Colonel Anthony D. Potter, 71, of 99 US Route 2, Randolph, NH passed away suddenly on December 22, 2007 at his home. He was born in Gorham, NH on March 23, 1936 the son of Dean S. and Verna (Coolidge) Potter and was a graduate of Gorham High School with the Class of 1954. He graduated with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from UNH in 1958 and was a graduate of the ROTC Program at UNH. He entered the military and attained the rank of full Colonel. He served 27 years in the US Army with many assignments including ROTC Instructor at UNH, two tours in Korea and one tour in Vietnam with the special forces in Ban Mi Tho (Highlands in Vietnam). Tony attended the US Army War College in Carlisle, PA and was selected leader of his class. From 1976 to 1979 he served as Commander of the United Nations Truce Supervision Organization (UNTSO) in the Middle East, mostly in Lebanon. He was Post Commander at Fort Devens, MA and retired from the service in 1985. He taught advanced math at Milford High School and lived in New Boston for 15 years and moved to Randolph in 1998.
Tony was an avid salt water fly fisherman and enjoyed surf flycasting on the Maine Coast for strippers and blue fish. He also enjoyed fly fishing in area brooks and streams. He loved his children and grandchildren, watching the wildlife in the area and enjoyed mowing lawns, shoveling snow and cutting wood.
Members of the family include two daughters Elizabeth Marie Potter and her husband Wells Hodous of Round Pond, ME and Jennifer Dean Potter and her husband Aric McAllister of Seattle, Washington; a son Dean Spaulding Potter and his wife Stephanie Davis of Moab, Utah and Yosemite, California; five grandchildren Oliver Hodous, Avery Hodous, Dorothy Hodous, Cyrus Potter-McAllister and Dahlia Potter-McAllister; two sisters Elizabeth Drew and her husband Edward of Gorham and Linda Gordon of Jefferson; a brother Robert Potter and his wife Roberta Arbree of Randolph; nieces, nephews and cousins.
There will be no services or calling hours. Anyone who wishes may make a donation to the Non Game and Endangered Wildlife Program, NH Fish & Game Dept., 11 Hazen Drive, Concord, NH 03301 in his memory. Arrangements are by the Bryant Funeral Home.