Notable New Hampshire Deaths: Former Teachers, Librarian, Rescue Captain

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Bob Charest

The Pittsfield Historical Society marker at the Old Meetinghouse Cemetery in downtown Pittsfield states: “The town’s founder, John Cram, gave this land for a burial place, ‘in consideration for one ear of corn.’ Nearly 30 Revolutionary War soldiers are buried here, including Mr. Cram, Rev. Benjamin Sargent, Bradbury Green and ‘Jockey’ Fogg. The cemetery contains the town’s earliest dated tombstone, that of eight-year-old John Blake, who died 9-23-1792, and those of over a dozen children who died in the Spotted Fever Epidemic of 1813.” 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 weeks 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

Edward William Daniels, 71, of Salisbury, died June 28, 2024. For more than three decades, he was a librarian at the Southern New Hampshire University’s (formerly New Hampshire College) Shapiro Library in Manchester. He was a full professor and managed the SNHU Online Student Library Services program.  After retiring, he returned for a year to serve as interim dean of the library system. He had a 52-year track and field career as a coach, meet manager, official and NHIAA committee member. He coached student-athletes at Oyster River, Raymond and Alvirne high schools. In 2019 he completed 37 years as assistant track coach at Londonderry High School. He started the SNHU Women’s Track & Field program in 2014. (Chadwick Funeral & Cremation Service)

Wayne I. Elliot, 95, of North Hampton, died June 30, 2024. A U.S. Marine Corps veteran, he was an English teacher for 25 years at North Hampton Elementary School, serving also as an administrator for 19 of those years. He was baseball coach, started the photography club, was the drama director, and originated the Oratorical Contest, which was named after him and took place for over 50 years. He was a member of the Winnacunnet and Hampton Academy Alumni Board of Trustees and was the Rye recreation director for several summers. (Remick & Gendron Funeral Home)

Alan Robert Goedecke, 80, of Bedford, died June 15, 2024. A U.S. Army veteran, he joined his father in the family business, George Goedecke & Son (now Goedecke Flooring and Design) which just celebrated 100 years in business. He was a Boy Scout leader and charter member of the Rotary Club of Bedford, where he served for over 50 years. He helped found and build New Hope Christian Fellowship in Bedford. (

Christopher Charles Greenwood, 41, of North Conway, died June 26, 2024. He joined the fire service before graduating high school and served on departments around the valley but landed as rescue  captain of the North Conway Fire Department up until 2011. He left then rejoined in 2022. (Furber & White Funeral Home)

Paul Raymond Ouellette, 75, of Center Harbor, died July 1, 2024. A veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, he began his teaching at Gilmanton Middle School and then taught for 28 years at Winnisquam Middle School. He coached school and recreational youth sports. (Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home & Cremation Services)

Joyce Marie Austin Willey, 87, of Littleton and formerly of Lancaster, diedJune 30, 2024. She and her husband Edward Willey Jr. owned and operated Kent Nursing Home and later Country Village Health Care Center. In 1988 she became the administrator of Morrison Nursing Home in Whitefield. She was an American Red Cross nurse for the Lancaster Chapter from 1967 to 1976, a certified nurse’s aide instructor, teacher at the New Hampshire Vocational-Technical College in Berlin, and a Lancaster Rotarian. (Bailey Funeral Home)

WORDS OF WISDOM: “Whatever you want to do, do it now. There are only so many tomorrows.” –  Michael Landon, American actor, Oct. 31, 1936, to July 1, 1991

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