Notable NH Deaths: A five-year mayor who gave us a modern airport and a world-class arena

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Raymond J Wieczorek93, the 52ndnd Mayor of Manchester, died 22 November 2022. A US Army veteran of the Korean conflict, he founded the Wieczorek insurance agency in Manchester in 1964. It was his public life that he was best known for, serving five terms as Mayor of Queen City from 1990 to 2000, and during that time he has built an impressive list of achievements, including the redevelopment of the Amoskeag Millyard, the development of the Manchester-Boston Regional Airport and the creation of the downtown civic center formerly known as the Verizon Wireless Arena and now the SNHU Arena. He then served as Executive Councilor, representing the 4thth District, for six terms, from 2002 to 2012, and Governor Chris Sununu, issued a statement saying: “As Mayor of Manchester and as an Executive Councilor, Ray took the time to listen and to engage personally with his constituents . He leaves a legacy that will inspire many for decades to come. But most of all, Ray was my friend.” Prior to Wieczorek’s election to office, he volunteered for many Manchester area charities, including serving as Director and President of the Manchester Scholarship Foundation between 1973 and 1976; Commissioner of the Manchester Housing and Redevelopment Authority in 1984 and Chairman from 1986 to 1989. Because of his efforts to rebuild the airport, the approach road to Manchester-Boston Regional Airport was named Raymond Wieczorek Drive. (Lambert Funeral Home)

Onorato “Ono” Brandi Jr., 52, of Bethlehem, died November 19, 2022. A Connecticut native, he was a founding member and bassist for the rock band The Village, which played in the Connecticut area in the 1990s. Bandmate Chris Beardsley wrote on his website that The Village had developed a strong following in New Haven, Bristol and Hartford. In the seven years they were together, they played gigs from Maine to Florida. The Village has played at venues such as Toad’s Place in New Haven, The Bitter End in New York City, and Nectar’s in Burlington, Vt., and produced two full-length CDs and a four-song EP. The first CD was entitled “Lost in the Shuffle” with their most popular song “House on Wheels”. They broke up in 1997 and Ono worked in the insurance industry and as a small business owner. (Bailey Funeral Home)

Susan Jane Bonagura, 84, of Fremont, died November 18, 2022. Born in Australia, she was an Administrative Assistant at the US Consulate General in Sydney. She came to the United States in 1962 and worked as an Assistant Information Officer at the Australian Consulate General in San Francisco, later in Washington, DC as Secretary to the Wing Commander in the Australian Embassy’s Office of the Australian Air Attaché. Her family moved to Fremont in 1975 and she was Associate Director of the Rockingham County Nutrition Program and Meals on Wheels as well as Director of the Rockingham Friendly Callers program. She managed the Vic Geary Drop-In Center and Meals on Wheels, and later served as the welfare officer for the City of Fremont. (Brewitt Funeral Home)

David A Patterson, 73, of New Ipswich and formerly of Townsend, Mass., died November 17, 2022. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from Boston State College and his Master of Science Education degree from Fitchburg State College. He had a 34-year career as a high school biology teacher in Billerica, Mass. The father-son team describes and illustrates more than 60 species of fish, from the well-known to the obscure. (Cournoyer Funeral Home and Cremation Center)

Ian JH Clarke-Pounder, 93, of Nashua, died November 18, 2022. A native of Leeds, England, the engineer worked during World War II assembling and testing diesel engines for submarines and locomotives and later as a draftsman in the drawing office. He was drafted into the war in 1945 at the age of 16 and then served two years in the Royal Air Force as a junior technician and second-in-command. He came to Quebec to work as a research engineer for Ingersoll-Rand, designing machines for the pulp, paper and mining industries. He settled in Nashua in 1973 and became a vice president at Ingersoll Rand. He held 17 patents. In Nashua, he was active in Main St. United Methodist Church of Nashua, serving as a lay member of the annual conference, Bible class leader, and various committees. A member of several professional organizations and a volunteer in the Boy Scouts, he was a past member of the Nashua Country Club, the Nashua Chamber of Commerce and a current member of the Rotary Club of Nashua and Winter Member of the Seminole Lakes, Fla., Rotary Club. (Davis Funeral Home)

Timothy William Sullivan, 59, from Derry, died 19 November 2022. He played for Amoskeag Rugby Club for over a decade and was captain for two seasons. He has spent most of his professional career—30 years—teaching troubled youth at the John H. Sununu Youth Services Center. He managed the youth rugby team and built a maple sugar program from the ground up. (Dumont-Sullivan Funeral Home)

Diane Ellen Chen, 63, of Durham, died November 18, 2022. She worked as an accountant in Boston and moved to Durham in 2014. She was a member of Durham City Council. She was an artist and a musician. (Kent & Pelczar Funeral Home & Crematorium)

Mary K Clark, 94, of Hampstead, died November 17, 2022. She served in the US Navy as a member of WAVES during the Korean conflict. She was the first appointed constable for the city of Hampstead and served for 13 years. She also served as a poll worker in Hampstead. (Peabody Funeral Home & Crematorium)

David E Iverson, 62, of Tilton, died November 17, 2022. He was well known in the Lakes region for the many businesses he ran with his wife Karen, ranging from Helbent Custom Fabricators to Busted N Hurtin Enterprise or Absolute Portable Toilets. (Smart Memorial Home)

Joanne Elizabeth (Krupski) Mitchell, 89, of Somersworth and formerly of Pittsburgh and Wolfeboro, died November 18, 2022. She graduated from Bay State Academy and worked for Pan American World Airways in Boston in the 1950s, then for General Electric in Lynn, Massachusetts. She taught CCD, supervised her children’s field trips, organized bake or book sales, and helped out in the school canteen while she was in Wolfeboro. She was the leader of the Catholic Women’s Club at St. Cecilia’s in Wolfeboro. She and her husband moved to Pittsburg in 1990 and worked on the specialty ward at Coos County Nursing Hospital for 13 years. She was a member of Aurora Grange No. 235. (RM Edgerly & Son Funeral Directors)

Richard F. Purtell, 71, of Pelham and formerly of Lowell, Mass., died November 19, 2022. He was the former owner and operator of American Resources Staffing in Bedford. He was also a founding member of TSE, The Staffing Exchange, and was a consultant for Wicked Staffing Solutions until his retirement. He was a member of the Manchester Country Club and the Veranda Club at Ft. Myers, Fla. (Pelham Funeral Home)

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