Greenland - Bruce L. Dearborn, 76, of Dearborn Road, died February 24, 2013 at his home, after a long illness.
Born October 14, 1936 in Exeter, NH, he was the son of Donald L. and Eleanor (Holley) Dearborn. Raised in Greenland he won the local soap box derby and went on to the National Competition in Akron, Ohio. He was a 1954 graduate of Portsmouth High School, where he enjoyed playing sports and was Captain of the football team. He attended Bates and UNH prior to joining the US Air Force, where he served from 1956 to 1960.
Bruce joined IBM in 1961. He was a field manager and was assigned to work within the IBM System, in various parts of the country. He retired in 1987 and moved back to Greenland.
As a youngster he worked with his grandfather at the family vegetable farm, and later with his father at the Dearborn Blueberry Farm. His present home sits on part of the original Dearborn Farm.
An active member of the Greenland community he served as Selectman, Budget Committee member, School Board member, and was elected to the State Legislature for four terms. He was also on the Greenland Volunteer Fire Department, and the Greenland Veterans Association. He was a member of the Greenland Community Church.
Bruce loved car racing, fishing, and digging with his Kubota tractor, and had a talent for being able to fix anything. He also enjoyed painting, but most of all he loved to spend time with his 5 special grandchildren.
He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Mary (Jarvis) Dearborn of Greenland; a daughter, Melanie McMullen and her husband James of Orchard Park, NY; a son, Bruce Dearborn Jr. and his wife Kimberly of Orchard Park, NY; 5 grandchildren, James and Brett McMullen, Ryan, Matthew and Kiley Dearborn; a sister, Diane King of Exeter and Florida; a brother, Robert Dearborn and his wife Glada of Indiana; 1 niece, 4 nephews, and several cousins.
Visiting hours will be held on Friday, Mar. 1st from 3-5 & 7-9 p.m. at the Kent & Pelczar Funeral Home, 77 Exeter Street, Newmarket.
A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, Mar 2nd at 11 a.m. at the Greenland Community Church. Burial will take place at a later date in Prospect Hill Cemetery, Greenland.
Flowers are gratefully declined. Should friends desire, memorials may be made to: Greenland Vets Inc., Greenland Fire Department or the Greenland Community Church.
Visit www.kentandpelczarfh.com for more information or to sign an online guestbook.