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James F. Kizer, Jr., 87, of Derry, N.H., passed away Tuesday, October 24, 2017, in the Elliot Hospital, Manchester, N.H. He was born in Cambridge, Mass., on March 23, 1930, a son of the late James, Sr. and Hannah (Hill) Kizer, and was a resident of Derry since 1963. James was a member of both the Lions and Eagles and helped in starting the recreational leagues of Derry, including Little League, flag football and basketball. He also built many buildings in Derry and framed at least 1,500 houses in the area. He was a generous man and taught the construction trade to many he employed. James loved his family more than anything; come Christmas time he would make sure every person who walked through the door had a present. He was a devoted husband who loved his wife dearly.
He is survived by his beloved wife of 66 years, Charlotte (Wood) Kizer; six daughters, Christine Divenuti and her husband, Lawrence, Judith Ilomaki and her husband, Ronald, Nancy Jefferson and her husband, Michael, Catherine Fannon and her husband, Michael, Jeanette Catton and her husband, Craig, and Sandy Tombari; three sons, William Kizer and his wife, Kathleen, John Kizer, and Edward Kizer and his wife, Molly; 21 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. James was predeceased by his son, James F. Kizer, III.
Following cremation, a calling hour was held on Sunday, October 29, 2017, from 1 to 2 p.m. in the Peabody Funeral Homes & Crematorium, 15 Birch St., Derry. A memorial service followed at 2 p.m. in the funeral home. To send a condolence or for more information, please visit www.peabodyfuneralhome.com.
Published on  November 2, 2017
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