Will Hartman

Will Hartman, 33, drowned October 31, 2016, while kayaking in a remote, mountainous region in northern India.

Most recently a resident of White Salmon, Wash., Will was a life-long kayaker and traveled the world in search of Class IV and V white water.

He is the son of Lynn Hunt and Steve Hartman, both of Randolph, N.H., and the brother of Reid Hartman, of Gorham, N.H. He is a graduate of Gorham High School and St. Lawrence University in Canton, N.Y.

Will was kayaking on the Ummig River, in the town of Mawsynram in Meghalaya state. He was part of a seven-person highly skilled and experienced kayaking group.

A service will be held in Randolph in the spring. His ashes will be spread in places he visited on five continents.

Will spent his adult life as a river guide in Norway during the summers and as a carpenter in the winters out West.

His passion, however, was kayaking.

He lived an adventurous life most can only dream of, and few have the courage to pursue.

Will was not, however, a reckless thrill-seeker, and his broad smile and easy-going way belied his experiences. To family members, seeing video of him going over a 60-foot waterfall in a five-foot kayak was frightening.

Many of the rivers he kayaked were in exotic, remote locations and to get to them often required unusual navigation skills. Will shared snippets of stories of how he and his buddies worked their way through areas run by drug lords in Mexico or were chased by rebels in Africa.

His mother Lynn, whose heart is broken like only a mother’s can be, says, “His wild stories he shared so humbly, from his pursuits paddling around the globe, will live on through all his adventurous friends who share his passion.”

The community of extreme kayakers is relatively small but worldwide, and a strong bond unites it. After 10 years of kayaking and traveling, Will was well known.

Facebook has been deluged with notes of condolences and remembrances from around the world:

“Will, simply being the person you were made the world and our community a better place. Your unwavering kind, humble, positive and relaxed nature brought feelings of comfort, calmness and joy whenever I was around you.”

“What stands out in my mind was your individuality. I loved the way you would look at the biggest, gnarliest shit then just calmly walk back to your boat, drop in and style it with barely a word. I'm always gonna run my mouth too much man, but you showed the value of silence. The hushed tranquility in the midst of chaos.”

“I thought about life and what this all means. I wondered about the agony of loss and the continuous struggles of losing those we love. Will is one of the kindest souls I have ever met. With a gentle and calm presence he exemplified light through his soft words and purposeful way in which he made you feel as though he was listening to every single word you said.”

Born in 1983, it is fitting he is on the leading edge of the millennials, and, as such, will be remembered as one of that generation’s Renaissance men.

He was Gorham High’s state Ski Meister, was a lead actor in community theater, had a flare for art, and was a writer. Though living away, Will always was around at the right time or when his family needed him, whether it was dropping in at his cousin’s college graduation in Utah or this summer helping his brother work on a house he just purchased.

He grew up in a house on Randolph Hill that directly faces Mount Adams, the second highest mountain in the Presidentials.

Mount Adams is considered a holy mountain, and groups worldwide make pilgrimages to it for prayer and spiritual awakening.

Though not brought up in a religious household, Will seemed to channel the mountain’s special energies and universality.

His dad, Steve, recalls one day when he and Will, 12 or 13 at the time, climbed Mount Jefferson and traversed to Mount Adams. The wind chill was great, even though it was summer, and they settled under cover of rocks for lunch and hot tea.

Steve remembers Will saying, “Dad, I feel close to God here.”

The spirit he felt that day, the spirit he carried with him every day of his life, lives on in the lives of all those he touched.

Will will be missed dearly by Steve’s wife, Wendy Walsh, and Lynn’s husband, Jim Hunt; his brother, Reid Hartman of Gorham, N.H., and his daughter, Isabella Hartman; his aunt, Lois Hartman of Bradford, Mass.; his uncle, Mark Guerringue of Conway, N.H.; cousins, Jennifer Hartman and her partner Tanya Campus, and their daughter, Rebekah Campus-Hartman, of Lunenburg, Mass.; Rachel Hartman and her husband Matthew Tung, and their daughter Hazel Hartman Tung, of Brooklyn, N.Y.; Lee Guerringue, of Winchester, Mass. and Brett Guerringue, of Slovakia.

Will was predeceased by his uncle, Keith Hartman; aunt, Ardyth Seiler; cousin, Chris Hartman; and grandparents, Cleo and Reuben Hartman and Barbara and Donald Guerringue.

Please send contributions in his name to the Randolph Foundation, PO Box 282, Gorham, N.H. 03580, the Randolph Mt. Club, PO Box 279, Gorham, N.H. 03581 or to the villagers who volunteered in the arduous rescue effort. For information about sending money to villagers who assisted in India please contact Steve Hartman, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Lynn Hunt This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Sharon A. (Edgar) Comeau

Sharon A. (Edgar) Comeau, of Port St. Lucie, Fla., formerly a longtime resident of Woburn and Billerica, died peacefully surrounded by her family on November 4, 2016, at the age of 71. Sharon was born in Berlin, on December 18, 1944, to Roland B. and Margaret (Hale) Edgar. She was raised in Gorham, and graduated from Gorham High School. In her younger years Sharon worked at the Mt. Washington Hotel. She later moved to Boston where she met the love of her life, Richard Comeau. They were married at the Holy Family Church in Gorham in 1963. Sharon and Richard settled in Woburn to raise their family and later moved to Billerica for many years. Sharon retired after 30 years of employment with TRW in Cambridge, Mass., and in 2004 moved to sunny Port St. Lucie, Fla., at the Savanna Club where Sharon had many friends and was very active in the community. Sharon had a very giving nature and spent a lot of time helping others. In particular she was involved with the Salvation Army for over twenty years and was very passionate for the Angel Tree Program during the Christmas season. She believed no child should wake up on Christmas morning without a toy. Sharon loved being surrounded by family and friends, she was quick to throw a party for any occasion and her house was always open to everyone. She had a big heart and had a positive effect on anyone she came into contact with. She will be greatly missed by her loving family. Sharon was the beloved wife of Richard Comeau of Port St. Lucie, Fla. Loving mother of Debra Khan and her husband Iqbal of Shrewsbury, Michelle Johnson and her husband Erik of Merrimack, and Kristina Kelley of Merrimack. Proud grandmother of Joseph, Nicole, Steven, Rihana, Aliyah, Samia, Brody, Zakaria, Brynna, and Leith. Loving great-grandmother of Carson. Also survived by a loving extended family and many friends. Visiting Hours will be held on Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016, from 4 to 7 p.m. followed by a 7 p.m. Prayer Service at the Gately Funeral Home, 79 W. Foster St., Melrose, MA. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the Ft. Pierce Salvation Army, 605 Ohio Ave., Fort Pierce, FL 34950 or at http://www.salvationarmyflorida.org/stlucie/. To leave an online message of condolence please visit gatelyfh.com.

Sharon Comeau

Roland P. Duquette

Roland P. Duquette, 80, of Bristol, Conn., beloved husband of late Theresa R. (Blanchette) Duquette, passed away on Wednesday, November 2, 2016. Roland was born in Berlin, March 8, 1936, the son of the late Romeo and Mildred Duquette. He moved to Bristol, Conn., in 1964 and worked as a truck driver for Spector, ABF and Laviero Trucking. Roland was one of the most kind and giving soul you could have met and will be missed greatly by family and friends.

Roland is survived by a daughter, Paulette Duquette and a granddaughter Jessica and husband Keith Fioravanti Jr. and a great grandson Edis of Bristol, Conn., two sons Paul Duquette and his wife Cheri and a granddaughter Elizabeth of Bristol, Conn., and Richard Duquette and his wife Janice of Plainville, Conn. He was predeceased by a grandson Jeffrey Bouchard. Roland is also survived by two brothers Donald Duquette and wife Angel from Berlin, and Leo Duquette and wife Doris from Vineland, N.J. Two brothers-in-law George Blanchette and his wife Judy of Byfield, Mass., and Maurice Blanchette of South Carolina. Four sisters-in-law Mrs. Lucille and Stacey Castonguay of Plymouth, Mrs. Pauline and Rene Pouliot of Berlin, Mrs. Louise and Frederick Telke of Terryville, Conn., Mrs. Rita and Paul Parent of Moultonborough, and several nieces and nephews.

There will be no calling hours. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Roland’s name may be made to the National Federation of the Blind - CT Chapter, 477 Connecticut Blvd. Suite 417, East Hartford CT, 06108. A private memorial service will be held at a later date at the convenience of the family.

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Service held for June C. York

A graveside service for the immediate family of June C. York, 94, of Gorham were held on Thursday, October 27, at the Lary Cemetery in Gorham. Reverend William B. Jones, Pastor of the Gorham Congregational Church officiated. A celebration of her life followed the service where many memories and stories were shared. Arrangements were under the direction of the Bryant Funeral Homes, Berlin and Gorham.