Onel L. Deflice Jr.
Onel, or “Junior,” as he preferred, was born March 7, 1932, in Lexington, Mass., the son of the late Onel and Julia (Angelo) Deflice.
He resided in Lexington until moving to Tilton, where he lived for 50 years.
He was a heavy equipment operator for 62 years, 40 of which were spent as the owner O.L.D. Excavating. He later was employed by Weaver Brothers Construction before retiring in 2011 at the age of 79.
He was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed his life on Lake Winnisquam. Onel spent countless hours boating, hunting, and ice fishing throughout New England, and often went deep sea fishing on the Atlantic. He was a gun collector, a big fan of NASCAR (especially Dale Earnhardt Sr.) and was a proud charter and lifetime member of the Laconia Lodge of Elks. Later in life, he enjoyed the Boston sports teams, especially the Red Sox and Patriots. But most of all, Onel loved spending time with his best friend and wife, Pat Deflice. They enjoyed visits from his beloved children near and far, and could often be found socializing with his many friends from throughout the Lakes Region.
Survivors include his wife, Patricia Nealon Deflice of Tilton; sons Louis Deflice of Silverdale, Wash., Onel Deflice of San Diego, Calif., Richard Melvin of Weare, and Thomas Melvin of Santa Cruz, Calif.; daughters Debra Cartright of Hingham, Mass., Darlene Butler of Acton, Mass., Dawn Egan of Laconia, and Nancy LaBranche of Sanbornton; sister Julie Miller of Lexington, Mass.; several grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Deflice was predeceased by a son, Gary Deflice, and by two brothers, Dominic Deflice and Richard Deflice.
Calling hours will be on Saturday, July 28, from noon to 2 p.m. in the carriage house of the Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home, 164 Pleasant St., Laconia.
A Memorial Service will follow at 2 p.m. at the funeral home.
The family has requested no flowers. For those who wish, please make memorial donations to the charity of your choice.
Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 164 Pleasant St., Laconia, is assisting the family with the arrangements. For more information and to view an online memorial. go to www.wilkinsonbeane.com.