Our condolences and deepest sympathies are with these members and their families.
Skip Smart Born in Derry, NH on Mar. 28, 1951 Departed on Apr. 5, 2014 and resided in Chester, NH.
Willis "Skip" R. Smart, 63, passed away April 5, 2014 at his home in Chester, NH after a period of failing health.
He was born March 28, 1951 in Derry, NH, son of the late Raymond M. Smart Sr. and Mary E. (Guyette) Smart.
Skip was a graduate of Raymond High School and served in the United States Army. He was a longtime resident in Chester, NH. Skip worked for many years as a maintenance
mechanic. He was formerly employed with Fred Nichols, C.M. Dining, Marcotte Oil, Ai S. Welch & Sons, Buxton Oil and lastly for the State of NH, Dept. of Transportation.
From an early age, Skip's life was surrounded by horses and farm animals, and the activities associated with horse pulling and local area fairs. He was a longtime member of the
Eastern Draft Horse Association, Eastern Ontario Horse Pulling Association, and the Deerfield Fair Association. He served as a judge for horse pulling events at the Stratham Fair,
taking over for his father after he passed away, and at the Hopkinton Fair.
For 30+ years, he provided hay rides at several area farms, including Maplevale Farm in East Kingston, Point of view Farm in Deerfield, NH, and Charmingfare Farm in Candia, NH.
Skip was one of the funniest people you could ever meet, known for his story telling and his famous punch lines. He was truly a quality person and will be sadly missed by all. Skip
was proud of his farm homestead and worked hard tending to his animals.
In addition to his parents, he was also predeceased by his daughter, Tabetha Smart, and his father-in-law, James Archer.
Skip is survived by his loving wife, Mary (Archer) Smart of Chester, NH, his daughter and her companion, Christine Greenaway and Tim Rohan of FL., son, Paul Smart of Deerfield,
NH, son and daughter-in-law, Skippy and Amanda Smart of Deerfield, NH, son and daughter-in-law, Derek and Kelly Flanders of Pepperell, MA., 9 grandchildren, and numerous
nieces and nephews, his mother-in-law, June Archer and a very special loving family Steve and June Wojnar and their family, 2 puppies, Smidget and Sassy.
Calling hours will be held on Tuesday, April 8, 2014 from 4:00-8:00 PM at the Brewitt Funeral Home, Raymond, NH.
Graveside services with military honors will be held on Wednesday, April 9, 2014 at 12:00 PM at the Old Pine Grove Cemetery, Raymond, NH.
Flowers are acceptable, or donations may be made to the Amedisys Hospice of Londonderry, 1 E Commons Dr., Unit 33, Londonderry, NH 03053.
Colan Johnson - Colan was born on April 12, 1936 and departed on Oct. 12, 2014
1936 - 2014 PUTNEY Colan E. Johnson passed away on Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014. Colan was born in Windsor, Vt. on April 12, 1936. Colan was married to Myrtle B. (Eaton) Johnson
on March 11, 1956, they were married 58 years. He worked with horses and farmed for many years. He enjoyed horse pulling, camping and his family and grandchildren. Colan is
survived by his wife, Myrtle (Eaton) Johnson of Putney, a sister, Illene Calloway of Orleans, Vt., one daughter, Wanita Theriault and her husband, Andy of Milan, N.H., three sons,
Elberton Johnson of Groton, N.H., Gordon Johnson and his wife, Mary of Putney, Sy Johnson and his wife, Deborah of Westminster, Vt. and one daughter-in-law Deborah Johnson
of Northfield, Mass. He leaves 16 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and many neices and nephews. Colan is preceded in death by his parents, Alice and Elberton Johnson,
one sister, Viola, one son, Rodney Johnson and three great-grandchildren. FUNERAL NOTICE: In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be given to Bayada Hospice, 1222
Putney Rd, Brattleboro, VT 05301. A special thanks to Mary Johnson for providing exceptional care to Colan in his time of need. Also, thanks to Bayada Hospice and Home
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Irving W. Thayer (January 1, 1926 - November 15, 2014)
North Haverhill, NH – Irving Wayne Thayer, 88, of Briar Hill, died on Saturday, November 15, 2014 at Cottage Hospital, Woodsville, NH. He was born
in North Haverhill, January 1, 1926, a son of Forrest and Eva (Collins) Thayer. Irving was a lifelong Briar Hill resident where he operated his
registered Holstein dairy farm, the “Giant Elm Farm,” until his retirement. Later, he worked for several years at the Lewis Farm in Haverhill. He was a
member of the Grafton County Holstein Club and the Farm Bureau. He graciously supported local groups and community activities over the years.
He was also a member of the North Haverhill United Methodist Church. Irving was predeceased by his parents; his two brothers, Harold R. “Pete”
Thayer on March 25, 1976, and Orman M. “Red” Thayer on October 30, 2006, and their wives, Evelyn Thayer on May 7, 2013, and Isabelle Thayer on
August 15, 2013; and a nephew, Orman M. Thayer, Jr. on December 6, 2010. Survivors include five nieces, Audrey Clough and husband Sam, Irene
Fournier and husband Ron, both of North Haverhill and Katie Thayer and husband Scott Darling, and Jody Engle and husband Robert “Pudge”, both
of Wells River, VT and Barbara Norcross of Haverhill; three nephews, Wayne Thayer of Dover, NH, Raymond Thayer and Cyrena Gadwah, and
Howard Thayer and Annie Boutin, both of North Haverhill; several great nieces and nephews; and his caregivers, Peter, Michele, and Dalton Thayer,
Angela Ricker, Wendy Patoine, Melissa Downing, and Mary Lee Vigent. He also leaves behind his beloved “little dog,” Rock.
A calling hour will be on Wednesday, November 19, from 6:30 to 7:30 PM at Ricker Funeral Home, 1 Birch Street, Woodsville, NH. A funeral service
will be on Thursday, November 20 at 1 PM at Ricker Funeral Home with Rev. David Moore, officiating. Burial will follow in the Center Haverhill
Cemetery, Benton Road, North Haverhill. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the charity of one’s choice.
Howard F. “Whitey” Smith Sr. (September 9, 1934 - November 14, 2014
Howard F, :Whitey: Smith Sr, 80, a lifelong resident of Swanzey, died peacefully Nov. 14, 2014, at Maplewood Nursing Home in Westmoreland, with his
family near, after a period of failing health.
He was born in Sharon Sept. 9, 1934, son of the late Selina (Borey) and Robert Smith. He was educated locally and attended schools in Swanzey.
On Aug. 10, 1957, he exchanged vows with Ruth J. Wilson. They were married in a simple service and had been together for almost 41 years before
she passed on April 22, 1998.
Mr. Smith worked as a blacksmith and farrier. He also worked doing horse dentistry for many years. Later in life he went to work for the W&W Trucking
Co. in Swanzey as a truck driver before retiring in 2000.
He had many interests in life. He was an avid horseman, going to horse pulls and horse shows. He was a Gymkhana fan and member of the Eastern
Draft Horse Association. He was also a member of the Cheshire Fair Association and a Golden Gloves boxer. Time was spent with his family and
especially his grandchildren after retirement.
Survivors include his children and their spouses, Howard “Whitey” Smith Jr. and his wife, Catherine, of Swanzey; Lou A. Smith and his wife, Lisa, of
Swanzey; Robert J. Smith of Swanzey and Tina LaBarre and her husband, John, of Swanzey; a sister-in-law, Beverly Smith of Swanzey; his
grandchildren, Caitlin Smith, Austin Smith, Hannah LaBarre, Becky Mattson, Chrissy Clement, Jeffrey “Scott” Putnam; in addition to six great-
grandchildren, cousins, nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.
His daughters Andrea Conides Smith and Naomi A. Dingman died earlier.
A graveside service will be held Wednesday at 10 a.m. in the family lot at Mountain View Cemetery, Old Homestead Highway, Route 32, Swanzey.
Calling hours will be held Tuesday from 5 to 8 p.m. in the funeral chapel at Cheshire Family Funeral Chapel and Crematories, 44 Maple Ave., Keene
Flowers will gladly be accepted. However, the family would prefer donations be made in Mr. Smith's name to Maplewood Employee Association, 201
River Road, Westmoreland 03467.
Douglas Rice (February 18, 1926 - April 1, 2015)
Douglas M. Rice, 89, died Wednesday, April 1, 2015 in a local nursing home. He was born in Springfield, MA on February 18, 1926 to the late Myron
and Hazel (Smith) Rice. He has lived in Granville since 1957. As a young man he worked for Hood and delivered milk to the hill towns. When he was
18 he started working for the Boston & Maine Railroad as a brakeman. He worked as a conductor for AMTRAK for three years before retiring in 1988.
On March 30, 1991, he was married to Sandra Ann (Jarvis) Tibbetts in Hartland, VT and continued to make their home in Granville, MA.
Douglas was a lifetime member of the Eastern Draft Horse Association, a past president and membership chairman. He put together monthly
Double Tree newsletter for over 50 years. He was a gentle person and a true “gentleman.” He enjoyed railroad history, officiating and watching
horse-pulls at fairs all over New England, his many cats and the simple life.
He was pre-deceased by his beloved wife Sandra Ann (Jarvis) Rice on April 9, 2014. He leaves his step-children Philip Jarvis of Windsor, VT, Julie
Melendy of Boyton, FL, Rebecca Potter of Wilder, VT and April Tibbetts of Bellows Falls, VT. He also leaves 12 grandchildren and 4 great-
Calling hours will be held on Wednesday April 8th at the Firtion-Adams Funeral Service, 76 Broad Street, Westfield, MA from 1-3 pm. The funeral and
burial will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers donations can be made in his memory to the Woodland Cemetery Association. c/o Mrs. Bruce
Darling, 114 Russell Road, Westfield, MA 01085. Firtionadams.com
TILTON - Raymond "Raymie" M. Smart Jr., 65, passed away June 21, 2015, at the Tilton Veterans Home, after a lengthy illness.
He was born on July 1, 1949, in Exeter, the son of the late Raymond M. Smart Sr., and Shirley (Depew) Smart, who died when Ray was very young.
His grandmother, Eleanor Smart raised Ray when he was young. Also Ray's stepmother, Mary Smart, had a large influence in his life.
He grew up in Raymond and graduated from Raymond High School, Class of 1967. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army from 1969-71, and served a
tour in Vietnam. Ray worked for the State of New Hampshire for many years, and later for the Sawyer-Bentwood Saw Mill in Whitingham, Vt. On nights
and weekends for many years, he also worked for Fred Cook at the barn, helping with the horses.
years. He was best known for his willingness to try and lend a helping hand. He was a member of the Eastern Draft Horses Association for many
years, was a member of the Raymond VFW, along with the Sons of the American Legion, in Readsboro, Vt.
In February of 1996, Ray suffered an injury from a fall that caused him to change his lifestyle completely. In 2007, he moved to the Tilton Veterans
Home, where he lived his remaining years.
Ray was predeceased by his folks, along with his brother, Willis Smart, and sister, Sandra Smart.
He leaves behind a son, Raymond M. Smart III, along with his wife and two children in Maryland; daughter, Michelle Hurlbert and husband Brad of
Warwick, Mass.; along with two grandchildren, Jordan and Jarred; and daughter, Melissa Georlach of Williston, Fla.; sister, Donna Smart of Epping;
along with nieces and nephews..
SERVICES: There are no calling hours.
A graveside service will be held on Thursday, June 25, 2015, at 2 p.m., at the N.H. State Veterans Cemetery, Boscawen.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the N.H. Veterans Home, Benefit Fund, 139 Winter St., Tilton, NH 03276.
For more information, go to www.brewittfuneralhome.com
Robert A. Ackley (October 1, 1938 - July 18, 2015)
Robert A. Ackley, 76, of County Route 78, Town of Ellisburg, passed awa y Saturday morning, July 18th, 2015, at home under the care of his loving
family and Hospice of Jefferson County. Robert (Bob) was born in Reading, VT, on October 1st, 1938, a son to Lowell and Hattie Gonyea Ackley. Bob
married Elva Jane Kendall on June 22nd, 1957, in Springfield, Vermont. As a young man, he worked in road construction and farming before moving
to New York State in 1960 to work on an Ayrshire Farm in the Hudson Valley. Bob was a truck driver from 1961 to 1970 before becoming a farmer in
CopakeFalls, New York. In March 1973, Mr. and Mrs. Ackley moved to the Belleville area. The couple owned and operated a dairy farm on County
Route 78 for many years. Bob was employed by the Town of Ellisburg for eighteen years and served as the Highway Superintendent from 1990 until
retiring in 2007.He also served on the Woodside Cemetery Association board. Bobs interest in maple syrup production was the beginning of a
family business that includes multiple generations. His other interests as an outdoorsman included hunting, gardening, and taking walks in the
woods. He had a love for Belgian draft horses, Hereford beef cattle, restoring Farmall tractors, and simply spending time with his family .Bob fulfilled
a lifelong dream when he and Elva traveled to Alaska in 2008with family. Bob was predeceased by Elva in January 2012.Bob is survived by his
beloved companion of 11 months, Laura Neighbor, five daughters, Carol (Dennis) Forrester, Elaine Lane, Marcia (Don) Nolder, all of Henderson,
Marian Anderson of Dexter, and Kendra (Chris) Eagan of Alexandria, VA, his grandchildren, Matthew Forrester, Amy Zumbach, Rachel Zumbach,
Christina Rudd, Kevin Lane, Sara Snider, Jessica Lane, Daisy Keresey, Derrick Nolder, Gari Lynn Dial, Ann Fons, Marie Cordice, Born: October 1,
1938 Death: July 18, 2015 Nicole Cheslock, numerous great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. Bob was predeceased by his father
Lowell, mother Hattie, and brother, Lowell (Stub).Calling hours will be Tuesday, July 21st from 5:008:00 pm at the Carpenter-Stoodley Funeral
Home, Belleville. Services will be held Wednesday, July 22nd, at 11:00 am at the funeral home, with burial at Woodside Cemetery. Contributions
may be made to the Woodside Cemetery Association, P.O. Box 105, Belleville, NY, 13611, for a tree fund to be established in Bobsname. Online
condolences may be made at www.carpenterstoodley.com.
Canaan, N.H. — Debra Kierstead, 55, Wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, sister, aunt, friend. She would have described herself using those
words as she was an extension of those names. Debbie lost her courageous 2 1/2 year battle with brain cancer at home surrounded by family on
Aug. 15, 2016. She was born on May 1, 1961 in Rome, N.Y.
Debbie was the most selfless, strong, loving, kind, giving, caring, thoughtful, and generous woman.
She enjoyed spending time with her family, visiting Maine, and riding through the Kangamangus Highway. Many summers were spent camping and
going to fairs to pull horses. She loved Winslow State Park and having family cookouts at Mount Kearsarge. She always enjoyed throwing a pig roast
or BBQ and eating cheeseburgers. Kierstead Chaos Thanksgiving was her favorite holiday.
She is survived by her loving husband, Chris, of 37 years, daughter, Jennifer Hall, and grandchildren; Rylee and Ryan, of McIndoe Falls, Vt., son,
Christopher Jr., and his wife Melissa and grandchildren Nathin, Alexis, Peyton, and Zoey of Lebanon, N.H., son, Joshua, and his wife, Jennifer, and
granddaughters; Hannah and Olivia, daughter, Carrie, and her husband, Jake, and grandchildren, Jillian and Tyler of Swanzey, N.H., father, Robert
Adams, sisters; Lynne Michaud and Carol Pearson, brother, Donald Adams, several nieces, nephews, brothers and sisters in law, cousins, as well
as, her mother in law, Rita Kierstead.
She was preceeded in death by her son, Michael, her mother, Nadine Adams, and her father in law, Thomas Kierstead.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday Aug. 27, 2016 at St. Mary’s in Canaan at 11 a.m. Please bring a dish and join us in a celebration of life
immediately following at Winslow State Park in Wilmot, N.H. In lieu of flowers please make donations to Bayada Hospice.
Robert “Bob” Whitney died peacefully in his sleep at the age of 90.
Bob was born January 14, 1926 in Nashua NH . He attended school in Wilton NH . Bob married Margaret (Peggy) Egan, in New York City
while serving in World War II. Robert served in the Navy in World War II and the Korean War, enlisting at a very young age after Pearl
Harbor. He was skilled blacksmith/farrier and horseman. He was especially proud of having been a handler for the Budwieser
Clydesdales for 20 years, which allowed him to travel throughout the United States and participate in well known parades, such as the
Rose Bowl Parade and the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Upon his retirement from Budweiser, he was able to focus on his passion
for horses and devoted much of his time to competing in draft horse pulls. His expert advice and knowledge pertaining to horses was
often sought by local teamsters and owners.
He is survived by his children, Cheryle Lewis-Wetmore of Brandon, VT and William Whitney of Dameron, Md and his brother Earle
Whitney of Hollywood Florida, six grandchildren, Robyn Scarborough of Bomoseen VT, Crystal Bacon of Ft. Sill Ok, Terence Lewis Jr. of
Rutland Vt, Austin Remmel of Maryland, Rebecca Windsor of Maryland, Lois Tink of Texas and eight great grandchildren. He is preceded
in death by his wife Margaret Egan, sisters Arlene Philbrick of Greenville, NH and Janet Edmunds of Wilton, NH and his parents William
and Etta Hall of Wilton NH. He also leaves a behind a very special friend, Patricia Francis of Live Oak, FL.
A funeral is scheduled for 2:00 P.M. October 1, 2016 at Mount Calvary Cementary in Wilton, NH. All are welcome to attend and celebrate
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Spring Hill Horse Rescue at 175 Middle Road, Clarendon, VT 05759.
Jack W. MacDougall
March 24, 2017
John Wallace MacDougall Jr, (Jack), 77, of North Hampton NH, formerly of Hanover and Braintree MA passed away on Friday March 24,
2017 at home following a long illness. He was born on July 23, 1939 in Quincy Mass to John W MacDougall Sr and Mildred “Ruth”
(Mitchell). He attended Braintree Public Schools and graduated from Braintree High School in 1957. He played football in High School
and continued playing with the Morrisey Club thru the early 1960’s. After many years of driving trucks of all kinds for other companies he
opened the John MacDougall Disposal Co in Hanover Mass where he enjoyed employing many local residents for almost 15 years. He
enjoyed every day with his team of employees. He was very active in the Hanover Youth, coaching football, baseball and hockey. He
served as the President of the Hanover Youth Athletic Association and helped in the formation of the Hanover Youth Hockey Association.
He was also active in the Masonic Lodge, Hanover Rotary and the Elks. His true love was his horses and he passed this love on to his
children and many other children in Hanover. He was a member of the Southeastern Draft Horse Association, Michigan Dynamonmeter
Association, Eastern Draft Horse Association and the Southern Draft Horse Association. He was the founder of the Florida Draft Horse
Pulling Association, later renamed the Southern Draft Horse Association in 1991 when he was a resident of Hernando Florida. His love of
pulling horses was so strong that he did not let his injuries due to the events slow him down. He was still attending as many pulls as
possible thru last fall with the help of the wonderful friends he had made over the years.
He was married to Jacqueline (Chase) MacDougall and the late Stephany (Abbott) MacDougall. He leaves behind 5 children Bonnie
Coman (friend Carl Tarbox) of Rockland MA, John MacDougall (wife Deborah) of Lecanto Florida, Tammy Woodburn (fiance Larry Ovitt) of
Holder Florida, Donna Chase of Weymouth MA and Diane Bednarek (friend Rob Gagnon) of Exeter NH. His grandchildren include Jason
Duffney, Sean Duffney, Michael Duffney, Heather Archambault, Sarah Morrison, John MacDougall IV, Danny Woodburn, Luke Bednarek
and Skylar Bednarek. He also has 3 great grandchildren. He leaves behind 2 sisters Laura Parrott (Charles) of Memphis TN and Ellen
Barton (Forrest) of Fort Meyers FL and his late sister Barbara Norris Oberg (Richard Oberg). He was also adored by many nieces and
A service to celebrate his life will be held at Sullivan Funeral Home, 551 Washington St, Rte 53 in Hanover on Friday, March 31st from 3 to
7 PM followed by a service at 7 PM. Burial will be at a later time. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Beacon Hospice or a charity
of your choice.