Laconia, NH----Rev. Robert W. Mears, 68, of 532 Meredith Center Road, died at the Lakes Region General Hospital on Monday, June 24, 2002, of complications resulting from a brain tumor.
Rev. Mears was born October 12, 1933 in Cleveland, Ohio, the son of Samuel A. and Madeline (Martin) Mears. He graduated from Shaw High School in E. Cleveland, and attended Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland and Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, IL.
For almost forty years, he served as a pastor, first in a Village Missions church in rural Oregon, then at Central Baptist Church of Franklin, NH, and later at Laconia Christian Fellowship which he helped establish in 1973. He ministered last summer in the Philippines and was a longtime prolife activist.
During the last eight years, he assisted his wife in caring for the elderly in their home, providing care and spiritual comfort. He also helped a family friend in her home-based bakery business.
He organized the Northeast Elders, a regional fellowship of New England pastors, and authored a book on the Christian church entitled "The Last Revival."
Rev. Mears was a respected pastor and mentor, a compassionate counselor, a dear friend of many, a much loved husband and father, and above all a servant who lived out his Christian convictions with integrity.
His family includes his wife of 47 years, Doris (Thompson) Mears of Laconia; a daughter, Jennifer M. Watson of Laconia; two sons, John E. Mears of Loudon, NH and Michael A. Mears of Waihi Beach, New Zealand; a sister, Judith Straight of Highland Park, IL; a cousin, Jean Bryson of Avon, Ohio; twelve grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Calling hours will be held on Thursday, June 27, 2002 from 2-4 PM and 7-9PM using the Carriage House Entrance of the Wilkinson-Beane Funeral Home, 164 Pleasant Street, Laconia, NH.
A Funeral Service will be held on Friday, June 28, 2002 at 10:00AM at the Laconia Christian School, 1386 Meredith Center Road, Laconia, NH. Rev. Howard Robbins of Wheaton, IL, will officiate.
Burial will be in the family lot in Union Cemetery on Friday at 2:00 PM.
Memorial donations may be made to the Laconia Christian School Scholarship Fund, 1386 Meredith Center Road, Laconia, NH 03246.