Notable New Hampshire Deaths: New London Judge; She Sang for a President

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Calvary Cemetery in Concord contains the burial site of teacher-in-space Christa McAuliffe, who died Jan. 28, 1986, aboard the space shuttle Challenger. This photograph was taken on a crisp morning in December. Visitors still leave small stones and other items on her gravesite 37 years later. 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

The Hon. Gerald J. Carney, 82, of New London, died Jan. 21, 2023. He was appointed a special justice to the New London District Court in 1981 and to the Newport District Court in 1989. He was also the city attorney for the city of Keene from 1981 to 2007. A U.S. Navy veteran, he served in the submarine service. He practiced law with the late Harry Spanos of Newport and was an adjunct faculty member at Colby-Sawyer College and New Hampshire College. (Chadwick Funeral Home)

Anne S. (Shugrue) Harvey,  86, of Nashua, died Jan. 23, 2023. A singer who performed at events in greater Nashua, her proudest musical accomplishment was when she sang for U.S. President Gerald R.  Ford, a story which she loved to tell everyone. She taught music for almost 50 years at all levels including elementary, high school and college. She taught in the Chelmsford and Nashua school districts as well as at Mount St. Mary High School and Rivier College. She and her husband also performed with the Actorsingers of Nashua. (Farwell Funeral Home)

Irene Therese Creteau, 84, of Rochester, died Jan. 21, 2023. She was a Rochester City Councilor and served two consecutive terms as a N.H. state representative. She volunteered as a ballot counter and was a board member for the Gafney Home and the Rochester Visiting Nurses Association (Cornerstone VNA). She sold real estate for more than 25 years and had worked in her early years in public relations at the 1964 World’s Fair and at Expo ’67 in Montreal. She also worked at Wentworth by the Sea in New Castle and the Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe, Vt. (Grondin Funeral Home)

Jacquelyn Thomas, 90, of Exeter, died Jan. 21, 2023. She was the James H. Ottaway ‘55 Professor Emerita at Phillips Exeter Academy and the school’s first female academy librarian. She served as head of the world’s largest secondary school library from 1975 until her retirement in 2010. She began her career at the academy in 1971. In 2021 she was honored with the Founders Day award for exceptional service to the academy. She was a member of the Committee to Enhance the Status of Women that advocated for the inclusion of women faculty and staff. She was also a founding member and chair of the Child Care Governing Board which supported young families at the school. (Brewitt Funeral Home)

Dr. Alfred W. St. Cyr, 90, a longtime resident of Manchester, died Jan. 24, 2023. A U.S. Army veteran, he opened the Manchester Conservatory of Music and Al St. Cyr Accordion Studios.  He was director of music education for Manchester schools and was a long-time member of the Queen City Rotary Club. He also served as superintendent of schools in Groveton and Raymond. (Lambert Funeral Home & Crematory)

Attorney W. Jean Laflamme, 90, of Manchester, died Jan. 23, 2023. He joined his father’s law practice out of law school and then partnered with Attorneys Bois, Champagne, Moquin and later Davis. He led the Renew Program at St. Jean de Baptiste, was active in the Bible Study ministry at Ste. Marie, and was president of the Jaycees, served on the board of directors at Easter Seals and also served on the board of the Institute of Arts and Science. (Lambert Funeral Home & Crematory)

Robert Weir Grott Jr., 94, of Wolfeboro, died Jan. 19, 2023. An MIT graduate at the age of 19, he worked for JO Ross Engineering designing air-handling equipment for paper mills.  He partnered with a group in New Jersey to start an engineering firm, AER Corporation. He and his wife moved to Wolfeboro in 1983 and bought a furniture manufacturer, developed and sold real estate and owned Hamel Real Estate. (Lord Funeral Home)

Marie L. Carbone, 56, of Exeter, died Jan. 23, 2023. She volunteered for Exeter Junior Baseball and Exeter Youth Soccer, and later the soccer and track and field boosters at Exeter High School. She volunteered in her children’s classrooms at Main Street School and was hired as a literacy aide teaching first-grade students to read for more than 15 years. She worked behind the scenes with the local cable TV children’s book series starring “Crocker the Crocodile.” (Brewitt Funeral Home)

Stephen George Sampson, 76, of Brentwood, died Jan. 19, 2023. He sold cars for many years at RA Sampson LLC, a business that his father started. He also worked as a Rockingham County deputy sheriff years ago and at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard. He was a member of the Bektash Shriner’s Temple, Major John Sullivan Masonic Lodge in Epping and the Scottish Rite. (Brewitt Funeral Home)

George L. Terrien Sr. , 64, of Atkinson, died Jan. 22, 2023. He worked for W.S Development at the Meadow Glen Mall in Medford, Mass., then the Pheasant Lane Mall in Nashua as assistant mall manager. He returned to Meadow Glen Mall as mall manager. He was promoted to vice president of community and lifestyle centers and retired in 2019 after 39 years with the company. (Brookside Chapel and Funeral Home)

Michael R. Villeneuve, 61, of Berlin, died Jan. 22, 2023. He worked for the Appalachian Mountain Club maintaining their trail systems, as a groundskeeper at South Pond State Park, and for the City of Berlin for more than 30 years.  (Bryant Funeral Homes & Crematory)

William L. Horton III, 76, of Windham, died Jan. 20, 2023. He was the owner and operator of Treasured Toys in Salem from 1994 to 2011. He opened the ABC RC & Hobbies store in Windham in 2011, now co-owned by the Horton family. (Carrier Family Funeral Home)

Leroy E. Austin, 85, of Stoddard and formerly of Winchester, died Jan. 23, 2023. A U.S. Marine Corps veteran, he worked for the town of Winchester in varying roles for over 45 years, most recently as building inspector, code enforcement and health officer, retiring in 2017. (Cheshire Family Funeral Home)

Eugene A. Lemery, 93, of Manchester, died Jan. 19, 2023. A U.S. Air Force veteran, he was a commercial artist at Gunn Associates in Boston, serving as vice president and senior illustrator. He attended the former St. Patrick Parish School in Manchester and designed the beautiful doors that still grace the front of the former church building. (Connor-Healy Funeral Home and Cremation Center)

Sylvia Boucher, 97, of Nashua, died Jan. 21, 2023. She was a Certified Professional Insurance Woman and had been employed many years for Slawsby Insurance and New Hampshire Insurance Company. She was a past president of the New Hampshire Insurance Women’s League and a past president of the Business and Professional Women Inc. of Nashua. (Davis Funeral Home)

Richard John Cunningham, 90, of Bridgewater, died Jan. 19, 2023. A U.S. Air Force veteran, he attained the rank of captain.  He was one of the eight charter members of the Merrimack College Federal Credit Union, a Paul Harris Fellow and a past president of the Lawrence Rotary Club, an early supporter of the ABC House of Andover, and also a corporator for the Andover Savings Bank. After moving to Bridgewater in 1999, he was president of Newfound Area Nursing Association, a member of the Bristol Rotary Club, a member of Father Bennet’s Boy Club and was  involved with St. Timothy’s Church and Our Lady of Grace Chapel. (Emmons Funeral Home)

Harry “Jack” Warburton, 80, of Goshen, died Jan. 21, 2023. He served on the Goshen Volunteer Fire Department for 40 years, retiring in 2004. He served in the National Guard, was a member of the Fire Wardens Association and held many other positions in the town of Goshen. (Newton Bartlett Funeral Home)

Irene Blanchard, 106, lifelong resident of Derry, died Jan. 21, 2023. She was the current Boston Post Cane holder for the town of Derry, which recognizes the town’s oldest resident. She was a member of the Senior Friends and the Londonderry Senior Citizens. (Peabody Funeral Homes & Crematorium)

Paul L. Henderson, 77, of Greenland, died Jan. 19, 2023. A U.S. Air Force veteran, he worked in casino gaming in Atlantic City, N.J. and was president of international marketing for all three Caesars resorts in Las Vegas, Atlantic City and Tahoe. He was president of the Atlantic City Hilton, Trump Castle, as well as Caesars. (Remick & Gendron Funeral Home)

Margaret A. McEntee, 92, longtime resident of Lyndeborough, died Jan. 23, 2023. She was a teacher for many years in the Milford and Wilton school districts and also managed a small in-home kindergarten she ran for nine years.  (Smith & Heald Funeral Home)

The Rev. Allan M. Lurvey, Th.D, 83, of Stratham, died Jan. 22, 2023.He was a psychologist in private practice in Hampton and Portsmouth since 1970. He was assistant minister of Melrose (Mass.) First Congregational Church and minister of Rand Memorial Congregational Church in Seabrook in the 1960s. He was minister of pastoral counseling at the Stratham Community Church in recent years. He was president of the Northeastern Society for Group Psychotherapy, 1984-1986, and the N.H. Psychological Association from 1996 to 2002.  He was coordinator of the Seacoast Area CROP Hunger Walk from 2005 to 2022 and held leadership posts at Stratham Community Church. (Stockbridge Funeral Home)

Homer G. Fletcher, 95, a lifelong Claremont resident, died Jan. 22, 2023. A U.S Army veteran, he worked for his family’s construction company, then became an agent for John Hancock Mutual Life Insurance Company for more than 30 years. In 1968, he and his wife founded and developed a vacation home community on Crescent Lake in Acworth, which he continued to operate for 50 years. (Stringer Funeral Home)

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