privately. In Jean’s memory and at her request, please direct contributions to the McDonough Caddy Scholarship c/o Portsmouth High School Alumni Drive, Portsmouth, NH 03801. Arrangements are under the direction of the Robert K. Gray Jr. Funeral Home, 24 Winnacunet Road, Hampton, NH 03842.
HAMPTON — Whitney B. Robinson of 121 Woodland Road died peacefully in the afternoon of Friday, June 18, 2004.
Born in Beverly, Mass., he was a graduate of Beverly High School, Class of 1947, and Boston University, Class of 1951, and decided to join the U.S. Air Force.
He became a fighter pilot, flying the most advanced jet of that era, the F-86 Saber Jet. Stationed in Korea, he was part of a forward placed fighter squadron during the Korean War and was credited with downing two North Korean MIG jets during his time there. Returning to the United States, he and his wife Helen resided at Bryan Air Force Base, Texas where he instructed new combat fighter pilots. It was there that his son, Harry D. Robinson, was born.
Ultimately, he returned home to North Beverly, Mass., and started a new career with the Polaroid-Land Camera Co. in Waltham, Mass. He was a key product manager involved with the highly successful Polaroid instant camera and film.
Whitney always enjoyed New Hampshire, spending his summers at Melvin Village on Lake Winnipesaukee and his winters rocketing down the slopes of many of the state’s ski areas. He and his family moved to Hampton in 1973, where he resided until his death.
He was also plant manager for P.F. Avery/Combustion Engineering in Newington and the German-owned firm, Disogran, located at the Manchester Airport.
Whitney was a man of many interests: captain of the 1947 Beverly High School hockey team, former commissioner of the Beverly Airport, a member of the election committee for then Mass. Gov. John Volpe and Beverly Mayor Herbert Grimes. He was an avid alpine skier, making his first set of skis. He was a member of the Boy Scouts of America, achieving the rank of Eagle, a member of the Historical Truck Society, a supporter of the Youth Baseball League in Beverly, a trustee of the N.H. Farm Museum in Milton, and a major in the U. S Air Force Reserves.
In his so-called retirement, he became a successful and well-respected real estate agent, representing the NJP, Tom Fabisak, and Quayle-Congdon agencies. He enjoyed working and playing hard.
He was a true American, loyal to flag and family. He leaves his loving wife of 50 years, Helen A. (Dean) Robinson, his son Harry D. and his wife, Kathleen M. (Ardini), Robinson; and grandson, Dean W. Robinson, all of New Hampshire; two sisters, Joanne, and her husband, Dr. Walter Rattan, of Wisconsin, and Carol Wagner of New Hampshire; and several nieces and nephews spread across the United States.
Services will be held in the Second Congregational Church, 35 Conant St., Beverly, Mass., on Wednesday, June 23 at 11 a.m. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited and may call at the Remick & Gendron Funeral Home-Crematory, 811 Lafayette Road, Hampton, N.H., on Tuesday from 4 to 6 p.m. Interment will be in the Hamilton Cemetery. The family requests that flowers please be omitted. If desired, donations may be made to Seacoast Hospice, 10 Hampton Road, Exeter, NH 03833.