Obituaries

Michael Francis Donnelly

       AMHERST – Michael F. Donnelly, 79, a longtime resident of over 50 years of Amherst, NH, died peacefully on October 29, 2022.

      He was born in Detroit, MI on October 5, 1943, a son of John T. Donnelly and Anna (Strong) Donnelly. Michael was raised in Michigan and Connecticut and graduated from Maloney High School in Meriden, CT, Class of 1962. He earned a Bachelor's degree from

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Gannon University in Erie, PA and a Masters degree from Rivier University in Nashua, NH. 

       As a Special Forces officer, Mike served in the Republic of Vietnam in 1968. Through military operations which included the Tet Offensive, the Battle of Good Friday, and others, he was awarded 3 Bronze Stars and a Purple Heart. He remained close with friends made in Charlie Company, 3rd Battalion, 22nd Infantry.

       His career included 15 years with Digital Equipment Corporation before owning and operating a consulting business, Donnelly Associates, for 20 years in Amherst, NH. 

       Michael enjoyed golfing, skiing, and visiting local flea markets. He most loved spending time with his family and especially attending his grandchildren’s sporting and performing arts events. In the words of one of Mike’s grandchildren, “He was the best Papa ever!” Mike also spent time identifying and cultivating young leaders throughout his life. His legacy will live beyond his grandchildren. 

       He was a longtime parishioner of St. Patrick Catholic Church in Milford and a member of Knights of Columbus 4th Degree Milford Assembly #3035.

       Family members include his loving wife of 26 years, Jeanne (St. Laurent) Donnelly of Amherst, NH; four grateful children and their spouses; Meghan (Donnelly) and Erich Schneider of St. Petersburg, FL, Jason and Sue (Bradway) Donnelly of Arlington, MA, Kerry (Davis) and Jeff Koroski of Exeter, NH, Brian and Jenni (Jasieniecki) Davis of Meredith, NH; ten treasured grandchildren, Annie, Lily, and Dexter Schneider, Ruby and Abraham Donnelly, Christopher and Ethan Koroski, Chloe, Sam, and Finn Davis; three brothers and sisters in law and a sister, John and Maureen Donnelly of Fairview, PA, Paul and Regina Donnelly of Garland, ME, Patrick and Denise Donnelly of Pinehurst, NC, Margaret (Donnelly) O’Beirne of Annandale, VA; and many adoring nieces and nephews.

       There are no visiting hours. A funeral mass will be celebrated at 9:30 am on Thursday, November 3, 2022 at St. Patrick Catholic Church, 34 Amherst Street in Milford, NH. Burial with full military honors will follow at 2:00pm in The New Hampshire State Veterans Cemetery in Boscawen, NH.  Michael’s Funeral Mass will be livestreamed on the Saint Patrick’s Catholic Community Milford, NH Facebook Page.  

       Memorial donations can be made to Operation Smile (operationsmile.org​​), SHARE of Southern NH (www.sharenh.org) or Home Health & Hospice Care of Merrimack, NH (https://www.hhhc.org/how-to-help/donate/)

        Arrangements are in care of the Smith and Heald Funeral Home, 63 Elm Street, Milford. To share or offer a condolence, please go to www.smith-heald.com

Norman Arthur McKinstry 

      Norman “Norm” McKinstry, 98, passed away peacefully with family at his side on October 8th, 2022 at Riverwoods Manchester, NH. Norm was born on the island of St. Kitts to Marguerite and Sydney McKinstry on March 15, 1924. He spent an idyllic childhood in the Caribbean and Belize before attending boarding school in Dover, England. He was a student at Munro College in Jamaica before enlisting in the British Royal Navy to fight in

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World War II. He was sent to the United States as part of the World War II “Lend Lease Program” where he trained to be part of an elite fighter pilot group. In Maine, he met his future wife, Ruth, at a USO dance. They danced and kissed, and Norm made a promise that night to 

return and marry her at the end of the war. 

      During the war years, he flew a Corsair airplane from aircraft carriers. He did indeed return to Maine in 1946 and as promised, he married Ruth Schmidt. They were happily married for 63 years. He and Ruth had two daughters, Pamela and Sheila. The family moved to Massachusetts in the early 1950’s, eventually settling in Lunenburg, MA where they raised their girls. In 1971, Ruth and Norm moved to Cape Cod where the couple owned and operated the Sesuit Harbor Motel in East Dennis for 28 years.

They retired to their home in Brewster and then moved to Amherst, NH in 2007. 

      Norm was a man with widely diverse interests. He was an accomplished tennis player, an inveterate fisherman, and he had a lifelong passion for building and flying model airplanes and helicopters. His passions in life included a love for his children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, and many dogs. His patience was legendary, and he never stopped sharing his knowledge. He traveled the world with his wife, children, and grandchildren, continuing to do so well into his nineties. Norm was blessed to have had a full and incredibly rich life.

      With his sparkling blue eyes, quick smile and constant positivity, he showed us all how to age with grace despite the inevitable challenges that come with living a long life. 

      Loving family members include his wife Ruth who predeceased him, daughter Pamela Sullivan and husband Dave of Amherst, NH, and daughter Sheila Steele and husband Bill of Amherst, NH. Granddaughters Kelly Reis of Amherst, NH and Meredith “Ditty” Bannon and husband Chad Bannon of Park City, UT. He leaves behind 4 adored great grandchildren, Lila and Margot Reis and Clyde and Arlo Bannon. 

      A private celebration of life will be held at a later date. Donations can be made in memory of Norman to the Animal Rescue League of NH, 545 Route 101, Bedford, NH 03110. 

      Arrangements entrusted to the care of The Cremation Society of New Hampshire. To view Norm’s online tribute or write in the guestbook please visit www.csnh.com.