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Peter King Valade, 77


Peter King Valade, 77, of Exeter, NH passed away surrounded by loved ones on Tuesday, August 13th, 2019 in Burlington, MA.

Peter Valade was born to Albert and Eunice Valade on July 13th,1942 in Winchendon where he lived and was a football star at Murdock High School. Peter then attended the United States Coast Guard Academy in New London, CT. He graduated from The United States Coast Guard Academy in 1964 and received his Masters degree in civil engineering from the University of Illinois in 1969. Peter was married to Barbara Williams Valade for 48 years until her passing in June of 2013. He then met and spent his remaining years enjoying life and traveling with his new wife Michelle Cormier.

Peter was a veteran of the Vietnam War and retired highly decorated from the U.S. Coast Guard as Captain and Commanding Officer of Support Station Boston after 26 years of service. During his service he served on the USCGC Castle Rock out of Boston, the USCGC Cape Carter out of Crescent City, CA and the USCGC Point Arden out of Danang while stationed in Vietnam. Other assignments included the U.S. Embassy in London and USCG headquarters in Washington DC, where he once served as an escort for the Reagan administration inauguration. Peter then worked for 10 years at the State Hospital in Concord, NH as the facilities engineer. He recently enjoyed traveling and spending time with his wife Michelle as well as spending time with family and church.

Peter is predeceased by his father Albert Valade, mother Eunice Valade, brother Albert Valade and wife Barbara Valade.  

Peter is survived by wife Michelle Cormier, sons Mark, Chris and his wife Sarah, Eric, brother Jerry, sister-in-law Ellen Valade, two grandchildren, Madison and Dylan, brother in-law Dr. Thomas and wife Veronica Williams, Timothy Williams and partner Sharon Lauletta, Richard Williams and partner Paul Casavant, sister-in-law Joanne Williams and many nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Society of St. Vincent de Paul Food Panty in Peters name.

Visiting hours will be 4 PM – 6 PM Tuesday, August 20th, 2019 at Stockbridge Funeral Home in Exeter, NH.

Mass of Christian burial will be held at St. Michaels Church of Exeter, NH 11:00 AM Thursday, August 22, 2019. Burial will be on Friday, August 23, 2019 at the Massachusetts Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Winchendon. Arrangements are provided by Stockbridge Funeral Home.

Bonnie C. (Cass) Johnson, 77


TEMPLETON — Bonnie C. (Cass) Johnson, age 77, formerly of 99 Bridge Street, died peacefully Wednesday afternoon, August 21, 2019 in Wachusett Manor Nursing Home, Gardner, with her family at her side.

She was born in Gardner on March 16, 1942, daughter of the late Elwood C. and Esther E. (Connors) Cass. A resident of Winchendon for 38 years, Bonnie had been a resident of Baldwinville for several years.

Bonnie had worked in data processing at Heywood Hospital, then worked as a bookkeeper for Sam and Bernie Feldman of Winchendon, and last worked as a bookkeeper at the former Open Arms Nursing Home, Winchendon for several years until her retirement in 2006. She was a member of Winchendon Rod and Gun Club, Eugene M. Connor Post 193 Ladies Auxiliary and United Parish. Bonnie was past president and the first female president of the Winchendon Lions Club, and was a past secretary of the club. In addition to spending time with her family, she enjoyed reading and crossword puzzles.

Her husband of 50 years, Robert F. “Bob” Johnson, died in 2010. She leaves three daughters, Robin J. Steinbring of Winchendon, Susan A. Dionne of Winchendon and Heather A. Gagnon of Winchendon; a brother, David Cass of Westminster; five grandchildren, Timothy Dionne, Kyle Dionne, Amy Rice Horrigan, Alexa Steinbring and Jayden Gagnon; a great granddaughter Aliyah Horrigan and many nieces and nephews. A son, Robert F. “Jay” Johnson, Jr. predeceased her in 2005 as well as a brother Ronald Cass and a sister, Beckie Sears.

Funeral services will be private and at the convenience of the family. There are no calling hours.

Memorial donations may be made to charity of one’s choice.

Stone-Ladeau Funeral Home (stone-ladeau.com), 343 Central Street, Winchendon is directing arrangements.