Peter Martin Bradford

Peter Martin Bradford, 77, of Gorham passed away suddenly on Tuesday, June 23, 2015 at the Androscoggin Valley Hospital. He was born in Bridgeport, Conn. in 1938, to Edward and Cecile Isola Bradford, the youngest of four brothers and three sisters. Peter graduated from Stratford High School in 1956. He served with the U.S. Navy on the E.A. Greene (DDR) as a Machinist's Mate (MM3) with his best friends Edward 'Buzz' Hedden and Robert E. Landis and was honorably discharged.

Peter worked most of his life in the fields of maintenance and health care. He worked mostly with epoxy encapsulation and electrical assembly and repair at U.S. Electric Motors in Milford, Conn., before moving to New Hampshire. At New Hampshire Ball Bearing in Peterborough, he was an Engineering Technician with his boss and friend David Boothby. At Monadnock Lifetime Products, he was a foreman of the production of the PR-24 police nightstick adopted and used by the N.H. State Police Department. At Monadnock Community Hospital, Peter was in charge of the Preventive Maintenance Program, including his role of Boiler Operator. Later, he was Sexton at Trinity Evangelical Church in charge of maintenance in the sanctuary and Sunday School. The children used to throw themselves into his arms for hugs and words of loving encouragement. Peter was Jack-of-all-trades, working in maintenance independently, for the Millard Group, Crotched Mountain Rehabilitation Center, and Franklin Pierce College, the last place with his beloved boss Russ Colby and best buddy Al Perry. At this time, Peter volunteered as an EMT with the first Peterborough Ambulance and then the Jaffrey Ambulance for nine and half years. He also returned to Monadnock Community Hospital as a health transporter and worker in the Emergency Room. When he retired to Gorham, he worked part time as a driver for the Berlin City Auto Group.

Peter was first and foremost a man who loved people and gently shared his strong faith in word and deed. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, brother and uncle. He had many close, dear friends who cherished his sense of humor and loving care. He loved seeking Christ on the mountaintop, whether it was the Mount Washington or Mount Manadnock, the latter of which he hiked three times a week year round for several years. He also loved camping and canoeing with his buddy Bill Hood down the St. johns and Penobscot Rivers in Maine. Peter loved fishing and reading but, most of all helping others.

Peter is survived by his wife Amanda (Mandy) of 37 years; his son Jay Bradford and three grandchildren Michael, Ashley and Tyler in the Peterborough area; sister Jane G. Bradford in Stratford, Conn.; sister-in-law Joanna Harrison and husband Bill of San Antonio, Texas; brother-in-law Joseph Trask of Jamison, Penn.; sister in-law Shirley Gates-Rector in Vernon-Rockville, Conn., many nieces and nephews.; and many dear, beloved friends.

A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, July 18, 2015, at the Gorham Congregational Church at 2 p.m. The Rev. William B. Jones will preside, with the Rev. John Russell giving the eulogy and pianist Debbie Bernd providing the music. The Bryant Funeral Home in Gorham, is in charge of the arrangements. Online guest book at



Mary Kathleen Lafferty

Kathy Lafferty, 65, of Hawk Lane died peacefully surrounded by her family Wednesday, June 24, 2015 at the Maine Medical Center in Portland, Maine. She is now in the arms of her beloved husband, Donald T. Lafferty.

She was born February 6, 1950 in Lynn, Mass. the daughter of Harold and Jane (Griffin) House.

Kathy was a caring and loving woman and her profession reflected that as a nurse at Gorham Medical Center. She deeply loved her grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her husband, her parents, and a brother John House.

Kathy is survived by a son Shawn T. Lafferty and Kimberly Robinson of Dover, a daughter Melissa J. Mitchell and her husband Casey of Rollinsford, two brothers Michael Ronan of Washington, Kurt House and his wife Beth of Sandown, three sisters Kelly Johnson and her husband Mike of Salem, Joann House of Laconia, Kimberly Campbell and her husband Scott of Epping, two grandchildren Samuel Donald Mitchell, Sophie Kathleen Mitchell, and many nieces, nephews and in-laws.

A calling hour will be Tuesday, June 30, 2015 from 2 to 3 p.m. at the Tasker Funeral Home 621 Central Ave., Dover, with a service to follow at 3 p.m. at the funeral home. A reception will be 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Spring Hill 117 Pond Road South Berwick, ME 03908.

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ReRun: Connie L. Piper

Colombe "Connie" L. Piper, 90, of Hillside Avenue passed away Monday, June 15, 2015 at Androscoggin Valley Hospital following a brief illness.

A lifelong resident of Berlin, she was the daughter of Aime and Joanita "Blanche" (Bedard) Leclerc.

Connie attended Berlin Schools. On February 17, 1947, she married Robert D. Piper. They enjoyed 41 years of marriage until his unexpected passing on January 4, 1989. Together, they owned and operated Rudy's Market on Western Avenue for 13 years.

She was a communicant of St. Joseph Church now St. Anne Church of Good Shepherd Parish.

Connie had a great sense of humor and plenty of stories to tell. The company of her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren was her greatest joy along with lengthy telephone conversations with loved ones. Christmas and Easter gatherings were special favorites as the 3 dozen family members gathered to enjoy the festivities. She was a keen business person, but also very generous to those in need of a helping hand. Quiet and demure she purposefully lived her life for nine decades.

Besides her parents and husband, she is pre-deceased by a daughter Christine Piper-Marini, granddaughter Jennifer Lynn Parent, a sister Stella St. Croix-Amero, and brothers Rene, Roger, and Romeo.

She leaves two sons Donald Piper and wife Patricia and Michael Piper and wife Helene all of Berlin, two daughters Dolores Murphy and husband Raymond of Manchester and Joan Parent and husband Louis of Berlin.

Grandchildren: Corey Piper and wife Kim, Eric Piper, Ryan Murphy and wife Erica, Courtney Theriault and husband Kerry, Ian Evans, Selena Aube and husband Kurt, Monica Poulin and husband Jon, Lauren and Laurita Parent; great-grandchildren Devan, Jake, and Sterling Piper, Brandon and Kaleigh Murphy, Emily and Allison Theriault, Bronson and Piper Aube and Isaac and Mya Poulin. Four sisters Doris Christensen of Portland Oregon, Florence Croteau of Herman, Maine, Yvette Drapeau of Manchester, and Jacqueline Elias of Houston, Texas.

Many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

A service will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, June 29 in the parlor of Fleury-Patry Funeral Home, 72 High Street, Berlin. Rev. Kyle Stanton will officiate. Burial will follow at St. Kieran's Cemetery in Berlin. Calling hours will be held from 8:30 to 10 a.m. prior to the service.

Memorial donations may be made to AVH Auxiliary c/o Androscoggin Valley Hospital, 59 Page Hill Road, Berlin, NH 03570.

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Service held for Priscilla L. "Tillie" Meyers

A Memorial Service for Priscilla L. "Tillie" Meyers, 84, of Shelburne, who passed away on June 4, 2015, was held on June 16, 2015 at the Bryant Funeral Home in Gorham. Reverend Dean A. Stiles officiated. Her daughter Elaine Wood and granddaughter Heather Wood read words of remembrance. Prayers were offered by the Dupont-Holmes Unit 82 American Legion Ladies Auxiliary. Interment followed in the Wheeler Cemetery in Shelburne. Many relatives and friends attended the service.

Robert N. Poulin

Robert N. Poulin, 70, of Gorham, passed away on Monday, June 22, 2015 at Catholic Medical Center in Manchester, surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Berlin on December 9, 1944 the son of William and Elizabeth (Shorty) Poulin and was a lifelong resident of the area. He graduated from Notre Dame High School with the Class of 1963 and had served in the National Guard. He was a machinist at Cross Machine Shop and had worked at the Berlin Foundry and Isaacson Structural Steel. Robert was a member of Holy Family Church, a former member of Guardian Angel Parish and was a man of many talents. He enjoyed working on cars, especially with his son and his grandson Nathan. He was a good handy man, electrician, welder and fabricator and had a love for gardening. His devotion to his family was never ending!

Family includes his wife of 51 years Colette (Bellavance) Poulin of Gorham; daughters Carol Delisle and husband Maurice of Concord, and Paula Huot and husband Richard of Berlin; son Bobby Poulin and fiancée Penny Fontaine of Gorham: nine grandchildren Brad, Carl, Nathan, Allyson, Chantal Holly, Cassandra, Hannah and Cameron; seven great-grandchildren; brothers Normand Poulin of Berlin, Alfred Poulin of Wesley Chapel, Fla. and Lawrence Roberge of Berlin; aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by a sister Pauline Albert.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, June 25, 2015 at 10 a.m. at St. Anne Church of Good Shepherd Parish. Interment will be in the St. Kieran Cemetery at a later date. Relatives and friends may call at the Bryant Funeral Home 180 Hillside Ave., Berlin on Wednesday evening from 7 to 9 p.m. Donations in his memory may be made to the American Heart Association or the Kidney Foundation. Online guestbook at