New hampshire bridge association

Mary Anne D’Alton, 91

8/2/29 - 9/1/20 

Mary Anne Dalton of Atlantis, FL passed away of natural causes on Tuesday, September 1, 2020. She was 91-years-old. Born May 2, 1929 in Archibald, LA, Mary Anne spent most of her childhood in Louisiana before moving to Kansas as a teenager with her mother and sister. She attended college at the Hockaday School for Girls in Dallas, TX, and completed her degree in Education at the University of Missouri.

  Mary Anne was an avid golfer, alpine and cross country skier, as well as a talented water skier. She and Austin were also known for their elegance in ballroom dancing. Mary Anne was a member of the Grantham Bridge Club and was incredibly proud to have achieved the status of a Life Master Bridge Player. She competed in tournaments weekly.




Earle L. Tryder, 93

5/1/27 - 7/27/20   

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.  



Mary Ann Hayward, 84

3/9/36 - 7/14/20 

Mary Ann Hayward died on July 14, at her family’s lakehouse in Elkins, NH. She was a Hanover native, born on March 9, 1936. She graduated from Hanover High School, Wellesley College, and returned to the Upper Valley in 1958 to teach English at both Orford High School and Hanover High.

She and her husband, Edward (Ted) Harris, returned to Hanover in 1970 after spending eight years in the Boston area while he completed his medical training.

Mary Ann was always on the move. She never tried a sport she didn’t like. At six years old, she learned to ski on the J-Bar at Oak Hill and played tennis at the Dartmouth Varsity Courts Club and a member of the Grantham Bridge Club




James Morrison McInnes, 80

1/1/40 - 8/8/20

James Morrison McInnes, a long- time resident of Eastman in Grantham, NH, known as Morris, passed away on August 8, 2020 after a brief illness with cancer.    He will be remembered for his intellect, humor, friendship, and most of all for his love of family and community.

Born in Ayrshire Scotland on January 1, 1940, he attended Strathallen Boarding School and Saint Andrews University before immigrating to the United States to attend Harvard Business School, where he earned his MBA and DBA before embarking on a storied career. 

While attending Harvard, Morris met his future wife of 55 years, Margaret (Peg) McMahon.    

Morris began his professional career at Cameron Ironworks in Houston Texas. In 1969 he and his family moved to Manchester England where he joined the business school faculty at Manchester University.    In 1974, Morris and his family moved to Kuwait where he spent the next two years as the CFO for Yusuf A. Alghanim & Sons, a regional durable goods importer.  In 1976, Morris was drawn back to academia and moved to Massachusetts to join the faculty of the Sloan School of Management at MIT.  At Sloan, Morris not only taught within the Accounting Department, he also taught in the Sloan Fellows MBA program for high potential, mid-career leaders as well as in the Greater Boston Executive Program, an MIT program for local executives.  In 1987, he joined the faculty of the Sawyer Business School at Suffolk University in Boston, MA while at the same time continuing his teaching on the Sloan Fellows program and the Greater Boston Executive Program at MIT.  From 2006 to 2012, Morris was Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at Sawyer and formally retired in 2013. 

Morris was a member of the Grantham Bridge Club


Maurice (Mo) Gaudette

3/29/1934 - 6/29/2020

 Maurice A. “Moe” Gaudette, 86, a lifelong Nashua resident, passed away peacefully Tuesday morning, June 9, 2020 at Fairview Nursing Home in Hudson, surrounded by his family.      

   Born in Nashua on March 29, 1934, he was a son of the late Emile A. and Eva L. (Hudon) Gaudette. Moe attended St. Louis de Gonzague Parochial School and graduated from Mount Saint Charles High School, Woonsocket, RI, Class of 1951. An Army veteran, he served a tour of duty after the Korean War.

   Following his honorable discharge, Moe returned to Nashua and worked with his family at the former Buffet Restaurant on West Pearl Street, Nashua for a few years. Moe then began his 31-year career with the United Parcel Service as a driver and later as a tractor-trailer driver.

    Moe enjoyed exercising, playing Bridge at the bridge club in Nashua, touring sports stadiums across the country, and watching his favorite sports teams. 



Ellen Platt, 84

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, 88

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.



Cordelia Reid McCuaig, 85

September 29, 1934 - February 12, 2020

Cordy was born on September 29th, 1934 in Long Island, New York to Cornelius and Muriel Reid. She was an amazing talent and owned and operated several successful businesses, including Hamilton Gardens and The Hummingbird Boutique. Cordy was an avid artisan beader, a member of the Grantham Bridge Club and Life Master tournament bridge player, competitive golfer with multiple holes in one, a prolific gamer and puzzler (both of which she passed along to her children), a knitter, needlepointer, a devoted, joyful and talented gardener and farmer who kept bees and egg laying chickens.



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.


Rigmor Henriksen Shawcross, 96

January 24, 1923 - August 13, 2019

Woodstock, GA - Rigmor Henriksen Shawcross, 96, died peacefully on Tuesday, August 13, in Woodstock, GA. She was born on 24 January 1923 in Kirke Hyllinge, Denmark, to Johannes Henriksen and Karen Bentsen Henriksen and moved to Elizabeth, NJ, at the age of 18 months.

Educated in the public schools of Elizabeth, Rigmor graduated from Battin High School in 1940 and in 1944 earned a B.S. in Elementary Education from Newark State Teachers College (now Kean University), where she met her beloved husband Ernest Charles Shawcross. They married in 1945; raised a family of four children in Westfield, NJ; retired to Shelter Island, NY, in 1986; relocated to Wilder, VT, in 1994; and celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary in 2010.

Rigmor enjoyed duplicate bridge and achieved the rank of Silver Life Master with her partner of 17 years, Louise Thorndike. Her greatest happiness was the love and devotion of her husband, who died in 2010 at the age of 90. Her greatest pride was having 16 grandchildren and 29--soon to be 30--great-grandchildren.

Rigmor was preceded in death by her sister Elizabeth Walters; her eldest child, Jeffrey; and her husband. She is survived by her son, Steven, of Canton, GA; two daughters, Susan Crane, of Hanover, NH, and Nancy, of Los Angeles, CA; her niece, Lynn Johnson, of San Diego, CA; and her nephew, Jon Walters, of Valley Center, CA.

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.


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