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Allen E. Hartford, Sr., 87, of Goffstown, N.H., passed away peacefully in the Meteora Suite at Elliot Hospital on Tuesday, May 9, 2017, surrounded by his loving family.
He was born on February 23, 1930 in Malden, Mass. to the late Allen and Georgianna (Dion) Hartford. Allen was predeceased by his wife, June (Mahtasian) Hartford, with whom he shared 41 wonderful years. They lived in Andover for many years prior to moving to Goffstown in 1993.
Allen was raised in Greenwood, Mass. After high school, he joined the Navy and served in the United States Naval Construction Battalions, better known as Seabees during the Korean War. Following his honorable discharge from the Navy, Allen worked in the general construction and heavy equipment fields, eventually owning and operating his own company for several years. In 1966, Allen changed careers and worked as an industrial equipment appraiser until his retirement. During the latter part of his career Allen, along with his wife, June, enjoyed working and traveling together throughout the United States.
Allen led a full and active life. He was always a hard worker, and took great pride in his home and yard. He made friends easily, and social time with family and friends was most important to him. He treasured summers spent with his family at the cottages he built on Lake Winnipesaukee, where he enjoying fishing, water skiing, and boating. He loved dining out in many fine restaurants, but his favorite was the Puritan Back Room where he became friends with many of the employees. He loved traveling, especially to Las Vegas, Lake Tahoe, and a number of other cities, where he enjoyed discovering new casinos and playing the slot machines.
Allen was a wonderful father and will be greatly missed by his five children and their spouses, Debbie Lewis and her husband, Tom McNutt of Dunbarton, N.H., Cathy Dube and her husband, Paul of Methuen, Allen Hartford, Jr., and his wife, Ann of Methuen, Wendy Rabideau and her husband, Matt of Penacook, N.H., and Glen Hartford and his wife, Annie of North Andover. Allen is survived by 11 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. He also leaves behind his beloved sister, Barbara Bornheimer of Vero Beach, Fla.
The family would like to extend their heartfelt thanks to both the staff at the Dana Farber Center in Londonderry, N.H., and the Elliot Hospital for the kind and compassionate care given to Allen, as well as his family.
No services will be held. Assisting with arrangements is Phaneuf Funeral Home and Crematorium, Manchester, N.H. To leave a message of condolence for the family, visit www.phaneuf.net.
Published on  June 4, 2017
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