Funeral Services for Jeffrey G. Ramsey, 36, of Berlin were held on December 12, 2014 at St. Anne Church of Good Shepherd Parish, following prayers at the Bryant Funeral Home. The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated by Reverend Andrew Nelson. Interment was in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Father Andrew read the committal prayers. The pall was placed by his mother Claire Ramsey and his daughter Hailey Ramsey and the crucifix was placed by his mother. The readings were done by Domenick Ramsey and Hailey Ramsey and the offertory gifts were presented by Christian Ramsey and Hailey Ramsey. The pall bearers were Devon Ramsey, Benjamin Raymond, Brendan Raymond, Bryson Raymond, Domenick Ramsey, Christian Ramsey and Hailey Ramsey.
Last Updated on Friday, 19 December 2014 22:39
Written by Barbara Tetreault
James H. Meiklejohn, Jr., of Randolph and Brunswick Maine, died in Brunswick on December
14, 2014. He was 87 years old. Jim and his wife Meg had been spending winters at the Thornton
Oaks retirement community in Brunswick since 2010, and residing in Randolph the rest of the year.
Jim was born October 25, 1927 in Pawtucket RI to James H. and Willie A. Meiklejohn. His father
owned the Meiklejohn Music Company, with stores in Providence, Pawtucket and Woonsocket,
dealing in musical instruments, sheet music and recordings. The company had been founded by
Jim’s grandfather William Meiklejohn, who had emigrated from Scotland. Jim graduated from
Pawtucket High School in 1945 and enrolled at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, where he received
a degree in electrical engineering, and also served for a year in the U. S. Army. He then began a
long career in the life insurance industry, eventually leading the management training operations at
the Connecticut General Life Insurance Co., now known as Cigna. In 1951 he married Margaret
Tatum Hilles in Randolph, where her family had a summer home. Jim and Meg first lived near
Philadelphia and near Syracuse NY, and in 1961 moved with their three young boys to Simsbury
CT, where they would stay for 27 years, always returning to Randolph in the summers. In 1966
they bought “Burnbrae”, George N. Cross’s former summer cottage (which as the Carlton Brook
Inn had hosted their wedding reception), and gradually renovated it into a four-season residence, to
which they moved at Jim’s retirement in 1988.
His family and community life was centered on the outdoors, especially outdoor sports: downhill
skiing, cross-country skiing, tennis, platform tennis and hiking. In Connecticut he and Meg were
longtime members of the Hop Brook Tennis Club and the Hartford Tennis Club, and in New
Hampshire he helped found the Randolph Platform Tennis Association and was active in the
Randolph Mountain Club. In later years, his love of the outdoors found a new outlet in local land
protection, through his work with the Randolph Community Forest Commission and the Randolph
Conservation Commission, which he chaired. He and Meg traveled often, particularly to
mountainous destinations: Switzerland, Norway, New Zealand, Scotland, Morocco, Alaska and,
twice in the 1990’s, to Nepal, where they trekked to above 18,000 feet near Mt. Everest.
Jim could lay a dry stone wall and sweat copper plumbing pipe, and also cared about using words
well. He was an avid reader, a succinct speaker and a thoughtful critic, and his advice came
wrapped in gentle questions rather than directives. He often made fun of himself (“frequently
wrong, but never in doubt!”), and enjoyed unhorsing verbal obfuscators as much as he enjoyed a
good riddle, pun or crossword puzzle. He leaves Meg, his wife of 63 years, and his sons Brad of
Eagle River, Alaska, Randy (Diane Sokal) of Brookline, Mass., and Scott (Ellen Hayward) of Harpswell,
Maine, and grandchildren Henry and Elizabeth Meiklejohn. A memorial gathering will be held in
Randolph in summer 2015. In lieu of flowers, Jim’s family welcomes contributions in his memory
to the Randolph Foundation (PO Box 283, Gorham NH 03581) or the Randolph Mountain Club
(PO Box 279, Gorham).
Last Updated on Friday, 19 December 2014 19:33
Gerard (Jerry) Conrad Nadeau passed away on Friday, December 5, 2014. He was adopted out of Canada by Maurice, Isabelle, and Claudette Nadeau. He grew up in Berlin and later joined the Army. He then became a paramedic and a fire fighter with Orange County Fire Rescue Department. He retired as a lieutenant after 25 years of service. He is survived by daughters Nichole and Bobbie, his grandson Noel, his sister Claudette, his step-brother Ronald Fecteau, as well as his niece and nephews: Eva, Mark, and Danny.
Last Updated on Friday, 19 December 2014 19:26
Charlotte Flamand Castonguay, age 86, of St. Hubert, Quebec passed away on December 6, 2014 after a short illness and surrounded by her children. She was pre-deceased by her husband Roger Castonguay and three sisters.
She was born on March 20, 1928 and later resided in Berlin for over 20 years. She was the owner of Toy Shawn Chinese Restaurant on Hillside Ave. and a small market on State Street.
She is survived by her seven children and their spouses. Andre and Giselle Castonguay from St. Hubert, Pierre and Lucia Castonguay of Milan, Carolle and Raymond Bergeron of Milan, Manon and Steven Carr of Texas, Nelson and Wendy Castonguay of Idaho, Mario and Lynn Castonguay of St. Hubert, Kathy and Pierre Charest of Longueil. Thirteen grandchildren, sixteen great-grandchildren and one great grand-child; twelve sisters, three brothers, numerous nieces and nephews and other relatives, friends and her companion Lionel Caron of twelve years.
Mrs. Castonguay will be buried in May 2015 in Tourville, Quebec.
Last Updated on Friday, 19 December 2014 19:23