Walt Pearson

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Walt Pearson of Swanzey Center passed away on April 16, 2021, at the age of 71, after a seven-year battle with cancer.

Growing up in Center Ossipee, he had what he said was an idyllic childhood fishing, playing baseball, exploring the woods with his friends, and spending summer Sundays at his grandparents’ camp on Ossipee Lake with his cousins.

He graduated from Kingswood Regional High School, where he was co-captain of the football team and was selected to the 1966 Division IV All-State Team. He attended Bowdoin College and received a BA in Political Science from UNH.

After moving to the Monadnock Region in the 1970s he was employed as a carpenter, working for Emile Legere, Cheshire Builders, and in the carpentry shop at Cheshire Medical Center. Following his retirement, he volunteered for RSVP.

Walt enjoyed hunting, fishing, kayaking, camping, visiting the National Parks, and hiking, especially in the desert southwest. He liked working on his antique house and in his gardens. He was always trying new varieties and methods and was especially proud of his strawberries and corn, which he shared with friends and neighbors. He also enjoyed many trips to Las Vegas; he loved the food, the shows, and hitting the occasional royal.

Walt will be remembered as a quiet and gentle man with a dry sense of humor and a kind word for all. He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Ginna; his son and good friend, Nick; and his sister Dianne Applin of Stephentown, NY. He was predeceased by his daughter Sarah, his parents Donal and Ruby Pearson, and his sister Elizabeth Baxter.

There will be no services. In lieu of flowers please make a donation in his memory to the charity of your choice. All services are under the care of Cheshire Family Funeral Home and Crematories, 46 S. Winchester St. Swanzey, NH. 03446. WWW.cheshirefamilyfh.com

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Robert “Bob” P. Secord

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Robert “Bob” P. Secord, 72, a lifetime resident of Winchester died on Tuesday, April 13, 2021, at Catholic Medical Center in Manchester. He passed peacefully with the love of family nearby after a brief period of declining health.

Robert was born the son of the late Barbara (Nelson) and Gilbert Secord on February 16, 1949, in Keene. He was educated locally and graduated from Thayer High School class of 1967.

On October 27, 1973, he exchanged vows with Shelley M. Willard at St. Stanislaus Catholic Church in Winchester. They were married with family and friends in attendance and have been married for forty-seven years.

Bob was a worker and thoroughly enjoyed being with people. For fifty-three years he was the owner and operator of Secord’s Creami Cone in Swanzey. He was also known as the proprietor of Secord’s Auctions and several other local businesses and ventures.

Bob enjoyed walking and working his properties, including Chipper Hill, and spending time outdoors. Bob and Shelley recently became snowbirds in Palm Beach County, FL. Bob was a well-respected member of the business community. He was civically and community-minded, as a former member of the Winchester School Board, N.H. State Constitutional Convention, State Legislature, Connecticut River Bridge Commission, and the NH. State Auctioneers Board. He took great pride in being a Shriner as a member of the Bektash Shrine as well as a member of the Masons at the Jerusalem Lodge in Keene.

Mr. Secord is survived by his wife, Shelley M. Secord, of Winchester. His two sons, William “Bill” F. Secord and his wife, Sabina of Greenville, S.C., and Robert “Bob” G. Secord of Shanghai, China. Nephew, Hans E. Konig, who was loved like a son, and his wife, Irene of Hansville, WA. His siblings, Marilyn Turant and her husband, Tom, of Swanzey and Richard “Stu” Secord. Four grandchildren; Pierce Secord, Marshall Secord, Thomas Secord, and Lillian Secord all of Greenville, S.C. In addition, he is survived by cousins, nieces, nephews, extended family, and friends.

In keeping with Bob’s wishes, there are no calling hours. A graveside service will be held on Saturday, April 24, 2021, at 11:30 in the family lot at Evergreen Cemetery, Forrest Lake Rd. Winchester, NH. 03470. Flowers will gladly be accepted, however, in lieu of flowers donations may be made in memory of Robert P. Secord to:

Shriners Hospital for Children
516 Carew St. Springfield, MA. 01104.

All services are under the care of Cheshire Family Funeral Home and Crematories, 46 S. Winchester St. Swanzey, NH. 03446. WWW.cheshirefamilyfh.com

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Helene Ruth Bunce Bauer

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Helene Ruth Bunce Bauer, age 92, a long-time resident of Keene, N.H. passed into eternal peace on March 28, 2021 at the Hillsboro House Nursing Home in Hillsborough, N.H. after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease.

Helene was born the daughter of Elsworth “Al” and Hazel (Young) Bunce on November 20, 1928 in Peterborough, N.H. She graduated from Peterborough High School, class of 1946. She attended Colby Jr. College and went on to graduate from her father’s alma mater, the University of Wisconsin, with a BS in Home Economics in 1950.

On October 27, 1951, she married her college sweetheart, Clifford Bauer, son of Victor and Irma (Sell) Bauer of West Bend, Wisconsin, at the Unitarian Church in Peterborough N.H. She and Clifford then returned to his family farm in Wisconsin, where they started their family. However, her parents missed their daughter, so, in 1955, her father lured them to New Hampshire with the prospect of Clifford operating a Ford Tractor dealership, Keats, Inc. They moved to the Keene/Swanzey area where they became very active in the community, belonging to many clubs and were very involved in the Keene, N.H. UCC church for many decades.

Helene was Secretary-Treasurer of Keats, Inc., working closely in their family business with her husband, Clifford, along with her brother John Bunce, and son Jeff for many years.

She loved to dance, especially square dances and polkas. She and Clifford never missed an Elk’s ball or a dance at the Moose Hall. They truly enjoyed traveling internationally, across the U.S. in their R.V., and taking many cruises with family and friends. Helene also loved snowmobiling, belonging to both the Chesterfield and Keene Snowmobile Clubs. They took many trips each year to ride in Pittsburg, N.H. and in Canada into their late 70’s.

Best of all was “Life at the Lake”, whether it be at Hunts Pond or at the Spofford Lake cottage, enjoying whole family gatherings. Social hour was at 4:00 p.m. with the neighbors – much fun was had.

Through their involvement in the YMCA parent/child program, called the Indian Guides, the parents of the children became close friends. They created their own social club called the “Rye Pond Association”, providing many fond memories and lasting relationships.

Helene’s life was devoted to providing for the good of her children and family, never asking much for herself. The rule of the house was “Do onto others as you would have them do unto you”. Her smiling face and genuine personality will be missed by many.

Helene was preceded in death by her husband, Clifford, to whom she was devoted to for their sixty-six years of marriage. She is survived by her sons Jeffrey C. Bauer and his partner Patricia Smith of Spofford, N.H., Steven V. Bauer and his wife Brenda Stowe of Gilford, N.H. as well as two daughters: Nancy J. Shaw and her husband Charles of Marlborough, N.H. and Anne B. Parsons and her husband Edward of Windham, N.H. She is also survived by her sister, Mary Ellen Reed of Jacksonville, FL, brother John Bunce of Nelson, N.H. and sister-in-law Joyce Gerlach of Cascade, WI. She will be missed by her ten grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren, and cousins, nieces, nephews, extended family and numerous friends from over many years. Helene is also pre-deceased by her brother in-law, Horton Reed, sister-in-law Elizabeth Ann (Luitwieler) Bunce, and daughter-in-law Bonnie (Ridley) Bauer.

A burial service will be held at Monadnock View Cemetery in Keene, N.H. on April 10 at 10:00 am. The family asks that anyone attending respect COVID protocols by wearing a mask. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Hillsboro House Nursing Home, 67 School Street, Hillsboro, N.H. 03244. 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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John P. Chamberlin

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John P. Chamberlin, 79, a long-time resident of Chesterfield and formerly of Hinsdale died on Sunday, April 4, 2021, at the Jack Byrne Center for Palliative Care in Lebanon. He passed peacefully with the love of family nearby after a period of declining health.

John was born the son of the late Priscilla (Grant) and Paul Chamberlin on September 22, 1941, in Brattleboro, VT. He was educated in Brattleboro and graduated from Brattleboro High School class of 1959.

He served his country during the Vietnam War in the U.S. Air Force as a Radio Operator and Radio Repairman. John was honorably discharged at the rank of E-5 / SSgt.

On April 7, 1962, he exchanged vows with Bonnie J. Jaquith at the First Congregational Church in West Brattleboro. They have been married for almost fifty-nine years.

John was the owner and operator of the Bonjon Transport Co. LLC based in Chesterfield, NH for fifteen years until his retirement in 2015. Prior he had been employed by Barrows Coal Co. in Brattleboro for twenty years as a transport driver.

He enjoyed camping with family and friends. Time was spent woodworking and going to car and truck shows. John had a civic side to him. He was a longtime member of the American Legion in Brattleboro for many years and was a former Mason in Hinsdale.

Mr. Chamberlin is survived by his wife, Bonnie J. Chamberlin of Chesterfield. His children; Michael J. Chamberlin and his significant other, Christie McKay of West Chesterfield, Bethann M. Bushee and her husband, Richard of Turners Falls, MA. and Richard S. Chamberlin and his wife, Christine of Turners Falls, MA. His siblings; Judith Piawlock and her husband Stanley of Portland, ME. Anne Arseneault and her husband, Richard of Westbrook, ME. and Steven Chamberlin and his wife, Ruth of West Brattleboro, VT. Five grandchildren; Shawn Chamberlin, Christopher Humphrey, Kayla Chamberlin, Sabrina Chamberlin, and Kelliann Humphrey. Two great-grandchildren; Elijah Chamberlin and Nicholas Tantillo. In addition, he leaves; cousins, nieces, nephews, extended family, and friends.

Calling hours will be held on Sunday, April 11, 2021, from 2 to 4 pm. in the funeral chapel. Burial will take place later in the family lot with military honors at Friedsham Cemetery, Chesterfield. In keeping with CDC standards masks and social distancing will be required. Flowers will gladly be accepted. However, the family would prefer donations be made in memory of John P. Chamberlin to:

Chesterfield Fire Association
P.O. Box 95
Chesterfield, NH. 03443. Or to:

Ruck-Up Inc.
Veterans Outpost
42 Upper Knight St.
Keene, NH. 03431.

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 “Bill” R. O’Meara

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William “Bill” R. O’Meara, 73, of Keene and formerly of Alstead and Swanzey died peacefully on Saturday, April 3, 2021, in the familiar surroundings of his home with the love of family near after a period of declining health.

William was born the son of the late Loretta (Gagnon) and William H. O’Meara in Hartford, CT. He was educated in East Hartford and graduated from
Penney High School class of 1965.

He entered the U.S. Army in June of 1966, serving time in South Korea, and was discharged in March of 1968 as an E-5 Sergeant.

Later on, he continued his studies and earned a Bachelor of Science in Marketing from the University of Connecticut, class of 1975.

On January 6, 1973, he exchanged vows with Deborah Chamberlin at the Grace United Methodist Church in Keene. They were married with family and friends in attendance and have been married for forty-eight years.

Bill was a businessman, President/Owner of Keene Industrial Paper Company Inc. for many years until his retirement in 2016.

He enjoyed; kayaking, snowshoeing, reading, and watching New York Giants Football games. Bill was civically minded and enjoyed being Chairman/President of the Swanzey Lions, Keene Kiwanis Club, Greater Keene Chamber of Commerce, Keene Property Owners’ Association, Monadnock Economic Development Corporation, B&K Aqua Club. He had been an incorporator for the Savings Bank of Walpole and was a corporator for the New Hampshire Mutual Bancorp. He was also involved in the Lake Warren Association and was a weed watcher. When his boys were younger he coached Pee Wee Baseball and with a friend started the Swanzey Youth Soccer League. He was Chairman of the Swanzey Planning Board for many years and a member of the Swanzey Zoning Board. He was a longtime director of the United Group, a national buying group for his industry.

Mr. O’Meara is survived by his wife, Deborah O’Meara of Keene. His children; David O’Meara and his wife, Angela, of Southington, CT. and Allen O’Meara of Keene. Two grandchildren Claire and Tristan, he leaves several nieces and nephews, a sister Loretta Hannum and a sister-in-law Jane Bartrum. A sister Marjorie Taylor, predeceased him.

Calling hours will be held on Friday, April 23, 2021, from 4 to 7 pm. in the funeral chapel. In keeping with CDC guidelines, masks and social distancing will be required. In lieu of flowers, the family would prefer donations be made in memory of William R. O’Meara to:

The American Heart Association
2 Wall St.
Manchester, NH. 03101, or to:

Hospice (HCS)
312 Marlboro St.
P.O. Box 564, Keene, NH. 03431 or to the charity of your choice.

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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