Notable NH Deaths: Well-Known Auto Dealer; Greenhouse Owner; 9-Term State Rep

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The African Burying Ground Memorial is located on Chestnut Street between Court and State streets in downtown Portsmouth. The memorial park sits on top of an 18th century gravesite containing almost 200 freed and enslaved African people. The people buried here were interred from as early as 1705 to as late as 1803. Eventually, the cemetery was paved over and mostly forgotten. In 2003, contractors uncovered 13 deteriorating wooden coffins during construction, and excavations confirmed the site was the long forgotten "Negro Burying Ground." On May 23, 2015, a reburial ceremony was held to dedicate the memorial and re-inter several of the bodies. Sculptor and artist Jerome Meadows and local landscape architect Roberta Woodburn were enlisted to create the memorial. (Information from the website: 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

William Dube, 86, the owner of Bill Dube Ford and Bill Dube Toyota in Dover, died Feb. 5, 2023. A member of the N.H. Air National Guard for 13 years, he started selling automobiles in 1969, working for Dick Bournival Sr. in Lowell, Mass., then running Bournival’s Portsmouth Chrysler AMC store. He acquired the Toyota store in Dover in 1975 and by 1981 acquired his second franchise, the Ford store in  Dover. His daughter joined him in the business, and in 2004, he partnered with his son, Scott, to buy a Hyundai franchise in Wilmington, Mass. He was past president of the New Hampshire Auto Dealers Association,  N.H. Time Magazine “Time Quality Dealer” recipient in 1988, a member of the board of directors for N.H. Vocational Technical College, president of the Greater Dover Chamber of Commerce, president of the Cochecho Country Club, president of the Strafford County Heart Council, and president of the New England Toyota Dealers Advertising Association. He supported many charitable organizations. (Tasker Funeral Home)

Mark Vickery Pearson, 73 of Alton, the owner of Pearson’s Greenhouses in Farmington, died Feb. 3, 2023. He started Pearson’s Greenhouses in 1967 and built the business to include many wholesale accounts that span the region as well as a retail location on Route 11 in Farmington. (Peaslee Funeral Home)

Mary M. (Uhl) (Doggett) Allen, 92, of Newton, a nine-term state representative, died Feb. 3, 2023. She  owned and operated Allen’s Country Store in Newton, was a cost analyst for Bracken Trucking, and was the Newton correspondent for Eagle-Tribune Publishing Co. for a decade. She served in the State Legislature for 18 years from 2002 until 2020, representing Newton, East Kingston and Brentwood. She was past master of the Granite State Grange No. 149 and a 51-year member of the Newton Planning Board and 49-year member of the Rockingham Planning Commission. She served as a Newton trustee of the trust funds and selectwoman. The town report was dedicated to her twice over the years. (Brookside Chapel & Funeral Home)

Charles Denis Capistran, 60, of Manchester, died Feb. 5, 2023. The son of late Manchester District Court Judge Armand Capistran, he was the third-generation owner of Julien Richard Oil Co. for nearly 47 years. (J.N. Boufford & Sons Funeral Home)

Lynn Woods Davis Jackson, 70, of Stratham, died Feb. 6, 2023. She owned Advanced Water Treatment and was a Justice of the Peace who married many couples. She was also a substitute teacher in Greenland. (Brewitt Funeral Home)

Arthur J. Devlin, 78, of Raymond, died Feb. 3, 2023. A U.S. Navy veteran, he was an eighth-grade teacher for more than 30 years at Seabrook Middle School. He also had a farm where he had many types of animals throughout the years. (Brewitt Funeral Home)

Shirley M. Bourque, 84, of Berlin, died Feb. 2, 2023. She was a hairdresser for more than 50 years and had done hair for the Coos County and Saint Vincent de Paul nursing homes. She was a member of Good Shepherd Parish, where she was in charge of the Lazarus Ministry for many years. She was also a member and past president of the Ladies of Saint Anne and had been a leader for the local Boy Scouts.  (Bryant & Fleury-Patry Funeral Home)

Keith D. Pace, 44, of Allenstown, died Feb. 3, 2023. He was a medical assistant for Dartmouth Hitchcock in Manchester and was a well-known musician and drummer, playing for local bands including Singe and Gone for Days. (Carrier Family Funeral Home)

Thomas A. D’Agostino, 79, of Keene and formerly of Hillsborough and Dalton, Mass., died Feb. 5, 2023. A U.S. Army veteran, he was a sales associate at Walier Chevrolet for 18 years until he retired in 2009. After he retired, he works summers at Brentwood Golf Course on the grounds crew. He was past president of the Keene Lions Club, past president of William Marconi Italian Society, Italian Club board of directors, Brentwood Golf Club, Keene Country Club, and a lifetime member of Keene Eagles Club and Keene Lodge of Elks. (Cheshire Family Funeral Home)

Sr. Lucille M. Auger, 91, a sister of the Sisters of the Presentation of Mary, Manchester, died Feb. 5, 2023. She was assigned to various community services in New Hampshire for more than 50 years.  She was also a supervisor and director of dining services at Rivier University in Nashua. (Lambert Funeral Home & Crematory)

Joyce Emma Cowern, 94, of Hebron, died Feb. 5, 2023. She and her husband Richard owned and operated the Newfound Lake Marina for 18 years. She was a member of the Hebron Area Women’s Group and a member of the Hebron Knitter’s Group. She was a Hebron trustee of the trust funds. (Mayhew Funeral Home)

Thomas K. Hayes, 78, of Candia, died Feb. 9, 2023. A U.S. Marine Corps veteran of the Vietnam war, he worked for AT&T (now Verizon) until his retirement in 1998. He was also active in the American Legion and was commander of the Candia Post. (Brewitt Funeral Home)

Raymond J. Fournier, 81, of Atkinson, died Feb. 6, 2023. A U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam war, he was a design engineer for CADFlex for many years and was a selectmen for the town of Atkinson. (Brookside Chapel and Funeral Home)

Dr. John William Hurley, 84, of Manchester, died Feb. 7, 2023. He was a captain and surgeon in the U.S Air Force and opened his oral surgery practice on Webster Street, where he practiced until his retirement.  He was a past president of the Manchester Dental Society and the proud sponsor of numerous youth teams including the Challenger Division at Manchester North Little League and Manchester Regional Youth Hockey Association for many years. He coached in the Manchester Regional Youth Hockey Association and then Trinity High School, leading the team to a state championship in 1988.  He inducted in 2014 into the Manchester Catholic High School Athletic Hall of Fame. (Lambert Funeral Home & Crematory)

Raymond Joseph Plante, 87, of West Lebanon, died Feb. 7, 2023. He began his teaching career at Alton High School’s industrial arts department, also teaching driver education and coaching a variety of sports. He then was a school counselor at Lebanon Junior High and then Lebanon High School, where he was director of guidance until his retirement. In 1975 he received the Lebanon Chamber of Commerce Bi-Centennial Good Citizenship Award. (Ricker Funeral Home)

Darlene Dion Nedeau, 67, of Epsom, died Feb. 9, 2023. She taught kindergarten in Taunton, Mass., and later teaching grades 1-3 in Concord in the late 80s. She became a Realtor at Coldwell Banker Village House Real Estate and  R/W Smith Real Estate. She was a member of LEADS Club of Concord, a Notary Public and a member of the Concord Christian Women’s Club, serving as telephone chairman, special feature chairman and chairman of the board. She was a charter member of Concord Covenant Church and a volunteer for the American Cancer Society. (Roan Family Funeral Home)

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