Notable New Hampshire Neighbors Who Died Last Week

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Staff Report scans the websites of New Hampshire funeral homes each week and selects at random some of our friends, relatives and neighbors to feature in this column. The people listed here passed away during the previous week and have some public or charitable connection to their community. is now offering obituaries through the service. We view this as part of our public service mission. Click here or on the Obituaries tab at the top of our home page to learn more. And if you know of someone from New Hampshire who should be featured in this column, please send your suggestions to

Bruce A. Taylor, 64, of Weare, died Oct. 15, 2022. He was a Criminalist II with the New Hampshire State Police Forensic Crime Lab for 25 years. On Oct. 7, 2022, he was honored with the Officer Richard W. Bateman Dedication and Professionalism Award at the New Hampshire Congressional Law Enforcement Awards ceremony, which he was able to attend with his wife and daughters. He was a photographer at the New Hampshire Union Leader from 2003 to 2014. He enjoyed the outdoors, spending much of his time hiking, kayaking and camping and was passionate about sharing his sense of adventure with his daughters. (Waters Funeral Home)

Samuel J. “Buzzy” Hanscom, Jr., 90, of Madbury, died Oct. 17, 2022. Raised on the family farm in Madbury, he served in the U.S. Army and created Hanscom Truck Stop on Route 1 in Portsmouth. He ran it from 1964 to 2017 and was known far and wide by truck drivers all over New England.  He was a member of several organizations including the New Hampshire Truck Owner’s Association and the Maine Professional Driver’s Association, Working Trucks of Maine, and the 100 Club of New Hampshire. He was also a member of the Better Home Heat Council. He was a founder of the New Hampshire Working Dog Foundation. (Tasker Funeral Home)

Claire Cryan Sedgewick, 99, of Hampton and formerly of Dover, died Oct. 14, 2022, days after her birthday. A chemist by training,  she left to raise her family, then became director of the Dover Day Care Learning Center for many years. She was also active on the board of the Dover Adult Learning Center for many years. A summer resident of Great Diamond Island in Maine, she served on the DIA board of directors and was a founding member of the GDI investment club. (Remick & Gendron Funeral Home)

Andrew E. Coty, 71, of Keene and formerly of Pittsfield, Mass., died Oct. 16, 2022. He was an engineer at Beloit Corporation followed by a 25-year career at GE/General Dynamics, retiring in  2013. He coached his own children as well as others’ children in baseball, softball, and soccer. When Pittsfield did not have a traveling U-12 girls soccer team, he started one in conjunction with the YMCA. He also assisted with the downhill ski team at Bousquet Ski Area for many years. (DiLuzio Foley And Fletcher Funeral Homes)

Mary Louise Dufault, 85, a longtime New London attorney and resident, died Oct. 16, 2022. She had a degree in home economics from Indiana State Teachers College and taught economics for two years at a middle school in Carlisle, Pa. She received a master of science in clothing and textiles from Pennsylvania State University and was a professor at Juniata College in Huntingdon, Pa.   She later earned a second master’s degree, this one in medieval literature, at the University of Connecticut in 1973. She and her husband moved to New London and both taught at Colby-Sawyer College. She attended Franklin Pierce School of Law and earned her Juris Doctorate in 1980. She operated her law office out of her home, and later her husband joined her in the practice. They operated for many years at the historic New London Grange.  She served for three years on the New London Budget Committee and was a member of the League of Women Voters, the Ausbon Sargent Land Preservation Trust, the Garden Club, the Lake Sunapee Wine Society, and the Lake Sunapee Yacht Club. (Chadwick Funeral and Cremation Service)

Another attorney very involved in his community also died this week. Gerald Prunier, 81, a longtime resident of Hollis and Nashua, died Oct. 18, 2022. He earned his law degree from Boston College Law School in 1967 and had a 55-year career. He was elected to the Nashua Board of Education in 1967 and was chairman of the board in 1971. He was the past president of the Nashua YMCA and past president of the Nashua Chamber of Commerce. He served as a director of the Nashua Children’s Home, was a former trustee of Nashua Memorial Hospital (Southern N.H. Regional Medical Center), former director of the Nashua Trust Company, a member of the Bishop Guertin School Board and past president of the Nashua Bar Association. He also served as a member of the Rotary Club of Nashua and Nashua Business & Industrial Development Authority (BIDA). He was a volunteer coach, from Nashua biddy basketball to CYO basketball at the Parrish of the Resurrection. Together with his son, they coached several AAU basketball teams together. (Farwell Funeral Service)

Linda May (Hill) Clymer, 75, of Londonderry, died Oct. 18, 2022. She attended Lincoln Christian College in Lincoln, Ill., and for 20 years operated a home daycare. The family moved to New Hampshire in 1996  and began a new church-planting organization called Restoration House Ministries. Linda served in hospitality and administrative support in this ministry for over 20 years. (Carrier Family Funeral Home & Crematory)

Judi Ann Johnson, 73, of Berlin, died Oct. 18, 2022. She worked for N.H. Legal Assistance, Physicians Recovery Network in Florida,  as secretary to the detectives and prosecutor at the Berlin Police Department, as a bail commissioner, and for the law offices of Wayne T. Moynahan. Most recently she had been employed as an administrative assistant for Northern Human Services. (Bryant Funeral Homes & Crematory)

Perley A. Whipple III, 73, of Bethlehem, died Oct. 14, 2022. He served with the 2nd Battalion 197th Field Artillery New Hampshire Army National Guard for 21 years, retiring in 1989 with the rank of major. He’d often lead the color guard in the holiday parades in Lancaster and Whitefield and at the Lancaster Fair. He was plant manager at Persons Concrete for 23 years and Burndy Corporation in Littleton as a production supervisor, retiring in 2012. He was a lifetime member of the Elks, the Exalted Ruler in 1979-1980, and a 48-year member of the Groveton American Legion. He served on the Profile High School Board for six years. (Bailey Funeral Home)

Norman Murray Wiles Jr., 74,  of Henniker, died Oct. 16, 2022. A U.S. Air Force veteran, he was the Groveton High School Alumni Association newsletter editor,  board member and past vice president. He was a member of the American Legion Post No. 59 and was an organist at St. Theresa’s Parish in Henniker for 15 years. (Armstrong-Charron Funeral Home)

Robert W. Loeffler Sr., 81, long-time resident of Plaistow, died Oct. 17, 2022. A U.S. Army veteran who served two tours in Vietnam, he was a manager at Lucent Technologies. Taking retirement at age 48, he was later employed by the Haverhill Gazette and Westville Supply, where he was known as “Hardware Bob.” He served on the Plaistow Zoning Board for many years and was an active member of the American Legion Post 34 in Plaistow, where he was on the executive board. (Brookside Chapel and Funeral Home)

James “Jim” Charles Henerberry, 61, of Dover, died Oct. 18, 2022. He taught sixth grade and had an  insatiable thirst for life. A runner and cyclist, he also enjoyed hiking, canoeing, snowshoeing, ice skating, sledding, cross-country skiing, downhill skiing, and backcountry skiing. His passion was sailing,  on his beloved “Lottie B” (a Passport 40 yacht) in Salem, Mass., or one of the small crafts in the fleet he had acquired. (Tasker Funeral Service)

James “Jim” Waters Mulvey, 84, longtime resident of Merrimack, died Oct. 19, 2022. He taught science for over  30 years at Fairgrounds Junior High School in Nashua and retired in 1996. (Rivet Funeral Home & Crematorium)

Darrell Roy Learn, 79, of Hillsborough, died Oct. 17, 2022. A U.S. Army veteran, he worked for more than 40 years as a commercial water well driller throughout New England and was drilling superintendent when he retired. He was a founding member of the Hillsboro Night Riders snowmobile organization and along with other members built and ran the snowmobile-themed carnival game at the fair for several years. (Holt-Woodbury Funeral Home and Cremation Service)

Gerardine “Gerri” Bissonnette, 94, of Hooksett, died Oct. 19, 2022. A native of Quebec, she took English classes at Manchester Central High School when she moved here in her 30s. In 1983 at the age of 55, she was able to earn her high school diploma after attending evening classes while raising eight children and working part time as a nurse’s aide.  She worked at Notre Dame Hospital, now CMC, for decades, mostly in the nursery, where she gave the first bath to many of her newborn grandchildren.  She was also the recipient of the hospital’s first ever Employee Recognition Award.  She was an active member of the Ladies of St. Anne at St. Anthony Parish.  Every Wednesday, she and her husband Robert worked at the Parish Nurse program.  They also prepared and served bereavement meals to parishioners.  They volunteered as altar servers as well as at the annual church penny sales.  (Lambert Funeral Home)

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