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Larry Gordon Beswick

Charlestown, N.H. — Larry Gordon Beswick, 78, of Charlestown, died Thursday morning, Feb. 7, 2013, at Valley Regional Hospital in Claremont. He was born in Ludlow, Vt. on Dec. 9, 1934, the son of Edna (Beswick) King.

Larry had worked for Twin State Fruit in White River Junction, Vt., Tip Top Bakery and for Wonder Bread as a Route Driver for several years. He also owned and operated several businesses in the area including, the Pines Restaurant in Newport, Tumble Inn Diner, Whatever Deli, The Candy Works, located in Claremont. His first love always remained cooking whether it was for five or 500. He catered everything from weddings to race banquets.

Larry was very community oriented and throughout his life had dedicated many hours by volunteering his time, to several projects and boards. He was a City Councilman, was named Unsung Hero of the year in Claremont one year, he was one of the founding members of Main Street USA, Claremont, instrumental in the skateboard park, which was named after him.

Larry was also a member of the Elks Lodge #1619 of Bellows Falls and in 1976 was State Exaulted Ruler for Vermont.

The family includes his wife, Bonnie L. (Rozoka) Beswick of Charlestown, who he married on Dec. 9, 2008; two daughters, Carol Holden and her husband, Earll of Claremont, Donna Smith and her husband, George of Titusville, Fla.; one step-daughter, Bonnie Polley and her lifelong partner, Blackie Kline of Claremont; two step-sons, Kimo Guimond of Temecula, Calif. and Herb Guilmond of Tulsa, Okla.; five grandchildren, Jason Smith of Charlestown, Jennifer Morrison of Windsor, Vt., Mellissa Holden LeBorgne of Phoenix, Ariz., Earll Brian Holden of Charlestown, Heather Holden of Phoenix; four great grandchildren, Megan Smith-Kemp of North Walpole, Corey Smith of Charlestown, Charlie “B” and Cooper LeBorgne, both of Phoenix; several step-grandchildren, several step-great grandchildren, the loves of Larry’s life were his grandchildren; one brother, Rodney King of N.C.; one sister, Mary Jean Jennings of South Royalton, Vt.; several nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was predeceased by one brother, Donald Cararra; two ex-wifes, Gloria Barnes and Jane Polley; two uncles, Clint Beswick, Gordon Beswick, who was very special to him and he considered him his father. He was the man who provided him with love and leadership and everything from his first bike to his first car. Three aunts, Ruby, Ina and Birdell who helped raise him.

Friends and family may call at the Stringer Funeral Home, 146 Broad Street, Claremont, on Monday, Feb. 11 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., the Elks BPOE#1619 of Bellows Falls will conduct a service at 6 p.m.

Funeral services will be held at the Stringer Funeral Home on Tuesday, Feb. 12 at 2 p.m. with Pastor Priscilla Hull, officiating.

Friends and family may call again one hour prior to the funeral service.

Interment will be held at a later date in Pleasant View Cemetery in Ludlow, Vt.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made in his memory to the Claremont Parks & Recreation Center for the Beswick Skateboard Park, 130 Broad Street, Claremont, N.H. 03743 or to the Silver Towers Camp, C/O Elks Lodge #1619, Attention; George Bennett,18 Bridge Street, Bellows Falls, VT 05101.

To view an online memorial or send a private message of condolence, www.stringerfh.com.