Manchester couple, homicide victims, memorialized at stamp club event
Ed Vallery of Durham pauses at the tables set up in memory of Bob and Connie Dion during the Manchester Stamp Club's event at the American Legion Post 37 in Hooksett Sunday. Bob Dion was the president of the stamp club. (Mark Bolton/Union Leader)
Swist said the couples had planned to attend a March 19 fundraising event in Loudon. But Swist said he and his wife never heard from the Dions.
Authorities have identified the Dions as homicide victims. Last week, attorney James Normand, who is representing relatives of the Dions, said the couple had died before fire heavily damaged their Manchester home. Meanwhile, police continue searching for Matthew Dion, 38, the Dions' son, described as "a person of interest."
"When you had a question, especially about recent United States stamps, you would talk with him because of his experience as a dealer and his past as a postman," said Dan Day of the Merrimack Stamp Club. "He had a lot of knowledge."
"It was big enough so that if, say, Manchester didn't want to have a philatelic window, Bob would run it out of the North Salem post office," he said.
"At one point, I owed him $400 to $500 for stamps," Swist said. "I'd do work around his house to pay; it was down to about $42 when the house burned."
"He was always at the shows, always with a big smile on his face," said Mike Girard of Raymond.
Dion's affinity for the post office and for stamps, and his wife's love of flowers figured prominently in the display. Olson, who built two plaques using commemorative stamps, said he found a stamp with flowers blossoming out of an envelope.
While Dion retired from the U.S. Postal Service several years ago, he looked forward to daily late morning trips to his Manchester post office box, where he would stop to chat with employees, according to Pamela Focosi.
Focosi said the couple's generous spirit is something she will remember.
"They would just do anything for anybody," she said. "They were ready to help at the drop of a hat, with no questions asked."
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