, Kingston, NH

Letters to the Editor

May 9, 2013

We Are Boston

We Are Boston

I love the city of Boston. I always have. Until this past week, I never really thought about why that is. Boston, like all major cities, has its problems. But Boston has been and continues to be a great city in our great nation. The sports teams, colleges, architecture, restaurants and history make the city unique. But there is something about the people of Boston. That “something” is hard to put a finger on.

Being the birthplace of the abolitionist movement is no small accomplishment for the brave folks who did it. The American Revolution was also conceived in Boston. Four of the forty-four Presidents of the United States were born in the city or its suburbs - no other city in America can lay claim to a higher percentage. Boston’s traditional values of higher education are surpassed by no other city in the world; and no other city better underscores the idea that “Education is the Foundation of Democracy”.

Last week, the City of Boston faced a tremendous challenge. The Marathon bombings shattered the euphoria of the celebration of freedom on Patriots Day. Yet, even before the smoke cleared, the people of Boston stoically upheld my unyielding faith in humanity. A fine example of this notion came to my attention in photographs of the aftermath of the bombing. A man who can be seen in the photographs of the carnage, although injured, did not try to escape, did not focus on his own injuries and did not complain. Instead, he crawled to the nearest person injured much worse than he was. He began removing his own upper body clothing to apply pressure to the terrible wounds of that person, whom he most likely did not even know. He did this spontaneously, while clearly in shock. He did this without reward and without the expectation of recognition for his bravery and despite the obvious risk to himself. The general public does not know this man’s name, his home or his situation. All we know is that he did all he could to help another person in grave need, under extreme duress.

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    LAWRENCE — Marie Rose (Robidoux) Audy, passed away at her home surrounded by her family, after suffering a stroke in April. She was born in Lawrence and was the daughter of the late Rose A. (Betit) and Alfred Robidoux, originally of Quebec, Canada. She was predeceased by her husband of 28 years, Armand Joseph Audy, who passed away on June 28, 1976.

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  • Charles Anthony "Chuck" Carnival, 79

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  • Francis M. Lurvey, 76

    Bar Harbor, ME — Francis M. Lurvey passed away Sunday, June 22, in Bar Harbor, Maine, after battling cancer. By his side were his sons, Edwin Lurvey and Steven Lurvey and his niece and husband, Debra and Richard Carey, as well as cousin, Marion McDonald. He was the son of Edwin R Lurvey (Bar Harbor) and Delia Amazeen (Dexter). He is survived by five children, a stepson, and their families. His sons, Edwin and wife April, Steven and wife, Pam, David and his daughter, Meghan, as well as his daughters, Lorraine and Ellen and her husband, Paul DiScipio with daughters, Katherine and Julia, and his stepson, Brian Faulkner and wife, Jody with children, Trevor, Rachel, and Keith. He is also survived by his sister, Sheryl, and many nieces and nephews including Frank Lurvey and Elaine Langer. Francis was predeceased by his twin brother, Frank, as well as his brothers, Edwin and Erwin. He was also predeceased by his longtime companion, Brian and Edwin’s mother, Maureen Faulkner and former wife, Roberta Lurvey Gilmore.

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  • Norman R. Cote

    Atkinson, NH — Norman R. Cote, of Atkinson, was called to his heavenly home on June 16, 2014, following a period of declining health.

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  • Frederick M. Hopper, 64

    Epping, NH — Frederick Michael Hopper, of Epping, N.H., passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, June 15, 2014. Predeceased by his wife, Alice Hopper, he is survived by his longtime girlfriend, Joann Peatfield; daughters, Shay Belair and Jayne Pond; sons-in-law, Adam Belair and James Pond; mother, Arlene Hopper; father and stepmother, Frederick S. and Barbara Hopper; siblings, Susan Hardy, Stephan Hopper, Scott Hopper, and Sherri Chagnon; grandsons, Benjamin Belair, Jonathan Belair and Jackson Pond; and numerous nieces and nephews.

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