Jock MacKenzie, 88, of Palm Coast, Florida passed away Monday, April 7 of pneumonia. He was born in Prince Edward Island, Canada on May 11, 1925, to Evelyn and Charles MacKenzie. Jock proudly served in the United States Army Infantry and fought in the Pacific Theater in World War II where he was decorated with the Purple Heart and Bronze Star for Valor.
He was married to the late Genevieve MacKenzie in 1947 in Berlin. They lived in Berlin for several years and then moved to Dover, and resided there for many years before moving to Palm Coast, Fla. in 1997. Jock was a sports radio broadcaster. He started his broadcasting career with the Berlin Maroons hockey team. He worked for radio station WMOU. He advanced to WTSN in Dover, where he formed the University Sports Network. He served as the voice of UNH hockey and football for over 35 years. He later donated the network to the University. He was a member of both the UNH Sports Hall of Fame and Dover Sports Hall of Fame. He received the prestigious Profile of Service Award from UNH. He also worked with members of the Boston Celtics and the Boston Red Sox.
Jock received the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Distinguished Service Award in 1959 and 1962. His career included management for radio stations WMOU in Berlin, WTSN in Dover, and retired in 1992 after becoming part owner of WTSN. His famous tagline at WTSN was "Next to religion sports contributes more to the American way of life". He was named Dover Citizen of the Year by the Dover Chamber of Commerce for his efforts to construct the original Dover ice arena and received two keys to the city. He was inducted in the New Hampshire Legends of Hockey in 2003.
In Palm Coast, he wrote golf columns for the Palm Coast Observer and the Flagler Palm Coast News Tribune where he shared his passion for golf. He also worked closely with Grand Reserve and The Grand Club and Cypress Knoll Golf Course doing promotion for the golf courses. He also wrote his own online blog.
He is survived by four children Sally Horneck, (Craig) of Saratoga Springs, N.Y.; Wendy Allen of Bristol, R.I.; Scott MacKenzie (Judy Mazzella) of Palm Coast, Fla.; and Mary Beth MacKenzie (Kathy Gerrity) of West Hills, Calif.; four grandchildren Holly Fitzgerald, Todd Horneck, Thomas Allen, Caitlin Allen and two great grandchildren Hunter Fitzgerald and Kailyn Horneck; His two sisters Margaret Berry, Durham, and Trudy (Clyde) MacDonald, N. Hampden Maine. His only brother Carl MacKenzie predeceased him. He will be missed by his many friends and colleagues.
Services will be held on Tuesday, April 29 at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 156 Florida Park Drive, Palm Coast at 11 a.m. Services will be held at a later summer date in Dover. Burial will be at the Gerald B. H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, please make memorial donations to The Friends of Men's Ice Hockey, Donations can be mailed to The UNH Foundation Inc., Elliott Alumni Center, 9 Edgewood Road, Durham, NH 03824. Condolences may be shared with the family at www.lohmanfuneralhomes.com. Also, please see his online blog http://palmcoastflgolf.blogspot.com.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 15 April 2014 14:36
Jessica Lee Lopez Brown, age 36, of Sun Prairie, Wis. passed away unexpectedly Wednesday, April 2, 2014. Jessica was born October 3, 1977 in Lancaster.
Jessica attended Rhinelander Schools and graduated in 1996. She received her Associates degree from Nicolet College in 2001.
Jessica was dedicated to her family and her children were the light of her life. She had an infectious laugh and a zest for life. Jessica was an avid Packer fan, loved music, traveling, camping, the ocean and her dogs Diamond and Mufasa.
Jessica was generous, thoughtful and always thinking of ways to help others. She touched many lives and will be greatly missed.
Jessica is survived by her parents Shelley (Hersey) and Tracy Eades of Rhinelander, Wis. and Guy Lopez of Berlin; Sons, Trevor of Madison, Wis. and Trenton of Sun Prairie, Wis., a daughter Alyssa of Sun Prairie, Wis. and good friend, Michael Brown, Sun Prairie, Wis. She is further survived by a brother, Kevin (Brandy) Eades, Reedsburg, Wis.; three sisters, Andrea Lopez, Portland, Maine, Alexa Lopez, South Burlington, Vt., and Tara (Chris) Petreikis, Eagle River, Wis.; Grandparents LeRoy and Shirley Eades, Rhinelander, Wis.; Aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews and cousins.
She was preceded in death by grandparents Robert and Joyce Hersey and Robert and Jean Lopez.
A celebration of Jessica's life will be held on Sunday, May 11 at the VFW, 120 W. Park Street, Rhinelander, Wis. from 12 to 4 p.m.
A memorial fund has been established to aid the family with expenses. Contributions can be sent to The Jessica Lopez Brown Memorial Fund c/o Ripco Credit Union, 121 Sutliff Ave, Rhinelander, Wis. 54501
The Lord broke the mold when Jessica was born. There will never be another like her.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 15 April 2014 12:49
Peter A. Valerino, 60, of Berlin, passed away on Sunday April 13, 2014 at the Catholic Medical Center in Manchester. He was born in Berlin on November 17, 1953 the son of Pierre and Louise (Provencher) Valerino and was a lifelong resident. Peter had been employed in the paving industry since the age of 16 having worked for Lacasse Paving, Northern Paving and was currently employed by Pat Morency Paving. He was a jokester and enjoyed riding his Harley Davidson motorcycle, his computer, watching the national news and the weather. Peter also enjoyed his children, his grandchildren and his boxer named, Daisy.
Family members include his wife Patricia (DeBlois) Valerino of Berlin; his sons Randall Valerino and Marc Theriault of Berlin; his grandchildren Kyler Valerino and Bryanna Valerino of Berlin; his sister Joanne Bertin and husband Dicky of Milan and Theresa Ayotte and husband Albert of Berlin; nieces, nephews and in-laws including Louise DeBlois, Sandra Ferretti, Rudy DeBlois, Eddie DeBlois, Paul (Blue) DeBlois, Donna Fortier and Jimmy DeBlois. He was predeceased by his sister Lorraine Lamarre.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday April 16, at 10 a.m. at St. Anne Church of Good Shepherd Parish. Interment will be in the St. Kieran Cemetery. There will be no calling hours. Everyone attending is asked to meet directly at the church. The Bryant Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. Online guestbook at www.bryantfuneralhome.net.
Last Updated on Monday, 14 April 2014 17:05
Roger R. Goupil, 90, of Berlin passed away on Sunday, April 6, 2014 at the Coos Country Nursing Home, with family by his side. He was born in St. Leon, P.Q., Canada on June 19, 1923, eldest child of Adelard and Germaine DeServe Goupil. Following graduation from Berlin High School in 1942, Roger enlisted in the Army. He became a U.S. citizen while residing at Columbia Air Base in South Carolina. He went on to serve honorably in the European Theatre as a medic. Roger was a proud veteran and member of VFW White Mountain Post 2520.
He married Colleen (Sweet) in 1948 and the couple recently celebrated their 65th anniversary. Roger was a member of St. Kieran Church, now known as Good Shepherd Parish. He worked for the Brown Company where he retired after 39 years, finishing as a power and steam operator. He also worked as a self-employed trucker hauling wood for the mill.
After retirement, Roger spent many summers at Roger's Campground in Lancaster and winters in Florida. He was always happy to leave the cold and snow behind. Even the loss of one home to Hurricane Andrew didn't stop him from going south. When not working around his yard, Roger enjoyed fishing, golfing, playing cards, and socializing. The highlight of his winter stay was visits from his children and grandchildren. Twenty years later, Roger returned to the North Country full time, eventually settling in Gorham.
Roger's other interests included reading; watching sports; especially his favorite teams, the Bruins, Patriots and Red Sox; listening to music; and motorcycling with his brothers.
A man of many talents, Roger was a do-it-yourself handyman, carpenter and mechanic. Throughout his life he was always working on one project or another and was always willing to lend a helping hand to family, friends and neighbors.
Roger's family was the center of his life. He was a devoted husband, dad, grandfather and brother. He will be remembered as a hardworking family man well liked by all who knew him during his long life.
Roger is survived by his wife of 65 years, Colleen (Sweet) Goupil of Berlin, two daughters Jacqueline McCready and husband Richard (Magoo) of Milan, Donna Perry and husband Courtland of So. Hero, Vt.; five grandchildren; Courtland R. and Chad Perry, Melissa Chevarie, Stacey Adams, and Shanna Goupil; five great-grandchildren, Caleb and Cameron Chevarie, Ty and Abby Adams, and Courtland D. Perry; two brothers Leopold Goupil of Gorham and Richard Goupil and wife Noella of Gorham; several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his son Roger Goupil, two sisters Fleurette Ryan and Yolande Bilodeau.
A funeral service will be held on Saturday, June 21 at the Bryant Funeral Home, 180 Hillside Ave. , Berlin at 1 p.m.. Interment will follow in the New City Cemetery will full military honors. Relatives and friends may call at the funeral home prior to the service from 12 to 1 p.m. Donation may be made to the Berlin Home Health Nurses, 168 Main Street, Berlin. Online guest book at www.bryantfuneralhome.net.
Last Updated on Monday, 14 April 2014 15:40