Jean Paul Gamache, 87, of Berlin, passed away on Monday December 22, 2014 at his home. He was born in Thetford Mines, PQ, Canada on October 26, 1927 the son of Joseph and Josephine (Provencal) Gamache and lived in Berlin since he was 10. He had served with the U.S. Army during World War II and been employed in the Towel Room of the mill, retiring from Crown Vantage in 1990, after 45 years of service. Jean Paul was a member of Good Shepherd Parish, the Fraternal Order of Eagles, the American Legion and the Union Local 75.
Family members include his wife Pauline (Laliberte) Gamache of Berlin; son Raymond Gamache and wife Elaine of Berlin; daughters Gloria Gamache of Somerville, Mass. and Dolores Albee and husband Charles of Pembroke; grandchildren Andrew, Matthew, Christopher, Jillian, David and Jonathan; four great grandsons Cooper, Jack, Charlie and Garrett; brother Joseph (Marcel) Gamache of Minneapolis, Minn.; nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by a daughter Jeannette in 1957, five sisters and two brothers.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday, December 24, 2014 at 1 p.m. at St. Anne Church of Good Shepherd Parish. Interment will be in the St. Anne Cemetery. Relatives and friends may call at the Bryant Funeral Home, 180 Hillside Ave. on Tuesday from 6 to 8p.m. Online guestbook at www.bryantfuneralhome.net. Donations in his memory may be made to Northwoods Home Health & Hospice or to Good Shepherd Parish.
Last Updated on Monday, 22 December 2014 18:13
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