Brentwood, NH — John Ellsworth Colby, 76, formerly of Sandown, N.H., and Brownville, Maine, died on February 22, 2014, at the Rockingham County Nursing Home, after a lengthy illness. Born in Keene, N.H., Mr. Colby was the first son of the late Russell and Edythe Colby of Bradford, Mass. His brother, Dr. David R. Colby of Beaufort, N.C., predeceased him as well. Mr. Colby graduated in 1955 from Haverhill High School and attended Northeastern University and Wentworth Institute of Technology. He was a well known home designer and builder, and furniture craftsman, particularly known for his ability to create beautiful curved staircases. He was the founding production manager of both Westville Homes Corporation of Plaistow, N.H., and Xyloid Corporation of Greenville, Pa.,, pioneers in the modular home industry. He was also proprietor of the Westville Getty service station in Plaistow in the 1970s, and co-owner and occasional driver of the “1/5 Schenley Special” stock cars that raced, from 1968 to 1989, at Star in Epping, N.H., Lee, N.H., Hudson, N.H., and Westboro Mass., speedways.
Kingston, NH — Stanley L. Towle, 66, died peacefully on Monday afternoon, January 27, 2014, at Brigham & Women's Hospital in Boston after a courageous battle with Pulmonary Fibrosis, surrounded by his loved ones.
Hampstead, NH — Janet Gustafson, 54, of Hampstead, New Hampshire, passed away Wednesday, January 22, 2014, at the Parkland Medical Center in Derry after battling cancer. Janet was born in Concord, Massachusetts in 1959 and grew up in Amherst, NH. Her parents, Tom and Nancy Head also raised Janet’s older brother, Charles “Charlie.” Janet was predeceased by her father in 2009.