Johan (Joop) Oudheusden

Johan (Joop) Oudheusden, 82, of Hale's Location, died peacefully after a battle with cancer on Aug. 21, 2016, surrounded by family.

He was born on March 2, 1934, in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. He worked many years as an executive chef for the Marriott hotels until opening his first restaurant, Maxwell's, in Lawrence, Mass.

He later ran the Andover Inn in Andover, Mass., before building his own restaurant Promises to Keep in Derry. He retired to Hale's Location in 2000 where everyone enjoyed his cooking. He enjoyed skiing, hiking, sailing the coast of Maine and working in his garden. He lived his life his way.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Sylvia; his daughter, Vera; son, Joek; and five grandchildren. There will be a reception for family and friends on Saturday, Aug. 27, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the White Mountain Hotel Ballroom in North Conway.

In lieu of flowers, the family would like donations be made to the American Cancer Society.

The Furber and White Funeral Home in North Conway is in charge of arrangements.

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James Soroka

James Soroka, 69, passed away on Saturday, Aug. 20, 2016. He passed away doing one of the things he loved, which was a 100-mile ride on his bicycle training for his next Ironman triathlon.

Jim always had a smile on his face, never had a bad day and had an infectious laugh that you could pick out from across the room.

Jim was a builder by trade for over 30 years, constructing many custom homes in the valley, including his own. He also built his own surfboards through his company "North Atlantic" surfboards. He traveled globally to surf including Mexico, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, and Puerto Rico.

Jim grew up in Westport, Conn., and at an early age began competitive swimming. He loved the water and was an avid surfer. At age 58, he started biking and running and then began his successful triathlon career. He won several age group races and in 2012 qualified for and competed in the Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii. His motivation and work ethic was outstanding. In the darkness of the early morning hours, he would drive to Laconia to train with a Master program in their Olympic size pool weekly for years.

One of Jim's great passions was health and fitness, very important facets of his life. He shared that passion with others in the community whether it was biking with others or working with a local U.S. Masters Swimming group or encouraging others to enter the Pitch Pine Challenge. Jim was a world-class triathlete, one who was constantly preparing for that next great race.

Early on, Jim recognized the need for an aquatic complex here in the valley. He and several others formed the White Mountain Aquatic and Fitness Foundation which is dedicated to improve the health and wellness of valley residents and visitors.

As the former president of the foundation and as a current director, Jim was actively engaged in planning for the new facility. He felt that the complex was the missing link in the fabric of our area.

Jim, a devoted husband and father, is survived by his wife of 39 years Margaret "Margie"; daughter, Jessi and her husband, Chris, and son, David. His brother Stuart Soroka, a well-known meteorologist in the Boston area, predeceased him.

Visiting hours will be Thursday, Aug. 25, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Furber and White Funeral Home in North Conway.

In lieu of flowers, Jim's family requests that donations be directed to The White Mountain Aquatic and Fitness Foundation at P.O. Box 767, North Conway, NH 03860. The Foundation will continue Jim's work of improving the long-term health of our community.

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Edward "Ed" G. Jordan

Edward "Ed" G. Jordan of Kalamazoo, Mich., passed away at home on Aug. 11, 2016.

Ed was born June 12, 1929, in North Conway, the son of Raymond and Eleanor (Masterton) Jordan.

He graduated from Kennett High School in 1947 where he played 4 years on the varsity baseball team as a pitcher, first baseman and outfielder. He was scouted in his senior year and played ball for the Pittsburg Pirates, St. Louis Cardinals and the Washington Senators from 1947-1950.

On Sept. 9, 1950, he married the love of his life, Marcia (Cronkite) Jordan. They enjoyed 56 wonderful years together until Marcia's passing on July 15, 2006. Ed was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1952 and after 16 weeks of basic training, he served in Japan and was sent to Korea to fight in the Korean War. He attained the rank of Corporal and worked in the mortar squad and as a senior wireman in communications until his honorable discharge in 1954.

After serving his country, he went to work for the Public Service Co. in Huntington, Ind., as an apprentice lineman. In 1956, Ed went to work for Michigan Bell in Kalamazoo, MI as a lineman. He retired in 1988 after 32 years of service to the phone company. Ed and Marcia owned a cabin in Marion, MI where they enjoyed 22 relaxing years whenever they could escape throughout the year. They especially loved to tromp through the woods in the spring to search for the elusive morel mushrooms.

After retirement, they wintered in Gulf Shores, Ala., until Marcia's passing. Ed and Marcia were blessed with many good friends throughout their life and they enjoyed "hanging out" with them.

Ed was preceded in death by his wife, Marcia; his parents, two brothers, Bill and Frank Jordan; and sister, Dorothy Cobb.

Surviving family members include his daughter, June Driscoll of Grand Rapids, Mich.; a beloved grandson, Tim and wife, Sara, Holden of Kalamazoo; nephews, Ed Cobb of Massachusetts, Bobby Jordan of Maine, Todd King of Livonia, Mich.; and Scott King of Palm City, Fla. Also left to grieve his passing are special neighbors, Dale and Cheryl Westbrook and longtime friend of 80 years, George Fuller of New Hampshire.

Per Ed's wishes, cremation has taken place. He will be laid to rest beside his loving wife in the Fort Custer National Cemetery on Aug. 19 with military honors.

William L. 'Billy' Libby


William L. "Billy" Libby, 56, of Brownfield, Maine, left his earthly family on Saturday, July 30, 2016, after a sudden and brief illness, to join family and friend's in the loving embrace of our Creator.

Billy was born on Sept. 24, 1959, in Portland, Maine, and grew up in Fryeburg, Maine, and attended Fryeburg schools.

He was one of seven children born to Bruce and Thelma (Frost) Libby of Fryeburg.


Elinor S. Griffin

Elinor Griffin of Chocorua died peacefully after a long struggle with cancer.
Ellie was the beloved wife of Richard Griffin and the mother of Matthew and Kurt Griffin. She was also the grandmother of Sophie, Alexander and William Griffin and Avery Buckley Griffin. Ellie is also survived by three brothers and two sisters, John Santuccio, David Santuccio, Ruth Wacome and Barbara McNabb, as well as many nieces and nephews.
She was a much loved counselor and department head at Milton Academy in Milton, Mass. Dozens and dozens of former students have thanked her for the help she gave to them during their formative years. In addition to her counseling, Ellie also helped to create a very effective health center and program at Milton. She always was a problem solver who created programs and policies to deal with issues, no matter how difficult. She also partnered to create a sexuality and relationships program that was implemented by many independent schools.
Her success at Milton made her a well-known consultant to other independent schools looking for guidance for their counseling and health services, advising services and gender issues. She was extremely proud of the Independent Schools Gender Project, which she co-founded. The project continues today to help identify and aid schools in their quests for gender equality both for students and adults.
But Ellie was much more than all of this. She carried with her a passion for helping people throughout her life. She was a wonderful partner to Dick, his best buddy and friend and mentor. She loved her children without limits, and any baby of anyone. Her sense of humor, her ability to remain calm in crisis, her love for her work came through in her contagious smile. Ellie was a special, special person whose loving spirit will live on through those lives she touched.
A memorial celebration of Ellie's life will be held this fall.
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