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Dudley Stuart Dean II

September 14, 1933 ~ July 3, 2018 (age 84)

Dudley S. Dean II, 84, of Northfield, died peacefully at CRVNA Hospice House in Concord on July 3rd, 2018 with his family at his side.

He was born in Detroit, MI on Sept. 14th 1933 the son of Joshua Raynolds Dean and Marion (Wolfe) Dean where he lived in Grosse Ile MI. before moving to Northfield N.H. at the age of twelve.

 Raised in both New Hampshire and Massachusetts, he graduated from Tilton-Northfield High School in 1953. As a young boy his greatest memories were fondly remembered traveling by train and spending much time and endless memorable hours in the orchards with his late grandfather Dudley S. Dean of Cohasset, MA.

Dudley resided in Webster, N.H. for many years raising his family then later in 2005 building his home and living out the remainder of his life in Northfield.

 Before serving in the US Air Force as Airman 1st Class from 1953 through 1957 he tried out for the Boston Red Sox, where his love of baseball continued throughout his years and thereafter playing locally.

He had a great passion for the outdoors and turned that love into a career for over 40 years working for, then retiring from the State of New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services doing what he believed in doing his best by keeping New Hampshire water ways pristine and in their natural state making him well-known in his field and respected by many.

Dudley, Dear Dad, was an independent man and found a great love in teaching and sharing his passions of vast knowledge with those around him. Amongst boating, deep sea fishing, field training his beloved Labrador Retrievers and all that encompasses the great outdoors and wildlife, his greatest passions were trains & baseball which he was able to later share with his great grandson, Mason. 

He was a member of American Legion Whiteman-Davidson Post 49 and was a communicant of St. Mary of The Assumption Church in Tilton. 

Family members include the love of his life, Shirley R (Hibbard) Dean, his two children: Heidi A (Dean) Stoddard and her husband Perley H Stoddard Jr. of South Danbury, and his son Dudley (Dooley) S Dean III of Northfield NH, his granddaughter Taryn N (Stoddard) Johnson, her husband Joshua R. Johnson and his two great grandsons that he adored: Mason Quinn and Jacob Hollis Johnson all of New London NH Stepchildren, Sharron A. Silver of Alton, Carol A. Silver of Newport, and William (Bill) Silver and his wife, Linda (Cate) Silver of Colebrook, Several step grandchildren and great grandchildren. Two sisters, Barbara (Dean) McDowell of Northfield NH and Bebe (Dean) Lahey and her husband Michael of Laconia NH, two nephews, James (Jamie) McDowell of Northfield NH, Joshua Lahey of Laconia and niece Kate (Lahey) Conely of Laconia NH. Also included, his dear cousin Diana (Hunt) Thomas of Bedford MA.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, July 10th 2018 at 11:00 am in Paquette-Neun Funeral Home, 104 Park St., Northfield. There will be a celebration of Dudley’s life following thereafter at his home in Northfield. A private burial will be in Corser Hill Cemetery Webster, NH for family the following day. 

In lieu of flowers donations may be made in memory of Dudley S Dean II to the NH Timber Owners Association (NHTOA) 54-118 Portsmouth St. Concord, NH 03301 And or the Northfield Historical Society, 21 Summer St. Northfield, NH 03276

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Donations may be made to:

NH Timber Owners Assn.
54-118 Portsmouth St., Concord NH 03301

Northfield Historical Society
21 Summer St., Northfield NH 03276

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