New hampshire bridge association


Earle L. Tryder, 93   

Earle passed away at his home in Manchester, NH on July 27th.  Earle was born on May 1, 1927, in Somerville, MA, the son of Earle L. Tryder, Sr. and Minnie B. Tryder.  He attended Medford, MA schools and Tufts University where he excelled in athletics as a member of the varsity football, baseball, and basketball teams.  An avid sports enthusiast he loved golf and was a dedicated fan of the Boston Red Sox and New England Patriots.  During WWII he joined the US Navy in early 1944 and served aboard the USS Mathews AKA 96 in the South Pacific until his honorable discharge in 1946.  He graduated from Tufts University in 1950 with a degree in Business Administration, and later that year married the love of his life, Ella Gauvin.  Ella predeceased him in September 2015, one month shy of their 65th wedding anniversary.

Earle began his professional career with the Employers Group of Insurance Companies in MA and CT, and in 1968 he joined the NH Insurance Company working until his retirement as Senior Vice President of Field Operations in 1986.  He was President of Amoskeag Industries, President of Manchester Associates, Inc., elected a Director of Amoskeag Bank, and from 1986-1991 he managed the Amoskeag Bank Trust Division and was Chairman of Development of the Seniors Count program for Easter Seals.  He was an active member of the Manchester Country Club for over 50 years, serving as Chairman of the Golf Committee, member of the Board of Directors, and President.  In later years he joined the New England Senior Golfers Association and also served as President.  Earle also thoroughly enjoyed playing bridge with friends and fellow enthusiasts. He was an active player at the Bow and Nashua bridge clubs. His fellow bridge players said he was a great competitor but was always a gentleman at the table.  He was a strong supporter of veteran’s interests and a lifetime member of the Richard Harvel VFW Post 8401 in Bedford, NH.  A member of the Bedford Presbyterian Church since 1963, Earle served as Elder, President of the Unity Club, and sang in the choir for over 50 years.



Ellen Platt 6/15/1935 – 5/11/2020

Ellen Spector Platt passed away on Sunday, May 11, 2020 in Exeter, NH. Ellen was a longtime bridge player in the seacoast area, having played at Great Bay Bridge Club in Newington and at Riverwoods in Exeter. After graduating from Bryn Mawr, she pursued her major of psychology and secured her masters degree in Clinical Psychology at Beaver College near Philadelphia. While living in New York City, Ellen mastered the art of growing flowers on rooftop gardens. She lectured on the subject at major flower shows, and was a renowned writer authoring 13 books on the subject. She will be missed.


Anthony "Tony" Tabell 8/5/1931 - 4/27/2020

Tony Tabell, 88, of Exeter, NH died peacefully on Monday, April 27, 2020. Born in Brooklyn, NY, he grew up in Riverside, CT and graduated from Colgate University in 1952. After serving in the army, he joined his father at Walston and Company. Tony was one of the earliest practitioners of technical market analysis, having learned the value of point and figure charts from his father Edmund, and subsequently shifting to computer models as early as the late 50s and early 60s. Tony also authored the Tabell Market Letter, a weekly publication he took over from his father, after his death, in 1965. The letter, a Wall Street institution since 1944, boasted a circulation of over 100,000. 
Tony was a long time bridge player in the seacoast area and served several years as the club manager for Great Bay Bridge Club. Tony was also an enthusiastic traveler and adventurer. He and his wife, Ellen (Molwitz) Tabell, visited all seven continents, and especially enjoyed travels to Antarctica and eastern Africa. An avid skier and mountain climber, he skied throughout Europe and the western states, but was happiest in New England where he spent many hours on the slopes of Killington and Okemo with his daughters and grandchildren. He will be missed.


Ivan Witham 8/9/1931 – 10/1/2019
Ivan Witham, 88, of York, ME passed away peacefully at his home on Oct 1, 2019. Ivan was a longtime bridge player in the NH seacoast area, and one of the original members of the Great Bay Bridge Club in Newington. He was playfully known as Mr. 3 No Trump for his frequent jumps to that contract. He was also known to jump to other game contracts or even slam contracts without the usual preliminaries of describing his hand. Most times he made the bid.
Ivan served 4 years in the US Navy onboard several submarines and was a proud veteran. He asked that his body be donated to Harvard University for science purposes, and he was a member of the United Methodist Church in York, ME. He will be missed.

William H. Ashford 9/5/1943 - 8/21/2019
William Harry Ashford, 75, of Newton Junction, was born in Portsmouth September 5, 1943, son of the late Bertram and Mabel (Carter) Ashford. Raised in Portsmouth, he graduated from Portsmouth High, Class of 1961. He enlisted in the United States Army and served his country honorably in Korea and attended South Dakota State University during his enlistment. He graduated from NH Technical College with a mechanical drawing degree.
Bill was employed at Adams-Russell Corporation as a design engineer for a number of years, including work in California with Lockheed Corporation and Boeing on the U.S. Air Force/Northrop B-2. Bill later worked at the U.S. Post Office in Concord, Hampton and Plaistow, retiring in 2008.
Bill was an avid Bridge player, achieving a “Life Master” in Bridge in his 20’s and most recently was active with Great Bay Bridge Club. He enjoyed playing golf, where he was a member at Portsmouth Country Club. He also enjoyed building furniture and spending time at the family camp at Great East Lake.

Margaret ("Peg") Gross 4/18/1923 - 5/29/2019
Margaret "Peg" Gross, a resident of Concord NH for 56 years, died May 29, 2019. Peg was born April 18, 1923 in Philadelphia, Pa. Peg attended Gettysburg College and met her future husband Blake there. They were married in 1948. Peg loved life, always had a positive outlook and enjoyed a wonderful sense of humor. She was an avid and accomplished bridge player and taught bridge for many years. She loved tennis, golf and aerobics-which she attended into her early nineties. She was an active member of the Unitarian Church in Concord Peg's family, children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren were her greatest source of strength and joy. Peg was predeceased by her husband Blake, and her sister Joyce Morgenthaler. As Jim Felch writes Peg had been a regular at the Bow club for as long as I can remember....probably since the days Aileen Houle brought the game to Bow. Well into her 90's, Peg was still playing at the club up through last fall. Her kindness and pleasant demeanor will be greatly missed!

Stuart Goff 8/27/37 - 5/5/2019
Stuart was born on August 27, 1937 and passed away on Sunday, May 5, 2019. Stuart was a resident of Keene, New Hampshire at the time of passing. He was educated in California where he graduated from North Hollywood High School class of 1954. Stuart was 5th on the NHBA top 150 with 5191 masterpoints as of May 2019.

Walter Fenton 4/15/2019
Walter Fenton of Laconia, NH passed away April 15th. Walter will be sorely missed by the New Hampshire Bridge community. He was a long time partner of Bernice Kramer. Walter was an excellent bridge player with a droll sense of humor and an avid reader.

Richard Bator 6/23/43 - 4/11/2019
HUDSON, NH – Richard A. Bator, age 75, a longtime resident of Hudson, NH, passed away peacefully on Thursday, April 11th, 2019 at the Community Hospice House in Merrimack. He was the beloved husband of Patricia A. (McAweeney) Bator with whom he shared 30 years of marriage. Born in Springfield, MA on June 23, 1943, he was the son of the late Alphonse J. and Anna (Boska) Bator.
Richard had a brilliant mind. He was a Mathematics graduate of Massachusetts Institute for Technology (MIT) and earned a Master’s degree from Northeastern University. Prior to his retirement, he worked as a computer engineer for Digital and Compaq as well as an independent consultant for various firms. Early on, Dick enjoyed playing the saxophone. He was a master bridge player and traveled extensively to many tournaments over the years. He was a kind and loving man who was happiest entertaining family and close friends. He especially enjoyed watching the Red Sox, Patriots and Celtics play on television. He was also an avid fan of “Jeopardy” and enjoyed playing along with the contestants. Most recently his greatest joy was spending time with his great-grandson, who certainly kept him on his toes!
In addition to his wife Patricia, survivors include his two sons, Christopher Bator of CA and Jeff Bator of NV; two stepsons, Alan Sousa of Idaho and Scott Sousa and his wife Lauraine of Hudson, NH; eight grandchildren, Kelsey Sousa of Hudson, Julian and Eliza Sousa of Idaho, Nathan Davan and Kristen Kather of Hudson, Ashley Davan of Gilmington, David and Christopher Munson of Hudson, and one great-grandson, Joshua Jambard of Hudson. He is also survived by two brothers and a sister-in-law, John Bator of MA and Edward and Ann Bator of FL.

George Angelopoulos 10/31/1925 - 7/7/2018
George J. Angelopoulos, 92, of Manchester, died at his residence July 7, 2018. George was born in Dover, NH October 31, 1925. He opened and operated a clothing store on Maple Street with his wife Vivian before they purchased the store that would become his namesake, George's Apparel, in 1988 on Elm Street in downtown Manchester.

James F. Drake 1946 - 6/29/2018
Jim Drake, a Gold Life Master and bridge teacher who lived in Chapel Hill NC, died June 29. He was 72.

Joanna Pagano, Drake's life partner for 24 years, said, "Jim was a patient teacher. He taught bridge in his native New Hampshire, then in Rhode Island and in Chapel Hill. He taught a great many students, and his entertaining classes were loved by all."
A native of Manchester NH, Drake graduated from Webster Elementary School and Manchester Central High School. He attended the University of New Hampshire, and graduated from New Hampshire College, which is now Southern New Hampshire University.
In high school he was a member of DeMolay and played guard on a state championship DeMolay team. After college graduation he was a sporting good salesman in nothern New England.

Jim was a coin collector, avid trout fisherman and a sports enthusiast who closely followed the Boston Red Sox and New England Patriots. He was overjoyed when the Red Sox won the World Series in 2004, ending an 86-year drought.
Pagano said, "Jim's infectious personality made him the life of the party, and he will be truly missed.

Wade Greer 7/20/1930 - 6/13/2018
F. Wade Greer, Jr., 87, from Nokomis, Florida and Exeter, NH, passed away Wed., June 13, 2018. In 1965 Wade went to work for Wire Belt Company of America and took over as President in 1973, retiring in 1998. Wade was a Ruby Lifemaster and a certified Director. He will be missed. Obituary

Doug Grant ? - 3/20/2018
Doug Grant, 79, of Plymouth died March 20, 2018. A lifetime passion of his was playing bridge and he achieved the goal of Life Master. 


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