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  • This page is dedicated to members of the Atkinson Police Department who have passed. They will never be forgotten. Editor's note: if you have any pictures of John, Diane, or Roseann that you would like on this page - please email

Cpl. John R. Lapham, 40

  • Cpl. John R. Lapham, 40, a member of the Atkinson Police Department for the past six years, died Thursday, June 5, 2008, at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, following a courageous battle with cancer.

    Raised and educated in Hampstead, Cpl. Lapham, attended Pinkerton Academy in Derry, and received his degrees in accounting and criminal justice from Hesser College.

    A February of 2001 graduate of the 124th Class of The New Hampshire Police Academy, he began his law enforcement career as a part-time officer and later full time officer for the Town of Hampstead from 1997 until 2002, and served as the department prosecutor. He was also employed by the Sandown Police Department before joining the Atkinson Department in 2002. A member of the Atkinson Police Department since 2002, Cpl. Lapham served as the town DARE Officer. He also served in the U.S. Coast Guard Reserves from 1993 until 2000.

    Cpl. Lapham has resided in Chester since 1994 and was a volunteer coach for the Chester Soccer League and Little League. He was also a member of the Rockingham County Law Enforcement Association, DARE America Association, and The Chester Congregational Church and a former member of the Hampstead Congregational Church. He enjoyed snowmobiling and vacations at DisneyWorld. He is survived by his wife of thirteen years, Amy (Towle) Lapham, and two sons, Matthew W. Lapham and Justin R. Lapham, all of Chester, his parents, Stanley and Gail (Clark) Lapham of East Hampstead, brother and sister-in-law, Brian and Dorothy Lapham of Hampton, sister, Susan Lapham of Sandown, and sister and brother-in-law, Julie Lapham-McDevitt and James McDevitt of Portsmouth, one niece, two nephews, and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

    His funeral was held on June 10, beginning at Brookside Chapel & Funeral Home, Plaistow. His funeral cortege traveled through the towns of Plaistow, Atkinson, Hampstead, and Sandown, with the funeral service continued in the Chester Congregational Church. Burial was in the Great Hill Cemetery, Chester. Relatives and friends who wish are encouraged to make donations in memory of John at any Banknorth location for the Cpl. John Lapham Fund, c/o TD Banknorth, N.A., 47 Plaistow Rd., P.O. Box 368, Plaistow, NH 03865.

Diane M. (David) Kinney, 69

  • Diane M. (David) Kinney, 69 of Atkinson, died May 1, 2008 at her home following a long illness.

    Born in Haverhill, daughter of the late Edmund and M. Irene (Dufour) David, she attended the Smiley School, Saint Joseph Grammar School and was a member of the St. James High School class of 1956.

    After attending the State of New Hampshire Police Academy, Mrs. Kinney became the first female police officer in the state and has served on the Atkinson Police Department for the past 35 years. She was also the first woman constable and longest serving constable in the town.

    In addition to her service as a sergeant for the police department, Mrs. Kinney has also served as a member of the Budget Committee, as a member of the fence viewing commission and as the former animal control officer.

    An avid Red Sox fan and past president of the Fire Department Women’s Auxilliary, Mrs. Kinney also enjoyed playing tennis at Cedardale Health and Athletic Club, gardening, and tending to her animals.

    The wife of the late William C. Kinney, she is survived by sons, William C. Kinney, Jr. and his wife Anne, and Scott E. Kinney, all of Newmarket, four daughters and their husbands, Karen M. and Randy LaPalme of Atkinson, Sheryl A. and Peter Bisognano of Atkinson, Joan T. and Col. Scott Heckman of Springfield,VA, and Beth D. Kinney and her companion Eric Scammon of Kennebunk,ME, a sister Joan T. Lewis of Haverhill , six grandchildren, and several nieces, nephews and cousins. She was pre-deceased by brothers, Edmund, Raymond, and William David.

    Memorial donations may be made to Salem Animal Rescue League, 4 SARL Dr., Salem, NH 03079.

Rose Ann (Matt) Masello, 62

  • Rose Ann (Matt) Masello, 62 of Atkinson, NH, formerly of Revere’s Beachmont Section, died Sunday morning, April 27, 2008 surrounded by her family at her residence.

    She was born in Boston, on March 4, 1946, the daughter of Elizabeth (Fabiano) Matt and the late Nicholas Matt. She was raised in East Boston, attended East Boston schools, and was graduated from East Boston High School.

    She married Joseph M. Masello in 1966 and resided in the Beachmont Section of Revere for 25 years before moving to Atkinson, NH in 1996. She was employed by John Hancock Financial Services, Boston, as a Contract Service Representative for over 20 years until her retirement in 2005.

    After retirement she began volunteering in different capacities with the Atkinson Police Department, Atkinson, NH. Mrs. Masello had camped during the summer for over 30 years with her family at Angle Pond Grove, Sandown, NH; she was an avid reader, never going anywhere without a book; and, most importantly, she enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren.

    She was the wife of the late Joseph M. Masello, who died May 16, 2005. She is survived by her mother, Elizabeth ( Fabiano) Matt of East Boston; loving sons, Joseph N. Masello and his wife Christine M. of Atkinson, NH and David J. Masello and his companion Debra J. Bally of Londonderry, NH; grandchildren, Domenic R. Masello of Atkinson, NH, Anthony J. Masello of Atkinson, NH, and Stephen M. Bally of Londonderry, NH; sisters, Geraldine Terrizi and her husband Anthony of No. Reading and Jeanie Ippolito and her husband Anthony J. of Tewksbury; brother, Frank Matt and his wife Ginny of Revere; and several nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews, and cousins.

    Contributions in Rose Ann’s memory may be made to the National Kidney Foundation of Massachusetts and New Hampshire, 85 Astor Avenue, Norwood, MA 02062.

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