HOPKINTON, NH John W. Myhaver Jr., 61, died Wednesday, June 5, 2013 at his home in Hopkinton, NH with his loving wife, Lorraine LaFrance by his side. John died as he lived: consciously, graciously and courageously.
He was born in San Antonio, Texas on March 1, 1952, the first born of John Myhaver Sr. and Beverly Parks Myhaver. John moved with his parents to Goffstown, NH when he was three years old. The family later moved to Portland, ME. He was educated at St. Joseph’s grammar school and Cheverus High School, from which he graduated in 1970. He attended Saint Anselm’s College in New Hampshire and graduated as a member of the class of 1974. John began a 35-year career with T. F. Moran Inc. in 1978 as a Field Assistant. He worked his way to Field Operations Manager, and maintained his land surveyor license. John most recently held the positions of Principal/Project Manager/Chief of Survey. He also served as Vice-Chairman on the NH Board of Land Surveyors.
The outdoors and a love of nature permeated John’s life. He was an avid skier, bicyclist, hiker, kayaker and golfer. As a long-standing member and captain of Stranger Still Ski team, he spent many a Thursday night racing with his buddies (including his dear Uncle Fred Myhaver and the late Al Campagna) at Gunstock Mountain. John was proud to have hiked all but two of New Hampshire’s 4,000 footers. John and his wife, Lorraine, made their home in a log cabin oasis surrounded by woods, stream, birds and wildlife, thus creating a perfect setting for their lives together.
John will be remembered, above all, for the music he made and shared with his family and friends. When he was twelve, John and his brother Joel bought a guitar and chord book and started playing music with their brother Mark and friends in the basement of the family home. His musical prowess on guitar and mandolin became evident during his college years and flourished though years of entertaining himself and others in live performances from weddings to backyard barbeques. John’s UBG (Uncle Big Guy) Orchestra performed at various locations throughout Maine, New Hampshire, and beyond. John inspired many a musician to pick up an instrument and “join the band.”
Predeceased by his parents, John is survived by his partner and wife of more than fifteen years, Lorraine LaFrance, step-daughters Shelby LaFrance and Shanna Beebe, grandsons Taran and Dane, great grandson Garvin, in-laws Regina Strongheart, Linda Boudreault, Beth Atkinson, John Boudreault and their families. He is also survived by his six brothers and four sisters: Joel, Mark, Margaret, Kurt, Elizabeth, Timothy, James, Virginia, Andrea and Alex, and their respective families.
Family and friends are invited to attend a Celebration of John’s Life at Gunstock Mountain Resort on Saturday, June 15 at 11:00 a.m. There will also be a celebration in Maine at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in John’s name to New Hampshire Audubon and to the Lend Me a Hand Fund, Payson Center for Cancer Care, Concord Hospital.