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May 29, 2014

The Carriage Towne passion

Tenacious. Influential. Candid. And downright fun.

Ask around about Electra “Ellie” Alessio and a picture of a dedicated businesswoman and passionate community leader emerges.

Alessio’s colleagues describe her as a skilled entrepreneur, at once professional, yet genuine and caring, with a superb sense of humor.

“She took a real chance when she went out with the paper, but look at what it has become,” said Warren Gerety, owner/senior wealth advisor at Coastal States Wealth Advisors in Hampstead, who has worked with her on the Plaistow Area Commerce Exchange.

Wally Zaremba, president of RAM Printing in East Hampstead, said Alessio has always been serious about striving to better the community, especially when it comes to raising money for children. But she knew how to enjoy doing it.

Kellie Farrar, a wellness educator from Brentwood who sat on the Exeter Area Chamber of Commerce board of directors with her, said Alessio takes volunteering to a whole new level.

“She does not just give of her time, but she gives her heart, sweat and tears,” Farrar said. “She is passionate about her beliefs and will be persistent until she is satisfied with the outcome. Electra is kind, generous and her heart is made of pure gold. And let’s be honest, the lady loves her martinis ... served with a side of humor and sarcasm.”

Kingston Board of Selectmen Chairman Mark Heitz said one of the things he has enjoyed most about Alessio is her candor. “She never hesitates to express her opinion, sometimes in a very colorful way,” he said.

“She is certainly someone we have depended on on numerous occasions,” he said, adding he hopes that now after years of being so community minded and generous in her time and donations to the town and various programs that Alessio takes some time to cater to herself.

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Obituaries
  • Alan J. Walker, 68

    Kingston, N.H. — Mr. Alan James Walker, 68, passed away peacefully at his home on July 8, 2014, after a long, brave battle with cancer.

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  • James Reese

    Raymond, NH — James Edwin Reese, 74, passed away on Wednesday, July 16, 2014, surrounded by his family and friends at his home in Raymond, N.H. He was the son of John and Ruth Reese, born on Oct. 29, 1939 in Edensburg, Pa. James graduated from Central Cambria High School in Pennsylvania before proudly serving in the U.S. Army as a food inspector. His military service was followed by 31 years with the U.S. Department of Agriculture as a meat inspector. Mr. Reese was an avid outdoorsman and spent much of his time fishing, camping and hiking in the White Mountains. He became involved in the Boy Scouts and enjoyed passing on his vast knowledge of the wilderness to others. Throughout his retirement years he enjoyed woodworking, raising rabbits and working in his garden.

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  • Velma J. Reid

    South Hampton, NH — Velma J. Reid, 80, died peacefully on July 17, 2014 at Exeter Hospital, surrounded by family. She was born in Haverhill, Mass. on June 8, 1934, the daughter of the late George C.W. and Alta I. (Kimball) Haynes. A graduate of Haverhill High School, Velma worked at Western Electric until she had children. For years, she was a devoted “stay-at-home” mom who raised her three children in a loving, nurturing environment. She later worked various manufacturing jobs until her retirement. After retiring, she volunteered her time at various organizations and was very involved at the East Kingston Community United Methodist Church as a member of the women’s guild, assisting with the holiday fair, and helping out wherever she could. She had a passion for animals, and would donate money, food, and blankets to the NH SPCA. She loved to sew and made a personalized quilt for every member of her family. She was also a member of the “Ugly Quilts” group, which made blankets and sleeping bags for the homeless using recycled fabric. She is survived by her husband, Clyde Reid of South Hampton, N.H.; daughter, Pam Eaton of Danville, N.H.; son and daughter-in-law, Douglas and Kim Reid of Raymond, N.H.; daughter, Shirley Reid of South Hampton, N.H.; two sisters, Gwen Stuart of Haverhill, and Norma Taplin of Dracut; four grandchildren, Cheryl and Marc Welch, and Kristen and Joshua Reid, and several nieces and nephews.

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  • Carleen A. Knowlton, 80

    Danville, NH — Carleen A. (Rhoadhouse) Knowlton, 80, of Danville and formerly of Hampstead, died on July 7, 2014, at her home.

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  • Miriam O. (Graham) Graham, 84

    Kingston, NH — Miriam O. (Graham) Graham, 84, a resident of Kingston since 2001, and former longtime resident of Grafton, Mass., died peacefully, surrounded by her family, on July 11, 2014, following a long illness.

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