Eldred G. Peck

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Eldred G. Peck, long time resident of Walpole, NH died on August 12, 2018 at the age of 89 after a brief stay at Langdon Place in Keene. He was born on August 13, 1928 in Elmira, NY, the son of James Peck and LaNora Merriam. His wife of 50 years, Pearl of Chattanooga, TN, preceded him in death in May of 2006.

Eldred leaves behind a daughter, Susan Peck of Anaheim, CA and a son, David Peck of Dover, NH. Additionally, he is survived by his granddaughter, Jennifer (Gressman) Peck, spouse Phillip Gressman and great grandson, Henry of Swarthmore, PA and grandson, Christopher Peck of Woburn, MA.

When you think of Eldred Peck, you think of a true Renaissance man. Eldred was as at home in the boardroom as he was sitting on his front lawn, on a warm summer evening, drinking his patented “Edtini”. Eldred was ahead of his time in so many ways. From academics to aviation, along with his far ranging personal interests, Eldred simply excelled. His interest in things was never casual, quickly becoming expert.

Academically, he entered MIT at the age of 15, graduating with a degree in Mechanical Engineering near the top of his class. When asked about his experience there at such a young age, his response was “More challenging than the academics, was the social aspect. I wasn’t driving or dating and certainly couldn’t hang out with my pals at the pool hall. I really didn’t have much choice but to spend all my free time studying.”

After graduation he began his career at the Mengel Company in New Brunswick, NJ. He entered the Air Force during the Korean War and was stationed at Thule, Greenland during its construction. After leaving the military, he returned to New Brunswick. During this time in his life, he met and married Pearl. Apparently, brains, good looks and a job was not enough to convince Pearl, a career woman, working as a research chemist at the Atomic Energy Commission in Princeton, N.J. to begin dating him. It was only when Eldred pulled up in his brand new Mercury yellow convertible, that he started to make serious progress with Pearl! They married on June 2, 1956, in St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Westfield, N.J.

Throughout his professional career mainly in the paper manufacturing business, Eldred and his family which now included children Susan and David, lived overseas in Brazil, Puerto Rico and Ecuador. US ports of call included Lowell and Gardner, MA, Richmond, VA, Darien, CT, Vestal, NY, Wyckoff, NJ and Pittsford, NY. The family was seriously on the move with Eldred’s career. Pearl exclaimed more than once, “Over the years, we moved 13 times in 15 years!” Once the children were grown and off on their own, however, Eldred and Pearl settled into Walpole in 1981 where he retired in 1983 at age 55.

As a citizen of the world, Eldred’s interests were far ranging. He was an expert marksman, taking great pride in his knowledge of firearms and ammunition, working for several years at the gun shop in nearby Alstead. He loved skeet shooting, bridge and snorkeling. Eldred had keen interest in photography, taking the photos on all family trips and events. His passion for the mechanical, the inner workings of all that surrounded him, supported a life of relentless questioning and curiosity. Eldred never lost interest in the events of the day and the world around him.

In keeping with Eldred’s wishes all service will be private. In lieu of flowers, please send memorial contributions to Ruck-Up of Cheshire County, 42 Upper Knight St. Keene, NH. 03431 a local organization which supports veterans in need, beyond what federal agencies provide. Most importantly, live your life to the fullest, with a moral integrity which Eldred Peck never compromised. 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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Frank “Smitty” W. Smith Jr.

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Frank “Smitty” W. Smith Jr. 78, a long-time resident of Swanzey and Keene died on Thursday August 23, 2018 at Cheshire Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Keene after a brief period of declining health. He passed peacefully with his loving family near.

Frank was born the son of the late Catherine T. (Galluzzo) and Frank W. Smith Sr. on April 16, 1940 in Rockingham, VT. He was educated in Charlestown NH where he graduated from Charlestown High School class of 1958.

Soon after high school Frank enlisted in the U.S. Army. He was trained as a Military Policeman where he found his passion for law enforcement. He completed his time of service at the rank of E-4 / Specialist and was honorably discharged.

On May 4, 1963 he exchanged vows with Carolyn H Holm. They were married at St. Stanislaus church in Winchester with family and friends in attendance. The Smiths have been married for 55 years.

Frank was employed by the City of Keene as a Police Officer. He was the second handler of Keene’s first K-9 officer “Lucky”. He attained the rank of Sergeant. Smitty, as he was called by fellow officers retired from the police force in 1985 after twenty-five years of service to the community.

After police retirement Smitty accepted a position with the Keene District Court as a Bailiff. He worked until 2002 when he decided he wanted to have more time with his wife and family.

In his younger years he enjoyed snowmobiling, boating, hunting and fishing. He loved nature and animals. Frank spent many happy years vacationing with his wife on Lake Winnipesauki. He also enjoyed gathering with family and friends.

Mr. Smith is survived by his wife, Carolyn H. Smith of Swanzey. His daughters, Stephanie A. Boucher and her husband Kenneth of Swanzey and Deanna M. Smith of Gilsum. His siblings; Betty A. Thompson and her husband James of Charlestown and Richard Smith and his wife Trudy of Belgrade, ME. Three grandchildren; Elaina Boucher, Cameron Boucher and Joshua Hall extended family friend, Philip Hall and the late Gretchen Hall of Franklin MA. In addition, he is survived by; cousins, nieces and nephews.

Calling hours will be held on Friday, August 31, 2018 from 5 to 7pm in the Cheshire Family Funeral Chapel, 44 Maple Ave. Keene NH 03431.

Burial will occur on Saturday, September 8, 2018 at 11am. In the family lot with military honors at Mountain View Cemetery, Old Homestead HWY. Rt. 32 South, Swanzey, NH. 03446.

Flowers will gladly be accepted. However, the family would prefer donations be made in memory of Frank W. Smith Jr. to: Alzheimer’s Association, 255 N. Michigan Ave. Flr. 17, Chicago, IL. 60601 or to: Swanzey Rescue, C/O Swanzey Town Hall, P.O. Box 1009, Swanzey, NH. 03446. All services are under the care of Cheshire Family Funeral Chapel and Crematories, 44 Maple Ave. Keene, NH. 03446. WWW.cheshirefamilyfh.com

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Aaron Clayton Frazier

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Aaron Clayton Frazier, 16, a lifetime resident of Winchester, died unexpectedly on Thursday, August 16, 2018 in Keene.

Aaron was born the son of Denise J. (Pickard) and Jody C. Frazier on September 26, 2001. He attended schools in Winchester and Keene.

Aaron loved playing and excelled at all sports, especially baseball and football. Aaron especially loved playing on the Swanzey baseball All-Star teams for four years. Aaron enjoyed riding his dirt bike every chance that he got. Aaron loved all times spent playing with his younger brother Nicholas. Aaron touched so many lives; everyone he came into contact with will always remember him.

Aaron is survived by his parents, Jody and Denise Frazier of Winchester. His siblings: Elisa L. Downing and her husband Skylar of Harrisville; Faith A. Frazier and her significant other Adam Seymour of Ashuelot; Meghan A. Frazier of Winchester, and Nicholas A. Frazier of Winchester. His grandparents Karen and Paul J. Laffond of Swanzey, and Leonard Frazier, Jr. of Swanzey. Great grandparents Doris and Paul Laffond of Swanzey, and great grandmother Barbara Pickard of Rindge. Aunts and uncles: Kelly Pickard and her fiancée Alex Rice; Nicole Nissen and her husband Chris; Leonard Frazier III; Mindy Myott; Christy Frazier and her significant other Patrick Qualters; Jamie Frazier and his wife Deanna. Nieces and nephews Aubrie, Bryce, Saige and Lila. Aaron is also survived by cousins Jaody, Cody, Hayley, Dylan, Jacob, Josh and Jake, as well as many friends. Aaron was pre-deceased by his paternal grandmother Karen Frazier, who passed in 2006, and maternal grandfather James Pickard, who passed in 2017.

Calling hours will be held on Friday, August 24, 2018 from 5 to 7 pm in the funeral chapel at Cheshire Family Funeral Chapel. There is no formal service and burial will be private. All services are under the care of Cheshire Family Funeral Chapel and Crematories, 44 Maple Ave., Keene, NH, 03431.

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John Sullivan Kelly

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John Sullivan Kelly, of Tipp City, Ohio and Knockyclovaun, County Clare, Ireland passed away suddenly on August 20, 2018 in the United States. He was born in Dublin, Ireland on November 22, 1954, to T.C. and Mary (Joyce) Kelly.

John was an accomplished musician and a gifted arts entrepreneur who spent almost twenty years developing the Irish Chamber Orchestra into a world-class cultural ambassador for Ireland. As its CEO, John built a permanent home for the organization at the University of Limerick, established relationships with many of the world’s leading musicians and composers, and created an innovative music program for children in Limerick’s regeneration areas.

John was a man of great faith, who gave credit to his God for all that he accomplished. His faith, combined with his sunny personality, lit up every room he walked into. John will be sorely missed by his wife, Ellen Fowler, their children Sarah Jane, AJ, and Bethie, Sarah’s mother Bernie, his five brothers, Gerry, Chris, Paul, James, and Robert, and the rest of his family, as well as friends and colleagues across the globe.

There will be a memorial service for John at 10:00 AM on Saturday, September 15th at Glasnevin Centenary Chapel in Glasnevin, Ireland. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Sing Out With Strings; please contact the offices of the Irish Chamber Orchestra for details.

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Marilyn D. (Hicks) Cox

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Marilyn D. (Hicks) Cox, 40, of Swanzey and formerly of Vermont and Colorado died on Tuesday, August 14, 2018 at Cheshire Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Keene. She passed peacefully with the love of family near after a brief period of declining health.

Marilyn was born the daughter of Karen Eggelston and Bruce Hicks on February 7, 1978 in Colorado Springs, CO. She was educated in Lyndon, Vermont where she graduated from Lyndon Institute, class of 1996.

After many years of courtship, she exchanged vows with Brett N. Cox. They were married in Swanzey, NH on February 3, 2018 in a simple service with close family and friends in attendance.

Marilyn worked as a caregiver. She had many interests in life. Her time was spent fishing, going to the beach, and being with family. She was an avid Denver Broncos fan and a talented cook. Marilyn was passionate and felt emotions strongly. She loved life and touched many people over the years.

Mrs. Cox is survived by her husband, Brett N. Cox, of Swanzey; her daughter, Kayla M. Farley, of Swanzey; her mother, Karen Edwards, and step-mother, Andrea Willey, of St. Johnsbury, VT; her father, Bruce Hicks, of Colorado Springs, CO; her step father, Randall Edwards, of Marion, IL; her siblings: James Edwards and his wife Melissa of Passumpsic, VT; Sara Dea and her husband Zachary of Dayton, NJ; and Jeremiah Edwards of Vine Grove, KY; her brothers and sisters in-law: Michael Cox and his wife Sue of Swanzey and Tana Demico and her husband Richard of Swanzey; her mother in-law, Norma Cox, of Swanzey; and her father-in-law Merrill Cox of Swanzey. In addition, she leaves behind cousins, nieces, nephews, extended family, and friends.

In keeping with Marilyn’s values there are no calling hours. A celebration of life service will be held on Saturday, August 25, 2018 at 11am in the funeral chapel. Donations can be made in memory of Marlyn Cox for the future needs of her daughter, Kayla Farley, to Marilyn’s mother: Karen Edwards, 301 Railroad St., St Johnsbury, VT 05819. All services are under the care of Cheshire Family unreal Chapel and Crematories, 44 Maple Ave. Keene, NH. 03431. WWW.cheshirefamilyfh.com

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