Fernan Roger Butterfield

2-22-17-roger-butterfieldFernan Roger Butterfield, 87, passed away on Feb. 9, 2017, with grace in the midst of a glorious New England nor'easter after complications from pneumonia at Memorial Hospital in North Conway. He was the son of Edna Thompson and Carroll M. Butterfield.

Lacking reliable transportation from Tamworth to complete high school, he jumped at the chance when guiding hands intervened allowing him to live and work at the Presidential Inn in Conway. Upon graduation from Kennett in 1948 undaunted and anxious to see the world he entered the Navy.

A skilled radio operator and adept at sea he volunteered when opportunity waved and sent him everywhere from Thule, Greenland to the Panama Canal, once by way of a bosun's chair slung between ships in the Atlantic. In 1952, he entered radio school in Boston as a beneficiary of the G.I. Bill extended to veterans of the Korean War.

Gertrude Richards Dale

Gertrude R. Dale, 90 of West Ossipee passed away peacefully on Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017, after a courageous battle with Alzheimer's.

She was born in Atlanta, Ga., the daughter of Arnold and Elsie Richards. Following her family's move to Rochester, she graduated from Spaulding High School and went on to attend Concord Nursing School, receiving her nursing degree. She married Arthur J. Dale of West Ossipee, and the couple operated Dale Villa Greenhouses in West Ossipee for many years.

Gert, as she was lovingly called, was known for her extraordinary gardening skills, common sense and kind-hearted nature. Gert was blessed with a strong spirit and the ability to see the best in everybody. She was also very active in her beloved community of West Ossipee, serving as a 4-H leader and was a founding member of the West Ossipee Women and many other civic-minded endeavors.

Gert followed her desire to help others as a registered nurse at Camp Calumet in the early 1950s, followed by serving as the Ossipee Central School nurse for many years and later at the Carroll County Nursing Home. She continued as a private nurse before retiring to continue her gardening passion by operating a greenhouse with her recently retired husband Arthur. Gert also was known for creating one of a kind special occasion cakes.

Gert was pre-deceased by her husband of 34 years, Arthur, her sisters, Georgianna Berry and Leone Nickerson, both of Rochester. She is survived by her daughters, Cynthia Schwartz, and her husband, Rick, of Freedom, Marcia Floria of Brownfield, Maine, Nancy McClare and her husband, Kelly, of Freedom, and Susan Fullerton and her husband, Peter, of West Ossipee. She leaves behind 10 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews and her sister, Arlene Roberts of Rochester.

According to her wishes there will be no calling hours or a public memorial service.

In lieu of flowers and for those wishing to honor Gert's memory, memorial donations can be made to the Alzheimer's Association/NH–MA Chapter, the American Cancer Society or the Friends of Mountain View Community, 93 Water Village Road, Ossipee, NH 03864.

Arrangements are in the care of the Lord Funeral Home, Moultonville Road, Center Ossipee. If you wish to express condolences or leave a fond memory, please visit www.lordfuneralhome.com.

Gert's family would like to express their most sincere appreciation to the doctors, nurses and support staff of the Mountain View Nursing Home.

Audrey L. (Fessenden) Kish

Audrey L. (Fessenden) Kish, 91 of Bear Puddin Lane in North Conway died, Feb. 11, 2017, in the Memorial Hospital in North Conway following a brief illness. She was the wife of the late Andrew H. Kish who died in 2004.

Born in Boston on March 5, 1925, daughter of the late Walter D. and Eliza (Sheppard) Fessenden, she was raised in Ipswich, Mass., and was a 1944 of Ipswich High School.

She married May 25, 1947 in Ipswich where she made her home briefly soon moving to Hamilton, Mass., where she raised her family and lived for 54 years.

Audrey worked for several years at the Beverly National Bank in Beverly, Mass. In retirement, she opened her own in home rug hooking business where she taught rug hooking as recently as five years ago. She loved hooking rugs and Knitting for friends and family.

She was a long time member of the Art Guild and the Christ Church in Hamilton, Mass.

Audrey is survived by her two daughters, Kathie Markos and her husband, Peter, of North Conway, Karen Brown and her husband, Robert Brown, of Cape Coral, Fla.; three granddaughters, Kelley Ericson of Portsmouth, Johanna Markos and her fiancé, Jon Bradley, of Revere, Mass., Krystina McFarland and her husband, Tim McFarland, of Hamilton, Mass.; several great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

She was the sister of the late Phillip and Richard Fessenden Sr. both of Ipswich.

A memorial service will be held Friday, Feb. 24, at 11 a.m. in the Christ Church of Hamilton and Wenham at 149 Asbury St. in Hamilton, Mass.

Family and friends are respectfully welcomed. Interment in the Hamilton Cemetery was private.

Arrangements were under the direction of the Whittier-Porter Funeral home of Ipswich.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions in her name may be made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, 9 Erie Dr., Suite 101, Natick, MA 01760.


Robert Perley Floyd

SOUTH TAMWORTH — Robert Perley Floyd, 83, of South Tamworth passed away on the morning of Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017.
Robert was born Jan. 3, 1934, in Laconia, the son of the late Perley and Nettie Floyd. He had the distinction of being the first member of his family born in a hospital, and his early educational years were spent in a one-room school house under the tutelage of his Sister/Principal Elva Bickford.
Robert was a 1951 graduate of Kennett High School in Conway. In addition to high school sports of basketball and baseball, he was a devoted member of the FFA, which would later influence his love of animals, forestry and farming. His proficiency as a baseball player would later lead to a tryout for the Boston Braves (pre-Red Sox).
Robert enlisted in the Army in 1952, spending the majority of time at Fort Knox where he also played on the Army traveling baseball team. Post Army, he returned to the family farm. It was playing baseball on the Tamworth Tigers' semi-professional baseball team where he met and married the coach's daughter, Joanne Read of Wonalancet.
Robert and Joanne's love of farming and horses led to the founding of the Bearcamp Valley Farm in South Tamworth. In addition to farming, Robert owned a sawmill, horse-logging operation and selective bred Hereford cattle. An avid horse puller, Robert owned several teams of horses over the years and was active in the horse-pulling circuit at local fairs.
Robert was predeceased by his brother, Grant "Nick" Floyd, and sister, Elva (Bickford) Floyd. He is survived by his wife Joanne; two sons, Randall Floyd of Provincetown, Mass., and Gary Floyd and his wife, Diane Floyd, of North Sandwich; and grandchildren Ethan and Alyssa Floyd, also of North Sandwich.
Calling hours will be Friday, Feb. 24, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Lord Funeral Home at 50 Moultonville Road, Center Ossipee.
Graveside funeral services will be held at a later date in the spring at the Wonalancet Cemetery in Wonalancet.
If you wish to express condolences or leave a fond memory, please visit www.lordfuneralhome.com.