Jesse Gangwer

Jesse Perkins Gangwer

Wednesday, November 18th, 1931 - Wednesday, April 7th, 2021
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Jesse P. Gangwer, 89, of Madbury, NH passed away peacefully on April 7, 2021, surrounded by his loving family; June, Cathy and Sam.

Jesse was born in Miami on November 18, 1931. He graduated from Dover High School then continued on to UNH. He served in the United States Army at Aberdeen Proving Grounds during the Korean Conflict. He attended Keene State Teachers College where he met June, the love of his life.

They Married in 1957, and celebrated 64 years together. He worked on the family dairy farm, later converting it to a working apple orchard. In 1960 he acquired the Town and Campus block and business. This was just the beginning of many businesses and commercial ventures over the next several decades including the Tin Palace restaurant.

Jesse enjoyed being with his family, the outdoors, the farm, and especially traveling to Longboat Key Florida where he and his beautiful wife June enjoyed the sunsets. Other hobbies included bowling, cribbage and fly fishing.

Another highlight was UNH hockey with season tickets by the press box in the old Snively Arena, rocking the stands! He was known for his generosity and support of others in the Durham and Madbury communities, and his positive view of life. He always ended a spirited conversation with the phrase “Peace and Love!” He was one of a kind and an icon on Main Street in the town of Durham. He had a heart of gold, helping everyone he could, whether local or from afar. He would cash checks for students, some of the IOU’s would be paid back years later. He loved UNH athletics and supporting student organizations.

Jesse is the beloved husband of 64 years to his wife June; Loving father to his daughter Catherine and husband Edward of Madbury; his son Samuel and wife Laura of Bedford, NH; proud Grampy to six beautiful grandchildren: Kaitlyn, Benjamin, Megan, Olivia, Christopher and Jaden; and two cherished great grandchildren, Foster and Cullen.

He is predeceased and reunited with his parents Mabel and Jess, sister Beverly; his beloved son Allen, and beautiful granddaughter Alicia.

If you choose to send flowers, please use our local family business directly: In Bloom Weddings and Events:, 308 Durham Road, Dover, NH 03820, (T)603-868-7021.

In lieu of flower, donations may be made to the Southeast Land Trust of New, or the American Cancer Society.

Visiting hours will be held Friday, April 16, 2021 from 5 pm to 7 pm at Purdy Memorial Chapel, 2 Concord Rd., Lee, NH 03861. A private service and burial will be at the convenience of the family.

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  • Visitation

    Friday, April 16th, 2021 | 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Friday, April 16th, 2021 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Purdy Memorial Chapel
    2 Concord Rd. Rt.4
    Lee, New Hampshire 03861
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  • Interment

    Pine Hill Cemetery
    131 Central Ave.
    Dover, NH 03820
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Posted at 12:48pm
Jesse Gangwer will certainly be missed....moving to Durham in 1959, I have vivid memories of Jesse's pleasant attitude and complete devotion to his family....he became a pillar of the community , successfully leading Durham into the 21st century...Jesse's son, Allen was my ringbearer at my wedding in condolence to his wife June and family members....Sandra Fuellhart Evans

Mark Nichols

Posted at 07:39am
I am sad to hear of Jesse's passing. He was such a generous and kind man. My first job was with Town and Campus and then on to the Tin Palace. I always appreciated the opportunities he offered to so many of us . Most importanly was that he created a family through his different businesses. He will be sadly missed and warmly remembered.

Bonnie Winona MacKinnon

Posted at 02:26am
What a sad moment to discover that Jesse has departed this world. I so remember his big warm smile and kind nature. He was like a dad to the college students back in 1964 when I first came to Durham. It was always a pleasure to shop for school supplies in his store and chat with him about most anything. He was a friend to all. My heart goes out to dear June and his family. The two of them were such a class act, the genuine real deal. They embodied the goodness of community like it was then and should be. In my mind, I cannot envision Main Street without him. May peace surround his loved ones and may his goodness remain in the community. He was a great guy, a prince among us.

David Bamford

Posted at 06:54pm
Jesse was quite a guy. I have had the privilege to know Jesse for greater than sixty years. It was always a pleasure to see him on the street when he would greet you with that big Jesse smile interested to hear what was happening in your life. During those sixty years I had the pleasure of knowing Catherine, Sam and June. What a family. Each is such a special person. June is, perhaps, one of the finest ladies I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. She has always been beautiful outside as her beauty radiated from within. June conducted herself with class in every way. Together Jesse and June raised two wonderful kids. Each reflected the view of life of their wonderful parents. Durham is a special community, but less so today without the presence of Jesse Gangwear. Our prayers go out to this great family.

Debbie and David Bamford

Sharon (Cheney) Smith

Posted at 04:58pm
I remember Jess way back in "69-70" He would kid me while I was working at the great Bay Cleaners in Durham and he also attended with his wife at my wedding also. I have pictures of him laughing and joking. He was my dad's good friend. my dad was Harry Cheney and my dad name to people who knew him was Happy Harry. Jess would once in awhile call me Happy Harry. I am sorry for his loss and he is a great loss for Madbury and Durham. I think he was a selectman along with my dad in Madbury. Not sure But I think he was. my thoughts are with the Gangwer family. My God be with you

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