David ”Dave” B. Ellis Sr.

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David ”Dave” B. Ellis Sr. 81, a life-time resident of Fitzwilliam, died on Monday, July 15, 2019 at Keene Center Genesis in Keene. He passed peacefully with the love of family near after a brief period of declining health.


David was born the son of the late Hilda Ellis and Aarno Hill Sr. on January 10, 1938 in Worcester, MA. He was educated in Winchendon where he attended various schools.

On Friday November 13, 1959 he exchanged vows with, Beverly Clapp at the Congregational Church of Fitzwilliam. They were married with friends and family in attendance. Sadly, Beverly passed on April 22, 2008 after fifty-eight years of marriage.

He was employed at FAMM Steel in Rindge as a truck driver for twenty years before retiring in 2005. Prior, he had worked at Raython Co. and D. D. Beans & Sons Co in Jaffrey in the 1960’s and 70’s. He was also a part time Police Officer and Volunteer Fire Fighter for many years in Fitzwilliam.

He enjoyed hunting and fishing. Trips to Pittsburg, NH. Riding motorcycles with his sons. Going camping with his family and friends. He also loved being a truck driver. Dave was a former Board of Director for the Meadowood County Area Fire Dept.


Mr. Ellis is survived by his two sons; David B. Ellis Jr. and his wife Lynn of Troy and Scott M. Ellis and his wife Kellie of Keene. His brother, Aarno Hill Jr. of Troy. His sister in law, Anita Clapp of Gardner, MA. His eight grandchildren; Jillian Ellis, David B. Ellis III, Miranda Ellis, Jordan Blake, Melanie Ellis, Nick Ellis, Nonie Brailey and Schauntel Duhaime. His nine great grandchildren. In addition, he leaves cousins, nieces, nephews, extended family and friends. Dave is pre-deceased by his grand-daughter, Jessica Green who passed on, March 23, 2016 and companion Regina Whitcomb, who passed in November 2016.

Calling hours will be held on Sunday, July 21, 2019 from 6 to 8pm. A celebration of life service will occur on Monday, July 22, 2019 at 10am. all in the funeral chapel. Burial will follow in the family lot at Pine Grove Cemetery, Royalston Rd. Fitzwilliam, NH. 03447. Flowers will gladly be accepted. However, the family would prefer donations be made in memory of David B. Ellis Sr. to: New Hampshire Fish and Game, ATTN. Business Division, C/O Hunter Education, 11 Hazen Dr. Concord, NH. 03301. 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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William J. (Bill) Cotter

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William J. (Bill) Cotter 69, of Keene, New Hampshire passed away on July 15, 2019 after a brief battle with pancreatic cancer. He was the husband of his high school sweetheart Betty Anne “Betsy” (Brice) Cotter and passed just one day after their 46th wedding anniversary.

Bill was born December 4, 1949 in Valley Stream, New York, to the late, William and Alice Cotter. He grew up in Valley Stream and Skaneateles, New York. He attended Holy Name of Mary Elementary School in Valley Stream. Upon the family moving to Central New York, he graduated from Skaneateles Central Schools where he met his future wife. They married July 14, 1973 in Skaneateles.

He attended LeMoyne College in Syracuse, NY and was a member of the Air National Guard from 1969-1975, based in Syracuse.
In 1973 the couple moved to Keene, New Hampshire where Bill arranged financing and insurance for mobile home parks throughout New England. In 1975 he was named manager of Tanglewood Estates in Keene where he established life-long friendships with park residents.

In 1985, Bill and wife Betsy operated the Grand Slam Restaurant on Court Street in Keene. In 1988 he began his own carpentry and construction business “Bill Cotter Construction” which he operated until his retirement in 2017. His reputation for providing quality workmanship and honesty earned him loyal customers and long-term friendships throughout the community and beyond. Never advertising, his business was successful based solely on “word of mouth.”

Bill was an active member of the Keene community offering his time and energy to various groups and organizations. He coached boys t-ball teams, was a past commander and past district commander for the American Legion Post 4, a member of the board of directors for Center Stage Cheshire County, a past member of the Keene Kiwanis Club, and volunteer for many years for the Keene Realtors’ “Fix-a-Home” projects.

He was a mentor to apprentices and young people to whom he taught his carpentry trade and whose character he helped shape. He was a life-long and avid Red Sox, Patriots and NASCAR fan.

In addition to his wife, Bill is survived by his beloved daughters; Jessica and husband, Andy Carpenter and Kathryn (KC) Cotter, both of Keene, and two granddaughters Morgan and Camryn. He is also survived by three sisters; Carol Schneider, Mary Cotter, Alice Herlihy and husband Paul. Two brothers; James Cotter and wife, Anne Grebert and Donald Cotter, and brother-in-law Chuck and wife, Linda Brice. He is also survived by three step-granddaughters; Lyndsey and Elisha Carpenter and Emma and husband Zach Byam; by his aunt, Joan Dykeman of York, PA. as well as numerous; nieces, nephews and cousins.

Bill loved his granddaughters with all his heart and soul. As their special “Bumpa,” he was available to them whenever they needed a bed built, a bike fixed, a trip to Dunkin Donuts, a hug, and so much more. Those who knew Bill, know there was nothing he would not do for Morgie and Cam.

The family wishes to thank the friends and well-wishers who surrounded Bill in life and throughout his final days. In addition, the family wishes to personally thank Lori Guyette and Julie Wolf for their loving care for Bill. Also, thanks to the staff of Dunkin Donuts who served Bill his coffee nearly every morning.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Bill’s name for pancreatic cancer research to:

Lustgarten Foundation via Lustgarten.org
415 Crossways Park Dr. Ste. D.
Woodbury, N.Y. 11797

or to a charity of your choice.

Burial will be private. Friends and family are invited to a casual gathering prior to the celebration of life service in the funeral chapel, on Sunday, July 21 from 2 to 3pm. with the celebration service to follow. All services are under the care of Cheshire Family Funeral Chapel and Crematories, 44 Maple Eve. Keene, NH. 03431. WWW.cheshirefamilyfh.com

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Irene K. Madden

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Irene K. Madden, 82, a long-time resident of Swanzey and formerly of Enfield, died on Saturday, July 13, 2019 at Keene Center Genesis in Keene. She passed peacefully with the love of her family near after a brief period of declining health.

Irene was born the daughter of the late Lucy (Henry) and Robert Kennedy on February 27, 1937 in Swanzey. She was educated locally and graduated from Keene High School class of 1955.

On June 23, 1956 she married Milan Madden in Keene. Sadly, Milan passed on February 18, 2005 after forty-nine years of marriage.

She worked as a baker and cafeteria assistant for the Mount Caesar School in Swanzey for ten years until her retirement in 1990. Afterward, she was a nanny and day care provider locally for many years. One of her great joys was being able to nanny several sets of twins.

Irene enjoyed working in her flower gardens, crossword puzzles, baking and was an avid reader. Irene also loved a competitive game of cribbage. She was always happy to be around children and babies and was the ultimate baby sitter, whether for family or friends. She was very giving and caring, and always put others before herself. Her time also was spent giving of her skills to work at the First Congregational Church in Swanzey, assisting with church suppers. Irene was a classy, strong, independent lady. She was a role model to many.

Mrs. Madden is survived by her children; David S. Madden and his wife, Donna of Fitchburg, MA. and Jason E. Madden and his wife, Dianna of Westmoreland. Two daughter in-laws; Laura Madden of Walpole and Kelly M. Madden of Troy. Her siblings; Dorothy Ingram of Swanzey, Marion Bedard and her husband, Armand of Swanzey, Bob Kennedy of Winchester, Patricia Barker, of Cape Cod, MA. She also leaves seven grandchildren; Brandon Madden, Ryan Madden, Krista Sheehan, Brody Madden, Hayley Madden, Kurtis Madden and Heather Madden. In addition, Irene will be missed by her six great grandchildren, cousins, nieces, nephews, extended family and friends. She is pre-deceased by her sons; Glenn A. Madden (9/26/ 2017) and James T. Madden (11/5/2016) and brothers, George, William, and Joseph Kennedy.

A calling hour will be held on Tuesday, July 23, 2019 from 10 to 11am. with a celebration of life service to follow at 11am., all in the First Congregational Church of Swanzey, Old Homestead HWY, Rt. 32 S. Swanzey, NH. 03446. Burial will occur in the family lot after services at Mountain View Cemetery in Swanzey, Old Homestead HWY, Rt. 32 S. Swanzey, NH. 03446. Flowers will gladly be accepted. However, the family would prefer donations be made in memory of Irene K. Madden to: First Congregational Church of Swanzey or to: Swanzey Public Library, C/O Swanzey Town Hall, 620 Old Homestead HWY, Swanzey, NH. 03446. All services are under the care of Cheshire Family Funeral Home, 46 South Winchester St. Swanzey, NH. 03446. WWW.cheshirefamilyfh.com

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Patricia “Patti” L. Hooper

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Patricia “Patti” L. Hooper, 55, of Swanzey and formerly of Keene died on Tuesday, July 9, 2019 at Applewood Care Center in Winchester. She passed peacefully with the love of family near after a period of declining health.

Patricia was born the daughter of the late Florence (Silver) and Bruce Rokes Sr. on April 16, 1964 in Keene. She was educated locally and graduated from Keene High School class of 1982.

She was employed at Cheshire Hospital for 9 years as a Certified Nursing Assistant and also worked at various restaurants throughout the years in the Keene area. She had a great passion for helping people in need.

Patti lived with the love of her life, Rodney Wheeler for nine years before he passed on April 3, 2016.

She enjoyed photography, making collages and baking. Patti had a big heart who loved to help everyone.

Ms. Hooper is survived by her siblings; Karen A. Johnson and her husband, Winn of Bradenton, FL. and Bruce A. Rokes Jr. and his wife, Alice of Marlborough. Two nieces; Rena Doniger and her husband, Neil of Bradenton, FL. and Shelby Johnson of Bradenton, FL. A great niece, Alicia Doniger and great nephew, Jared Doniger. In addition, she leaves; cousins, extended family and friends.

Calling hours will be held on August 3 , 2019 from 10 to 12pm. in the funeral chapel. Burial will follow in the family lot at Monadnock View Cemetery, Park Ave. Keene, NH. 03431. Flowers will gladly be accepted. However, the family would prefer donations be made in memory of Patricia L. Hooper to: National Kidney Foundation, 30 East 33rd. St. New York, N.Y. 10016. All of the 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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Keith P. Kelley

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Keith P. Kelley, 32, a life-time resident of Keene died unexpectedly on Wednesday. July 3, 2019 at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon. He passed peacefully with the love of his family near.

Keith was born the son of Sherry A. (Lower) McCaw and the late Keith B. Kelley on July 4, 1987 in Keene. He was educated locally and graduated from Keene High School class of 2006.

On March 1, 2015 he exchanged vows with Jade A. Rivera. They were married in a simple service with close family and friends in attendance and have been married for four years.

Keith was a contractor and owner of the Keith Kelley Remodeling Co. in Keene for ten years.

He enjoyed four wheeling, taking his kids to the park, being “Dad”. Time was also spent playing video games and fishing. He was always happy being at home with his dogs; Haze and Diamond.

Mr. Kelley is survived by his wife, Jade A. Kelley of Keene. His children; Halleigh R. Kelley and Rhyker K. Kelley of Keene. Children from a combined marriage; Nevaeh Sprague and Teighan Sprague of Keene. His mother, Sherry A. Lower and her partner, Steven Kenyon of Sullivan. His brothers; David R. McCaw and his wife, Lizzy of GA. and Kyle A. Kelley and his wife, Tiffany of Keene. His grandmother, Marlene Skillings of Keene. In addition, he leaves; cousins, nieces, nephews, extended family and friends. Keith is pre-deceased by his brother, Raymond J. Vaillancourt who passed on September 2, 2015 and his grandmother, Barbara Kelley.

In keeping with Keith’s wishes there are no calling hours. A graveside service in the family lot will be held on Saturday, July 27, 2019 at 10am. in St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Lower Main St. Keene, NH. 03431. Donations be made in memory of Keith P. Kelley to: Halleigh and Rhyker Kelley Memorial Fund, C/O any Savings Bank of Walpole Office. 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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