Laconia-----Frederick "Fred" M. Shurbert Sr, 80, of 34 Taylor Home Drive and formerly of Hammond Road, Gilford, died at the Lakes Region General Hospital on Wednesday, August 13, 2003.
Mr. Shurbert was born April 7, 1923 in Boston, Mass, the son of Henry and Minnie (Routch) Shurbert. He was raised in North Falmouth and graduated from Lawrence High School (now Falmouth High School) in 1940. He spent over three years in the U. S. Air Force as a Staff Sergeant as an instrument specialist in England during WWII.
Mr. Shurbert owned Lakes Region Disposal, Lakes Region Transit School Buses for 35 years in the Lakes Region and Baker's Dozen Coffee Shop. Mr. Shurbert lived in Gilford for most of his adult life and was involved in the community, serving as a selectman for four years, Fire Engineer for nine years and was a member of the Gilford Police Department. He proudly transported the children of Gilford for 32 years on his school buses
Mr. Shurbert was a member of the National School Bus Association and served on the Board of Directors. He received the gold Medal Merit Award twice and was the fifth member to be elected to NSTA Hall of Fame. He was a Charter Member of the New Hampshire School Transportation Association, first president and treasurer for many years. Mr. Shurbert served on the Laconia Salvation Army Advisory Board for many years, was a past member of the Chamber of Commerce and Director and President of the Lakes Region Management Club. In addition, he was a member of the American Legion, the Masons and the Scottish Rite, past District Governor of Rotary and a 36-year member of the Laconia Rotary Club and respectfully known as "Mr. Rotary" where he served as president and secretary for many years. Recently, Mr. Shurbert served as president of the Ledges Association of Taylor Community.
Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Elizabeth "Betty" (Coutermarsh) Shurbert of Laconia; four children, Susan and her husband, Ed Tenney of Colebrook, NH; Cynthia and her husband, Dr. Robert Lobel of East Greenbush, NY; Frederick, Jr. and his wife, Katrina of Gilford, NH; and William and his wife, Joanne of Pittsfield, NH; eleven grandchildren, Linda Waller, Jolene Lazenby, Mitchell Shurbert, Christianna Shurbert, Ian Shurbert, Miaya Shurbert, Jonathan Lobel, Beata Lobel, Amanda Lobel, Erica Lobel and Peter Lobel: three great-grandchildren Rickielynn Waller, David Waller and Alexis Lazenby. He was predeceased by a brother, Richard Shurbert who died May 2, 1985 and a grandson Carter Hans Lobel who died January 18, 1985.
Memorial calling hours will be held on Sunday, August 17, 2003 from 6-8PM in the Carriage House of the Wilkinson-Beane Funeral Home, 164 Pleasant Street, Laconia, NH.
A Memorial Service will be held at the First United Methodist Church, 500 Gilford Avenue, Gilford, NH on Monday, August 18, 2003 at 11:00AM. Rev. Victoria Wood Parrish, pastor of the church, will officiate.
Burial will be in Pine Grove Cemetery, Gilford, NH
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Rotary Foundation c/o Peter L. Powers, Hopkinton Rotary Club, 1290 Hatfield Road, Hopkinton, NH 03229, the Laconia Salvation Army Shelter Project, 177 Union Avenue, Laconia, NH 03246, or to the charity of your own choice.
Wilkinson-Beane Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 164 Pleasant Street, Laconia, NH is in charge of the arrangements.