In Memorium


Bridget Woods Carey

Published in The Concord Monitor on Feb. 8, 2015

Bridget Woods Carey began her everlasting journey and joined her beloved husband of 58 years, her parents, siblings and friends Feb. 4, 2015.

Bridget “Betty” Woods Carey was born April 16, 1923, at Killylough, Tydavnet, County Monaghan, Ireland to Patrick and Cassie (McCaffrey) Woods, the oldest daughter of seven children. Raised on a farm, she gained an appreciation for hard work and love of learning from an early age. She excelled at school, she worked hard at home and was devoted to her faith. Through her love of learning Bridget yearned for discovery beyond the Emerald shores.

Intrigued by a childhood encounter with a relative who traveled abroad and returned wearing red lipstick, Betty’s adventurous spirit was inflamed. Her dreams prevailed as she journeyed to the United States in January 1948. At the end of her nine-day trans-Atlantic trip, standing at the railing of the ship in a light snowfall, she was awestruck by the city lights of the New York harbor. She was welcomed by relatives who acquainted her with the life in the city of New York and the culture of their Irish neighborhood, especially including going to dances. It was at a dance that she met Daniel Carey from County Donegal, Ireland, and they married in 1950. In November 1953, they moved to Boscawen, where they purchased and operated Carey’s Market for 43 years, making many friends as the store became part of the social fabric of the town.

As a business owner and a true woman of character, she lived by example – many around her observed and learned from her Irish temperament, her vigor, the lilt of her laughter. Her traditional greeting was “Take My Hand and Be My Friend.” She extended the warmth of her kitchen to others by preparing meals for many members of the community who may have needed support or comfort.
Among the many milestones of her life, Bridget became an American citizen in 1955, and was honored as Apple Fest Honorary Citizen of the Year in 1985, and Citizen of the Year in 1999 by the Town of Boscawen. She received an honorary high school diploma in 2003.
Her most treasured role was that of being a mother to eight children and beloved Mama to 21 grandchildren, and 5 great-grandchildren. She will be sadly missed by her family: Mary Ann (Carey) Davis and husband Michael of Keene, Patrick Carey and his wife Andrea of Kennebunk, Maine, Robert Carey of Penacook, Kathleen Carey Harmon of West Barnstable, Mass., Daniel Carey of Boscawen, James Carey and his wife Tricia of Webster, Thomas Carey and his wife, Sarah, of Albuquerque, N.M., and Ellie Carey Morrill and her husband Robert of Boscawen, Sue and Steve Hayes of Northfield. She will also be remembered by numerous nieces and nephews in Ireland, the U.S. and abroad as well as friends and community members who lovingly also called her Mama.
Calling hours will be held Wednesday from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. at Wendell J. Butt Funeral Home, 42 Washington St., Penacook. A Mass of Christian burial will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. at the Immaculate Conception Church, 9 Bonney St. Penacook. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery immediately followed by a reception in the Immaculate Conception Church hall. Friends are invited to attend the reception to honor Bridget’s life.
Memorial donations may be made to the Central Improvement Fund, Immaculate Conception Church 9 Bonney St., Penacook, 03303; United Church of Penacook, 21 Merrimack St., Penacook, 03303 or New Hampshire Food Bank, 62 West Brook St., Manchester, 03101. – See more at:

HarwoodRalph Clarke Harwood

Published in The Concord Monitor on Dec. 11, 2014

Ralph Clarke Harwood was born in Concord on Sept. 18, 1945, the son of Ella Irene (Clarke) and Robert Harwood, who then was the interim pastor of the Penacook Congregational Church. He died Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014. Three years ago he was diagnosed with an untreatable and a debilitating illness, which physically impaired him but allowed him to keep mentally sharp. He chose to continue to live as he had, walking at least two miles per day, reading, lecturing on the history of Penacook, and working on a manuscript entitled “Two Rivers, Four Dams: The Past in Penacook.” As a boy he lived in Edgewood, R.I., and Columbia University in Manhattan, while summering in Boscawen with his grandmother Clarke. He attended Pembroke High School and graduated in 1964 from Concord High School. At UNH he represented student liberals on the University Ecumenical Council. As a young man he led youth programs at the Dover Universalist Church, where he was a member of Board of Trus tees. Later, he served on the New Hampshire and Vermont Unitarian and Universalist Religious Education Committee.

As a young man he was employed at the UNH Library, the York County News in Maine and Brentano’s bookstore in Boston. Later he was employed by the NH Hospital as a Youth Counselor and supervisor at the Philbrick Center, a NH diagnostic and treatment program for adolescents. He retired in 1999.

His love of East Asian landscape paintings drew him to read the Chinese classic of truth and virtue, the Tao Te Ching, which began his lifelong search for the meaning. He loved to design landscapes and was an authority on plants and trees. For many years he researched and wrote about meditation practices in Christianity and Buddhism. He believed meditation is therapeutic. Throughout his life he designed gardens and landscapes. Beginning in 1976, he became an avid photographer of tall ships. His ship photographs were displayed in many venues. He was an independent thinker, who valued knowledge and wisdom above all else. His library contained hundreds of books in which he wrote marginalia or on notes he inserted between the pages. In 1983, he was the discussion leader for the National Foundation for the Humanities ‘ pilot series on Walt Whitman and was an active participant in the NH Humanities Council programs. For nine year s he facilitated discussions of philosophy at the Socrates Discussion Groups in Border’s Bookstore in Concord.

He was a member of Heritage Concord from its inception, and in 1993 served on the Concord Master Plan advisory committee. In 2014, he was the Vice President of the Penacook Village Association. He was also a member of the Friends of the Boscawen Library, a member of the Society for the Protection of NH Forests. He was a writer for the recently published Concord Historical Society’s Crosscurrents of Change of Concord NH in the 20th Century.

Ralph prized his friends: Laurence Saunders, Thomas Adams, and Ronald Converse whom he first met in 1964, and his roommate Jeff Bradshaw. Nearby cousins include Lois Bradley and Joy Olson in Penacook, Paul Bradley in Epsom and Gail and Don Bradley in Nashua. He also enjoyed his many friends throughout the city.

A private burial was held at the Clarke family plot in Maple Grove Cemetery in West Concord.

On Sunday, Jan. 11, 2015, a memorial gathering of readings and music will be at 2 p.m. at the Concord Community Music School Recital Hall located at 23 Wall St., Concord.

Memorial donations may be made to the Concord Community Music School in his memory.

Jim ColbyJames Folsom Colby 

Published in The Concord Monitor on June 25, 2014

On Thursday, June 19, 2014, surrounded by the comfort of family and friends, James Folsom Colby died peacefully after a period of failing health.

James was born on Nov. 22, 1919, in Webster, the son of former County Commissioner Joseph G. Colby and Ethel M. (Folsom) Colby.

The family moved to Boscawen in 1925 to the Enoch Gerrish farm on High Street. He attended school

at the little brick school on High Street and graduated from Penacook High School. After graduation, he attended the University of New Hampshire.

He and his brother Robert, who recently predeceased him, worked on the three family farms; Gerrish, Folsom and Choate. They also worked in their father’s many sawmills.

In 1949 he married Seamen 1st Class Kathleen Murray, daughter of Lester and Cora Murray. In 1950 he started Colby Woodworking Company, a woodworking shop that made boxes for the army. He also purchased a portable sawmill. The business, which now operates as Colby Lumber Company, has been continually operated for over 60 years.

He leaves three sons, Lester, Joseph and James, and their respective spouses, Agnes, Barbara and Lynn. He also leaves two daughters, Noel and Kathleen, and their spouses Gary Dickenson and Dr. James Paine. He leaves many nieces and nephews; eight grandchildren; and five great- grandchildren. He is also survived by his close and dear friend, Norma J. Reed.

He was predeceased by siblings, Robert, Charles, John, Edward, Mary and Charlotte; and his wife Kathleen.

James was a 78 year Grange member, and a 65 year member of the Odd Fellows. He was active in town politics, serving on the Boscawen budget committee, conservation committee, historical society and zoning board as well as the Penacook-Boscawen Water Commission. Although he cared greatly about Boscawen and all of the town activities, he was happiest while cruising a timberlot, or working on a land swap. He loved the land and felt equally at home in a hayfield or a woodlot.

Calling hours will be held on Friday, June 27, from 4 to 7 p.m. at Bennett Funeral Home, 209 North Main St., Concord.

A celebration of his life will be held Saturday, June 28, at 10:30 a.m. at the Boscawen Congregational Church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Boscawen Congregational Church, 12 High St., Boscawen, NH 03303.

The Bennett Funeral Home of Concord is in charge of the arrangements. Messages of condolences may be offered at
Published in The Concord Monitor on June 25, 2014