Notable New Hampshire Deaths: Three Lakes Region Restaurateurs Passed Away This Week

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The state lost three Lakes Region restaurant owners – past and present – this week. They include:

Jeffrey Brown, 49, of Center Harbor, died April 2, 2023. He worked in several local restaurants throughout the years and eventually started his own restaurant in 2013 with his wife Annie Brown, called the Lakeside Deli & Grill on the shores of Lake Winnipesaukee in Meredith. (Mayhew Funeral Home)

Kathleen Morrill, 81 of Tamworth died March 31, 2023. A native of Germany, she came to America in 1963 and at one time owned Katy’s German/American Restaurant in Tamworth, which she opened in 1969.  Her favorite menu item was her “Schnitzel”.  The restaurant closed in 1999 when she retired. (Lord Funeral Home)

Marie P. Roman, 76, of Meredith, died March 31, 2023. A native of Italy, she came to America at age 10. She and her husband Robert were owners of Weirs Italy, a restaurant which operated on North Main Street in Laconia in the eighties, and Romans Take-Out, previously located in Moultonborough. (Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home & Cremation Services)

Other notable New Hampshire residents who died during the past week:

Robert Iannini, 84, of Mont Vernon, died April 3, 2023. A recognized physicist in ultrasonic and high-voltage engineering, he held many patents including the Rid-O-Ray home electronic bug killer. He also invented power supplies used to power plasma globes and other neon devices. He was the author of many books including the Evil Genius series of electronic gadgets. His company, Information Unlimited Inc., was started in 1973 and features many of his inventions. (Smith & Heald Funeral Home)

Kenneth J. Beaton, 80, of Kingston, died April 2, 2023. He worked for the Newburyport Police Department until his retirement, then became a National Certified Massage Therapist, owning and operating Essex County Therapeutic Massage, with offices in Danvers, Lynnfield, and Topsfield, Mass. He was also a lifetime member of the Knights of Columbus 4th degree. (Elliott, Woodworth & Rogers Family Funeral Home, Newburyport, Mass.)

Mary Ellen Gould, 59, of Nashua, died March 31, 2023. After working as an EMT for Rockingham ambulance, she became a nurse, working in the emergency room where she thrived on the fast-paced environment. She was the school nurse at Fairgrounds Elementary School in Nashua. (Rochette Funeral Home and Cremation Services)

Philip R. Faucher Sr., 88, of Dummer, died March 31, 2023.  A U.S. Navy veteran, he joined the Berlin Police Department and served for 20 years, retiring as a sergeant. He was proud to be a Mason for 60 years. (Bryant Funeral Homes & Crematory)

Peter Blanchard Hope, M.D., 87, of Grantham, died March 30, 2023. A retired family practice physician, he operated the Grantham Post Office. He served six years in the U.S. Army Medical Corps and earned the active duty rank of major. Over his long career as a family doctor in New Hampshire, he held clinical and faculty appointments at Boston University, Yale, Dartmouth and UNH schools of Medicine and Nursing. He was active in volunteer activities in the Upper Valley including conservation, trail work and leading hikes for the Green Mountain Club, Sierra Club, Appalachian Mtn. Club, and the Eastman Woodlands & Wildlife Committee. (Chadwick Funeral and Cremation Service)

John W. Adams, 89, of Windham, died  April 1, 2023. A U.S. Navy veteran, he served 30 years on the Fleet Reserve Association and participated in the Bay of Pigs Invasion of Cuba in May 1961 on board the USS Boston CAG-1.  He retired in 1971 from Old Ironsides. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, achieving 3rd Degree with Council No. 5162 in Hudson and 4th degree with Council No. 1506 in Merrimack. He was also a member of the FRA Branch No. 338 and the VFW Post No. 5791 in Hudson. (Peabody Funeral Homes and Crematorium)

George Christos Tsoukalas, 74, of Pelham, died April 1, 2023. A veteran of the U.S. Army Reserves, he was a chemistry teacher at Billerica Memorial High School from 1975 to 2006. He was also a professional magician known as “The Great Kallini” and performed throughout the area. (Pelham Funeral Home)

Pauline ‘Polly’ (Edmands) Murphy, 94, of Belmont, died April 3, 2023. A member of the Belmont Baptist Church, the church named their food pantry for her, Polly’s Pantry. She was a former member of the Fire Belles, affiliated with the Belmont Fire Department, and a member of the Friendly Club. (Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home & Cremation Services)

Norman Small, 90, of Laconia, died April 5, 2023. He founded Northeast Industrial Sales Company in 1985 and sold machine tool parts throughout New England and beyond. He served as chairman of the board of regents of Berkshire Christian College in Lenox, Mass. (Roan Family Funeral Home – Still Oaks Chapel)

WORDS OF WISDOM: “The cross reminds us that there is no true love without suffering, there is no gift of life without pain.” – Pope Benedict XVI, April 16, 1927 – Dec. 31, 2022

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