Today’s Obituaries—March 17: Beekler, Harrington, LaFleche, Prescott

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Robert M. Beekler, 81, of Kingston, N.H., and formerly of Haverhill, died March 10, at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston. Soon after high school, he joined the Navy and served with the Heavy Attack Squadron as an aviation electronics technician before his honorable discharge in 1963. In Meriden, Conn., he realized his goal of owning his own business, 1-2-3 Auto Wash. As his family grew he and his wife Barbara returned home in 1968 to live in Bradford. He had a successful 35- year career operating a laminating machine for Vernon Plastic before retirement. Arrangements under the direction of Dole, Childs & Shaw Funeral Home, 148 Main Street, Haverhill will be held later in the spring.

Susan M. Harrington, 59, of Salem, N.H., and formerly of Haverhill, died suddenly March 14, at Holy Family Hospital, Methuen. She attended St. James School in Haverhill and was a graduate of Haverhill High School, class of 1978. For many years, she worked in the office at St. James Church. She has been employed for the past four years as a compliance administrator at Schreiber Law Firm in Salem, N.H. A celebration of her life will be announced at a later date. Arrangements are by Kevin B. Comeau Funeral Home, 486 Main St., Haverhill.

Richard J. “Dick” LaFleche, 68, of Hampstead, N.H., and formerly of Haverhill, died March 15, at High Pointe Hospice House, Haverhill. He attended St. Joseph Grammar School and Haverhill High School, graduating with the class of 1969, and went on to obtain a degree in Culinary Arts from Essex Agricultural and Technical High School. He first worked as a chef for the Winchester Country Club and the Ashworth Hotel in Hampton Beach and later for the former Bishop’s Restaurant in Lawrence, until it closed. He then worked as a machinist for Raytheon until his retirement. Following retirement, he worked as a private landscaper. A private funeral service and burial will be held under the direction of Berube-Comeau Funeral Home, 47 Broadway, Haverhill.

Irene Elizabeth Moffitt Prescott, known as Meme’ to her family, 99, of Georgetown, died peacefully at High Pointe House, Sunday March 15, where she was surrounded by her son, daughter-in-law, three beloved grandchildren, and Lulu, the Mini Beagle. In the early 1990s, she moved to AHEPA housing in Haverhill at the location of the old Hale Hospital.  Due to Coronavirus concerns, services will be held for immediate family only at the H.L. Farmer and Sons Funeral Home, 106 Summer St., Haverhill, with interment to follow in Harmony Cemetery, Georgetown. A public Celebration of her life commemorating her almost 100 years will be held later this summer.

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