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OFFICIAL OBITUARY FOR

John Towle

April 6, 2021

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John T. Towle died peacefully at home after a long illness on April 6th in Freedom, NH.  He was79.   

John is survived by his wife Terri, son John L. Towle and Daughter in Law Sherri Walker Towle , sister Jennifer Towle Lund, sister-in-law Linda Shamblin, brother-in-law Yngvar Tjersland III, and many cousins, nieces, nephews and their families. 

John was born in Wilmington, Delaware.  His parents were the late William A. Towle of North Carolina and Esther O’Brian Windebank  of Buffalo, N.Y.   He summered in Freedom as a child and eventually returned from Wilmington with his wife Terri in 1976 to make the town their permanent residence. 

He attended the State University of New York in Buffalo, and then went on to serve in the United States Army from 1961 to 1964, where his love for shooting was made evident with his achievement of several distinguished marksmanship badges in a variety of weapons.  

This passion for shooting followed him to New Hampshire where he began his own business in 1976, T-N-T Arms, specializing in the design and conversion of competition PPC and Silhouette pistols, many of which were featured at the time in Gun World Magazine and American Handgunner, and touted by some as the world’s most powerful handguns.   A lifelong martial arts enthusiast, holding black belts in two different systems, he was inducted into the Martial Arts Hall of Fame in 2002 with an award for Outstanding Leadership.   In addition, he was an avid lover of fast cars and followed the drag racing circuit from an early age.  He eventually joined the more conservative crowd of 9 to 5-ers as a consultant and product design specialist for the GPX Corporation in Gorham, Maine until his retirement in 2012.  

John will be buried in the Towle Cemetery in Freedom following a private family gathering.  Per his wishes no services will be held.  In lieu of flowers those who wish may make a donation, in John’s memory, to the American Heart Association.

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Ingrid Bogen

April 26, 2021 8:43 PM

I am so sorry for your loss.
Love,
Ingrid
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Michael Eldridge

April 22, 2021 12:50 PM
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Our condolences to Terri and Little John. We had some good times together going to the races and eating those special subs we got. Those memories have made very good stories ! Rest In Peace my friend. Mike and Maureen

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April 21, 2021 8:24 PM

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JP Evans

April 21, 2021 8:22 PM

I fired up the Mustang yesterday and took her for a nice long drive. She still purred along nicely and I was reminded of when I had it restored back in 1990. The first thing I did was have the engine rebuilt and after 120,000 miles it needed it. I was talking with John Towle who was an engineer at the company in Maine where we both worked. He convinced me that he could do the work since he had rebuilt Mustangs before. I entrusted it to him. True to his word he did a fine job and shipped the engine out to Grand Rapids, Michigan where the ground-up restoration was to take place at Mid-Michigan Mustang. They finished the job and installed the rebuilt engine, then shipped the completed car back to me by moving van. The whole job came in at about $30,000 (for a $3,000 car in 1965). Anyway after the drive I decided to see if I could find John and thank him again for the fine work he did over thirty years ago. Sadly, my search revealed that he had passed away two weeks ago at 79. Rest In Peace John Towle I'm deeply sorry that I waited too long.

John & Barbara Stuart

April 10, 2021 9:33 AM

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