Stephen Goldthwaite passed away peacefully on October 19, 2018, at his home surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Exeter, NH, July 10, 1936, the son of Thelma (Bunker) and Benjamin Goldthwaite. He was raised and educated in Kingston, NH and a graduate of Automotive Engineering School, Springfield, MA.
Stephen worked locally for Ai S. Welch & Sons, operated Steve's Sunoco in Durham, NH, and for over thirty years was employed by the Raymond School District prior to retiring.
Steve loved the outdoors and enjoyed hunting, fishing, trapping, scuba diving, and had a special talent for woodworking, drawing, and painting. He enjoyed yard sales and flea markets, square dancing, bowling, CB communications, and camping. He loved meeting and talking with people in his travels, and especially enjoyed the company of his wife, children, and grandchildren. Two of his most cherished moments were the surprise 40th and 50th wedding anniversary celebrations provided by his children and grandchildren.
Steve actively contributed to the civic and youth organizations in Raymond. He was a former Cub Master, Volunteer Firefighter, and served on the Raymond and Kingston Police Forces. He served as Curator and Vice President of the Raymond Historical Society, and a former alternate of the Historic Commission. In 1972, Steve was awarded the Walter Peterson Governor's Trophy for his political exhibit at the Tri-State Exhibition in Concord, NH. The Raymond High School Yearbook was dedicated in his honor In 1984, and on August 2015, Steve had the honor of ringing Raymond's Historical Bell honoring the official opening of Raymond's 250th anniversary - MY TOWN, YOUR TOWN, OUR TOWN.
Steve is survived by his devoted wife, Betty, of 64 years, two daughters, Valerie Markie and husband Michael of Belmont, NH, Lorri Brownfield of Manchester NH, son Stephen and wife Donna of Raymond; six grandchildren - Amy Marie and husband Marshall, Stephen Benjamin, Cassie Mae, Jacob Richard, Anthony James, Jessica Lynn and fiancé Nickolas; four great grandchildren - Laila Mae, Kayella Lynn, Karmine Trottier, Derrick Lee, and other family members.
Steve is welcomed into heaven by his parents, two brothers, Wayne and Karl, and his beloved dog - Bear.
Per Steve's request, there are no calling hours. A graveside memorial service will be held in the New Pine Grove Cemetery on Sunday, November 11 at 1:00 pm. Friends are invited.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in his name may be made to the Raymond Firefighters' Association, 1 Scribner Road, Raymond, NH 03077, or Raymond Historical Society Tools Museum, PO Box 94, Raymond, NH.
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