Notable NH Deaths: Briggs Bunker Told North Country, ‘Today’s Gonna Be a 50-Centah!’

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This memorial to those lost during the 9/11 terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, is located on the Londonderry Town Common on Mammoth Road. A section of a girder from the World Trade Center is on permanent display at the Londonderry Fire Department. 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

Briggs H. Bunker, 92, of North Conway, died Sept. 9, 2023. A U.S. Air Force veteran serving as an air traffic controller, he was perhaps best known in the Mount Washington Valley as the morning weatherman who gave the daily weather report on the local radio station for 40-plus years, with his show always ending with a daily weather rating between 0 and 50 cents. Anyone in the valley knew that a beautiful day with blue skies was a “50-Centah!” He was a volunteer for many area charities including the North Conway Community Center, North Conway Public Library, Christ Church vestry and warden, North Conway Rotary Club, Mount Washington Observatory, Mount Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce, and Gibson Center. He was a supervisor of the checklist for the town of Conway. He was an official NOAA weather observer for 34 years.  (Furber and White Funeral Home)

Maureen Riordan Mann, 79, of Deerfield, died Sept. 10, 2023. She was elected as a Democratic state representative representing Deerfield, Northwood, Nottingham, and Candia from 2008-2010 and 2012-2014. She was also a trustee of the Philbrick James Library, served on the Deerfield Budget Committee and Cemetery Commission, was board chair and managing editor of The Forum online newspaper, a public school teacher, and Realtor. She taught history and psychology at Medford (Mass.) High School, retiring after teaching there for decades. In 2006 she was awarded Deerfield’s Sherburne Award for outstanding citizenship.  (

Robert D’Alessandro, 87, of Pembroke, died Sept. 8, 2023. He had a more than 20-year career with the New York City Police Department, then moved to Deerfield where he began his second career, with the Deerfield Police Department where he became chief, retiring in 1995. (Roan Family Funeral Home)

Rosalind W. Slavic, 102, of Fitzwilliam, died Sept. 10, 2023. An artist and an author, she and her husband Fred donated 300 acres of their land to the Northeast Wilderness Trust. The  Rosalind and Fred Slavic Wilderness Preserve in Fitzwilliam is surrounded on three sides by the Rhododendron State Park and has been protected for future generations.  The couple’s conservation efforts began more than 40 years ago when they granted the state a conservation easement on 196 acres of their forestland. In 1987, working with the New Hampshire Audubon Society, the Forest Society, and the State of New Hampshire, the Slavics took the first major step to set into motion a vision that has now become a reality. (Compassionate Cremation Center of New Hampshire)

Dennis O. Sawyer, 76, of Nashua, died Sept. 10, 2023. He had a 40-plus year career in aviation and started his own business, Sawyer Aircraft and Motorsports, based out of the Nashua Airport. He was also employed by Red Bull Air Racing from 2006-2014, working as the chief technician for Mike Mangold, Matt Hall, and Mike Goulian. (McGaffigan Family Funeral Home, Pepperell, Mass.)

Robert L. Lienhart, 82, of Chichester, died Sept. 8, 2023. A U.S. Air Force veteran, he coached the 4th, 5th and 6th Grade Boys basketball team in Chichester for 18 years and was instrumental in fundraising to get the gymnasium built at Chichester Central School. He was voted Citizen of the Year twice – once in 1985 along with his wife Elaine and again in 1991. He was PSNH lineman for 30 years, a line foreman, and was employed by I.C. Reed & Sons and Three Phase Line Construction. He was a room father in his grandchildren’s classroom and at age 68 learned to downhill ski so he could spend more time with them. (Bennett Funeral Home)

David S. Ross, M.D., 80, of Concord and formerly of Hopkinton, died Sept. 8, 2023. He was a physician with Concord Pediatrics from 1974 until his retirement in 2003. After retiring, he remained engaged in work he loved with a teen clinic in Manchester. He was active for many years with Granite State Wheelers, the Appalachian Mountain Club, the Monadnock-Sunapee Greenway Trail, Five Rivers Conservation Trust, Sharing Yoga, and more recently as a Parkinson’s Fighter with Rock Steady Boxing Lakes Region. (Bennett Funeral Home)

George A. Fuller Jr., 87, of Portsmouth and a long-time Hudson resident, died Sept. 8, 2023. A U.S. Air Force veteran, he was a long-time member of the Hudson Fire Department, starting as an Explorer and retiring as a captain from the full-time department.  He earned his certification as an EMT and  considered helping deliver a baby at the fire station to be one of the highlights of his career.  He was a truck driver for several trucking companies. He rebuilt many cars, from Thunderbirds to Model As to Model Ts to MGBs.  He built his own biplane and was a member of the Experimental Aircraft Association. (

MSgt. Raymond P. DeFillipo, 73, of Manchester, died Sept. 8, 2023. He was a flight engineer in the U.S. Air Force and eventually became flight engineer for the NHL’s New Jersey Devils and Arizona “Phoenix” Coyotes.  He joined missions for Operation Blessing, including recovery efforts after Hurricane Katrina.  He was an ordained minister. (

Donald Anthony Baldinelli, 83, of Tilton, died Sept. 9, 2023. A U.S. Air Force veteran, he also served in the U.S. Army Reserves. He worked as an electrician at  Raytheon, then was self-employed. He also owned and operated a dive shop. While residing at the New Hampshire Veterans Home, he served as the sergeant-at-arms,  was  a member of the Veterans of the AM Post and also belonged to the Shriners. (Rochette Funeral Home and Cremation Services)

Markus Konig, 81, of Winchester and formerly of Switzerland, died Sept. 9, 2023. A veteran of the U.S. Army National Guard, he was a supervisor for G.S. Precision in Brattleboro, Vt. for more than 30 years. While living in Switzerland, he was given a Carnegie European Hero Fund award for saving someone’s life. The hero fund was established in Switzerland in 1911 by industrialist Andrew Carnegie to honor civilian heroes in foreign countries. Since the establishment of the foundation, more than 8,300 people have been recognized in several countries. (Cheshire Family Funeral Home)

Robert Fredrick Wentworth of Exeter, died Sept. 9, 2023. A veteran of the U.S. Navy, he worked in finance for AT&T, then for more than 15 years as an independent trustee and chair of the board of First Investors Funds in New York City. He was president of the board of trustees of the College of New Jersey; secretary of the Hartley Dodge Foundation; president of the Southern Vermont Arts Center in Manchester, Vt.; and president of the Dorset Field Club, Dorset, Vt. He served for six years as a trustee of the at RiverWoods Continuing Care Retirement Community in Exeter and served for seven years on the Resident Council. He served three terms on the Exeter Budget Committee, 10 years on the Southern New Hampshire Land Trust finance committee, and six years as a trustee of the Congregational Church where, in 1638, his ancestor William Wentworth founded the town of Exeter along with Rev. John Wheelwright. He is the author of two books of poetry. (Direct Cremation of the Seacoast)

Michael Auger, 65, of Dunbarton, died Sept. 6, 2023 He was a real estate broker in Greater Manchester for more than 40 years, many of those years owning his own brokerage firm, Auger Realty. (French & Rising Funeral Home)

Timothy K. Sheppard, 70, of Portsmouth, died Sept. 10, 2023. He graduated from Portsmouth High School in 1971 but barely made it to the graduation ceremony. Minutes before leaving, he was dressed in a new suit and spotted a young boy drowning in the river near his home. Without hesitation, he jumped from his second-floor porch to the roof of the nearby bait shed, then dove into the Piscataqua River, suit and all, to save the drowning boy. Thirty minutes later, he was dressed in old clothes to accept his high school diploma. He started a lobster company and began working at the Portsmouth Moran Towing Co. as a deckhand, working his way up to tugboat captain. He also worked part-time as a Portsmouth Police Auxiliary officer until the early 1990s. (J. Verne Wood Funeral Home – Buckminster Chapel)

Roy Elbridge Kent, 98, of Dover, died Sept. 12, 2023. A U.S. Navy veteran and a member of the Naval Reserves, he was a life member of the Robert G. Durgin American Legion Post 67. In 1953, he was employed at the Brown & Trottier Funeral Home and became a partner in 1955, and with Raymond Brisson operated as Brisson & Kent Funeral Home. He became sole owner in 1971 and sold the business in 1987 to Edward Pelczar. He retired from what has now become the Kent & Pelczar Funeral Home in 1996. He was past president of the N.H. Funeral Directors Association and was a former member of the state board. He had many civic and charitable associations and was one of the three founders of the Newmarket Historical Society. He was a founding member of the Newmarket Ambulance Corp and a member of the Newmarket Fire Department. For 40 years he was a Trustee of the Newmarket Trust Funds and an advisor to the Newmarket Branch of Indian Head Bank. He served several terms on the Board of Directors of Lamprey Health Care. (Kent & Pelczar Funeral Home & Crematory)

Donald Osmond “Ossie” McLeod, 88, of Durham, died Sept. 9, 2023. He worked in the advertising department at the E.I. DuPont Company in Wilmington, Del., then in 1977 founded three distributorships selling shrink and stretch packaging films and machinery to major consumer products manufacturers across the country.   He retired from McLeod & Dewey Associates of Agawam, Mass., in 2000. He was a trustee of the Lakes Region Conservation Trust, helping raise funds to purchase the Castle in the Clouds in Moultonborough. He helped establish the Castle Preservation Society to operate and preserve it. He also served as a director for the UNH Foundation Board, actively supporting their football and academic programs. (Kent & Pelczar Funeral Home & Crematory)

Joan Claire (Hale) Camann, 91, of Manchester, died Sept. 8, 2023. A nurse, she volunteered for the League of Women Voters, Federated Arts, Manchester Family Planning, Webster School PTA, and Friends of Stark Park. She also volunteered at the Currier Museum of Art. (Lambert Funeral Home & Crematory)

Ernest W. Clark Jr., 79, of Barrington, died Sept. 9, 2023. A U.S. Army veteran, he volunteered for the Barrington Youth Association and served as a board member for more than 25 years and as a coach for 38 years for both Babe Ruth Baseball and Senior Babe Ruth Baseball. His teams won several championships and received many awards. (Purdy Funeral Service)

Norman A. Ruel, 47, of Enfield, died Sept. 7, 2023. He was a 30-year member of the Enfield Fire Department and for the last four years was supervisor for the water and wastewater division for the Town of Enfield. He volunteered as an assistant coach for the Mascoma football program. (Ricker Funeral Homes & Crematory)

George Edward Fryer Jr., 92, of Concord, died Sept. 12, 2023. He was a U.S. Army veteran and worked for 33 years as an engineer at the state Department of Transportation. He served on the Pembroke Planning Board and Zoning Board of Adjustment. He was a Boy Scout leader and volunteered with the Friendly Kitchen and Habitat for Humanity. He and his wife Helen were Citizens of the Year in 1995. He was a member of the Wesley United Methodist Church for more than 60 years, and recently the Bow Mills UMC church. He served as a trustee, on the Pastor Parish Relations Committee, the men’s group, as a church league basketball coach, usher and  videographer. (Waters Funeral Home)

WORDS OF WISDOM: “Only people who are capable of loving strongly can also suffer great sorrow, but this same necessity of loving serves to counteract their grief and heals them.” — Leo Tolstoy, Russian writer, Sept. 9, 1828, to Nov. 20, 1910

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