Dimitrios “Jim” G. Dourdounas

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Dimitrios “Jim” G. Dourdounas, 83, a long-time resident of Winchester died on Tuesday, January 29, 2019 at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Keene. He passed peacefully while resting after a period of declining health in the presence of his loving family.

Dimitrios was born the son of the late Angelika (Georgiopolis) and George Dourdounas on July 17, 1935 in Kalamata, Greece. He was educated in Greece where he attended local school.

After school Jim enlisted in the Greek Airforce where he worked as a supply assistant. He completed his time of service and immigrated to the United States where he settled in Flushing. NY.

On March 14, 1964 he exchanged vows with Helen M. Beardsley at the St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church in Flushing, NY. After marriage they moved to Randolph, Massachusetts and later to Winchester. He worked as chef and owner of several Massachusetts restaurants before coming to Winchester and establishing Ware Mt. Farm and Greenhouses as well as Dimitrios’ Wholesale Produce.

Jim was a member of the Greek Orthodox Church in Keene for many years. Jim enjoyed working on and restoring antique tractors and automobiles. Another passion he enjoyed was his vegetable and flower gardens. In recent years he became “official greeter” at his son’s driving range, Willy D’s Driving Range in Winchester.

The joy of his life were his granddaughters Mia and Faye who he loved dearly.

Mr. Dourdounas is survived by his wife of fifty-five years, Helen M. Dourdounas of Winchester. His children: George Dourdounas and his wife, Raylene of Winchester, Angela Adams and her husband, Ron of S.C. Athena Seger and her significant other, Troy Wilkes of Chesterfield and William Dourdounas and his wife, Erin of Swanzey. His grandchildren: Melanie Dourdounas of Swanzey, Nicholas Adams of S.C., Pierce Adams of S.C.,Trenton Adams of S.C., Dimitri Seger of Chesterfield, Mia Dourdounas of Swanzey and Faye Dourdounas of Swanzey. His great grandchildren: Alissa Adams of S.C. and Payton Adams of S.C. A special nephew who he was especially close to, Kostas Dourdounas of Athens, Greece. Jim’s sister, Constantine “Nina” Anagnostopoulou of Athens, Greece. In addition, he leaves cousins, nieces, nephews, extended family and friends. Jim is pre-deceased by his siblings: Helen Dourdounas, Kostantinos Dourdounas and Fotios Dourdounas.

Calling hours will be held on Tuesday, February 5, 2019 from 10 to 11:30am with a service to follow all in the Greek Orthodox Church, 70 West St. Keene, NH. 03431. Burial will take place in the family lot, in the spring, at Evergreen Cemetery, Winchester. Flowers will gladly be accepted. However, the family would prefer donations go in memory of Dimitrios G. Dourdounas to Greek Orthodox Church, 70 West St. Keene, NH. 03431 or to Save Your Ass Rescue, (Donkey Rescue) 492 Pratt Rd. Alstead, NH. 03602. 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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Dora J. (Cramb) Dunton

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Dora J. (Cramb) Dunton, 72, of Fitzwilliam died on Friday, January 25, 2019 at Cheshire Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Keene. She passed peacefully with the love of family by her side, after a period of declining health.

Dora was born the daughter of the late Dora I. (Peacock) and Frank G. Cramb on April 18, 1946 in Malden, Massachusetts where she attended local schools.

On May 11, 1963 she exchanged vows with James “Jim” N. Dunton in Winchendon. They were married in a simple service with close family and friends in attendance. They were married for fifty-five years.

She was most happy being at home raising her children and handling the day to day tasks in the home. Her time at home was special to the children because mom was always there to give rides after school, help with homework and have special meals made for them.

She enjoyed crocheting, camping with family and friends, swimming and especially baking and cooking.

Mrs. Dunton is survived by her husband, Jim N. Dunton of Fitzwilliam. Her children and their spouses; Bruce Dunton and his wife Nancy of Fl. Rhonda Sheats and her husband Bucky of Troy, Douglas Dunton and his wife Edna of Fitzwilliam, James Dunton and his wife Lisa of Fitzwilliam, Lisa Lagerberg and her husband, Scott of Swanzey and Fern Duffy and her husband Daniel of Ashburnham, MA. Her siblings; Joan Aubrey and her husband John of Everett, MA. Christine Panniello of Billerica, MA. Phyllis Sesia of Rindge and Donald Cramb of Rindge. Sadly, she will be missed by her; 13 grandchildren, ten great grandchildren, cousins, nieces, nephews, extended family and friends. Dora is pre-deceased by her son, Frederick Dunton who passed on July 7, 2013. Her siblings; Frank Cramb Sr. and Florence Olsen passed earlier.

In keeping with Dora’s wishes there are no calling hours and burial will take place later. Donations can be made in memory of Dora J. Dunton to: American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22478 Oklahoma City, OK 73123. 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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Weston “Wes” V. Wilbur Jr.

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Weston “Wes” V. Wilbur Jr. 70, a life-long resident of Keene died on Wednesday, January 23, 2019. He passed peacefully in the comfort of his home.

Weston was born the son of the late Percy (Garon) and Weston V. Wilbur Sr. on September 15, 1948 in Keene. He was educated locally where he attended Keene schools.

On April 4, 1968 he enlisted in the United States Army. He served as an aviation mechanic in Vietnam during the Vietnam War. He was the recipient of the United States Army emblemNational Service Defense Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal with 60 Device, Meritorious Unit Commendation, Army Commendation Medal Mid-Level Award and the Good Conduct Medal. Wes was honorably discharged at the rank of SP5 – E5 on March 25, 1970.

In his younger years Wes enjoyed playing the drums, guitar and listening to music. He was also associated the band “Strawberry Alarm Clock” He would sing and play instruments with his children giving them everlasting memories.

Mr. Wilbur is survived by his three children; James S. Wilbur of Keene Lori A. Wilbur-Hicks and her husband, David of Keene and Weston V. Wilbur III of Troy. His brother, Earl Wilbur of Keene. Eight grandchildren, Seven great grandchildren. In addition, he leaves; cousins, nieces, nephews, extended family and friends. Wes is pre-deceased by his brothers, James Wilbur and Ronald Merchant.

Calling hours will be held on Sunday, February 3, 2019 from 2 to 4pm. A celebration of life service will occur on Monday, February 4, 2019 at 10am. all in the funeral chapel. Burial will follow in the family lot with military honors 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 Weston V. Wilbur Jr. to: Monadnock Humane Society, 101 West Swanzey Rd. Swanzey, NH. 03446 or to: Friendly Bus, 312 Marlboro St. Keene, NH. 03431. All services are under the care of Cheshire Family Funeral Chapel and Crematories, 44 Maple Ave. Keene, NH. 01341.

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Elliot C. Thompson

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Elliot C. Thompson, 87, of Hinsdale and a former long-time resident of Winchester, died in the comfort of his home on Saturday January 19, 2019. He passed peacefully after a brief period of decline with the love of family near.

Elliot was born in Winchester the son of the late Rose (Northrup) and Grover Thompson on January 25, 1931. He was the youngest of 13 children. Elliot graduated from Thayer High School in 1949.

After high school he joined the United States Air Force. He was stationed in Las Vegas and then deployed to Korea for the Korean Conflict. While in Korea he proudly served his country and worked as a mechanic on combat aircraft. He was honorably discharged in 1953 at the rank of Sargent, E-5. Being a veteran was perhaps his proudest accomplishment in life. He was proud to serve and was an advocate for VA benefits for all veterans and their families. He was proud to share that he had 5 brothers in WWII who all returned home safely. They served as an inspiration to him throughout his life. He had fond memories of growing up as the baby of the family and being so loved and cared for by his siblings. He was the “Last of the Mohicans” as he so fondly and proudly referred to himself as.

On March 23, 1956 he married his sweetheart, Joyce Herk from Warwick Mass. They were married at the United Church of Christ in Winchester with family and friends in attendance. Sadly, Joyce passed on December 11, 2010 after 54 years of marriage. Elliot and Joyce made their home in Winchester where they raised 4 children at their homestead on Richmond Road and lived there for over 30 years. Elliot often worked 3 jobs to support his family. Family, in his mind and heart came above all other. Being a husband, a dad, a papa and a great grandpapa, was where he found so much of his life purpose.  The couple moved to Rolling Hills in Hinsdale in 2005 where they would live out the remainder of their lives.

He worked at The Book Press in Brattleboro Vt. for over 40 years. He retired in 1994 and took a little time to travel. However, Elliot was not one to sit still, so he soon began his second “career” and perhaps his favorite. He became a crossing guard for the children of Hinsdale. This became more than just a job to him. He immediately fell in love with being around the children. He took this job to the next level. Not a car went by him without getting a smile and a wave, not a veteran plate passed him without a salute and not a birthday of one of the children passed without a bag of goodies being given them. For 12 years he became loved my so many passerby’s. So many students remember his warm smile and so many parents felt safer knowing Mr. Thompson was granting their children safe passage on their journey to school every day.

Elliot also served as an active member of the Winchester Fire Department for over 40 years. He spent many years as their treasurer and could often be heard telling stories about the camaraderie of his fellow fire fighters and the pride he had in serving next to them. Elliot was a member of the United Church of Christ for over 50 years and served as a Deacon and volunteered for many church activities during that time. He had strong faith and his faith carried him through many life events during his 87 years. Elliot was an active member of VFW Post #3968 in Winchester. He proudly and with great intensity and integrity, gave his all for 15 plus years in making sure that the flags were placed throughout Main St. and the Evergreen Cemetery on every National Holiday that honored our country. This was one of his favorite things to do. He made sure the flags were out by sunrise and taken in by sunset on the days they were meant to be out. He was a proud man and any way that he could serve his country, made him even prouder. He marched in every Memorial Day Parade. He attended every Veterans day ceremony and most recently was able to be a Pease Greeter at Pease Airforce Base to welcome home the troops. To say he was a grateful and proud veteran would be an understatement. Although Elliot kept his days full with various activities, such as playing poker with friends, meeting work buddies for breakfast, taking his friends out to lunch, visiting people at the nursing home, watching the birds from his recliner, or taking rides on the back roads of New England, one of his favorite activities was watching Boston sports teams. He was an avid fan of the Patriots and Red Sox. He chants and cheers that he would belt out during any given game became a bit famous on social media. Watching football with Barry while eating scallops wrapped in bacon or venison stew was, undoubtedly one his favorite things to do.

Elliot was a family man. He had 4 children, 6 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. It was family time that was most precious to him. He loved to bounce his grandchildren on his knee, do magic tricks for them, dance the “tea for two” dance with them and attend any event he could possibly make it to. Although his great grandchildren may not have known their great grandpapa for a long time, his legacy of love and honor and duty to “Help Your Fellow Man” will carry on through the generations of Thompsons to come. He was the family patriarch, their hero, their mentor and their guide during difficult times. His love is wrapped in the arms of his children and will be passed on for eternity.

Elliot is survived by his daughter, Linda Ebbighausen and her husband Gary, His son, Brian Thompson. His daughter, Karen Thompson and her partner, Barry Kellom. His grandchildren; Amanda Scaff and her husband Joe, Beth D’Angelo and her husband Nick, Ashley Thompson and her partner Tyler Boucher, Jack Marsh III and his wife Nicole Vigneau, and Matthew Thompson. His great grandchildren; Mitchell and Maxwell Scaff, Patrick Vigneau, Jack Marsh IV, and Hannah Marsh. He is pre-deceased by his sons; Wayne Thompson and his infant son, James Thompson. A grandson, Trevor Thompson and his 12 siblings all passed earlier.

In keeping with Elliot’s wishes there are no calling hours. A celebration of life service with military honors will be held on Sunday, January 27, 2019 at 2:00pm. in the funeral chapel. Burial will take place in the spring in the family lot at Evergreen Cemetery, Winchester. In lieu of flowers donations may be sent in his memory to: Salvation Army, 15 Roxbury Plaza, Keene, NH. 03431 or to: Activities Department, C/O White River Junction Veterans Administration Medical Center, 215 North Main St. White River Junction, VT. 05001. 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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Darrell Lee Mitchell

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Darrell Lee Mitchell, 96, of Swanzey died on January 16, 2019, following a long period of failing health. He was born on May 8, 1922, in Berlin, New Hampshire, the son of Elton and Mildred Mitchell. He was a lifelong resident of New Hampshire.

As a young man he enlisted in the army and served in the 738th Bombardment Squadron, 454th Bombardment Group of the United States 15th Army Air Force as a mechanic on B-24 Liberator bombers in Cerignola, Italy, during World War II. When the war ended, he enrolled at the University of New Hampshire in Durham, where he received a degree in mechanical engineering. During that period he met and married his wife of 65 years, Priscilla Wood Mitchell.

Darrell’s first career position was with General Electric in Somersworth, then in 1955 he moved to Charlestown after securing new employment with Bryant Chucking Grinder in Springfield, Vermont. While working for Bryant he acquired several patents on magnetic memory drums some of the earliest computer memory devices which predated memory disks.

In 1960 he made another career move to take a position with Miniature Precision Bearings Corporation, and he moved the family to Swanzey Center. He finished his career with Markem Corporation where he held several management positions including Director of Research, Development, and Engineering.

Darrell served many years on the vestry of St. James Episcopal Church, and as a trustee of the Mount Caesar Union Library in Swanzey Center. In his spare time he enjoyed home improvement projects, gardening, reading, hunting, and especially fishing for brook trout with his father in the Great North Woods. He also enjoyed occasional horseback riding.

He is survived by a son, Robert Mitchell and his wife Kim, by a daughter, Susan Newell and her husband Ralph (Whip), a granddaughter, Leah Cox and her husband Jay, a grandson, Michael Mitchell and his wife Ashley, five great-grandchildren, three sisters-in-law, two brothers-in-law and their spouses, and numerous nieces and nephews of multiple generations. He was predeceased by his wife, a younger brother and nephew.

There will be no calling hours and the family will hold a private service. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a donation to the Mount Caesar Union Library, 628 Old Homestead Highway, Swanzey, NH 03446, or Home Healthcare Hospice and Community Services, 312 Marlboro Street, Keene, NH 03431. 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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