Richard “Dick” D. Rudolph

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Richard “Dick” D. Rudolph, 74, a life-time resident of Spofford died on Tuesday, November 12, 2019. He passed surrounded by his family.

Richard was born the son of the late Jessie C. (Schlichting) and Charles J. Rudolph on October 24, 1945 in Keene. He was educated locally and graduated from Brattleboro Union High School class of 1963.

Soon after high school, on December 31, 1963 he enlisted in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War as an Engineman. He served his enlistment and was the recipient of the National Defense Service Medal and the Vietnam Service Medal. He was honorably discharged at the rank of EN3, Petty Officer 3rd. Class, E-4 on March 22, 1968.

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On October 20, 1990 he exchanged vows with Christine Mears at the Grange Hall in Spofford. They were married in a simple service with close family and friends in attendance. Sadly, Christine passed on July 2, 2011 after almost twenty years of marriage.

He enjoyed racing and going to local tracks with his son Gordon, camping in Hampton, and deep-sea fishing. His shop was where the party was at. He would always have his country music playing, a fridge full of beer, and funny signs hung everywhere. It was not only the family hangout, but neighborhood and friends knew it was the place to be from mid-morning until after midnight. Dick was always ready with a good story and plenty of laughs. In his recent years, time was spent at the American Legion Post 5 with his “buds”. He was a long-time member of the Spofford Volunteer Fire Department.

Mr. Rudolph is survived by his children; Melissa D. Jordan and her husband, David of Spofford and Gordon E. Rudolph and his wife, Tammy of Marlborough. A brother, Robert Rudolph and his wife, Jean of Westmoreland. Three grandchildren; Eric Wortman, Kaylea Davidson and Joshua Beets. Three great grandchildren; Auzeleigh Wortman, Colt Wortman and Tzion Davidson-George. A nephew Charlie Rudolph. In addition, he leaves; cousins and extended family and friends.

Calling hours will be held on Sunday, November 17, 2019 from 2 to 4pm. in the funeral chapel. In keeping with Dick’s wishes there are no formal religious services. A Burial and celebration of his life will take in the spring. In lieu of flowers, the family would prefer donations be made in memory of Richard D. Rudolph to: Spofford Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 138, Spofford, NH. 03462. Or to: Hospice and Community Services, 312 Marlboro 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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Joseph E. Sullivan III

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Joseph E. Sullivan III, 68, of Swanzey, beloved husband, father, and grandfather died unexpectedly in his sleep on November 12, 2019

He was born March 7, 1951 in Lowell, MA, the son of the late Genevieve Sullivan (Bancroft) and Joseph E. Sullivan Jr. He was a graduate of the Immaculate Conception Grammar School in Lowell, Xavier High School in Concord, MA, and attended St. Anselm College.

After working in the family business, Sullivan Brothers Printers, one of the country’s largest sports printing firms, he began a long career in the parimutuel racing industry at Rockingham Park in Salem and later went on to manage Foxboro Racetrack and was the longtime owner and operator of Hinsdale Greyhound Park. However, he found his true calling in recent years through his work as a direct support provider with Chesco, Inc., which provides services to those with disabilities.  He cared deeply about every one of his clients and had recently been nominated for direct support person of the year for the Monadnock Region.

Never without a good cigar in hand, he was a gracious host, a history buff, and a keen observer of sports and politics who will be missed by many.

In addition to his wife of nearly 45 years, Virginia (Gaffey), he is survived by his two daughters, Meghan (Patrick Belica) of Washington, DC, Briana (Alex Radetsky) of New York, NY; three grandchildren whom he adored, Harold Belica, Mabel Radetsky, and Margaret Belica; two sisters, Mary Anna Sullivan (Joel Epstein) of Lowell, Ellen Sullivan (Jim McClutchy) of Plum Island, MA; two nieces, Alix Epstein (Carter), Kate Epstein (Sarah Raab), and one nephew, Mike Epstein (Elizabeth Pisarik).
Memorial contributions may be made to Chesco, Inc. PO Box 561, Keene, NH 03431.

Calling Hours will be held on Friday, November 15, 2019 from 4 to 7pm. in the funeral chapel. A mass will be held on Saturday, November 16, 2019 at 10am. in St. Bernards Church, Parish of the Holy Spirit, 185 Main St. Keene, NH. 03431. Burial will take place later. All services are under the care of Cheshire Family Funeral Chapel, 44 Maple Ave. Keene, NH. 03431.

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Malcolm “Mal” J. Perkins

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 Malcolm “Mal” J. Perkins, 78, a long-time resident of Winchester and formerly of Ayer, MA. died on Saturday, November 9, 2019. He passed peacefully in the comfort of his home with the love of family near after a period of declining health.

Malcolm was born the son of the late Grace M. (Hamm) and Raymond C. Perkins on December 14, 1940 in Concord, MA. He was educated in Acton, MA. and graduated from Acton-Boxboro Regional High School class of 1959.

On January 1, 1986 he exchanged vows with Jean C. (Smith) Goodman. They were married in a simple service with close family and friends in attendance. The Perkins’ have been married for thirty-two years.

Mal was a career Fire Fighter for the Town of Acton, MA. for twenty-four year before his retirement in 1987. After retirement he accepted a position at Walmart in Keene as a general clerk. He loved working there and he worked there for twenty years.
He enjoyed modified stock car racing. Time was spent meticulously maintaining his lawn. He was a collector of antique milk bottles. Mal always found himself being around nice people. He also had a soft spot for animals, especially his dog, Harley.

Mr. Perkins is survived by his wife, Jean C. Perkins of Winchester. His children; Janet E. Silverton and her husband, William of Acton, MA. Joan E. Gabriel and her husband, William of Holliston, MA. Children from the combined marriage; Teri L. Pratt and her husband, Smith of Claremont. Brian R. Goodman, Jr. and his wife, Deanna of Shirley, MA. A man he loved like his own child, Steven A. Sullivan and his wife, Sara of Hinsdale. His siblings; Brian M. Perkins and his wife, Celeste of Harpswell, ME. and Richard Perkins of Nashua. In addition, he is survived by his four grandchildren; Audrey Gabriel, George Gabriel, Sadie Goodman and Kaylee Goodman, as well as an additional twelve grandchildren. He will be missed by his sisters and brothers-in-laws, cousins, nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

In keeping with Mal’s wishes there are no calling hours or formal services at this time. Donations can be made in memory of Malcolm J. Perkins to: the charity of one’s choice or you may simply pay it forward by buying a cup of coffee for someone or having a beer/shot with a friend(s) in his memory. All services are under the care of Cheshire Family Funeral Home and Crematories, 46 South Winchester St. Swanzey, NH. 03446.

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Michael J. Summers

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Michael J. Summers, 64, a long-time resident of Swanzey and formerly of Keene died on Monday, November 4, 2019. He passed unexpectedly in the comfort of his home.

Michael was born the son of Elizabeth (Vierengel) and John Summers on August 26, 1955 in Peterborough. He was educated locally and graduated from the Keene Free School class of 1973. He went on in his studies and studied electrical contracting at Keene State College.

Mike was formerly married to Lynn E. (Griswold) Summers who he has stayed friends with. He has been with his life partner, Nancy A. Evans since 2004. They shared a home and a beautiful life together.
Mike was a Master Electrician and the owner of Summers Electrical Services in Keene for thirty-five years before retiring in 2015.

He enjoyed skiing, the challenge of cooking great meals with fine food and wine. He was known for his humor and sarcasm. He enjoyed politics, religion and discussing all the different views. When time permitted, he liked to travel to Europe, especially Germany. Time was spent on vacation touring German Castles and collecting beer steins. Mike was also community minded. He was a member of the Elks Club in Keene for many years.

Mr. Summers is survived by his life partner, Nancy A. Evans, of Swanzey; his father, John Summers and his wife Marty, of W. Palm Beach, FL; Two children: Christopher M. Summers and his wife, Candy Eyles of Keene and Elizabeth L. Summers of Old Wethersfield, CT. His siblings: Heidi Summers of Marshal, N.C., Kristen Harper of Livingston, KY., Monica Summers of Glens Falls, N.Y. and Sonja Thompson and her husband, Scott of Bucksport, ME. In addition, he leaves three grandchildren: Liam Redfield, Carter Summers and Logan Summers. Mike will be missed by his; aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, extended family, friends and his fur kids: Holly, Levi, Elijah and Leo. Michael is pre-deceased by his mother, Elizabeth Vierengel.

In keeping with Michael’s wishes there are no calling hours or formal services. In lieu of flowers donations can be made in memory of Michael J. Summers to: Monadnock Humane Society, 101 West Swanzey Rd. Swanzey, NH. 03446. All services are under the care of Cheshire Family Funeral Home and Crematories, 46 S. Winchester St. Swanzey, NH. 03446.

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Kitrick D. Bradbury

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Kitrick D. Bradbury, 75, of Troy, NH died on Saturday, November 2, 2019 at the Legacy House hospice in Ocala, Florida following a period of declining health.

Kitrick was the only child of the late Louise (Flanders and Robert Donald Bradbury of Keene, NH. Born on July 29, 1944, he graduated from Keene High School in 1962.

Kitrick worked as a cable splicer for New England Telephone and later as a business agent for the IBEW Union. He retired in 2002 and from then on split his time between Troy, NH and Dunnellon, FL. He served in the U.S. Army Reserve from 1965 to 1971.

Kitrick enjoyed many outdoor activities, particularly fishing and riding motorcycles. He loved music, all the New England sports teams and socializing with his many friends. He was proud of his family and dedicated himself to their well-being. He regarded his work with the union in support of his colleagues at the phone company as his calling.

Kitrick leaves behind his wife of 54 years, Karen (Davis) Bradbury of Troy, NH. three children and their spouses; Karen Bradbury and David Maddison of Oppenheim, Germany; Aaron Bradbury and his wife, Heidi of Swanzey, NH. and Kris Bradbury and his wife, Heather of Northfield, MA. His three grandsons; Evan, Ethan and Jack Bradbury and a step-granddaughter, Holly Start.

In lieu of formal calling hours, the family invites Kitrick’s friends to join them in a celebration of thanks for a life well lived in the Keene/Monadnock rooms of the Best Western Plus Keene Hotel, 401 Winchester Street, Keene, between 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Saturday, November 9. No flowers or donations are requested. All services are under the care of Cheshire Family Funeral Home and Crematories, 46 S. Winchester St. Swanzey, NH. 03446.

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