Gordon E. Hatfield Jr.

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Gordon E. Hatfield Jr. 81, of Winchester, died on Sunday, May 15, 2022, at Cheshire Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Keene. He passed peacefully in the company of his loving family after a short period of declining health.

Gordon was born the son of the late Pauline A. (Makarevic) and Gordon E. Hatfield Sr. on September 8, 1940, in Brattleboro, VT. He was educated locally and graduated from Thayer High School in Winchester. Class of 1958.

On February 9, 1980, he exchanged vows with Phyllis E. (Oliver) Hartley. They were married in a civil service with close family in attendance. Sadly, Phyllis passed on October 4, 2018, after thirty-eight years of marriage.

Gordon was employed by the McGoldrick Paper Co. in Hinsdale for forty years as a machine tender until his retirement in 1990.
Gordon had many interests. He loved to host poker games with friends and enjoyed trips to the casino with his wife Phyllis and his two sisters. In his younger days, he enjoyed hunting, ice fishing, and snowmobiling. He was always a big Boston sports fan. Gordon had a civic side as a founding member of the Winchester Sportsman’s Club. He was also a long-time member of The Elks, The Eagles, American Legion, and VFW Auxiliary. He loved being a member of the Winchester Volunteer Fire Department for over forty years.

Mr. Hatfield was predeceased by his sister Linda Crowell and her husband, Hugh of Ashuelot, NH. He is survived by his children; Virginia “Ginger” D. Younie and her husband, John of Washington State, and Scott Hartley and his wife, Jennifer Richards of Winchester. A sister, Carole A. Vogeley, and her husband, William of Chesterfield. Four grandchildren; Jacob, Brenna, Audrey, and Macie. In addition, he is survived by cousins, nieces, nephews, and extended family.

In keeping with Gordon’s values, there are no calling hours or formal religious services. A graveside service will be held on Tuesday, May 24, 2022, at 1 pm. at the family lot at Evergreen Cemetery, Forest Lake Rd. Winchester, NH. 03470. Flowers will gladly be accepted.

However, the family would prefer donations be made in memory of Gordon E. Hatfield to:

Winchester Ambulance Service C/O Winchester Town Hall,
1 Richmond Rd.
Winchester, NH. 03470.

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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Wayne F. Adams

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Wayne F. Adams, 43, of Keene and formerly of Newport, Marlow and Troy died on Tuesday, May 17, 2022, at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts. He passed peacefully with the love and devotion of his large family at hand.

Wayne was born the son of Linda A. (Goodell) and Douglas C. Adams on December 27, 1978, in Lebanon. He was educated locally and graduated from Keene High School class of 1997.

In December of 2020, Wayne met the love of his life, Tabitha L. (Blair) Gallella in Newport. They instantly fell in love and she became his fiancée where they had many plans of a long life together.

Wayne worked for Smith’s Medical in Keene as an assembler for ten years before his retirement in 2012. Prior, he had been employed at Holden Co. in Keene as a grinder for three years and Whitney Bros. in Keene for four years as an assembler.

He had many interests in life. As a young man, he enjoyed playing softball and wrestling. As time went on he still played softball but began to coach wrestling with the Keene Gladiators. This was a time for him to give back and mentor the young people he was coaching. Wayne was always sports-minded. He enjoyed all the Boston Sports teams. Ever since he was a child, he enjoyed making people laugh. He was always a jokester.

Mr. Adams is survived by his parents, Douglas and Linda Adams of Keene. A son, Seth J. Adams of Keene. His fiancée, Tabitha Gallella of Milford, MA. and her son whom Wayne loved like his own, Ashton Gallella of Milford, MA. His ten siblings; Lynn M. Weaver and her significant other, Don Adams of Troy. Denise B. Tamakloe and her husband, Jude of Northfield. Bobbie-Jo A. Osborne and her husband, Craig of Winchester. Douglas “Chuckie” Adams Jr. and his wife, Erin of Surry. Matthew R. Adams and his wife, Amanda of Spofford. Emily E. Adams and her significant other, Cody Drinnon of Keene. Taime D. Adams of Gilsum. Naketa N. Adams of Troy and Robert Adams of San Francisco, CA. In addition, he leaves, aunts, uncles, several cousins, nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

Calling hours will be held on Tuesday, May 24, 2022, from 5 to 8 pm. A celebration of life service will occur on Wednesday, May 25, 2022, at 10 am. all in the funeral chapel with burial to follow at Mountain View Cemetery, 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 Wayne A. Head to the Educational fund set up for his son, under the account of Lynn weaver or Linda Adams at any Savings bank of Walpole or SBW, 84 Marlboro 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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Raymond W. Thompson, Sr.

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Raymond W. Thompson, Sr. 78, of Swanzey and formerly of Strafford, NH and West Haven, CT, passed away peacefully on Thursday, December 30, 2021, after a period of declining health.

Ray was born in New Haven, CT on August 17, 1943. Son of the late Mary R. (Melillo) and Wesley A. Thompson. He graduated from East Haven High School in CT and earned his Associates’s degree in Business Administration from the University of New Haven, class of 1974.

He also served in the United States Army as an Air Defense Missile Crewman from March 21, 1962, to October 7, 1963, during the Vietnam War. He was honorably discharged at the rank of SP4 – E4.

His career as a manager spanned 40-plus years and included employment at Schleicher & Schuell, Winchendon Furniture, Kingsbury Machine Tool and Sprague and Carlton, and Armstrong Rubber Co in CT.

On August 22, 1964, Ray married the love of his life, Eileen G. Mitchell at the First Congregational Church in West Haven, CT. They were married for fifty-seven years.

Ray enjoyed many hobbies over the years; he was an avid golfer, playing cards, solving puzzles, and loved to spend time with his family and friends at The WesMar. He was also very involved in the Masons, Eastern Star, and the American Legion.

Mr. Thompson is survived by his wife of 57 years, Eileen Thompson, three children: Raymond Thompson, Jr. and his wife Elizabeth of Swanzey, Wendy Sampson and her husband Joel of West Chesterfield, and Heather Smith and her husband Peter of Keene. His two siblings; Patricia Mainetti and her husband Nick of Higganum, CT and James Thompson of NH. Along with seven grandchildren: Carl Thompson, John Thompson, Matthew Sampson, Bradly Sampson, Nathan Sampson, Alexandra Smith, and Jack Smith. Ray is also survived by many cousins, nieces, nephews, extended family, and friends.

A celebration of life service will be held on Sunday, June 5, 2022 at 2pm. in the funeral chapel with military honors to be given. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Tunnel to Towers or the Masons Grand Lodge Special Ladies fund. All servcies are under the care of Cheshire Family Funeral Chapel and Crematories, 44 Maple Ave. Keene, NH. 03431. WWW.cheshirefamilyfh.com

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Douglas E. Wood

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Douglas E. Wood, 86, of Swanzey, passed away peacefully Wednesday, April 27, 2022, after a brief period of declining health at Applewood in Winchester.

He was born a son to the late Laura (Abbott) and Russell A. Wood on October 11, 1935, in Montpelier, VT. Doug attended Windsor High School in Vermont. He also served 9 years in Company G of the Vermont National Guards.

On September 11, 1969, Doug exchanged vows with Myrna R. Curtis. They had a simple service in Reno, Nevada.

Doug worked at Homestead Woolen Mill as a property manager. He worked there for 30 years until he retired in 2001. Doug was also an active member of the Keene Moose Lodge No. 478 since 1979. Where he served on many committees, Ritual Teams, he was also President, Secretary/Treasurer, Junior Governor, and Governor of the Keene Moose Lodge; as well as attending five of the Moose Lodge International Conventions. Doug had won an Association Trophy for his Ritual Position and his Lodge Team had been number one in the Association each time he competed.

Doug loved spending his free time reading, shooting pool, working outside in his garden, woodworking, golfing, and playing cards especially cribbage. He also enjoyed bowling and traveling to Hawaii. Doug also designed and built a house in Westport where he lived until 2003. Doug was a very social person and would strike up a conversation with anyone whether he knew them or not.

Doug is survived by his wife, Myrna Wood of Swanzey, his four children, Kevin L. Jefts and his wife Holly of Winchester, Thomas J. Wood Sr. of Keene, Robert N. Wood and his wife Patricia of Canaan, and Lori A. Metcalf and her husband Doug of Swanzey, along with his eight grandchildren, Heather, Ashlee, Andy, Tommy, Nicole, Evan, Kiahna, and Autumn, and his 11 great-grandchildren. Douglas is now rejoined with his son, Kelley D. Wood, who passed away in July 2021, and his granddaughter Lindsey A. Metcalf who passed away in June 2016.

Burial will be held at 10:00 am on Saturday, July 9, 2022, at the Westport Cemetery, Homestead Ave. and Westport Village Road, Swanzey, NH. 03446. With a gathering at 11:30 am at Tempesta’s Restaurant, 401 Winchester Street, Keene, NH. 03431.

In lieu of flowers, the family request that all donations go to Gert’s Pantry, PO Box 5, Swanzey NH 03446. All services are under the care of Cheshire Family Funeral Home and Crematories, 44 Maple Ave. Keene, NH. 03431. www.cheshirefamilyfh.com.

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Dorothy “Judi” J. (Chickering) Handy

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Dorothy “Judi” J. (Chickering) Handy, 79, a long-time resident of Marlow and formerly of Troy and Marlborough died on Thursday, April 28, 2022. She passed peacefully in the familiar surroundings of her home with the love of family near after a period of declining health.

Dorothy was born the daughter of the late Henrietta (Demange) and Carroll Chickering on November 24, 1942, in Keene. She was educated locally and attended Marlborough schools.

On October 20, 1959, she exchanged vows with Lyle A. Handy Sr. in a simple ceremony. They have been married for sixty-two years.

She was employed at Smith’s Medical in Keene as an assembler and a lead person for over thirty years until her retirement in 2008.

Judi enjoyed going shopping, especially grocery shopping. Time was spent playing games on her computer and visiting with family. Judi also enjoyed being home and keeping a tidy and comfortable place to live. She was an animal lover and loved all animals, even once owning a hybrid wolf Cody.

Mrs. Handy is survived by her husband, Lyle A. Handy Sr. of Marlow. Her four children and their spouses; David C. Handy and his wife, Johanna of Sandford, ME. Lyle A. Handy Jr. of Sullivan. Julie A. Alexander and her husband, Leon “Beef” and Eric A. Handy and his wife, Kari of Troy and her beloved pug Mack II. A sister, Patricia Vanderheide of Port St. Lucia, Fl. and a brother, Christopher Chickering of Keene. Eight grandchildren; Shawn Handy and his wife, Linda. Matthew Goodell and his wife, Cassie. Ashley Beauregard, Stephanie Alexander and her significant other, Matt Paquette. Stacie Spoor and her husband, Derek. Nicholas Handy and his wife, Elizabeth. Tomi Ingalls and Colby Handy. In addition, she is survived by; fifteen great-grandchildren, cousins, nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

She is predeceased by her parents, a sister Carol and her beloved pets Mr. Mack, Missy and Mia.

We would like to send a special thank you to all the wonderful staff at Hospice and the Norris Cotton Cancer Center for taking such good care of our wife and mother during this time. A special thank you to nurses Kelly and Erin and Dr. Randhawa for all you did for which we will be forever grateful.

Calling hours will be held on Thursday, May 5, 2022, from 5 to 7 pm. in the funeral chapel. A mass with Christian burial rights to follow will occur on Friday, May 6, 2022, at 10 am. in St. Bernard Church, Parish of the Holy Spirit, 161 Main St. Keene, NH. 03431. Burial will follow at Marlow Village Cemetery, School St. Marlow, NH. 03456. A celebration of life will be held at a later date. Flowers would gladly be accepted. However, the family would prefer donations be made in memory of Dorothy J. Handy to: the Norris Cotton Cancer Center at 580 Court St., Keene, NH or to Hospice at HCS P O Box 564, Keene, NH. 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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