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Gilford loses beloved community activist

Donald Cheseborough
March 07, 2012
LACONIA — Donald Chesebrough, 82, of 341 Belknap Mt. Rd., died surrounded by family at the Lakes Region General Hospital, Laconia, on Wednesday, Feb. 29, 2012.

Mr. Chesebrough was born Jan. 29, 1930 in Westerly, R.I., the son of J. Cutler and Lois (Brown) Chesebrough. He served in the U. S. Army Active Reserve for 20 years, retiring as a Lt. Colonel from Fort Devens in Massachusetts. He moved to Gilford in 1973, and worked for the State of N.H. Department of Environmental Services for 18 years.

Mr. Chesebrough was an avid skier, skiing some 70 years in New England and the Alps. He was a long-time member of the Gilford Community Band, and enjoyed volunteering for Bolduc Park, Gunstock, and many other organizations.

Survivors include his wife of 48 years, Mary (Fiock) Chesebrough of Gilford; a son, Robert A. Chesebrough, and wife Lynn of Hollis; a daughter, Patricia C. Passariello, and husband Paul of North Andover, Mass.; three grandchildren; a sister, Nancy Denison, and husband Oliver of Mystic, Conn.; and many nephews and nieces.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Chesebrough was predeceased by his twin brother, Richard Chesebrough, and by a brother, Wilfred Chesebrough.

There will be no calling hours.

A celebration of his life will be held on Saturday, March 10, 2012 at 11 a.m. at the Gilford Community Church, 19 Potter Hill Rd., Gilford. Rev. Michael Graham, Pastor of the Church, will officiate. Burial will be at a later date at the family lot in Stonington Cemetery, Stonington, Conn.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial donations be made to the Gilford Community Band, c/o Laconia Savings Bank, 62 Pleasant St., Laconia, NH 03246, or to Bolduc Park Association, P.O. Box 7273, Gilford, NH 03247-7273.

Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 164 Pleasant St., Laconia, is assisting the family with the arrangements. For more information and to view an online memorial, go to www.wilkinsonbeane.com.

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