Donald Fletcher Obituary

October 12, 2011

in News,Obituaries

CENTER BARNSTEAD, N.H. — A celebration of life will be held for Donald F. Fletcher, 82, who passed away on Friday, October 7, 2011 at his favorite place, his summer home on lower Suncook Lake, at Center Barnstead Christian Church, Shackford Corner Rd, Center Barnstead, on Saturday, October 15 at 11 am. Interment services will be held at Vermont Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Furnace Road, Randolph Center, Vermont at 12 p.m. on Tuesday, October 18.
Donald was born on Jan. 1, 1929 in White River Junction, son of Maurice and Florence (Gibbs) Fletcher.
He graduated from Hartford High School in 1947 and Stonier Graduate School of Banking.
Don had a career in banking for over 30 years and then established a successful real estate appraisal and financial consulting business.
Don was very active in both the community and the church. He served on the Hartford, Vermont School Board, was a member of the Masons for 60 years, and he served as the secretary-treasurer for the Vermont Lions. He was a trustee on the Woodstock Vermont Foundation and was on the governing board for Mertens House. Don was a very involved and committed member of the United Methodist Church of Sun City, Florida and Center Barnstead Christian Church, New Hampshire. As a lay leader, he served in numerous churches and performed pastoral duties in both New Hampshire and Vermont.
Donald is survived by his wife, of 60 years, Joan (Barnard) Fletcher; his children; Wayne (wife, Emilia Veltri) of Thunder Bay, Ontario, Karen Williams (husband, Craig Williams) of Tunbridge, Vermont, Wesley of Clearwater, Florida, Brian (wife, Kim Slezak) of South Riding, Virginia and Alan (wife, Lynne Tackaberry) of Milton, Vermont and his brother Carlton. He will be missed by his seven grandchildren: Carmen and Carl Fletcher, Dr. Jenna (Williams) Watson (husband, Dr. Nicholas Watson) and Dale Williams, Victoria Fletcher, Kristin and Caleb Fletcher, and also his beloved grand dog Zeus.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Donald’s memory to Center Barnstead Christian Church, PO Box 190, Center Barnstead, NH 03225.
The Bennett Funeral Home of Concord, NH is in charge of the arrangements.
This obituary first appeared in the October 13th print edition of the Vermont Standard.

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David Waugh October 12, 2011 at 2:13 pm

Joan, Wayne, Karen, Wes, Brian and Alan;
I will always remember your husband and father as an example of the “Southern Gentleman of the North”.He was the first person I ever met who celebrated turning 55 so that he could join AARP and get discounts at the Woodstock Inn for lunch. I remember a conversation that he had with one of you about why he didn’t say grace before eating and his response was, “I start each day by getting on my knees and thanking God for all that He has done for me and for each member of our family, then I ask His blessings on all that I will do that day and thank Him for all that I will receive during the day. I figure God has a good enough memory to remember that when I began to eat my meal.”
I learned a great deal from Don. I know that you will each miss him. I give thanks for the way his life intersected mine.
On the journey of faith,
David Waugh

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