The Winchendon Courier
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Week of July 15 to July 22, 2021


June M. Smith

June 19, 1942 ~ July 9, 2021 (Age 79)

ROYALSTON - June M. (Dunham) Smith, 79, of 5 Baldwinville Road, died peacefully Friday morning, July 9, 2021 in Heywood Hospital, Gardner, after a complicated battle for her life.

She was born in Winchendon on June 19, 1942, daughter of the late Lewis and Arlene (Stowell) Dunham and grew up in Royalston.

June was a 1977 graduate of Mt. Wachusett Community College with an Associate Degree in Community Service. She was a lifelong community centered social worker for many years for North Central Community Service and later did personal home care for the elderly. She enjoyed working on her computer and especially enjoyed spending time with her family. A loving and devoted Christian, June attended the So. Royalston Congregational Church. She loved spending time with her children and was an avid gardener. In her younger years, she was involved in scouting, Troop 38.

She leaves three children, Scott Smith and his wife Tracy of Phillipston, Stanley Smith and his wife Carla of Phillipston and Deborah Smith of Worcester; five grandchildren, three great grandchildren; her siblings, Roger Dunham of Royalston, William Dunham of Polk City, FL, Alice Leonard of Polk City, FL, Doris A. Smith of Royalston and Sally J. Berry of Orange. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Lewis A. Dunham Jr and Harry Dunham and a sister, Rita L. Gates.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, September 4, 2021 at 12 Noon in Second Congregational Church, Royalston.

Stone-Ladeau Funeral Home, 343 Central Street, Winchendon is directing arrangements.

Kenneth C. Bolick

October 10, 1939 ~ July 9, 2021 (Age 81)

WINCHENDON - Kenneth C. Bolick, 81, of 32 Academy Street, died peacefully at his residence Friday, July 9, 2021.

He was born in Valdese, NC on October 10, 1939, son of the late Carl A. and Mildred "Mickey" Ruth (Moose) Bolick and grew up in Mt. Holly, NC. He attended and was a graduate of Brevard College, where he also played on its sports teams. He lived in Lancaster, MA from the early 1970s until he moved to Winchendon in 2018.

Ken proudly served his country as a member of the United States Army Special Forces as an Airborne Ranger and Green Beret in the early 1960s. After leaving the Army, he worked for many years as a technical writer for various companies. He also spent some years as a painter. Ken loved playing and watching sports and coached several baseball and Pop Warner teams. Ken was a member of Eugene M. Connor Post 193 American Legion and was a previously a member of the Clinton Elks.

His wife of 43 years, Inez (Cravedi) Bolick, died in 2008. He leaves three children, Renee Rexford, Michael Bolick and his companion Mary Erwin of Lancaster and Matthew Bolick and his wife Laura of Winchendon; two brothers, Wayne Bolick and his wife Nora and Bruce Bolick and his wife Karen, both of Denver, NC and four grandchildren, Juliana Balben and her husband Kyle, Jacob Bolick, Ian Rexford and Casey Rexford and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

Graveside services will be held Saturday, July 17, 2021 at 2 P.M. in Eastwood Cemetery, Lancaster.

Stone-Ladeau Funeral Home, 343 Central Street, Winchendon is directing arrangements.

Notice of Service: Aurore E. "Ora" Paradise

WINCHENDON - Graveside services will be held Thursday, July 22, 2021 at 11 A.M. in Calvary Cemetery, Winchendon for Aurore E. "Ora" Paradise, 102, formerly of 163 Pleasant Street, who died December 19, 2020.
Stone-Ladeau Funeral Home, 343 Central Street, Winchendon is directing arrangements.

Perry Dye

September 21, 1952 ~ July 8, 2021 (Age 68)

Perry O'Neal Dye, 68, passed away peacefully surrounded by loved ones on July 8th in Denver, Colorado.

Perry was born September 21st, 1952, in Indianapolis, Indiana, the son of Alice and Pete (Paul) Dye. He grew up in Indianapolis, attending the Orchard School and spending summers in Culver, Indiana on Lake Maxinkuckee. After attending the The Winchendon School in Winchendon, Massachusetts, Perry moved to Denver to attend the University of Denver where he met the love of his life Ann (Hibbard) Dye who he married in 1974. After a brief stint in Real Estate, Perry decided to follow in his parent's footsteps and become a golf course designer.

Over the decades Perry has not only been an integral part of Pete and Alice Dye's design team, part of the inner circle and 'brain trust,' but he's also gone on to great acclaim with dozens of solo projects around the world. Starting in Colorado, where he's made his home for many years, Perry's earliest creations include TPC Plum Creek, Riverdale Dunes and Glenmoor Country Club, all located in the Denver suburbs. He spent his career working all over the world building dozens of renowned courses through the western United States, Europe, the Far East and Latin America.

With over 80 courses to his credit, Perry was truly dedicated to golf: he promoted the growth of the golf course industry by cooperating with and supporting industry and professional groups, civic organizations, and the general public. He has spoken at conferences held throughout the world on various topics affecting golf course design and construction. A past president and member of the Golf Course Builders Association of America, in 2004, Perry received the inaugural Perry Dye Award, which honors "exceptional individuals who have unselfishly contributed their influence to foster positive changes for the association and have continually endeavored to make it better."

Perry gave so many a hand up in their lives and careers, helping them attend college and find jobs in the golf industry. He will be lovingly remembered for his adventurous spirit, unwavering kindness, dependability, big personality and easy-going disposition. He made a lasting impression on everyone he met and demonstrated compassion, integrity and an unwavering loyalty and generosity to those he held close. Perry lived his life to the fullest. He was known for throwing the best parties and always making weddings, birthdays and holidays for his friends and family the most memorable of celebrations. He was a supporting, loving husband, wonderful father and the ultimate "Pop-pop" to his grandchildren, whom he adored.

Perry enjoyed playing golf and was also an avid fisherman, first learning to bonefish in the Bahamas with his Grandmother Lucy. He also loved spending summers at his cottage in Culver, Indiana with his family, teaching his children and grandchildren how to play golf, waterski, sail, fish and to treasure the amazing Maxinkuckee sunsets.

Perry is survived by his wife Ann, children and their spouses Lucy (Erik) Bowman and Lilly (Ross) Harmon, grandchildren Brooks and Margaret Harmon and brother Paul Burke Dye (Jean).

As Perry would say "Keep it in the fairway." In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Golf Course Builders Association of America Foundation at 6040 South 58th Street Suite D Lincoln, NE 68516 or The International Circle of Friends, Inc., 12012 South Shore Blvd., Suite 208, Wellington, FL 33414 ( A celebration of life will be held in the early fall - details to come.

Donald A. Laramee

July 5, 1971 ~ June 15, 2021 (Age 49)

Donald A. Laramee, 49, of Fitchburg, died unexpectedly Tuesday, June 15, 2021 at St. Luke's Hospital, New Bedford. Donny was a registered organ donor and as a result aided three other individuals through his bequest.

Donny was born in Fitchburg, July 5, 1971, one of seven children born to the late John and Patricia (Machunsky) Laramee and was a lifelong Fitchburg resident. He was a 1989 graduate of Montachusett Regional Technical High School where his focus of study was Carpentry.

He worked many years as a farm hand at Jacobsen Farm in Lunenburg.

Donny leaves his brother, Steve Laramee of Leominster; three sisters, Sharon Laramee and Debra Kukta both of Fitchburg, Susan Laramee of Gardner as well as several nieces and nephews.

He was the brother of the late Jeffrey Laramee of Winchendon who died in 2002 and Michael Kukta of Fitchburg who died in 2016.

Donny will be laid to rest at St Joseph's cemetery on July 12 at 2pm.

Any family or friends who missed the wake are invited to attend and say goodbye.

Melissa L. Fortunato

October 23, 1972 ~ May 21, 2021 (Age 48)

WINCHENDON - Melissa L. (Kinner) Fortunato, 48, of 45 Joslin Road, died unexpectedly while vacationing in Jamaica on May 21, 2021.

She was born in Ware, MA on October 23, 1972, daughter of Elaine D. (Richard) Kinner of Winchendon and the late Harry "Skip" Kinner. She was a graduate of Murdock High School and had lived in Winchendon for most of her life.

Melissa worked as Office Manager at Girouard Tool Corp. in Leominster. She loved being outside and enjoyed summer fires, country concerts, vacationing and being surrounded by family and friends.

In addition to her mother, she leaves a daughter, Katlin Bosworth and her significant other Garrett LeBlanc of Winchendon and Joseph Fortunato Jr. of Gardner; two sisters, Crystal J. Robertson and her husband Darrin of New Smyrna Beach, FL and Trisha L. Race and her significant other Joseph Boisvert of Winchendon; two grandsons Ryen Bosworth and Ryder LeBlanc; her significant other Eric Kenney; nieces and nephews Mariah, Max, Jayla, Andrew, Sophia, and Rebekah and many close friends.

Calling hours will be held Tuesday, August 3, 2021 from 5 to 7 P.M. in Stone-Ladeau Funeral Home, 343 Central Street, Winchendon.

A private burial will be held in Riverside Cemetery.

Stone-Ladeau Funeral Home, 343 Central Street, Winchendon is directing arrangements.

Teri E. Almquist

December 17, 1968 ~ July 11, 2021 (Age 52)

Teri E. Almquist, age 52, beloved longtime companion of Steven Gallant died unexpectedly Sunday, July 11 at Heywood hospital in Gardner.

She was born in Woburn, December 17, 1968 a daughter of Richard E. and Paula J. (King) Cushing of Billerica and lived in Billerica before moving to Winchendon.

Teri was a Bus Monitor for Van Pool, was an avid New England Patriots and Boston sports fan and will be remembered for her bubbly personality and ability to make people laugh.

Besides her companion and parents she is survived by one brother, Richard Cushing Jr. of VA; two sisters Lori Murnane of Leominster and Lisa White of TX as well as many friends.

Visiting hours will be held Saturday at the SWEENEY MEMORIAL FUNERAL HOME, 66 Concord Rd., Billerica from 3 - 5 p.m. Funeral Director Dean M. Laurendeau -