Allan Hjorth Wight



Allan Hjorth Wight, 69, of Fryeburg, Maine, died Monday afternoon, May 2, 2016 at the Bridgton Hospital after a long illness.

He was born on, Sept. 25, 1946, in Portland, Maine, a son of, Lester and Ingrid (Hjorth) Wight. He attended grade school in North Sebago, Maine, and graduated from Potter Academy. After graduation, he joined the Navy and served six years.

In June of 1967, he married, Beverly McAlister of Lovell, Maine, and following his honorable discharge from the Navy, they bought their home in the Toll Bridge neighborhood of Fryeburg.

Allan worked for the Yield House after his service until the time of its closing and then went to work for Lovell Lumber until his early retirement.

He loved being in the outdoors hunting and fishing, as well as a good game of cribbage. His greatest pleasure however, was time spent with his family.

Allan is loved by his wife of 48 years, Beverly "Bev" and his son, Chris, both of Fryeburg. He was predeceased by his parents and a son, Kevin.

At Allan's request, there will be no services.

Arrangements are in the care of the Wood Funeral Home & Cremation Service at 9 Warren St. in Fryeburg.

Words of condolence and tribute may be shared with his family and friends at www.woodfuneralhome.org.

 

Carole A. Smith


Carole A. Smith, 78, of Fryeburg, Maine, formerly of North Conway, died Tuesday, April 26, 2016, at Memorial Hospital in North Conway.

She was born on, May 13, 1937, in North Conway, a daughter of Randolph E. and Lillian L. (Eastman) Moody.

Carole worked as a waitress for the most of her adult working life, getting started at the Howard Johnson in North Conway.

She loved the outdoors, as her favorite pastime was fly-fishing with her husband, Clifford Heath. They loved to fish on the Kank and also drive the highway taking long rides where they could see wildlife and avoid the everyday stress of traffic and droves of people. One of her favorite places to visit was White Lake State Park in Tamworth.

Ever the crafter, she also enjoyed knitting and needle point work, as well as sitting down to tackle a puzzle. Although she did indeed love all of these things, her greatest pleasure was time spent with her family.
Carole was a former member of the North Conway American Legion Ladies Auxiliary.

She is survived by a companion, Bill Hines of Fryeburg; son, Scott Heath and his wife, Kathy Heath, of Port Charlotte, Fla., and their daughters, Sierra Heath of Conway and Araya Hope Barnes Heath of Port Charlotte, Fla.; son, Brent Heath and his wife, Viki Heath, of Lovell, Maine, and his son, Joel Gilmore and his wife, Sam, and their daughter, Morgan Gilmore, of Lovell, and his daughter, Tanya Gilmore and her companion Mike McRae and their children, Dominic Gilmore, Skye Monroe, and Olivia McRae; other grandchildren, Chandra Foss and her husband, Lance and their daughter, Kareina Elizabeth Foss, all of Tilton, Jayson Lusky and his fiancée, Jessica Whittaker and their daughter, Ava Jaylyn Lusky, all of Fryeburg; Jesse Lusky of North Fryeburg; son-in-law, Jay Lusky of North Fryeburg; a brother, David Moody of Conway; half-sister, Kathy Hill of Conway; half brother, Kenny Boutilier of Conway.

She was predeceased by her husband, Clifford Heath; a daughter, Penny-Sue Lusky on Mar. 3, 2016.

A memorial graveside service will be held, at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 7, at the Pine Grove Cemetery in Fryeburg.

Arrangements are in the care of the Wood Funeral Home & Cremation Service at 9 Warren St. in Fryeburg.

Words of condolence and tribute may be shared with her family at www.woodfuneralhome.org.

 

 

Jim Westhall IV


Sunday May 1, 2016, Jim Westhall IV left to go hiking in the higher elevations after a seven-week journey with cancer of the appendix.

Born in Laconia in 1955. He had a deep love of the natural world and the mountains. In 1976, he was a solo thru hiker on the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine. He lived on Peaks Island, Maine, in the winter when attending the Maine Collage of Art, and then went to the city and got his masters in photography from the Art Institute of Chicago.
The last 10 years he lived in the Mount Washington Valley while bagging all the 4,000 footers winter and summer. Many knew him as the "penguin express guy" at Cranmore. He was a quiet man whose gentle selfless nature spoke volumes. He was deeply loved and will be deeply missed.
He leaves behind his wife, Stefi Dresser, and their beloved dachshund, Mitzi; mother, Vera Westhall; sisters Sue Westhall and Lisa Meisel and husband, Steve; niece, Katie Grimes; and nephew, Jeff Meisel.
There will be no service per Jim's wishes.
In lieu of flowers, donate your time or finances to an animal shelter of your choosing.

 

Erland Charles Leslie McLetchie



Erland Charles Leslie McLetchie ("Erl") lived life surrounded by family and friends that he loved and that loved him. He died that way too on May 1, 2016.

Erl was born on his mother Ann's birthday on Nov. 14, 1949, in Regina, Saskatchewan. Erl's parents were extraordinary people that loved Erl and that he loved dearly. Erl's parents met in His Majesty's Royal Air Force and were the first people married in liberated France under a field order from General Montgomery shortly after the D-Day Invasion.

His two elder brothers, Olaf, who preceded him in death, and Magnus, of Ellsworth, Maine, were born across the pond in the United Kingdom where there were still war rations. Erl's father, Norman, flew across the Atlantic in a bomber with its doors welded shut to find a better life for his family first in Canada and later in New Hampshire.

Erl grew up in Laconia, New Hampshire with his lifelong best friend and future business partner, Jay "Guppy" Clough. Erl was one of the greatest backup defensive tackles in New Hampshire high school football history for the Laconia High School Sachems, who were state champions Erl's senior year.

After graduating from Laconia High School, Erl matriculated at Colby College in Waterville, Maine, where he met his wife, love of his life, and best friend, Janet Veasey of Warwick, R.I. Erl graduated with a bachelor's degree in economics in 1972.

After graduating from college, Erl and Janet married on June 30, 1973. Following graduation, Janet taught at a Catholic school in the Boston area while Erl attended law school at Suffolk University. After graduating from law school, Erl and Janet returned to New Hampshire where Erl began practicing law in Ossipee as the Atticus Finch of Carroll County.

Erl practiced law for 40 years in New Hampshire. Erl was widely regarded by the community as the greatest advocate in the North Country. Erl's clients, colleagues, and even his adversaries, loved him like family and he loved them, too. Erl frequently represented people that could not afford representation on a pro bono basis and provided the same zealous representation to them that he did to all of his other clients.

On several occasions, he received the New Hampshire Bar Association President's Award for Outstanding Pro Bono Service in recognition of his "willingness to accept pro bono cases and significant contribution of time in direct legal service to the poor."

Erl's greatest love and accomplishment in his eyes, were his three sons Andrew (Andy of Golden, Colorado), Douglas (Doug of Portsmouth), and Charles (Chip of Charlestown, Mass.). Erl was a hero to each of his sons, and all three grew up trying to be just like Erl in their own ways. Andy, Doug and Chip have yet to succeed in that endeavor, but will continue to strive to do so.

Later in life, Erl took great pride and joy in his grandchildren, Cameron and Graham of Golden, Colorado, and Cecelia of Charlestown, Mass. Erl's favorite thing to do was to regale anyone he met with tales of his grandchildren whether they wanted to hear the tales or not.

The greatest testament to Erl is the fact that he is survived by his wife, Janet; his sons, Andy, Doug, and Chip, their spouses Lyndall (Schuster), Mike Kierstead, and Julia (Monack); his three grandchildren; and far too many friends and extended family to list.

In lieu of flowers, do two things. First, live life the way Erl did: surrounded by people that he loved and that loved him. If you are half as good as it he was, you will have lived a full life. Second, consider making a donation to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

A memorial service is scheduled for Friday, May 6, at 1 p.m. at First Christian Church at 83 North Main St. in Wolfeboro to be followed by a luncheon at the Wolfeboro Inn.

 

Vanessa Wyatt Noel



Vanessa Wyatt Noel, 70, of St. Augustine, Fla., died on April 28, 2016.

Her girls lovingly refer to her as "The Queen Mum" because to everyone who met her she was the epitome of royalty. Vanessa left the world the way she chose to live her life ... with grace and elegance. Her final days were spent taking in stunning sunrises and sunsets at the ocean from a beautiful beach house surrounded by the people she held the closest in her heart.

Born on May 31, 1945, in West Ham, North West London, she was the only child to John Traverse Wyatt and Dorothy Frances (Vernon) Wyatt. Vanessa spent her childhood living in and around London and Worthing. This is where the obituary is going to take a turn from the generic and get to the stuff that those who knew Vanessa all really love about her.

Yes, she went to the finest schools and lived in the finest hotels with her eccentric, socialite mother who carried on in the highest circles of society and ultimately married into fame. None of this interested Vanessa. As soon as she was free from school and allowed to spread her wings she followed her heart and found her father living here in the Mt. Washington Valley. She started a small children's nursery, Pooh Corner, on the first floor of her fathers Real Estate Building (Pinkham Realty) on Main Street. She was young and beautiful and vibrant and made friends easily. She would go on to meet and marry Dan Noel and take on the duties of the Noel family business, The Clarendon. She would struggle to have children and then hit the lottery with a little girl in 1973. She was an amazing mother with the (necessary) patience of a Saint. In time she and Dan would part ways and she would meet and ultimately marry David Eldridge.

After selling The Clarendon, Vanessa renovated an old home across from the hospital and turned it into The Wyatt House which she ran for many years. She was a gifted innkeeper with an eye for renovating beautiful, old homes. Many of you probably remember her as the dazzling smile at The Wildcat Inn and Tavern for years. She thoroughly enjoyed her time there and the friends she made lasted for the rest of her life ... essentially a second family in some ways.

In 1998, after the big ice storm, Vanessa decided she would never endure another New England winter again, and with that she packed up her cute little convertible and moved to St. Augustine. She bought the Inn on Charlotte Street in the historic district which she ran for years and made and maintained so many friendships from her time there. After selling the Inn she enjoyed several years owning Metalartz, a small art gallery also in the historic district. Once the decision to retire happened — planning trips and cruises and visiting friends and family became her life.

In 2013 Vanessa was diagnosed with late stage ovarian cancer. She took her diagnosis in stride and saw herself into full remission 15 months later. There was never any doubt in her mind that she was even remotely done living her beautiful life. Vanessa was passionate about travel. Her passports were worn and full of stamps from all over the world.

She never stopped exploring and she would beam with excitement with every trip she methodically planned. Upon the news of her remission she would book what ended up being her final trip — a month long trek across India. She found so much joy in the colors and the people. She was always the one to get off the beaten path and really dive into the culture. She would stray away from the tourist areas and find the true essence of a country and its people. Vanessa loved the Azores and Italy and all of Europe and was regularly making the trip back home to England to visit her dear friends. She was a very proud Brit.

Vanessa was always the first one to stand back and take everything in. She was not impressed by material things yet she was always so beautifully put together. She was lovely. She was kind and gracious and welcomed you with pure joy and honesty. She lived with a level of integrity most of us could only ever hope to achieve. Having spent her life truly living it was clear that her most prized worldly possessions paled in comparison to the love she had for her girls.

Vanessa is survived by her daughter, Victoria Noel and her two daughters, Caitlin Wyatt Zeliff and Ella Wyatt Simoni. Caite and Ella were the light of her life and she was madly in love with both of them. She is also survived by her husband, David Eldridge of St. Augustine, Fla., and his two boys, Scott Eldridge and family of Tamworth as well as Sean Eldridge and his family of Brownfield, Maine.

In 2010, Vanessa found and met her half brother, Adam Wyatt of California, who she had spent 50 years looking for. They had the pleasure of getting to know one another over the next several years and she found enormous joy in sharing the stories of their father whom she absolutely adored.

Adam was able to be with her in the final weeks and the time together was priceless and a gift for everyone to watch. Vanessa had a beautiful life long friendship since childhood with Gaye Moore who was also held her hand as she passed.

Funeral services will be on Wednesday, May 4, at 10 a.m. at Christ Episcopal Church in North Conway village with a gathering at the North Country Club to follow.

In honor of the Queen Mum, the girls request that you wear bright colors and come to celebrate a life well lived. Flowers may be sent directly to the church on the morning of the service. Vanessa enjoyed everything that was vivid and alive and that is how she wanted to be remembered.