Martha Ellen Larson, 59, died unexpectedly on Thursday, May 4, 2017 at UMass Memorial Hospital, Worcester. She was born in Worcester, a daughter of the late Russell P. and Charlotte A. (Field) Larson.
Martha Larson, Crotchet Mtn. Ski Patroller
Martha was raised in the Quinsigamond Village area of Worcester and graduated from Burncoat HS, and The Stockbridge School at the University of Massachusetts– Amherst. In 2010 Martha completed her RN degree from Mount Wachusett Community College, and most recently worked several years for Spring Hill Recovery in Ashby. She was a talented floral designer, who worked for several area florists through the years and loved spending time outdoors. She enjoyed kayaking, hiking and especially skiing, spending many years on the ski patrols at Mt Wachusett and Crotched Mountain ski areas. Martha held a love for animals her whole life. As a teenager, she volunteered many hours at the Worcester Science Center, now the Ecotarium in Worcester.
Martha will be forever loved and missed by her four sons; Carl “Tony” Faler of Denver, Matthew Faler of Lowell, Michael Rellstab of Ashburnham and Zach Rellstab of Worcester; her two brothers, Peter R. Larson and his wife, Judith of Grand Rapids, MI, and Thomas W. Larson, Sr. and his wife, Carleen of West Boylston; as well as several nieces, nephews, and countless friends.
A memorial service celebrating Martha’s life is planned on June 24 at Bethlehem Covenant Church, 46 Greenwood Street, Worcester. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to The Sierra Club.
Arrangements are under the care of the Fay Brothers Funeral Home, West Boylston. To share an online condolence for the family, please go to www.faybrothers.com.
John Knieriem, RN, 80, died May 2, 2017, at the Elliot Hospital, surrounded by his loving family. He was born July 25, 1936, in Nyack, NY, the son of Matthew and Ethel (Kelly) Knieriem.
After high school, John enlisted in the US Army and went on to earn his BS degree in Electronic Engineering. He worked in the aerospace industry in California for some years, returning to the East coast to work for Grumman Aircraft on the lunar module that carried astronauts to the moon’s surface. He worked for other companies in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, eventually settling his family in Manchester in 1973.
His wish to become more involved in the medical field led John to enroll in nursing school at the age of 61. After graduating with his RN degree, he joined the Elliot Hospital Emergency Department. In 2005, he traveled to New Orleans with the Red Cross to assist victims of Hurricane Katrina.
John was a longtime member of the National Ski Patrol, serving over the years at Loon Mountain, Ragged Mountain, and Pat’s Peak, where he patrolled until his recent illness. In 1988, he joined the Mt. Washington Volunteer Ski Patrol at Tuckerman Ravine and became its Director in 1994, serving in that role until his passing.
He was also a member of the NH Search and Rescue Council. John was a past president and board member of the Manchester Central High Booster Club, as well as president of the board of the former Manchester Area Family Planning. John loved to ride his bicycle, for many years doing long distance rides to raise money for charities. His favorite was the MDA Trans NH ride, a three-day, 250-mile trek from the Canadian border to Portsmouth. He also enjoyed kayaking with his wife Carol and riding the seacoast with his good friends Paul and Lisa Kling. John completed the Cycle to the Clouds bicycle race up Mt. Washington, twice. In 1996, he walked the 100th Boston Marathon, proudly finishing last among the NH participants, with a time of 6:49:15.
John was a five-time cancer survivor who never let the disease stand in the way of reaching his goals. He was a beloved grandfather and enthusiastic supporter of his grandchildren’s activities and could always be found on the sidelines at their sporting events, and in the audience at every concert, dance recital and school play.
He was predeceased by his brothers Matthew, James, and Michael. John’s family includes his wife of 59 years, Carol (Freese); daughter Sandra Dunfey, RN, of Columbus, GA; sons David Knieriem and his wife Donna of Austin, TX, and Jeffrey Knieriem and his wife Claudette of Hooksett, NH; sisters Anne Knieriem of Tappan, NY, and Mary Johnston of Sun City, Arizona; brother Patrick Knieriem of Pearl River, N; seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his brothers Matthew, James, and Michael.
The Knieriem family would like to thank the nursing staff of Elliot Hospital’s Fuller Unit for their thoughtful care during John’s final days.
Services: There are no calling hours. A celebration of John’s life will be held on Saturday, June 3, from 1:00-4:00 p.m. at the Manchester Country Club, 140 South River Rd., Bedford, NH (click for direction).
Donations: In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in John’s memory to either one of his two favorite charities:
- Queen City Bike Collective, which helps Manchester area residents ride safe, affordable bikes and have the opportunity to fix them, at www.QCBike.org.
- Friends of Tuckerman Ravine is a private, not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization incorporated to preserve and protect the unique alpine and sub-alpine eastern slopes of Mount Washington, NH. John volunteered thousands of hours of his time to the good works of the Friends of Tuckerman Ravine. A special donation page was setup to honor his memory: FOTR’s John Knieriem Memorial.
Friends and family are invited to share their photos and memories of John Knieriem at the Families FACEBOOK Tribute page…
LeRoy A. Bates
LeRoy “Lee” A. Bates, 85, of Hampstead, NH, passed away on Monday, January 9, 2017 in the Portsmouth Regional Hospital in the presence of his loving family.
He was born in Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin on October 1, 1931, a son of the late Mahlon and Lulu (Gilson) Bates. He had been a resident of Hampstead since 1984. Lee worked most of his career as a manufacturing engineer at General Electric, retiring in 1993. While he enjoyed golf, playing bridge and reading, Lee’s greatest passion in life was skiing and ski patrol. He worked at several of the ski resorts in New England during his 50 years as an active patroller and spent the last 23 years working at Gunstock Mountain, retiring in 2007.
Lee is survived his daughter, Bonnie L. Bunton, and her family of Rye Beach, NH; his sons, David A. Bates, and his family of West Warren, MA, W. Scott Bates of Bangor, ME, and Paul A. Bates of New York City. He is also survived by six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his wife, Jane A. (Annable) Bates, and a daughter, Brenda A. Armstrong.
A calling hour will be held on Friday, January 13, 2017 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Peabody Funeral Homes and Crematorium, 15 Birch Street, Derry, NH. A memorial service will follow at 7 p.m. in the funeral home. To send a condolence or for more information, please visit www.peabodyfuneralhome.com
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Allison W. (Kerl) Blackman on Friday, November 18, 2016. Daughter of Timothy and Jennifer Kerl, New Hampshire Region and Storrs Hill Ski Patrollers. Blackman, 34, was herself a 16-year veteran of the National Ski Patrol.
Born in Hanover, New Hampshire, Blackman could be found most winter’s ski racing, teaching skiing, or volunteering for the National Ski Patrol. A resident of Auburn, Maine, she was last a member of the Lost Valley Ski Area Ski Patrol.
A ‘Go Fund Me’ page has been established in Blackman’s memory, with funds to be used to help provide ski lessons to children that cannot afford to ski. If interested in making a donation, please navigate directlt to:
Blackman Family: in memory of Allison Blackman
A celebration of Blackman’s life will be held on Saturday, December 17, 2016, at 2:00pm, at Storr’s Hill, Lebanon, New Hampshire.
It is with great sadness that NH Region reports that one of its longtime Ski Patrollers has passed: David Paul Rowean, 64, of Francestown, and a Patroller at Cannon Mountain, died Sunday Sept. 11, 2016, at his home.
The following kind words about him appear on the Holt-Woodbury Funeral Home website, who is assisting the Rowean family.
We encourage all fellow NH Ski Patrollers to contact the Francestown NH Volunteer Fire Department and make a donation in David Rowean’s name. Checks can be mailed directly to the fire department at PO Box 97, Francestown, NH 03043.
Please feel free to leave a story or a comment about patrolling with David (we will only accept the best postings for publishing on this page)…
Dan Pesula, a member of the Pats Peak Ski Patrol, passed away on June 21, 2016 after a courageous battle with cancer.
Dan first started his patrol career at Crotched Mountain Ski Area in 2011. He joined the Pats Peak patrol shortly thereafter to be a little closer to home. Shortly after joining the patrol at Pats Peak, Dan was diagnosed with cancer. Many of the other patrollers weren’t even aware that Dan was in a battle for his life.
He refused to let the cancer define who he was. He never complained. He never refused a work task and was always the first patroller out the door. His smile brightened every room and every ski trail. Dan was still skiing just 6 weeks before he passed away. Dan was a quiet hero.
Dan Pesula was a Captain on the Hooksett Fire Department, where he had worked for over 20 years. He served his community in many ways. Dan enjoyed coaching his sons in baseball and soccer. Family was incredibly important to Dan. We are looking forward to keeping his sons, Tyler and Gavin, and his wife, Beth, in our patrol family.
Dan was a true adventurer and a lover of life, deep sea fishing and climbing ruins in Mexico with his family just weeks before his passing. Dan loved the outdoors, no matter the season. He loved his family, friends and life. His last days were filled with laughter and love. His positive attitude, humble personality, love for life and friendship will be greatly missed.
Richard “Dick” Violette, Sr., 85, peacefully passed on October 17th in Delray Beach, Florida.
A man of unusually high integrity, Dick was equally engaging with an easy smile and a genuine interest in the wellbeing of others. He was a loyal husband to his loving wife Beatrice for sixty-two years, a model father to his four beloved children, and ever-charming grandfather to his two beautiful grandchildren. Dick was a man of unwavering Catholic faith, a daily communicant, and a valuable participant in the church communities of St. Louis de France, in Lowell, Massachusetts, Our Lady of The Miraculous Medal in Hampton, New Hampshire, and most recently with St. Vincent Ferrer in Delray Beach, Florida.
Those who knew Dick knew well that, amongst his many activities in his community, he was especially passionate about contributing to and advocating for the Winter Special Olympics and the National Ski Patrol (NSP). From its nascent days at Bretton Woods in 1982, he nurtured the Special Olympics Ski Patrol into statewide, then national, and eventually international success. With the help and support of his many NSP friends, whose camaraderie he held dearly, the Special Olympics Ski Patrol participated in the 1989 Special Olympics Winter Games in Reno, Nevada, the Special Olympics World Games in Toronto, 1997, the National Ski Championship in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, 1998, and the Special Olympics World Games in Anchorage, Alaska, 2001.
Dick continued his support of the Special Olympics Ski Patrol well into retirement. He took particular pride and joy in continuing to coach athlete and dear friend “Peter” for the New Hampshire State Winter Games.
Dick was born on March 2nd, 1929, in Lawrence, Massachusetts. He is survived by his wife Beatrice of Boynton Beach, Florida, son Richard Violette, Jr., daughter Patrice Taylor and, son-in-law Dr. Percell Taylor, son Robert Violette and daughter-in-law Sandy Violette and their children Alexandra and Michael, son Christopher Violette, sisters Mrs. Roger Petit, Mrs. Robert Lippe, Shirley Violette, many nieces and nephews, and numerous friends – all of whom remain incredibly lucky and better for having been loved by him.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to any of the following:
For those who would like to send Bea a card: Bea Violette, 12767 Hampton Lakes Circle, Boynton Beach, Florida 33436
“To say we have lost a Friend, and a Leader, is truly an understatement.
The DASH in Dick’s life was so full with amazing memories and accomplishments,
how blessed we are to have been a part of his DASH”
George Frye Wesson Jr., 89, of Rutland died Monday morning September 6, 2010 at the Pines atRutland following a brief illness. He was born in Worcester , Ma. July 4th 1921 the son of George and Ellen (Nystrom) Wesson.
As a child he was raised in Worcester, MA., attended local schools graduating from South High inWorcester , MA and the Worcester Poly Tec with a degree in engineering. Following graduation he entered the US Army and served with the 10th Mountain Division during the Second World War and at the time of discharge had earned the rank of Staff Sergeant.
Mr. Wesson was a former resident of Stowe , VT. , Waitsfield , VT. , and Claremont MA . being aRutland , VT resident since 1963. At the time of his retirement he was Engineering Supervisor for Building and Construction at the Killington Ski Resort, having participated in the construction of the ski area, and served as the first Ski Patrol Director. Prior to that he served as Ski Patrol Director atMount Mansfield , Sugarbush Resort, and Thunder Mountain Ski Area (now Berkshire East). He was a member of the National Ski Patrol System since its formation in 1938, serving for a time as Northern Vermont Region Director, and was the founder of the organization’s Certified program. At the time of his death he was among the National Ski Patrol’s oldest living and most honored members. He was also among the founders, an early member and one of the most dedicated supporters of the Professional Ski Patrollers Association (PSPA). He was also a strong supporter and significant contributor to both the New England Ski Museum and the Vermont Ski Museum .
Mr. Wesson was active in scouting and served as Scout Leader, and as a Senior Scout Advisor in Stowe. He was a Mason and Past Master of the Stowe F&AM Lodge and also was a member and trustee of the Stowe Community Church , and a member of the Grace Congregational, United Church of Christ in Rutland .
Survivors includes 4 daughters, Janet Whitney and Rebecca Ross of Rutland, Laura Wesson of Bellows Falls and Jennifer Hoon of Arvada, CO., and by his son Andrew Wesson of Rutland, a sister Eleanor Wesson of Worcester, MA, 5 grandsons, 2 grand daughters and two great grand daughters and one great grandson.
He was predeceased by his wife Nancy (Raymond) Wesson on March 19th 1998..
There will be no Calling Hours. Memorial services will be held at a later date. Private burial will be in the Riverside Cemetery in Killington.
George will be missed by his family and many friends. Acelebration of George’s life will be July 4, 2011… This would have been his 90th birthday
Memorial Contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 1 Kennedy Drive, Suite L8 , South Burlington , Vermont 05403 or the American Lung Association of Vermont, 372 Hurricane Lane, Suite 101 , Williston , Vermont 05495
|Jack F. Boyd
|December 20, 2010
|Laconia, NH—–Jack F. Boyd, 94, died at his home at the Taylor Community on Monday, December 20, 2010. He was predeceased by his wife, Marion S. Boyd, who died in 2006.
Jack was born on August 23, 1916 in Hartford, Conn., the son of Park and Minerva (Farley) Boyd. He was brought up in West Hartford and graduated from Kingswood School in 1935 and from Worcester Tech in 1939 with a degree in mechanical engineering. Upon graduation, he was employed as a tool designer by Colt Fire Arms Mfg. Co. in Hartford. During WWII, he headed up Colt’s Plant Engineering Dept. At the end of the war, he supervised the consolidation of their three plants and then served as Factory Manager during the transition from the manufacture of military arms to civilian production. He left Colt’s in 1947 and formed a highly successful industrial maintenance company which he later sold.
Jack married Marion Sage of Hartford in 1948. They moved to Hollis, Maine where he joined the management staff of Saco Lowell Shops. He carried out several major assignments before being appointed Superintendent of their newly formed machine gun plant. He left Saco Lowell in 1952 when he purchased Nashua Brass Co. in Nashua, N.H. and moved to Hollis, N.H. He served as President and CEO of Nashua Brass until he retired in 1970.
While living in Hollis, N.H., he became very active in municipal affairs. He served several years on the school board, the planning board and as Chairman of the budget committee. He was the owner’s representative in the construction of the first addition to the elementary school, the building of the former high school as well as the middle school. He served many years as a captain in the fire department and two years as the selectmen’s representative in overseeing the police department. On the state level, Jack was on several task forces studying several state functions and served two terms as a State Representative.
Since 1963, the family had a summer home on Camp Island in Lake Winnipesaukee and in 1976, they left Hollis and moved to a new home which he designed and built in Gilford, N.H.
Jack was an avid hiker completing and becoming a member of the 4,000 Footer Club. He was also an avid skier and was very active in the National Ski Patrol for thirty-five years. He was patrol director at Indian Head Ski Area before serving as section chief in the New Hampshire Region. When he gave up active patrolling in 1986, he organized the Ski Patrol Alumni Division in New Hampshire.
Jack belonged to Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the Nashua Rotary Club and served on the executive board of the Daniel Webster Council of Boy Scouts. He belonged to several Masonic bodies, including the Shriners. He was always interested in wood and metal working, black smithing, hunting, fishing, canoeing and gardening and was a student of history. Jack and Marion travelled extensively and visited many parts of the world.
Survivors include Barbara Boyd Coye and her husband, Bill of Portland, Maine; Richard Boyd of Aspen, Colorado; Douglas Boyd and his wife, Diane, of Hollis, N.H; and Mary Boyd Young and her husband, Gary, of Brookline, N.H.; seven grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.
There will be no calling hours. A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, January 29, 2011 at 2:00PM at the Laconia Congregational Church, 69 Pleasant Street, Laconia, N. H. Rev. Dr. Warren Bouton, Pastor of the Church, will officiate. Burial will be in the Spring in the family lot in Pine Grove Cemetery, Gilford, N.H.
For those who wish, the family suggests that memorial donations be made to The Sunshine Fund at the Taylor Home, 435 Union Avenue, Laconia, N.H. 03246.
Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home, 164 Pleasant Street, Laconia, N.H. is assisting the family with the arrangements. For more information and to view an online memorial click this link to the Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home website.
Robert ‘Bob’ McLellan
1943 – 2010
We are all aware of Bob’s passion for his Family……… I’m going to take a minute to talk about Bob’s other family and passion…….
Bob’s love for skiing began back in 1974 when he joined the Methuen Ski Hill Ski Patrol and started on his life long passion for skiing. Unfortunately, Methuen Hill ended its tenure as a local ski area so Bob pursued his desire to patrol elsewhere. However, his service at Methuen helped ensure the safety of a multitude of local skiers and enabled many people to enjoy the sport we love.
When Bob came to Boston Hills, the first thing you saw was his smile. A warm, friendly “hi, how are ya” smile. At Boston Hills, Bob made friends quickly and patrolled regularly and diligently, he worked his job full time days and skied as a member of the Boston Hills Ski Patrol at night regularly and never missed a shift. There were no radios, two banana boat toboggans and the backboard was a narrow piece of plywood. Bob pitched in on special events like the Boston Globe Ski Clinics which brought more than a thousand inner city skiers to the small area in North Andover, Massachusetts.
One of the notable incidents occurred during a night time Globe Ski Clinic when he came across a fallen skier who asked for help. In a manner only Bob could deliver, he helped the skier up, smiled and said “first, we need to get your boots on the right feet, then we should probably buckle them” and after assisting, he brought the skier to the appropriate class and wished the instructor good luck!
As the years went on, the time for Boston Hills wound down as was the fate of many small suburban areas. Boston Hills closed around 1985.
Undaunted and further demonstrating his desire to patrol, Bob headed for Bradford Ski Area. Bob patrolled at Bradford for about 6 or 7 years, then in October 1992 he decided to venture to a larger mountain. He was looking for more ‘fun’ and a greater challenge in his patrolling career. This brought him to Ragged Mountain where be joined the original family of the ‘Old’ Ragged Mountain Patrol. JB was at the helm as PD and the old crowd of Clay, Dennis Sprout, Jeff Randall, John Hinds, Randy Hinds, Eric Zaharee, John Riley, Hawk, Al Pels were all there along with Paula. The old Highlands crowd came the same year as Bob when their ski area closed. Ragged Mountain had been moth-balled during the 1980’s and was just a couple of seasons into its own re-birth.
What’s funny… was…, that that’s what patrolling at Ragged was…FUN…….
And how lucky we were to have Bob… Always there, always ready and definitely professional…. Not matter what needed to be done, you could always count on Bob…….. Hanging snow fence, closing or opening a trail, sitting top station or aid room duty, it didn’t matter, Bob did it all and always with that wonderful smile…….. He worked one day each week, rarely missing. He was a consistent, dedicated patroller who truly loved what he did. Bob attended many special training sessions and became an OEC instructor and a CPR instructor.
Bob always had a smile for you, he always had an optimistic opinion of a situation, he always had time to sit and listen… always! No matter what your issue was, he would say things like “well I’ve never been divorced but I know a guy who was” and he would proceed to give very kind advice. During many of his counseling sessions Dr. Bob would refer to working at Lahey Clinic. Now we are not 100% sure what he did there, whether it was CEO, Emergency Room Doc, Public Relations Director or the House Psychologist but Bob always had a story. He could tell you about a little girl that was crying and he stopped to talk with her and make her smile or how he assisted EMT’s as they came through the door doing CPR on a trauma victim… those were very real stories!
Bob was like the Mayor where ever he went, his personality was pleasant and he would leave you with a little advice and a great smile.
Year after year when many patrollers headed for SONH, Bob worked at Ragged so others could attend. One year, while covering for SONH Bob and another patroller named Barbara Clarke rendered assistance to a skier who had gone down Cemetery Gates crossing Sunnyside and into the woods. The skier had a fractured femur and it was an involved low angle extrication that took time and a lot of help. Bob ran the show and once again proved his worth as a member of the National Ski Patrol.
Bob was part of an award winning ski patrol and during his years at Ragged, the Patrol won many NH Region Outstanding Awards and in 1994 the Patrol won the NSP Eastern Division Outstanding Patrol Award. Bob was an integral part of this prestigious award.
In recent years, the winds of change blew at Ragged Mountain once again and Bob knew it was time to move on and wrote a sincere and touching letter of resignation, he really loved skiing with the Ragged Mountain Ski Patrol.
But as we all know, Bob’s drive to be a volunteer in National Ski Patrol was huge, so he became a part of the Crotched Mountain Ski Patrol in October 2007. Once again Bob was welcomed with open arms. Brian, the PD at Crotched sent me this note about him joining:
"Bob is truly one of the best skilled, organized and caring
first aid room people I have ever worked with. He is a pleasure
to know and work with and he knows that."
Skiing, it a passion we all have…….. I know what you are all thinking, who wants to be out in sub zero weather or freezing rain picking up people off the snow who are either hurt or have no idea how to ski but somehow stumbled to the top of the mountain to ski down, or should I say fall down. Well, much to your surprise, there are the NSP Patroller who love what they do, are good at it, and Bob was one of those……
Bob’s memories of patrolling were fond and he always talked about those people he patrolled with, so remember to keep him in your heart, you were always in his heart!!!
In closing, I like to read a phase that was sent to me …..
We little knew that morning,
God was going to call your name.
In life we loved you dearly,
In death we do the same.
It broke our hearts to lose you,
You did not go alone,
For part of us went with you,
The day God called you home.
You left us beautiful memories,
Your love is still our guide,
And though we cannot see you,
You are always by our side.
Our family chain is broken,
And nothing seems the same,
But as God calls us one by one,
The chain will link again.
Article written above – by John ‘JB’ Brown & Gerry Clark
|Reprint of the Newspaper Obit
Robert “Bob” McLellan, Jr., 66, of Dracut passed away on Wednesday, June 23 at the Merrimack Valley Hospice House in Haverhill surrounded by his loving wife and family.
Bob was born in Lawrence and was a graduate of the North Andover School System. He was employed by John Hancock Insurance Company, owned and operated his own painting and wallpapering business for more than 25 years and most recently was a Maintenance Engineer for CB Richard Ellis. Bob was also recognized for 35 years of dedicated service to the National Ski Patrol, one of his passions.
Another one of his passions was his family. He enjoyed camping and fishing trips, “rides” throughout the New England area and trips to Disney World with his children and grandchildren. His love for his family was shown in everything he accomplished. He will be deeply missed.
Bob is survived by his wife of 40 years, Priscilla (Law) of Dracut, son Jonathan and wife Jessica McLellan of Methuen, daughter Jennifer and husband Thomas Raskow of North Andover and the joys of his life, his 5 grandchildren Austin, Aidan, Jack and Avery McLellan and Mitchell Raskow. Bob also leaves his sister, Joan and husband Gilbert Frechette of Lawrence and several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.
Calling hours will be on Sunday, June 27 from 3 PM to 7 PM at Charles F. Dewhirst Funeral Home, 80 Broadway, Methuen . A funeral service will be held on Monday, June 28 at 10 AM at the funeral home. The burial will be in Elmwood Cemetery, Methuen. Donations can be made in his name to the Merrimack Valley Hospice House, 360 North Avenue, Haverhill MA 01830.