Franklin L. Hurt

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Franklin L. Hurt, 86, a long-time resident of Swanzey, and formerly of Keene, died on Thursday, January 25, 2018. He passed peacefully in the comfort of his home with the love of family near.

Franklin was born the son of the late Margaret (Wall) and James Hurt on January 2, 1932 in Keene. He was educated in Keene and graduated from Keene High School class of 1950.

On Sept. 8, 1950, soon after school, Frank enlisted in the U.S. Air Force. He served his enlistment as part of the motor vehicle squadron. He was honorably discharged at the rank of A/1C on Sept. 3, 1953.

He exchanged vows on August 27, 1955 with Lorraine A. Vorce at St. James Episcopal Church in Keene. They were married with family and friends in attendance and have been married for sixty-two years.

In 1960 Frank started work for the A. L. Melanson Company in Keene. He worked there for thirty-seven years until he retired in 1997. He was always a believer in hard work. So much so, that he started at the bottom and advanced to become the Vice President of the company. Prior, he had worked at H. L. Holden Company as a sheet metal ductwork specialist.

He enjoyed the outdoors, especially snowmobiling and fishing. Time was spent watching the New England Patriots and Red Sox. Family and family values were important to Frank. He enjoyed being with his family and friends; it didn’t have to be a special occasion. He liked being part of their lives. In his later years Frank enjoyed woodworking and made lots of furniture and wooden clocks from scratch. He was very detailed in his craftsmanship. He would even make the gears out of wood just for the challenge. Frank had a special place in his heart for the restoration of his Model-T antique car and spent much time going to car shows and taking his family for rides. With his enjoyment of music, he became interested in making musical instruments; he made mandolins and ukuleles. He also loved to dance.

Mr. Hurt is survived by his wife, Lorraine A. Hurt of Swanzey. His three sons; Jeffrey Hurt and his fiancée, Lisa Guyette of Swanzey, Greg Hurt and his wife Darlene of Sullivan and Frank “Chip” Hurt Jr. of Swanzey. His grandchildren; Heidi Hurt of Swanzey, Kristen Hurt and her partner, Josh Supry of Keene, Kyle Hurt of Swanzey and Amity Howard of Keene. A great grand-daughter Zoie Supry of Keene, Cecilia Howard of Indian Orchard, MA and Jennifer Hadden of Keene. We can’t forget his dog and co- conspirator, Rosie who was always there next to his side.

In keeping with Frank’s wishes there are no calling hours. A celebration of life service with a gathering to follow will be held on Saturday, February 3, 2018 at 2pm at the Swanzey Community House, 18 Old Richmond Rd. Swanzey, NH. 03446. Burial will take place at a later date. In lieu of flowers the family has requested donations be made in memory of Franklin L. Hurt to the Castle Center, 312 Marlboro St. Keene, NH 03431. All services are under the care of Cheshire Family Funeral Home and Crematories, 46 South Winchester St. Swanzey, NH 03446.

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Valerie J. (Whicker) Robichaud

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Valerie J. (Whicker) Robichaud, 64, of Swanzey and formerly a long-time resident of Rindge died on Tuesday January 30, 2018 at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon.

She was born the daughter of the late Wilma (Perry) and Walter Whicker on March 15, 1953 in New London, CT. She was educated in New Ipswich and graduated from New Ipswich High School class of 1971. She later went on to obtain a Bachelors degree in Business from Franklin Pierce University.

On August 11, 2007 she exchanged vows with Richard J. Robichaud in Chester, VT. They were married in a simple service and have been married for ten years.

Valerie was the proud owner and operator of Valerie’s Gallery which opened in 2014. She made and sold products including; quilts, antique furniture, hand-made crafts and did seamstress work. Prior, Valerie was employed by the EMD Millipore Company in Jaffrey. She worked there for thirty-four years as the production manager before retiring in 2014.

She enjoyed many things; camping, fishing, crafts, sewing, quilting, puzzles and shopping. Time was spent going to the beach and working on geneaology. As life went on she became a grandmother and she enjoyed every minute with the grandchildren and family. Being a part of the Swanzey community was important to Valerie. She became involved with the Whitcomb Hall working on various charitable events.

Mrs. Robichaud is survived by her husband, Richard J. Robichaud of Swanzey. Her son; Jason O. Lord of Greenville, S.C. and her two step children Shannon H. Burbela and her husband Mark of Chester, VT. and Jacob A. Robichaud and his wife Jessica of Mount Holly, VT. Her brother, Richard Whicker of Sanford, ME. Three grandchildren; Eliza Burbela, Kyra Burbela and Liam Robichaud. In addition she is survived by cousins, nieces, nephews, extended family and friends. Valerie is pre-deceased by her siblings; William Whicker, Robert Whicker and Paul Whicker.

In keeping with Valerie’s wishes there are no calling hours. A celebration of life will be held on Sunday, February 11, 2018 at 11:30 with a gathering to celebrate Valerie’s life to follow at Whitcomb Hall, 17 Main St. Swanzey, NH. 03446. All services are under the care of Cheshire Family Funeral Home and crematories., 46 South Winchester St. Swanzey, NH. 03446.

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Wayne “Hoss” Gagnon

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Wayne “Hoss” Gagnon, 68, a long-time resident of Keene, and formerly of Manchester and Bedford, died suddenly on Monday, January 29, 2018. He passed peacefully at his home.

Wayne was born on July 18, 1949 in Nashua, the son of the late Elsie (Elwell) and Paul Gagnon. He was graduated from Nashua High School class of 1967.

He enlisted in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. He was the recipient of the Bronze Star, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Pistol Sharp Shooter Award, Rifle Expert Award and Good Conduct Medal. He was honorably discharged in 1972. In his role as a Transportation Specialist, he facilitated soldiers in their transport back home. Over the years, he met many Veterans who he had helped return to the states.

On July 17, 1976 he exchanged vows with Ann M. Boucher at the Immaculate Conception Church in Nashua. They have been married for almost forty-two years.

Education was very important to Wayne. He graduated from New Hampshire College with a Bachelors of Science. He later went on to earn a Masters Degree from Rivier University in 1983.

Wayne, or “Hoss” as he liked everyone to call him about town, was the Ambassador for Bulldog Design in Keene where he had worked for the many years. He enjoyed helping out in many day to day operations of the business, as well as going out into the community to deliver orders and meet with customers. Prior, he had worked at Keene Middle School. Additionally, he was employed by Osram Sylvania, Markem Corporation, and Kollsman Instruments as a Procurement Specialist.

Wayne was a avid train enthusiast. He loved the history of trains and the importance of their historical value, especially the Boston & Maine Railroad. Wayne’s family history with the Boston & Maine fueled his passion for trains and brought him to be a member on the Board of Directors for the Boston & Maine Railroad Historical Society and the Flying Yankee Restoration Group, where he strived to keep the importance of the rail system alive.

He also enjoyed spending time with his family. He loved North Conway, Cape Cod, the seacoast of Maine and spending time on Martha’s Vineyard. He loved to spontaneously get in the car and explore new places all around New England with his family. He always thought of others first and would go out of his way to lend a hand to anyone in need.

Mr. Gagnon is survived by his wife, Ann M. Gagnon of Keene. His two children; Karleen S. Tolman and her husband, Joe of Keene and Justin K. Gagnon and his wife, Whitney of Dover, NH. Two grandchildren; Jordan and Nicholas Tolman both of Keene. In addition he leaves many cousins, extended family and friends.

Calling hours will be held on Friday, February 2, 2018 from 5 to 8pm in the funeral chapel. Burial will take place at a later date with military honors at the New Hampshire Veterans Cemetery in Boscawen. Donations in Wayne’s honor can be directed to: Flying Yankee Restoration Project, All services are under the care of Cheshire Family Funeral Chapel and Crematories, 44 Maple Ave. Keene, NH. 03431.

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Cody M. Newton

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Cody M. Newton, 24, a life-time resident of Turners Falls died unexpectedly on Sunday, January 28, 2018 at Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton from injuries sustained in an automobile accident.

Cody was born the son of Stacey (Winship) and Joseph Jones on April 27, 1993 in Greenfield, MA. He was educated locally and graduated from Turners Falls High School class of 2011.

He worked for Allied Barton as a security guard from 2012-2014. He then got hired by C&S Wholesale in Hatfield from 2014 to present were he move quickly up the ladder to a mechanic for the past four years.

Cody was a very hard working, kind, caring, respectful, intelligent young man who loved to make people laugh and smile. He would give you the shirt off his back. He had a way of lighting up the room when he walked in.

He enjoyed fishing, motorcycles, tattoos, music and being with his family and friends. He had a love for life like no other. He was adventures. Cody played high school football for the Turners Falls Indians.

Mr. Newton is survived by his parents, Joseph and Stacey Jones of Turners Falls. His siblings; Kimberly Jones of Brattleboro, VT. Joseph Jones Jr. of Orange, MA. Dakota Jones of Turners Falls, Tanner Jones of Turners Falls and Ashley Newton of Weaubleau, MO. His grandfather, Ronald Winship of Bernardston. His girlfriend of 5 years, Breanna Miller of Turners Falls. In addition, he is survived by aunts uncles and cousins, extended family and friends. Cody is pre-deceased by his grandmother, Donna Robinson who passed on October 19, 2017.

Calling hours will be held on Monday, February 5, 2018 from 5 to 8pm. A celebration of life service will occur on Tuesday at 10am. all at Kostanski Funeral Home, 1 Kostanski Square, Turners Falls, MA. 01376. All services are under the care of Cheshire Family Funeral Home and Crematories, 46 South Winchester St. Swanzey, NH. 03446.

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Ruth A. (Bardwell) Rilling

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Ruth A. (Bardwell) Rilling, 72, a long-time resident of Surry and formerly of Keene died on Saturday, January 27, 2018 at Cheshire Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Keene.

Ruth was born the daughter of the late Lina (Eastman) and Deane Bardwell on June 15, 1944 in Shelburne Falls, MA. She graduated from Arms Acadamy in Shelburne Falls class of 1962. She went on in her studies and graduated from the Thompson School of Nursing program in Brattleboro, VT. class of 1964.

She worked for nine years as the Administrator for the 180 Court St. Nursing Home in Keene. Prior, she had worked in a similar role as the Director of Social Services for the Convolecent Center in Springfield VT for fifteen years.
Ruth lived a quiet life. Her time revolved around family and a few close friends. She enjoyed going antiquing and was always looking for good buys on Ebay. As life went on she became a grandmother and loved to be part of her grandchildren’s lives.

Ms. Rilling is survived by her three children; Lisa R. White and her husband Monte of Snohomish, WA. Paul H. Wood and his wife Jill of Winchester and Patrick C. Rilling and his wife Holly of Surry. Her siblings; Jane Brady and Charles Bardwell. Nine grandchildren; Cailin White, Erin White, Tina Wood, Jarad Wood, Charles Wood, Sarah Ellis,Brandon Rilling, Ethan Rilling and Madisyn Rilling. Ruth is pre-deceased by her siblings; Nettie Shippee, Robert Bardwell, Richard Bardwell, Edward Bardwell and Rowland Bardwell all passed earlier.

In keeping with Ruth’s wishes a private memorial service was held on Wednesday, January 31, 2018. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers the family has asked that donations be made in memory of Ruth A. Rilling to: Cheshire Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center for nursing education, 580 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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