LACONIA, NH- When Laconia native Patty Paquette recently cleaned out her attic, she came across an important part of local history—an oil painting of the former Laconia Hospital, now Lakes Region General Hospital. She decided to share with the community, by donating it to LRGHealthcare.
The painting was created by Paquette’s mother in 1971, while studying under accomplished Gilford artist Loran Percy. Percy passed away in 2002, but his reputation as an artist lives on with many of his murals in the Laconia Post Office, Gunstock, Piche’s and homes throughout New England.
Paquette graduated from the Laconia School of Nursing in 1955, and celebrated a forty year career in nursing; most of it spent working at Lakes Region General Hospital. “I felt the painting needed to be somewhere where it could be seen and appreciated,” Paquette said. “It is my great pleasure to share this small part of Laconia’s history with the entire community.”
LRGHealthcare Philanthropy Manager Maureen Wilkins gratefully accepts a donated oil painting to LRGHealthcare, featuring the Laconia Hospital, circa 1971 from Laconia native Patty Paquette.