Dan Button, 89
Dan Button, 89, adored his wife, his family, and his bridge partners. He passed away March 15, 2023. Dan married Mary Anne Bailey and they had three children together. Dan started work at Jet Propulsion Laboratories in Pasadena, CA before returning to Alfred University to pursue his PhD in ceramic engineering. His career then took him through Westinghouse and Norton Abrasives, which sent him across six continents to apply his invention to manufacturing.
In 1987, Dan married Mary Kay, his partner and best friend for life. They moved to New Hampshire and, together, they biked, hiked, canoed, snow-shoed, worked out at the gym, played doubles bridge, and widely traveled the world.
Dan enjoyed deer hunting with a bow and arrow, camping and tinkering with cars. Over the course of his life he owned scores. He favored European model cars especially Volvos. Dan’s life motto may have been “Don’t live to work, work to live.” He played bridge as a Master in four leagues, taught judo, was a proud member of Mensa.
Jerry Ruffner, 83
Gerald A. “Jerry” Ruffner, 83, passed away March 10, 2023 at home in Fremont, New Hampshire after a year-long confrontation with cancer. Jerry graduated from Penn State University in 1961 with a degree in Civil Engineering, and received a Master’s Degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh in 1966. Upon graduation from Penn State, he joined the U.S. Air Force and served our country around the world, including duty stations in Viet Nam and Thule, Greenland. He received many meritorious awards and medals and rose to the rank of Lt. Colonel before leaving the Air Force in 1982. Jerry then took a position with the University System of New Hampshire, and became an overseer of new construction and renovation of existing buildings. Among his many projects was overseeing construction of the Whittemore Center, and major modifications to Dimond Library.
Jerry retired from UNH in 1999 and with Susan Tester, his beloved wife and companion of 20 years, traveled extensively throughout North America and Europe, and also spent long weekends enjoying music at Tanglewood. He enjoyed skiing, racket ball, tennis, golf, and kayaking, and followed Penn State football, UNH hockey, and the Celtics and Red Sox. Jerry excelled at duplicate bridge, and achieved the rank of Life Master. He was a long time member of the Great Bay Bridge Club in Portsmouth.
Donald Mitchell, 90
Donald James Mitchell died peacefully in his home in New London, NH on February 12, 2023 at the age of 90. Donald was born on June 27, 1932 in New London, NH to William F. “Bill” Mitchell and Delima C. “Dellie” (Blanchette) Mitchell. He enlisted in the Navy in 1951 and spent time serving as a radio operator on the USS Coral Sea before losing a leg to cancer and being medically discharged. Donald received a Bachelor’s Degree from New England College in Henniker, NH and a Master’s Degree from Bentley University in Waltham, MA. He was a Certified Public Accountant based in the New London area for decades, serving families and businesses throughout New Hampshire and northern New England.
Donald loved golf, boating and fishing, and playing duplicate bridge and cribbage. He was a longtime member of the Eastman Bridge Club in Grantham and Hanover. He particularly enjoyed the ocean, spending many weeks in Newagen, ME, Chappaquiddick Island, MA, and Hilton Head, SC. He also learned to ski in his 40s, joining the NEHSA group at Mt. Sunapee Ski Area. He will be remembered for his kind and levelheaded approach to all matters and his genuine respect and enjoyment of the people around him.
Lucy Crichton, 77
Lucy passed away on Thursday, July 7, with her daughter Sarah by her side. She was 77. Lucy’s life was dedicated to making this world a better place through her social work, political activism, and her civic and spiritual engagement. She came to New Hampshire in the early 1970s. Her career was diverse as a social worker and counselor. She demonstrated her leadership skills as director of the NH Feminist Health Center, lobbyist for the NH Women’s Lobby, director of the Warner Women’s Oral History Project, executive director of the NH Family Planning Council and the NH Bar Foundation.
Lucy was a founding member of Carolyn Parrott’s Songweavers, making music that was accessible, political and powerful. She co-authored The Healing Handbook with Barbara Filleul after their diagnoses with breast cancer and pursued a spiritual path integrating art, prayer and healing. As she continued her spiritual journey, she founded Freedom to Heal, wrote extensively on health issues, and earned a Doctor of Ministry in 2006 from Wisdom University/ University of Creation Spirituality. She was a devoted grandmother and loved spending time with her grandchildren. She loved golf, yoga, swimming and bridge. Lucy was a long time member of the Derry Bridge Club.
Margaret V. Moore, 85
4/11/36 – 2/9/22
Margaret was born Margaret Vera Darnell in the United Kingdom. She married Charles H. Moore, a U.S. serviceman and moved to the United States. She then had two sons before deciding to go to college. She graduated with a B.A. from Castleton College in Vermont. After getting her degree she taught English for 25 years from 1970-1995 at Goffstown High School. After retiring from teaching, Margaret took up climbing all the 4,000 foot peaks in New England, teaching English to refugees, reading to patients in hospice, and playing competitive bridge. Margaret was a frequent player at several of the New Hampshire bridge clubs. Her quick wit, cheeky sense of humor, and English accent will be missed by all who knew her.
Jim Eldredge, 91
8/19/30 – 12/5/21
Jim Eldredge of Raymond passed away peacefully at Exeter Hospital on Sunday December 5 after a brief illness. After graduating from high school, Jim enlisted in the Air Force and rose to the rank of Captain in the Strategic Air Command where he served as an instructor in Aircraft Performance Engineering (APE) for field grade officers. Jim moved to the White Mountains area in the 1970s and enjoyed doing lots of skiing, hiking, and tennis. Jim also loved the ocean and retired to Raymond in 2003. He and his wife Carolyn enjoyed playing Bridge regularly with their neighbors and Jim was a longtime member of the Great Bay Bridge Club in Newington and Portsmouth.
Robert (“Bud”) Leese, 68
2/19/53 – 11/21/21
Robert was born in Baltimore, Maryland. He was valedictorian of his high school class where he was active in sports – football, basketball, and track. He went on to college at Dartmouth where he majored in Chemistry graduating magna cum laude. He was married for 43 years to Claudia Zent. Bud served in the Air Force after college then settled in Amherst, New Hampshire as a family practice doctor. In retirement Bud took up playing Contract Bridge. He was among the top 40 masterpoint holders in the state of New Hampshire with over 1500 masterpoints and will be missed by the bridge community. Robert leaves one son, one daughter, one grandson, two sisters, and two sisters-in-laws.
Robert Bertoni, 65
3/7/56 – 6/29/21
Bob was a diamond life master, past president of District 25 and the current District 25 Rep at ACBL meetings. He leaves his wife Elizabeth, a son Dan, and daughter Dylan. He was a graduate of Barnstable high school and Boston College. Bob ran the Amesbury bridge club and played with many partners in NHBA games. He was president of Megahertz Computer. Bob was responsible for setting up our NHBA website at a minimal cost and then educating members of the NHBA to use the website so we could make edits at no cost.
Dot Schulte, 76
2/7/45 – 6/11/21
Dot resided in Hudson, New Hampshire. She was one of the most active members of the Derry Bridge Club and a frequent player at the Nashua club. She was active on BBO until her death.
Louise Poole, 88
6/8/33 – 5/22/21
Louise resided in Concord and played bridge in Bow. She will be remembered by all who knew her as a witty, gracious lady. Louise also taught bridge to others and conducted a social bridge game for people in the Concord area.
Hanan Lushkov, 69
4/30/52 – 5/22/21
Hanan was one of the top masterpoint holders in New Hampshire. Hanan was wheelchair bound at a young age from a bullet wound received while serving in the Israeli army in the 6-day war. He spent significant time in Texas, and passed away in New Hampshire where he also resided.
Dave Gordon, 75
7/22/45 – 4/27/21
Dave was the husband of Christian Gordon. He was retired from the United States Postal Service. Dave was an active member of the Derry Bridge Club.
Pat Benton, 85
12/21/35 – 5/9/21
Pat Benton passed away at home on Sunday, May 9 surrounded by her family after a valiant battle with pancreatic cancer. Born in Pittsfield, NH, she was daughter of the late Paul and Martha (Danis) Moore. She spent her last 36 years with Brad. Though they never married, there was plenty of love between them. Pat was family oriented and dearly loved her grandchildren. She was a great cook and traveled to Europe, South America and the Caribbean. Pat enjoyed playing golf and especially bridge. She was just fun to be around. She was a longtime member of the Great Bay Bridge Club in Portsmouth and Newington. She will be missed.
Ron Burt, 78
11/29/42 – 1/22/21
Ron was born in Lynn Mass in 1942 growing up in Maynard Mass. He graduated from University of Massachusetts with a BA in Mathematics in 1964 and then enlisted in the US Army where he earned a expert rifle medal. After discharge, he attended Boston University and graduated with a MA in Mathematics. He taught high school for a couple of years. Then was hired as a computer specialist specializing in computer security, working for the US Air Force at the Pentagon and retiring after 30 years. He played bridge since childhood switching to competitive duplicate bridge when at theUniversity of Massachusetts. In later years Ron lived in Trinity, Florida in the winter and Hooksett, New Hampshire in the summer. He continued to play bridge at ACBL clubs wherever he lived and was a regular at the Bow New Hampshire game. He traveled to numerous tournaments doing well with a variety of partners and was a Gold Life Master.
Susan Werner Barron/White, 76
11/27/44 – 10/20/20
Susan was born in Silver Springs Maryland and was a graduate of the University of Florida where she earned a B.S. in journalism. After graduation she moved to New York City and became a flight attendant for Pan Am. She married Berkeley Bennett in 1977 relocating to New Haven, Vermont. In New Haven she began working in real estate. In 2000 she was a representative to the Democratic National Convention. Widowed in 2003 she married Brooks Barron and and lived in Rochester, New Hampshire, and later White River Junction Vermont. Susan loved to travel. Her friendly demeanor will be missed at the bridge table.
Paula Duncan, 73
3/21/46 – 9/30/20
Paula Duncan was born in Big Spring, Texas.She met her husband, Noel Duncan, while teaching in SanAntonio. Many years and several moves later, they landed in Hancock, NH where their home became a destination for their 3 children and 6 grandchildren. She was introduced to “party” bridge early in her marriage, but became a duplicate enthusiast while living in TN. She went to lots of tournaments and played in local games 4-5 times a week. After becoming a life master, she became more interested in playing with a partner she “enjoyed”. She was always looking for a bridge club wherever she lived, and the Keene DBC became her club in NH. While living here, she became instrumental in instituting a 199er game that allowed the club to bring in a new and younger group of bridge players. The club is deeply indebted to her expertise and skill. We enjoyed watching her explain some of the more subtle nuances of the game to her partner, always in a kindly way. She was always quick with a compliment when deserved! Cancer claimed her life much too early. We all miss her, especially her husband and her special bridge partner, Prue Robertson.
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 was a life long advocate for women’s rights. Mary Ann never tried a sport she didn’t like. At six years old she learned to ski on the J-Bar at Oak Hill. She played tennis at the Dartmouth Varsity Courts Club and was 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, 86
3/29/34 – 6/29/20
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
6/15/35 – 5/11/20
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
8/5/31 – 4/27/20
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
9/29/34 – 2/12/20
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.