Laconia-----Edwin Horley Newell, 90, of the Congregate Living Center, Taylor Community, died Sunday, January 5, 2003 at the Lakes Region General Hospital. He was the widower of Dorothy Quincy (Sayward) Newell who died in 1980.
Mr. Newell was born May 8, 1912 in Glen Ridge, New Jersey, the son of John Osgood and Mabel (Horrax) Newell. Mr. Newell's early years were spent in Colebrook, Ct. He graduated from Fork Union Military Academy in 1933 and then associated with William L. Gilbert Clock of Winsted, CT and Laconia, NH. In 1952, he purchased Ayers Box Co. which he sold to Visual Paper and managed until 1987. He was President of the Laconia Community Chest and the Laconia Rotary Club in 1952 and was a Lay Reader at St. James Episcopal Church for over forty years. He was a 50 year member of Mt. Lebanon Lodge #32 A F & A M and was awarded the Major John Sullivan Medal both in Bronze & Silver. He was a 50 year member of York and Scottish Rite and Bektask Shrine, was Past Grand Pursuivant of New Hampshire Grand Lodge A F & A M; was Grand High Priest of Royal Arch Chapter, Grand Master of Council and Grand Commander of Knights Templar. He received the Order of the Purple Cross from York Rite College at Toronto in 1994. His membership includes Mt. Lebanon Lodge #32, William Pitt Tavern Lodge, NH Veteran Free Masons, St. Omer-Union Chapter, Pythagorean Council, Pilgrim Commandery, Knight of the York Cross of Honor, Profile York Rite College, Granite State Red Cross of Constantine, Senic Council Knight Masons, Scottish Rite Chapter and Consistory, Order of the Silver Trowel, Order of High Priesthood, Order of the Eastern Star, and Bektash Shrine.
Survivors include two daughters Cynthia N. Brown of Northfield and Elizabeth Newell of Laconia; six grandchildren; five great grandchildren; a sister, Marguerite Fearey of Annapolis, MD; and nephews and nieces. In addition to his wife, he was predeceased by a daughter, Alexandra Newell.
There will be no calling hours.
A Memorial Service will be held on Sunday, January 12, 2003 at 2:00 PM at St. James Episcopal Church, 876 North Main Street, Laconia. Rev. Jonathan MacKenzie, Rector of the Church, will officiate.
A committal service will be held in the spring in Kennebunk, Maine where he will join his wife, Dorothy, and daughter, Alexandra.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the charity of one's choice.
Wilkinson-Beane Funeral Home, 164 Pleasant Street, Laconia, NH is in charge of the arrangements.