Paul G. Stroud Jr.
GILMANTON – Paul G. Stroud Jr., 90, died peacefully at the Lakes Region General Hospital Friday, April 14, 2017, with his family by his side. He was born April 17, 1926, in Franklin. The son of Paul G. Sr. and Ida (Greenleaf) Stroud. He grew up in Belmont, and shortly after graduating in 1944 from Belmont High School he enlisted into the United States Army Air Force at Ft. Devens Mass. Upon completion of service at Scott Field Illinois he moved back to Belmont and shortly after started courses at Wentworth Institute in Boston. He had many fond memories of lifting weights at the YMCA on Huntington Avenue and attending movies in Boston with college friends. In 1951 he started his 37 year career with the State of New Hampshire Department of Transportation as a surveyor, which proceeded to a survey crew chief. During this time, he took courses to become a Civil Engineer. Upon successfully completing his coursework and State test, he became a Civil Engineer with the NH Dept. of Transportation. Paul enjoyed, with his wife Ella (Ross), many outdoor activities including, golfing, sailing on Lake Winnipesauke, snowmobiling, skiing, snowshoeing, hiking, camping, traveling, fishing, astronomy, and his cats and dogs. A favorite hobby was taking photographs of clouds and the stars. He was an active Christian Witness all his life. As a lifelong member of the First Baptist Church in Belmont he was a Sunday school teacher, Deacon, sang in the choir, and served on various other committees, and he and his wife served as church delegates to many annual conventions of the American Baptist Churches of New Hampshire. Paul was predeceased by his wife of 46 years, Ella; two brothers, Holden and Parker; a sister, Beverly; and leaves his daughter, Judith V. Landry and her husband, Dan; grandson, Joshua R. Landry and his wife, Min, two great-grandchildren, Ramsey and Alexander, all of Gilmanton; his nephew, David Stroud of New Hampton; nieces, Donna (Stroud) Clinton of Sanbornton and Bonnie Holder of Venice, Fla.; and many grand and great-grand nieces and nephews. There will be no calling hours. A funeral service will be held Saturday, April 22, at 12:30 p.m. at the First Belmont Baptist Church, 49 Church Hill, Belmont. A burial will follow the service in the family lot in the A burial will follow the service in the family lot in the Buzzell Cemetery, Gilmanton. In lieu of flowers memorial donations can be made to the New Hampshire Human Society, PO Box 572, Laconia, NH 03247. Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 164 Pleasant St., Laconia, is assisting the family with the arrangements. For more information and to view an online memorial please visit wilkinsonbeane.com.
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