Laconia, NH-----Alfred Adams Atkinson, 89, of 103 Fenton Avenue, died at the Genesis Eldercare Network Laconia Center on Friday, January 03, 2003.
Mr. Atkinson was born April 7, 1913 in Tilton, NH, the son of Bert P. and Mary Frances (Smith) Atkinson and lived in Laconia most of his life. He was a graduate of the Tilton School, Tilton, NH, and attended the University of New Hampshire. While at Tilton School, he was Captain of the soccer, ice hockey and tennis teams. He was a former state tennis champion.
Mr. Atkinson served in World War II from 1943 to 1945 in the U.S. Navy in the Pacific on a destroyer and carrier.
Mr. Atkinson and his wife, Virginia, were married April 24, 1940. He was the oldest member of the Laconia Country Club and a former Club champion. He was also a downhill skier for many years and won several races in the White Mountains. He was a member of the Gunstock Ski Patrol. He was a tool and die maker, working for many years at Tangent Tool & Die.
Mr. Atkinson was a descendant of John Alden and Dr. Joseph Adams who was a first cousin of John Adams, the second president of the U.S., and Dr. Simon Atkinson, an early doctor in Boscawen, NH. He was also a descendant of Rev. John Hale, first minister in Beverly, MA and Rev. Joseph Adams of Newington, NH.
Mr. Atkinson was a member of the Congregational Church of Laconia.
Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Virginia A. (Dutrizac) Atkinson of Laconia; a sister, Dr. Eleanor Woodbury of Rochester, New York; a nephew, Jonathan Woodbury of Napa, CA; a sister-in- law, Jessie Lombard of Tampa, Florida; four nieces, Pauline Murphy, Patricia Crockett, Pamela Bilodeau and Penelope Foley all of Belmont, NH; a niece-in-law, Linda H. Allen of Tampa, Florida and nephew-in-law, Douglas Lombard of Libby, Vt. He is predeceased by sister, Gertrude Ober, brother, Edward Atkinson, and nephew, Thomas Atkinson.
Calling hours will be held on Tuesday, January 7, 2003 from 1:00-2:00 PM in the Carriage House of the Wilkinson-Beane Funeral Home, 164 Pleasant Street, Laconia, NH. A Funeral Service will follow the calling hours at 2:00 PM also at the Funeral Home. Rev. Carolyn Keilig, Interim Associate Pastor of the Congregational Church, will officiate
Spring burial will be in the family lot in Union Cemetery, Laconia, NH.