Notable New Hampshire Deaths: Manchester Banker Frank Buhl

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Piotr Wyskiel was, according to his gravestone in Holy Trinity Polish National Catholic Cemetery on Goffstown Back Road in Goffstown, the first person buried in the cemetery in 1933. He died at age 40 from tuberculosis, according to death records. He immigrated to America from Poland by way of Austria in 1911 and worked as a mill worker for the Amoskeag Manufacturing Co. He and his wife Tekla married in Manchester in 1913. Tekla lived to the age of 105 and died in 1991. 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

Frank O. Buhl, 91, of Manchester, died Oct. 3, 2023. He came to New Hampshire in 1980 and was the president and CEO of First NH Bank for many years.  He served on the boards of the Greater Manchester Development Corp., Catholic Medical Center, and New Hampshire Food Bank. (Lambert Funeral Home & Crematory)

Thomas Joseph Conway,  84, of Alexandria, died Sept. 29, 2023. He was a social studies teacher for more than 35 years at Dover High School, where he coached several sports, including varsity baseball for more than 30 years. He served as the president and vice president of the Dover Teachers’ Union for many years.  (Emmons Funeral Home)

Gary Allen Mack, 80, of Holderness, died Oct. 1, 2023. He served in the Holderness Fire Department beginning in 1970 and attained the rank of deputy chief. He also joined the Holderness Police Department in 1970 and attained the rank of lieutenant. He joined the Plymouth Fire Department in 1975 and was one of the original medical providers for the Plymouth Ambulance Service. He attained the rank of lieutenant. He retired from Plymouth in 2004 and remained active on the call department and as an associate member until his death. He was also a part-time police officer for both Plymouth and Waterville Valley, as well as a firearms instructor for the state. (Mayhew Funeral Home)

Everett A. Edmunds, 77, of Plaistow, died Oct. 1, 2023. A U.S. Army veteran, he was a staff sergeant in Vietnam with the 9th Infantry Division 4/39th battalion. In 1974, began teaching social studies at Gilford Middle-High School teaching, retiring in 2005. He coached golf at Gilford High, leading the team to two state championships. He also coached varsity girls’ basketball. Het was inducted into the NHIAA Coaches Hall of Fame as well as the Gilford Hall of Fame in 2004. (Brookside Chapel and Funeral Home)

David W. Kemmis, 76, of Jaffrey, died Sept. 30, 2023. A U.S. Army veteran, he was a lector and active member at St. Patrick’s Catholic Parish. He was involved in Kairos prison ministry and traveled to Bosnia several times to help rebuild after the war. (Cournoyer Funeral Home)

Gerard (Jerry) A. Carignan, 95, of Goffstown, died Sept. 28, 2023. He went to work for the Union Leader in 1955 and served as a compositor and department supervisor for 41 years, retiring in 1996. He was a man of strong faith, a parishioner of St. Lawrence Church in Goffstown, and a member of the Legion of 1000 Men at the Chapel of the Sisters of the Precious Blood in Manchester. (French & Rising Funeral Home)

Ronald R. Therrien, 85, of Bedford, diedOct. 1, 2023. He was a member of the National Guard for four years. He started his career in the clothing industry working at Stuart’s Department Store and later as the general manager at Lord’s Department Store. He started his own business, owning and operating 36 women’s clothing stores all over the Northeast, including Lady Pauline’s and Smartlook. He served on many civic groups and fundraising campaigns in Manchester. As a member of the Jaycees, he was a committee member for the annual Junior Miss Pageant. (Lambert Funeral Home)

Rory Morse, 40, of Manchester, died Sept. 29, 2023. He was born with Klippel Trenauney syndrome, a vascular malformation that caused an overgrowth in both of his lower limbs.  He was a Shriners Hospital patient at 10 months old until the age of 21. He graduated from Roger Williams University in Bristol, R.I., with a degree in engineering degree.  It was his lifelong dream to become a Shriner. First, he became an active member of the Masons at the Washington Lodge, then became his temple’s acting secretary for several years.  After becoming a Mason, he fulfilled his dream by becoming a member of Bektash Shriners. (Lambert Funeral Home & Crematory)

Hoyette Hibbard Johnson, 94, of Moultonborough, died Oct. 3, 2023. He pastored a church in Butterfield, Ark., which had a mission in Moultonborough. When the pastor of that church died, he was sent to New Hampshire to preach his funeral, and in 1964r the church called him to take the helm. He served as pastor the First Missionary Baptist Church for the next 38 years. He also worked numerous construction jobs throughout his preaching career, maintained a farm. (Mayhew Funeral Home)

Wayne E. Williams, a lifetime resident of Derry, died Oct. 1, 2023. He was a longtime volunteer at the Derry-Salem Elks Lodge as a trustee (six years), member of the House Committee (two years), and was House Committee chair at the time of his passing. An engineer by profession, he worked on information technology projects that included assisting with equipment and game maintenance.  (Peabody Funeral Homes & Crematorium)

Bradford Marvin, 94,of Dover and Marblehead, Mass., died Sept. 29, 2023. In 1951, he was selected to serve in the Department of the Army Criminal Investigation Division, where in the laboratory at Camp Gordon, Ga., he used chemical analysis to investigate felony crimes and serious violations of military law. He subsequently published scientific papers. He founded Bradford Scientific Inc. and for more than two decades supplied laboratory and scientific instruments and glassware as well as research-grade chemicals to university and corporate research labs throughout the Northeast. (Purdy Funeral Service)

Robert W. Ashe Jr., 70, of West Ossipee, formerly of Bethel, Conn., died Sept. 30, 2023, as the result of a plane crash in Lake Winnipesaukee. He was an aerospace engineer for many years, retiring from United Technologies Corporation in 2015. He was an avid aviator and moved to an aviation community in West Ossipee in 2020. Along with flying, he enjoyed trips on his motorcycle and traveling around the world. (Remick & Gendron Funeral Home-Crematory)

Ned “David” Witham Sr., 81, of Gilford, died Oct. 2, 2023. He started his teaching career in Chatham, N.Y., then moved to Whitman, Mass., teaching at Braintree High School. Upon returning to the Lakes Region in 1978, he taught and was the athletic director at Gilford High School. He was then the assistant principal at Laconia High School until retiring in 2000. He coached Little League baseball and taught water skiing. He was also a tour guide at Shaker Village and president of the Sanbornton Historical Society for more than 10 years. (Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home & Cremation Services)

Jim Catrambone, 91, of New London, died Oct. 4, 2023. He was a captain in the U.S. Marine Corps. He was a vice president at CBS Labs, co-founder of Cannondale Corp., a management consultant, an entrepreneur, and a professor at Connecticut State Community College. (Chadwick Funeral and Cremation Service)

Ronald J. Couture, 76, of Rochester, died Oct. 3, 2023. He taught history at Somersworth High School for 33 years before retiring. He also taught night school at Franklin Pierce College and finished his career teaching at Saint Elizabeth Seton School in Rochester. He joined the Secular Franciscans and professed to the secular way of life in 2017. (R.M. Edgerly & Son)

WORDS OF WISDOM: “I cannot endure to waste anything so precious as autumnal sunshine by staying in the house.” – Nathaniel Hawthorne, July 4, 1804, to May 19, 1864. (Hawthorne died in Plymouth, N.H., while visiting with his friend, Franklin Pierce. Hawthorne was suspected to have had stomach cancer.)

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