LACONIA----John Alfred Burpee, 61, longtime resident of Tilton, NH and Manchester, NH died on February 4, 2019 at Genesis Rehabilitation Center in Laconia, NH after a long, courageous, battle with liver cancer. He was surrounded by family.
John was born in Manchester, NH on February 6, 1957, the son of George and Helen (Cantin) Burpee. John grew up in Manchester, NH and attended Central High School. As a kid, John loved going on adventures with his friends and eight siblings. He enjoyed sports, especially football and boxing and in the winter loved to go ice fishing.
After high school, John began his career as a business owner when he started his company, Well Done Paving. Friends and family remember him as an extremely hard worker who took great pride in his company and paving work.
John and his spouse of 20 years, Carol S. Center of Tilton, NH enjoyed many hobbies together. They loved visiting Strawbery Banke in Portsmouth, exploring the oceans and lakes of New Hampshire, dancing, camping, cooking, and cheering on the Patriots. John also loved taking walks with his dog, Jack, who was his best bud.
John was predeceased by his younger brother, Albert Burpee (1978), his older brother, George Burpee Jr. (1998) and his father, George Burpee (2010). He leaves behind his mother, Helen (Cantin) Burpee of Manchester, NH; spouse, Carol S. Center of Tilton, NH; a daughter, Katie Burpee of Manchester, NH; a son, Trevor Zorawowicz of Pinardville, NH; two step-daughters, Nicole Center and her spouse, Ryan Schneider of Gilmanton, NH and Danielle Center and her spouse, Kevin Davis of Belmont, NH; four sisters, Roberta and her husband, Paul McQuiston of Sun Lakes, AZ, Linda and her husband, William Cusson of Manchester, NH, Mary and her husband, Bruno Meuer of Sun Lakes, AZ, and Ann and her husband Jerry Boisvert of Manchester, NH; two brothers, Michael Burpee and his wife, Dawn of Manchester, NH and Tom Burpee and his wife Angie of Manchester, NH; ex-wife Kathy Burpee of Manchester, NH, five beloved grandchildren, Calvin, Colby, Charlotte, Meera, and Caroline as well as many dear nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.
A Celebration of John’s life will be held from 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., Monday, February 11, 2019 at Pitman’s Freight Room, 94 New Salem Street, Laconia, NH.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to assisit with final memorial expenses to the John Burpee Gofundme.com page at www.gofundme.com/john-burpee-cremation-and-memorial-expenses.
Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 164 Pleasant Street, Laconia NH is assisting the family with arrangements. For more information and to view an online memorial, go to www.wilkinsonbeane.com.