September 4, 1929 – March 16, 2015
Bertram Read, 85, died March 16, 2015, in Exeter, after a courageous battle with Parkinson’s. He leaves children, William Read, John Noble and Wendy Federer; brother Thomas Read; sisters, Nancy Coville, Joanne Floyd and Helen Steele; and grandchildren, Abigail Noble, Allison Read, Whitney Noble and Kelsey Read.
A graduate of Harvard College, Read was an avid sportsman, enjoying boating, sailing, skiing, hunting, tennis, paddle tennis and golf. Dedicated to conservation, he served as a past president of the Squam Lakes Conservation Society and was honored with the Davenport Award for his exemplary service. He was also a trustee of Chocorua Island Chapel. His professional career focused on the commercial printing business, having leadership positions at J.W. Clement, Regensteiner Press and the Williams Press in New York City, Chicago and Albany respectively. In 1976, he became president and owner of Shiver Mountain Press in Washington Depot, Conn., which he sold in 1990 before he and Clare, his wife of more than 50 years, became permanent residents of Holderness. He was a devoted husband, father and brother, but also a hail-fellow-well-met by all those who knew him, confirmed by his many, many friends and admirers.
SERVICES: A memorial service will be held at Wonalancet Chapel, Wonalancet, on June 6 at 1:30 p.m. A reception to follow.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Squam Lakes Conservation Society:
“The Society’s mission is to preserve the unique quality and character of the Squam watershed by protecting lands for present and future generations.”
The Squam Lakes Conservation Society is a land conservation organization dedicated to the protection of the natural environment in the Squam Lakes Region of central New Hampshire for the benefit of all present and future residents and visitors. SLCS was formed in 1960 by long-time residents of the area and obtained 501(c)(3) status as a private, non-profit charitable organization in 1961.
SLCS achieves the long-term protection of land by seeking, holding, and monitoring conservation easements and by accepting land ownership. It envisions a unique region of islands, shorefront, back lands, and mountains wherein a harmony between the natural environment and mankind is preserved forever. SLCS works towards this goal in cooperation with state and local authorities, businesses, other conservation organizations, residents, landowners and visitors.