Thomas E ‘Punky’ Marsh 86, a lifelong resident of Ashland, died on September 3, 2017 surrounded by his family at Speare Memorial Hospital in Plymouth, following a brief illness.

He was born in Ashland on April 3, 1931, the son of Elmer L and Agnes Brady Marsh.   He was raised and schooled in Ashland, graduating from Ashland High School in 1949. Thomas E. Marsh Photo

He was employed by the Ashland Paper Mill and soon after married his wife Lorraine Stiles Marsh on March 6, 1950 and shared 67 years of a wonderful marriage and partnership. He was also employed by LW Packard, Ken Forbes Construction, Superintendent of the Ashland Electric Department, and operated his own business “Tom’s Electrical Service” for many years.

Punky was a member of the Ashland Fire Department for over 20 years, serving as the Ashland Fire Chief from 1969 to 1973. He was a trustee of the Green Grove Cemetery Association, Trustee of the Ashland Baptist Church, and a member of the Pemi Baker Fish and Game Club.   He enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, woodworking, the holidays, and most of all his family.

He was predeceased his father Elmer L Marsh, his mother Agnes Brady Marsh, and his brother Eddie Marsh.

He is survived by his wife of 67 years Lorraine J Stiles Marsh. His two children Thomas L Marsh and his wife Kathleen of Boscawen; his daughter Susan L Perry and husband Bernard of Walpole, his grandchildren Ryan T Marsh and wife Alyssa of Moultonborough, Jennifer K Mika and husband Bryan of Pittsfield, Nicole L Wilson and husband Tyler of Newport, and Mark T Perry of Walpole; great grandchildren, Brendyn L Marsh of and Christian T Marsh of Moultonborough; his sister Shirley Delucca of Laconia, brothers Donald and wife Betty Marsh of Ashland, Richard and wife Kathleen Marsh of Newport News, VA, Harry and wife Cindy Marsh of Bristol, and Norman Marsh of Ashland and many nieces and nephews.

Calling hours will be held at the Dupuis Funeral Home 11 Hill Avenue in Ashland on Friday, September 8, 2017 from 6 to 8 pm.   The Funeral Service will be held on Saturday September 9, 2017 at 11am at the Ashland Baptist Church, Main Street in Ashland. Burial to follow in the Green Grove Cemetery, Main Street in Ashland.

Donations may be made to the Ashland Fire Dept. Auxiliary Operation Santa Claus Fund, PO Box 856, Ashland, NH 03217.   Dupuis Funeral Home in Ashland is handling the arrangements. For more info go to