William “Bill” Matthew Tucker

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William TuckerWilliam “Bill” Matthew Tucker, 79, a lifelong resident of Keene, passed away peacefully while resting on Tuesday, February 20, 2024, after a brief illness.

He was born a son to the late Cecilia (Marrotte) and Aubrey Tucker on February 19, 1945, in Keene. Bill was educated locally and graduated from Keene High School class of 1963.

After graduating, William joined the family business at Tucker’s Power Equipment, which his father started in 1929. He owned and operated the business for 42 years starting in 1963 until he retired in 2015.

On June 24, 1967, William exchanged vows with his high school sweetheart, Lynda L. Papenfuse. They had a simple service at the United Church of Christ in Keene.

William TuckerBill was a Street Rod enthusiast, building and restoring classic cars, especially his 1934 Ford Street Rod. He enjoyed the weekly cruise nights and car shows with his friends. He also enjoyed the time he spent at Spofford Lake riding his lawn tractor, moving dirt from here to there, and maintaining his properties. He was always offering his advice and opinions whether you wanted it or not! Most of all he loved his family. He was a member of the Bektash, Shriners, and Jerusalem Lodge #104.

William TuckerMr. Tucker is survived by his wife of 56 years, Lynda Tucker of Keene, their son Matthew W. Tucker and his wife, Marianne of Keene, brother and sister-in-law, David and Sue Papenfuse of Florida. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Mackenzie Donahue and her husband Jake of Keene, Gabryelle Tucker of Jamacia Plain, MA., Maxwell Tucker of Keene, and LilyMarie Tucker of Loudon, a great-grandson, Levi Donahue. Along with many cousins, nieces, nephews, extended family, and friends. William was predeceased by his parents, his sister Audrey Starkey who passed in 2023, brother brother-in-law, Russell O Starkey who passed in 2017, and his son Jeffrey A. Tucker who passed away on August 7, 2011.

Per Bill’s wishes, there will be no public calling hours, although a private burial will take place. There will be a public gathering planned for this summer in celebration of Bill’s life. A cruise night event will also occur in his memory. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Shriners Children’s Hospital in Springfield, MA. .

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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Gerald “Jerry” F. Grady

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Gerald F. GradyGerald “Jerry” F. Grady, 77, a resident of Keene and formerly of Worcester, MA. passed away peacefully on Wednesday, February 14, 2024, with the love of family by his side.

He was born a son to the late Ruth V. (McEvoy) and John J. Grady Sr. on August 17, 1946, in Worcester, MA. Jerry attended local Massachusetts schools and graduated from South High School in Worcester, MA. Jerry continued his education at the Worcester Industrial Technical Institute earning his Associates degree in welding and fabrication.

Gerald enlisted into the United States Army on September 23, 1968, serving in the Vietnam War. He was the recipient of the National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, and the Good Conduct Medal. Gerald worked as a welder in an engineering battalion. He was honorably discharged on September 22, 1971 at the rank of SP5-E5.

On June 30, 1979, Gerald exchanged vows with the love of his life, Sandra “Sandy” L. Dawson. They had a simple service with family and friends celebrating them in Worcester, MA. They were happily married for 44 years until she passed away on July 15, 2023.

Jerry enjoyed his time working for the City of Worcester Department of Public Works as a foreman of the water department. He worked there for 35 years until he retired in 2008.

Along with working, Jerry enjoyed hunting, fishing, and playing cards. He loved watching sports on TV, especially the Boston Bruins, his favorite team. Gerald loved being with his family more than anything, and particularly with his granddaughters. Jerry was a member of the American Legion.

Mr. Grady is survived by his daughter Bridget and her husband, Don, of Keene, his four siblings John Grady Jr. of Worcester, MA. Kathleen Grady of Worcester, MA. Kevin Grady and his wife, Kathy of Shrewsbury, MA., and Margaret Walsh of Worcester, MA. He is also survived by his two grandchildren, Monica Lundin and Carrie Lundin both of Keene, along with many cousins, nieces, nephews, extended family, and friends. Gerald was predeceased by his parents, his wife, Sandy Grady, and his three siblings, James Grady, Joseph Grady, and Mary Grady.

In keeping with Gerald’s wishes there will be a private memorial service. A burial will take place later in the spring of 2024. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made out to the United Service Organizations (USO).

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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Earl K. Anderson

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Earl AndersonEarl K. Anderson, 86, a longtime resident of Surry and formerly of South Windsor, CT passed away peacefully in the comfort of his home on Sunday, December 3, 2023.

He was born on September 20, 1937, in Hillsborough, NH and spent his earliest years at Webster House in Manchester, NH. At the age of seven, he was adopted by the late Jean (Warring) and Arnold Anderson of West Hartford, CT. As a boy Earl spent summer vacations and many weekends working with his parents on their property in Surry, NH, which they named Andacres. This later became his parents’ retirement home and eventually the home of Earl. Earl attended Tilton School in Tilton, NH and Williston Academy in Easthampton, MA before graduating from William Hall High School in West Hartford, CT, class of 1957. He continued his education at St. Lawrence University in Canton, NY.

While living in Connecticut, he worked at Putnam, Coffin & Burr and Hartford National Bank & Trust Company. He was also a banking consultant in the installation of online systems and operations methods. After moving to New Hampshire, he worked with local surveyors and tax preparers, served as House Manager at The Colonial Theatre, and operated an independent business, assisting elderly people with financial and personal needs.

Earl AndersonIn 1984 Earl met Gareth R. Williams, with whom he shared a loving, devoted relationship for 39 years. Earl loved his home and loved to entertain guests, who always appreciated his cooking and his hospitality. He also loved being outdoors and spent many happy hours working with his tractor or chainsaw. He traveled to many countries throughout his life and spent twelve winters on the island of Nevis. He was a hard worker and when he became engaged in a cause that he believed in, he worked passionately on its behalf. Two of his final efforts were helping to keep Maplewood Nursing Home in its current Westmoreland location, and securing funding for an addition to the Surry Volunteer Fire Department’s station. Those who knew him well could attest that he was a generous man with a big heart.

He is survived by his partner Gareth Williams of Surry, five siblings Shirley Chow, Mildred Beauregard, and Willis Rivers of Gardner, MA, Dorothy Sands of Westminster MA and Philip Hill of Rindge, NH, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Calling hours will be held from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm with a memorial service to follow at 2:00 pm on Sunday, April 28, 2024, in the Cheshire Family Funeral Chapel, 44 Maple Ave. Keene, NH. 03431. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the

Surry Volunteer Fire Department c/o John Berglund
1 Village Road
Surry, NH 03431.

All services are under the care of Cheshire Family Funeral Chapel and Crematories, 44 Maple Ave. Keene, NH 03431. wwwcheshirefamilyfh.com.

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Deborah Ann (Lehto) Rose

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Deborah Ann (Lehto) RoseDeborah Ann (Lehto) Rose, 59, a longtime resident of Swanzey and formerly of Troy passed away unexpectedly on Monday, February 5th, 2024.

Debbie was born the daughter of the late Carl and Mary (Karr) Lehto on February 6, 1964 in Keene, NH. She attended Monadnock Regional High School in Swanzey.

Debbie had previously been employed at Concord Portex and Troy Mills as well as other places. She enjoyed decorating her home and loved going to yard sales as well as spending time with her family.

Rose, DDebbie is survived by her husband Craig Rose of Swanzey, her children Katherine Parkhurst and her partner Lucas Blake of Swanzey, William Rose of Swanzey, her grandchildren Alyce Parkhurst and Lane Blake, her brother Michael Lehto and his wife Debbie of Swanzey, her sister Marcia Lehto of Amesbury, MA. As well as extended family and cousins.

As requested by her family, all services will be private. Services are under the care of Cheshire Family Funeral Home and Crematories, 46 South Winchester Street West Swanzey, NH. 03469. www.cheshirefamilyfh.com.

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John L. Sullivan

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John SullivanJohn L. Sullivan, 75, of Keene, passed peacefully on Sunday, February 11, 2024.

He was born to the late Alberta (Lucier) Sullivan and Daniel Sullivan on December 13, 1948, in Portsmouth, NH. He was educated at Laconia High School class of 1966. He continued his education at Keene State College where he obtained his Masters in Education in 1972.

John always spoke fondly of his childhood growing up on Lake Winnisquam with his brothers and sister. When his siblings got together to reminisce about their childhood memories, the happiness and laughter was contagious. John’s parents were both teachers and taught him the importance of education and hard work. John loved gardening. His lawn was always the nicest in the neighborhood, even if it was at the expense of his kids being able to have a slip n’ slide. He was very handy and added on and renovated his beloved house on John SullivanSweeney Road where he lived for 43 years. He enjoyed woodworking in his retirement and especially loved making things for his kids and grandkids.

He was a devoted educator and taught eighth-grade math at Keene Junior High, which later became Keene Middle School, for 34 years. At Keene Junior High he established the eighth grade class trip to Washington, DC. It was a great privilege to share this experience with his students and he was passionate about leading this trip for 25 years, so much so that he continued to be involved after retirement. Most of his lifelong friends were met through KMS and could be found on Thursday afternoons in Sully’s basement holding weekly meetings of the “Kitty Litter Cafe.” His great sense of humor always came out most when he was around his friends, brothers, and sister. John was very involved with the former United Methodist Church where he volunteered as treasurer and usher. He was a brilliant mathematician, who loved sudoku and torturing his kids with math problems at the dinner table. His greatest joy was his family. He took pride in his girls and six beloved grandchildren. He treasured his wife Kathy and her unwavering love, support, and care through his health challenges.

John Sullivan FamilyHe is survived by his wife of 52 years, Kathleen Wells Sullivan. His daughter Kristen (Sullivan) Prokop and husband Matthew Prokop of Methuen, MA. His daughter Stacey (Sullivan) Ventimiglia and husband Christopher Ventimiglia of Freeport, ME. His daughter Caitlin (Sullivan) Dubois and husband Paul Dubois of Keene, NH. His six grandchildren Taylor, Brayden, Ahna, Lia, Johnathan, and Elise, and many nieces and nephews. His brothers Tom Sullivan and wife Tabby of Hooksett, NH, and Daniel Sullivan and wife Sheila of Laconia, NH, Brother-in-law Richard Labrecque of Litchfield, NH, and Sister-in-law Karen Sullivan of Laconia, NH. He is predeceased by his mother and father, brother Kevin Sullivan of Laconia and sister Barabara (Sullivan) Labrecque of Litchfield.

A celebration of life will take place on Saturday, March 16, 2024, at 11:00 am in the Cheshire Family Funeral Chapel, 44 Maple Ave. Keene, NH. 03431. Services are under the care of Cheshire Family Funeral Chapel and Crematories, Keene. www.cheshirefamilyfh.com.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in remembrance of John Sullivan to the Keene Middle School eighth-grade class trip to Washington, DC. Contributions can be sent to

KMS ℅ Lesley Wasko
167 Maple Ave
Keene, NH 03431

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