Elliot C. Thompson

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Elliot C. Thompson, 87, of Hinsdale and a former long-time resident of Winchester, died in the comfort of his home on Saturday January 19, 2019. He passed peacefully after a brief period of decline with the love of family near.

Elliot was born in Winchester the son of the late Rose (Northrup) and Grover Thompson on January 25, 1931. He was the youngest of 13 children. Elliot graduated from Thayer High School in 1949.

After high school he joined the United States Air Force. He was stationed in Las Vegas and then deployed to Korea for the Korean Conflict. While in Korea he proudly served his country and worked as a mechanic on combat aircraft. He was honorably discharged in 1953 at the rank of Sargent, E-5. Being a veteran was perhaps his proudest accomplishment in life. He was proud to serve and was an advocate for VA benefits for all veterans and their families. He was proud to share that he had 5 brothers in WWII who all returned home safely. They served as an inspiration to him throughout his life. He had fond memories of growing up as the baby of the family and being so loved and cared for by his siblings. He was the “Last of the Mohicans” as he so fondly and proudly referred to himself as.

On March 23, 1956 he married his sweetheart, Joyce Herk from Warwick Mass. They were married at the United Church of Christ in Winchester with family and friends in attendance. Sadly, Joyce passed on December 11, 2010 after 54 years of marriage. Elliot and Joyce made their home in Winchester where they raised 4 children at their homestead on Richmond Road and lived there for over 30 years. Elliot often worked 3 jobs to support his family. Family, in his mind and heart came above all other. Being a husband, a dad, a papa and a great grandpapa, was where he found so much of his life purpose.  The couple moved to Rolling Hills in Hinsdale in 2005 where they would live out the remainder of their lives.

He worked at The Book Press in Brattleboro Vt. for over 40 years. He retired in 1994 and took a little time to travel. However, Elliot was not one to sit still, so he soon began his second “career” and perhaps his favorite. He became a crossing guard for the children of Hinsdale. This became more than just a job to him. He immediately fell in love with being around the children. He took this job to the next level. Not a car went by him without getting a smile and a wave, not a veteran plate passed him without a salute and not a birthday of one of the children passed without a bag of goodies being given them. For 12 years he became loved my so many passerby’s. So many students remember his warm smile and so many parents felt safer knowing Mr. Thompson was granting their children safe passage on their journey to school every day.

Elliot also served as an active member of the Winchester Fire Department for over 40 years. He spent many years as their treasurer and could often be heard telling stories about the camaraderie of his fellow fire fighters and the pride he had in serving next to them. Elliot was a member of the United Church of Christ for over 50 years and served as a Deacon and volunteered for many church activities during that time. He had strong faith and his faith carried him through many life events during his 87 years. Elliot was an active member of VFW Post #3968 in Winchester. He proudly and with great intensity and integrity, gave his all for 15 plus years in making sure that the flags were placed throughout Main St. and the Evergreen Cemetery on every National Holiday that honored our country. This was one of his favorite things to do. He made sure the flags were out by sunrise and taken in by sunset on the days they were meant to be out. He was a proud man and any way that he could serve his country, made him even prouder. He marched in every Memorial Day Parade. He attended every Veterans day ceremony and most recently was able to be a Pease Greeter at Pease Airforce Base to welcome home the troops. To say he was a grateful and proud veteran would be an understatement. Although Elliot kept his days full with various activities, such as playing poker with friends, meeting work buddies for breakfast, taking his friends out to lunch, visiting people at the nursing home, watching the birds from his recliner, or taking rides on the back roads of New England, one of his favorite activities was watching Boston sports teams. He was an avid fan of the Patriots and Red Sox. He chants and cheers that he would belt out during any given game became a bit famous on social media. Watching football with Barry while eating scallops wrapped in bacon or venison stew was, undoubtedly one his favorite things to do.

Elliot was a family man. He had 4 children, 6 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. It was family time that was most precious to him. He loved to bounce his grandchildren on his knee, do magic tricks for them, dance the “tea for two” dance with them and attend any event he could possibly make it to. Although his great grandchildren may not have known their great grandpapa for a long time, his legacy of love and honor and duty to “Help Your Fellow Man” will carry on through the generations of Thompsons to come. He was the family patriarch, their hero, their mentor and their guide during difficult times. His love is wrapped in the arms of his children and will be passed on for eternity.

Elliot is survived by his daughter, Linda Ebbighausen and her husband Gary, His son, Brian Thompson. His daughter, Karen Thompson and her partner, Barry Kellom. His grandchildren; Amanda Scaff and her husband Joe, Beth D’Angelo and her husband Nick, Ashley Thompson and her partner Tyler Boucher, Jack Marsh III and his wife Nicole Vigneau, and Matthew Thompson. His great grandchildren; Mitchell and Maxwell Scaff, Patrick Vigneau, Jack Marsh IV, and Hannah Marsh. He is pre-deceased by his sons; Wayne Thompson and his infant son, James Thompson. A grandson, Trevor Thompson and his 12 siblings all passed earlier.

In keeping with Elliot’s wishes there are no calling hours. A celebration of life service with military honors will be held on Sunday, January 27, 2019 at 2:00pm. in the funeral chapel. Burial will take place in the spring in the family lot at Evergreen Cemetery, Winchester. In lieu of flowers donations may be sent in his memory to: Salvation Army, 15 Roxbury Plaza, Keene, NH. 03431 or to: Activities Department, C/O White River Junction Veterans Administration Medical Center, 215 North Main St. White River Junction, VT. 05001. All services are under the care of Cheshire Family Funeral Chapel and Crematories, 44 Maple Ave. Keene, NH. 03431. WWW.cheshirefamilyfh.com

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Darrell Lee Mitchell

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Darrell Lee Mitchell, 96, of Swanzey died on January 16, 2019, following a long period of failing health. He was born on May 8, 1922, in Berlin, New Hampshire, the son of Elton and Mildred Mitchell. He was a lifelong resident of New Hampshire.

As a young man he enlisted in the army and served in the 738th Bombardment Squadron, 454th Bombardment Group of the United States 15th Army Air Force as a mechanic on B-24 Liberator bombers in Cerignola, Italy, during World War II. When the war ended, he enrolled at the University of New Hampshire in Durham, where he received a degree in mechanical engineering. During that period he met and married his wife of 65 years, Priscilla Wood Mitchell.

Darrell’s first career position was with General Electric in Somersworth, then in 1955 he moved to Charlestown after securing new employment with Bryant Chucking Grinder in Springfield, Vermont. While working for Bryant he acquired several patents on magnetic memory drums some of the earliest computer memory devices which predated memory disks.

In 1960 he made another career move to take a position with Miniature Precision Bearings Corporation, and he moved the family to Swanzey Center. He finished his career with Markem Corporation where he held several management positions including Director of Research, Development, and Engineering.

Darrell served many years on the vestry of St. James Episcopal Church, and as a trustee of the Mount Caesar Union Library in Swanzey Center. In his spare time he enjoyed home improvement projects, gardening, reading, hunting, and especially fishing for brook trout with his father in the Great North Woods. He also enjoyed occasional horseback riding.

He is survived by a son, Robert Mitchell and his wife Kim, by a daughter, Susan Newell and her husband Ralph (Whip), a granddaughter, Leah Cox and her husband Jay, a grandson, Michael Mitchell and his wife Ashley, five great-grandchildren, three sisters-in-law, two brothers-in-law and their spouses, and numerous nieces and nephews of multiple generations. He was predeceased by his wife, a younger brother and nephew.

There will be no calling hours and the family will hold a private service. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a donation to the Mount Caesar Union Library, 628 Old Homestead Highway, Swanzey, NH 03446, or Home Healthcare Hospice and Community Services, 312 Marlboro Street, Keene, NH 03431. All services are under the care of Cheshire Family Funeral Home and Crematories, 46 South Winchester St. Swanzey, NH. 03446. WWW.cheshirefamilyfh.com

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Gerald “Jerry” Alfred Bussiere

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Gerald “Jerry” Alfred Bussiere, 82, of West Swanzey, died on Friday, January 11, 2019 in the comfort of his home. He passed peacefully with the love of family near after a period of declining health.

Gerald was born the son of the late Margaret (Nallet) and Niel Bussiere on January 30, 1936 in Swanzey. He was a 1955 graduate of Keene High School.


On April 12, 1958 he married his loving and supportive wife, Winifred Murphy. They were married at St. Anthony’s Church in Swanzey with family and friends in attendance. They have been married for sixty years. They lived in West Swanzey the majority of their married life.

He was an avid hunter and fisherman who peacefully passed onto his final hunting ground. In addition to softball, hunting and fishing he thoroughly enjoyed just being outdoors during any season. He was a proud softball coach and proud member of the Swanzey Marching Band. Jerry worked for the Keene Sentinel for the majority of his career until his retirement in 1998. Post retirement, he enjoyed working for the Town of Swanzey in various capacities. He and Winnie looked forward to their frequent dinners at their favorite restaurant, “Nick’s” whose owners and staff treated them like family.

Mr. Bussiere is survived by his wife, Winifred “Winnie” Bussiere of Swanzey. Their three daughters, Kathleen “Cricket” Venice and her husband Donald of Hinsdale, Leslie Bentley and her husband Michael of Spofford, Diane Forcier and her husband Peter of Swanzey, his son-in-law Gary Rouleau and his wife Brenda, five grand-children, Bradley Rouleau of Hinsdale, Mark Rouleau and his wife, Hillary of Swanzey, Jarrod Hamlin and his wife Sarah of Swanzey, Christopher Vincent and his wife Rebecca of San Jose, California and Jason Vincent of Sacramento, California and seven great grand-children, Matthew, Tavin, Brynn, Annalise, Charlotte, Raylan and Kameron. He is also survived by his sisters, Barbara Metcalf and her husband James and Margaret “Peggy” Olmstead and her husband David, his sister-in-law Laura Webber, his brother-in-law Leonard Daigle, several nieces and nephews, a God daughter, Nicole Collette, and his beloved dog, Patty. He is pre-deceased by his brother Niel “Peanut” Bussiere.

In keeping with Jerry’s wishes there are no calling hours. A Liturgy of the word funeral will be held on Friday, January 18th at 10:00 am. in the Cheshire Funeral Home with a gathering to celebrate his life immediately following at, Nick’s Restaurant in West Swanzey. A private burial will be held at a later date. Flowers will gladly be accepted. However, the family would prefer memorial contributions be made to: Whitcomb Hall Renovation Fund c/o Town of Swanzey, PO Box 10009, Swanzey, NH. 03446. All services are under the care of Cheshire Family Funeral Home and Crematories, 46 South Winchester St. Swanzey, NH. 03446. WWW.cheshirefamilyfh.com

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Barbara R. (Chickering) Hook

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Barbara R. (Chickering) Hook, 74, a life-time resident of Keene died on Sunday, January 6, 2019 at the Jack Byrne Center for Palliative and Hospice Care in Lebanon. She passed peacefully surrounded by her family.

Barbara was born the daughter of the late Ruth (Carey) and Morton Chickering on January 7, 1944 in Keene. She was educated locally and graduated from Keene High School class of 1962.

On January 9, 1965 she exchanged vows with David G. Hook at the United Church of Christ in Keene. They were married with family and friends in attendance and had been married just three days shy of their fifty-fourth wedding anniversary.

Barbara had many jobs and positions over the years. One of her most favorite jobs was working for the Head Start Program in Swanzey as a cook. She enjoyed being with the kids and retired in 2011. She also worked at the Fenton Family Dealerships in Keene as a driver for many years as well as Citizens Bank and the Cable Company. She and her husband were also the owners of Mac’s Place, a local restaurant and bar in Keene.

Barbara was a proud stay at home mom for many years raising her children and caring for her grandchildren. She enjoyed cooking for family and friends and liked working on her flower gardens around their pool. She enjoyed playing pitch on Thursday nights and going dancing and singing and doing karaoke. When time permitted, she was always up for a trip to the casinos. She was full of life and enjoyed spending the winter months at their home in Venice, Fl. Barbara cherished her grandchildren and spent a lot of time with them teaching them to swim, cook and play cards. Barbara also loved animals, especially her cat Sully.

Barbara is survived by her husband David G. Hook of Keene. Her four children; Susan E. Zinn of Richmond, Sheryl A. Trombly and her husband Edward of Keene, David G. Hook, Jr. of Keene and Jennifer L. Hook of Keene. Her grandchildren; Melissa Zinn, Adam Zinn, Zachary Trombly, Kelly Hook, Rebecca Hebb and Alexander Hook. Her sister in-law Cecile Chickering. Nieces and nephews; David Chickering, Daniel Chickering, Diane Glowacki, Martha Chickering and Darcy Husson. In addition, she leaves her best friends, Peggy and Butch Knox, cousins, extended family and friends. In addition to her parents, Barbara is pre-deceased by her brothers, Albert and Stanley Chickering.

Calling hours will be held on Saturday, January 12, 2019 from 10 to 12 noon in the funeral chapel. A gathering will immediate follow at the Elks Lodge in Keene, NH. Burial will take place privately in the spring. Flowers will gladly be accepted or donations can be made in memory of Barbara R. Hook in honor of her granddaughter, Rebecca Hebb, to the Epilepsy Foundation at epilepsy.com/donate. All services are under the care of Cheshire Family Funeral Chapel and Crematories, 44 Maple Ave. Keene, NH. 03431. WWW.cheshirefmilyfh.com

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Margaret Shirley (Martin) Wright

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Margaret Shirley (Martin) Wright, 84, a longtime resident of Keene, formerly of Marlborough, NH passed away peacefully on January 3rd. 2019.

Margaret was born at home to Alphonse and Shirley (Colemena) Martin on August 17th 1934 in Marlborough, NH. She graduated from Marlborough High School in 1952

On August 8th 1953 Margaret and Lawrence Wright married at Sacred Heart Church in Marlborough. They began their married life in Puerto Rico where Larry was stationed with the US Navy, later they resided in Swanzey for a short time before moving to Keene in 1962.

After the last of her six children were in school, she worked at the Woodward Retirement Home as the evening cook for 25 years, before retiring in 1992.

Margaret was the neighborhood “mom”; her aim was to make people feel loved, comfortable and welcome. She liked nothing more than being surrounded by family and friends and hosting gatherings at her home.

Margaret enjoyed baking and decorating cakes for weddings and other occasions. Much of her time was spent sewing, knitting, doing crafts and spending time with grandchildren. She loved shopping at the “dented can” or anywhere else she could find a bargain. Travel was another favorite past time; Margaret and Larry drove cross country several times and have visited most of the 50 United States, including Alaska and Hawaii. She and Larry also traveled to Canada and Mexico and enjoyed transcontinental visits to England and Belgium.

Her faith and family were close to her heart. She was a member of the Church of God Of Greenville, OH.

Margaret is survived by her husband of 65 years, Lawrence Wright, and her six children and their spouses; Christine and her late husband Chuck Beauregard of Keene, Tony and Peggy Wright of Marlborough, Rick and Kelly Wright of Keene, Jon and Karen Wright of Keene, Michelle and Keith Maddox of Greenville, OH, Nicole and Ernie Smalley of Marlborough. Her siblings: Mary and Theresa Martin of Keene, and Catherine Breed of Punta Gorda Florida. 15 Grandchildren; Chuck, Andrew, Amy, Heather, Nichole, Danny, David, Nick, Nate, Andrea, Meghan, Keichelle, Dominick, Jennifer and Cara. 10 Great Children: Alexis, Kai, Austin, Anthony, Lilly, Mathew, Cory, Margaret, Ella and Colton. As well as two great-great grandchildren, Logan and Edwin.

Calling hours will be held on Thursday, January 10th from 5-7 pm and a celebration of Margaret’s life will be held on Friday, January 11th at 11AM, both services will be held at The Cheshire Family Funeral Chapel, at 44 Maple Ave in Keene, NH. Brother Randy Hargrave will officiate. Burial will follow in the family lot at Monadnock View Cemetery on Park Ave in Keene, NH. 03431. Flowers will be gladly accepted or donations can be made to The Church of God Restoration, 5065 S. State Route 49, Greenville, OH 45331. All services are under the care of Cheshire Family Funeral Chapel and Crematories, 44 Maple Ave. Keene, NH. 03431.

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