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Allen R. Loring

Laconia---Allen R. Loring, 81, of 43 Beaman St., Laconia, passed away peacefully at his home on Tuesday, March 2, 2010. Family was at his side. Born in Laconia, March 21, 1928, he was the son of Eleanor (McCrillis) Loring. Allen was a drummer for the Laconia High School band, as well as the Laconia City band. With his love for performing music, he went on to form and orchestrate his own 17 piece big band, “Al Loring and the Stardusters”.

He owned and operated Al’s Taxi through the 40’s and 50’s. In 1948, while working for Carl Johnson of Carl’s Motorcycle shop, Al raced Indian motorcycles for the Indian Factory Team. He graduated from the Indian school of Mechanics, under Fritz Baer. He eventually became the New England state champion for motorcycle racing.

He started his own business, Laconia Construction and Paving Company. He went on to form Belknap Trucking and Excavation Contractors Assn. Allen was very active in the community in the 60’s and 70’s. He was a Lions Club member, president of Gilford Country Club, President of the League of N.H. Contractors, and President of the Lakes Region Aires.

Allen loved helping others and always liked being around people. He could usually be found at his favorite hang-out, Café Deja vu, on Court St. Arriving in his favorite yellow sweater, he had the reputation of having a great sense of humor, always teasing and joking with everybody.

His latest accomplishment was in 2009, when he organized and headed up “Big Band Sundays”, at the Paradise Beach Club, at Weirs Beach. His legacy will continue there for the upcoming seasons, starting in May. Allen was an incredible Dad, grandfather, great-grandfather, musician, family man, inventor, cowboy (early days), and much more.

Survivors include three sons, Chip of Salt Lake City, Utah and Randy and Bret both of Laconia; two daughters-in-law, Maggie Loring of Salt Lake City, Utah and Krista Loring of Laconia; five grandchildren, Brittany Loring, Olivia Bartlett, Jake Drouin, Karen Sheehan and Josh Sjostrom; four great grandchildren, Hailey, Nicole, Jordan and Miles. He was predeceased by his mother, Eleanor (McCrillis) Loring.

Though he had friends, way too numerous to count, per Allen’s request, calling hours are for family only and will be held on Friday, March 5, 2010 from 5:00-7:00PM in the Carriage House of the Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home, 164 Pleasant Street, Laconia, N.H. A graveside service will be held in the spring, for all to attend, at Union Cemetery, Academy Street, Laconia.

Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 164 Pleasant Street, Laconia, N. H. is in charge of the arrangements.