Carl “Buck” V. Blake

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Carl “Buck” V. Blake, 74, of Hinsdale and formerly of Gilsum, Marlborough, and Winchester died on Wednesday, September 15, 2021, at Cheshire Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Keene. He passed quietly and peacefully while resting after a brief period of declining health.

Carl was born the son of the late Helen M. (Bosworth) and Charles F. Blake on October 21, 1946, in Winchendon, MA. He was educated in Athol where he attended local schools.

On July 26, 1967, he enlisted in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. He served as a Hercules Missile Crewman with Battery A. 4th. Battalion, 6th. Artery. Carl was the recipient of United States Army emblemthe National Defense Service Medal and the Sharp Shooter Medal. He was honorably discharged at the rank of PFC-E3. On July 25, 1969.

On December 24, 1967, he exchanged vows with Susan J. Hale in a simple service in Richmond. They were married with close family and friends in attendance and have been married for fifty-three years.

Carl worked at Bond Auto Parts as a delivery driver for three years. Prior, he had been employed by the Melanson Co. in Keene as a mechanic for twenty-five years before his retirement in 2010.

In his younger years, he enjoyed hunting and fishing. He was always up for a game of horseshoes. He liked to work on cars and watch NASCAR on television. Time was also spent watching wrestling and western movies.

Mr. Blake is survived by his wife, Susan J. Blake of Hinsdale. His children and their spouses; Bruce A. Lorion and his wife, Deborah of Roswell, GA. Carl V. Blake II and his wife, Lynda of Troy. Wendy S. Blake and her fiancée, Travis Earle of Keene. Daniel E. Blake and his wife, Erica of Chesterfield, and Rebecca A. Blake and her significant other, Steven Horne of Winchester. Three siblings; June Gonzales of ME. Ella Mae Blake of Orange, MA. and Dennis Blake and his wife, Susan of Orange, MA. Ten grandchildren; Katherine, Aaron, Jonathan, Bradley, Spencer, Ian, Clayton, Gabriel, Connor, and Ainsley. In addition, he is survived by; five great-grandchildren, cousins, nieces, nephews, extended family, and friends. Carl is predeceased by his siblings; Charles Blake, Robert Blake, Irene Mundell, Roger Blake, and Mildred Massengill. He is also predeceased by a grandchild, Trey Blake who passed on January 22, 2001.

Calling hours will be held on Sunday, September 26, 2021, from 2 to 4 pm. in the funeral chapel. Military honors by the U.S. Army will occur at 3 pm. Burial will take place later. Flowers will gladly be accepted. However, the family would prefer donations be made in memory of Carl V. Blake to:

American Cancer Society
2 Commerce Dr. Ste 210
Bedford, NH. 03110

or to:

Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth (CHAD)
One Medical Center Dr.
Lebanon, NH. 03766.

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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Wendell L. Pollock

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Wendell L. Pollock, 95, a resident of Keene for many years passed on Wednesday, September 15, 2021. Wendell was born in Providence, RI on May 11, 1926, to Kenneth and Ethel (Dickie) Pollock.

The family moved to Wilton, NH where he graduated from Wilton High School in 1943.

Shortly thereafter he enlisted in the Navy to serve in World War II as an Ensign and a radio operator/gunner in Helldivers while flying off the USS Antietam which served in the Pacific Theater. His ship served as part of the reoccupation forces of mainland China. This enabled him to fly over much of the country and even see the Great Wall of China. Upon his Honorable Discharge from the Navy in March of 1947 in California, he hitchhiked home to NH. Allowing him to explore the United States and stopping along the way to see several of his Navy buddies.

He graduated from New England College with a Degree in Business Administration in 1950 completing 4 academic years in 3 calendar years.

He and a brother entered the US Naval Reserve as officers in 1950.

Wendell married Pauline Santala of Harrisville on August 26, 1951, in Peterborough, NH. They moved to Keene in 1953 where he became the office manager for US Bobbin and Shuttle Company. When his good friend, Armand Paquette came to Keene to build houses in 1953, he assisted and became Asst. Treasurer of Pako Homes. In 1954 he went to work in the Treasurer’s office at National Grange Mutual Co. for 16 years. He helped to create the NGM Credit Union and has continued to be a member. In 1970 he went to work at Keene State College as business manager, where he retired in 1988. He was a member of the KSC Endowment Board for 50 years.

He and his wife enjoyed dancing and joined the Monadnock Squares Club of Keene and eventually he served as President of the club. He looked forward to spending their winters in Daytona Beach, FL. He was an avid outdoorsman enjoying golf, bowling, hunting, fishing, stamp and coin collecting, playing a variety of card games, and reading. He was a member of the American Legion, VFW, and the USS Antietam Association. He found great joy in attending several Navy reunions held at locations across the country. He was an avid fan of the Red Sox and Patriots.

Wendell is survived by his wife of 70 years, his children; Brenda McCormack and her husband, Steven of Keene, Nancy Watkins and her husband, Geary of Keene, and Brian Pollock of Keene. His grandchildren; Casey McCormack, Meghan Dubriske and her husband Chris, and Molly McCormack. Great-grandchildren; Carson Dubriske and Lacey Dubriske. Wendell is predeceased by his daughter Bonnie Pollock of Keene and his siblings; Sarah Wyman-Mack, Joseph Pollock, Robert Pollock, and Loretta Pollock. He will be greatly missed by his children and grandchildren.

In keeping with Wendell’s wishes, there are no calling hours. A private graveside service was held in the family lot with military honors at Monadnock View Cemetery. Those wishing to make a donation in his memory may do so to either the Norris Cotton Cancer Center at Kingsbury Pavilion, 590 Court St, Keene, NH 03431 or the Keene Senior Center, 70 Court St Keene, NH 03431. All services are under the care of Cheshire Family Funeral Chapel and Crematories, 44 Maple Ave. Keene, NH. 03431.

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Thelma “Tina” E. (Washburn) Messer

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Thelma “Tina” E. (Washburn) Messer, 90, a long-time resident of Swanzey and formerly of Keene died while sleeping on Tuesday, August 31, 2021, at Alpine Care Center in Keene.

She was born the daughter of the late Viola (Grover) and Lester Washburn on March 22, 1931, in Peterborough. She was educated in Peterborough graduating from Peterborough High School class of 1940. She went on in her studies graduating from the New York City Beauty Academy in 2042.
On March 23, 1954, she exchanged vows with Bruce E. Messer at the United Church of Christ in Keene. They were married with family and friends in attendance. Sadly, Bruce passed on April 8, 2016, after sixty-two years of marriage.

Tina worked for the MBP Co. in Keene as a manufacturer for three years retiring in 1995. Prior, she had worked at Chrystal Restaurant in Keene as a Maitre D for eight years.

She was a long-time member of the United Church of Christ in Keene for forty-five years and later the First Congregational Church of Swanzey for over twenty years. She enjoyed working in her flower gardens. Helping at the church with various projects. She gave freely of her time and financially to various children’s charities. Tina was also civically minded. She was a fifty-year member of the Ladies Auxiliary of Fire Fighters in Keene.

Tina is survived by extended family and friends.

In keeping with Tina’s wishes, there were no calling hours. A graveside service will be held on Tuesday, August 28, 2021, at 10 am. in the family lot at Monadnock View Cemetery, Park Ave. Keene, NH. 03431. Flowers will gladly be accepted However, she would prefer donations be made in memory of Thelma E. Messer to:

Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth (CHAD)
One Medical Center Dr.
Lebanon, NH. 03748.

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

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Sherman “Sherm” A. Tedford

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Sherman “Sherm” A. Tedford, 68, a long-time resident of Winchester and formerly of Richmond, died on Friday, September 10, 2021, at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon. He passed peacefully with the love of family near.

Sherm was born the son of the late Virginia (Richardson) and George Tedford Sr. on May 4, 1953, in Richmond. He was educated locally and proudly graduated from Thayer High School class of 1971.

Sherm was a patriot. He enlisted in the United States Marine Corps on July 15, 1971, during the Vietnam War. He served his country with distinction and was the recipient of the National Defense Service Medal and the Good Conduct Medal. Sherm was honorably discharged on July 13, 1973, at the rank of Lance Corporal, E-3.

Sherm graduated from the New Hampshire Police academy in 1982 and pursued a career in law enforcement with the Winchester Police Department. Over the course of his 22-year service, he rose to the position of Lieutenant. During this time, he had also worked at the Cheshire County Sheriff’s Department in Keene as a Deputy Sheriff. Sherm retired from law enforcement in 2002.

On April 28, 1984, he exchanged vows with Lucinda “Cindy” Tacy. They were happily married for thirty-seven years.

He enjoyed; fishing, camping, hunting, tinkering of various forms, and spending valuable time with his family and friends. He also enjoyed softball and bowling. He was an amazing husband, father, grandfather, uncle, sibling, brother-in-law, friend, and big brother to many.

Mr. Tedford is survived by his wife, Cindy Tedford of Winchester. His son, Shawn M. Nesbitt of Salt Lake City, UT. His siblings; Sheri Lynn Trask of Australia and George Tedford Jr. of MA. Two grandchildren; William Nesbitt of Salt Lake City, UT. and Lauren Nesbitt of Salt Lake City, UT. In addition, he is survived by; cousins, nieces, nephews, extended family, and friends.

In keeping with Sherm’s wishes, there are no calling hours. Burial will take place in the family lot with military honors at Evergreen Cemetery, Forest Lake Rd. Winchester, NH. 03470 on Tuesday, September 21, 2021, at 11 am. Flowers will gladly be accepted. 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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Alexander “Andy/Alex” G. La Fountatine Jr.

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Alexander “Andy/Alex” G. La Fountatine Jr. 56, of Robin Hill Rehabilitation, Deering and formerly of California, Winchester, and West Swanzey died on Monday, August 30, 2021, at Keene Center Genesis in Keene. After a period of declining health, he passed peacefully with the love of his family near him.

Alexander was born on June 25, 1965, in Clinton, MA, the son of the late Glenda L. (Plankey) and late Alexander G. La Fountaine Sr. He is the eighth child of a loving mother of ten.

He attended schools in Keene and Monadnock Regional High School. During his childhood enjoyed playing baseball with the local children.

Andy had a natural ability with his hands, doing different construction duties, and enjoyed drywalling. Always had a love for automobiles, blondes and Budweiser and Harley Davidson motorcycles.

After being in a motorcycle/vehicle accident in California, returning to New Hampshire. Alex was a loved resident at Robin Hill Rehabilitation, Deering for 21 years. His love for animals and especially dogs still carried on after his accident.

He was employed by Maine Auto, Hillsborough as a maintenance and technician assistant.

He enjoyed coffee at the local Dunkin’ Donuts, Hillsborough, and field trips with other residents and staff. During his many health issues, he always maintained a sense of humor.

Mr. La Fountaine was predeceased by his daughter Christina La Fountaine in 2008.

He is survived by his daughter Andrea Martin, formerly of Winchester. His siblings and their spouses: Dianne L. (Crowell/Whitney) Weston and her husband James of West Swanzey, Patricia “Pat” L. (Sheldon/Buckley) La Fountaine of West Swanzey, Laura L. (Cooper) Glossinger of Erie, PA, Carol L. (Cooper) Willett of North Swanzey, Denise F. (Ayotte/Slocum) Robbins and her husband James of Keene, June M. (Henderson) Fish and her husband Jay of Surry, Janet M. Roy and her husband David of Swanzey, Lorraine G. (Marrer) Austin and her husband Leroy “Mike” of Richmond, and Ronald D. La Fountaine of Winchester.

Andy/Alex is survived by numerous nieces, nephews and cousins, extended family, and friends in MA and NH.

Observing the wishes of the family there are no calling hours. A private graveside service will be held Saturday, September 18, 2021, at 11 am, at the family lot at Monadnock View Cemetery, Park Ave., Keene, NH. Flowers will be graciously accepted. All services are under the care of Cheshire Family Funeral Home and Cremations, 46 S. Winchester St., W. Swanzey, NH. 03446. WWW.cheshirefamilyfh.com

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