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Jan Whittemore VanTassel
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Jan Whittemore VanTassel, 79 of Center Ossipee, NH passed away unexpectedly on Friday July 14, 2023. Jan was born in MA to Joyce Whittemore VanTassel and Francis Leo Coye. Jan was raised in Effingham NH, attended local schools and was a graduate of Kennett High school, Conway, NH.
Jan was a well- known certified Detroit Diesel mechanic. He worked as a mechanic for Rines Garage in West Ossipee as well as several local trucking companies and contractors. For many years Jan owned and operated his own trucking company, DJ & K Trucking which delivered propane all over the Northeast and Canada for several major companies.
Jan was well known in his Center Ossipee Community for his 40+ years of service as a Captain of the Center Ossipee Volunteer Fire Department. Upon retiring from the department he was made an Honorary Lifetime Member of the Center Ossipee Fire Department. Retirement couldn't keep him away, he remained a regular fixture volunteering to help repair equipment and just dropping in for regular visits. Early on in his fire department career he found great pleasure in fundraising activities for the department. He helped plan and participate in the fireman’s musters, attended every fireman’s dinner, sold tickets at Ham Night and most of all, he loved calling out the bingo numbers at Westwood Shores.
Jan was well known for his extremely large heart, kindness and generosity to everyone. He was always sharing his knowledge of mechanic’s and how to "Macgyver" anything. The advice and knowledge that Jan gave will be greatly missed.
Over the years, Jan accumulated a large extended family, and know, he loved all of you.
Jan is survived by his four children, David VanTassel and companion Chris Moberg of Effingham, NH Steven VanTassel Ctr. Ossipee NH, Michelle Edmunds and husband Ralph of Ctr. Ossipee NH, Laura Canelas and husband Brian of Ossipee, also survived by his sister J, Pamela Gandolfo and husband Peter of Melrose MA, and a brother Jeffrey VanTassel and wife Judy of Effingham NH, 11 grandchildren, several great-grandchildren and his step-daughter Helen Stuart of Tamworth NH.
Jan was also well loved by his several nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made in Jan's memory to the Ctr. Ossipee Fire Department, PO Box 276, Ctr. Ossipee NH 03814.
Visiting hours will be held at the Lord Funeral Home 50 Moultonville Road, Ctr. Ossipee, NH Friday July 28, 2023 from 5-8pm. A Graveside service will be held Saturday July 29, 2023 at 11:00 am at the Woodland Cemetery, 148 Hobbs Road Effingham NH 03882