Man killed in logging accident mourned

  • Hope Fellowship Church in Jaffrey overflowed with mourners Sunday afternoon at the funeral for New Ipswich man Hank Somero. Staff photo by Meghan Pierce—

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Saturday, March 09, 2019 3:51PM

A New Ipswich man, who was killed in a logging accident in Rindge Wednesday, was remembered by friends and family on Sunday.

Hank L. Somero, 52, had been working alone on a property off Drag Hill Road Wednesday when the accident occurred, Rindge police Sgt. Rachel Malynowski said Saturday.

“Hank had a big heart and he loved a lot of people and he wore it on his shoulder. He was the real deal,” Somero’s cousin Marty Kulla said at the funeral service at Hope Fellowship Church in Jaffrey Sunday afternoon.

It was standing room only in the church with mourners pouring out into the entry room and parking lot.

“I am amazed at so many of you coming out on this snowy day to remember a great man, a friend to many and that is very clear today,” said Rev. Jordan Moody, pastor of Hope Fellowship Church, who officiated the service. “Thank you for coming. Our hearts are grieved, are saddened today with this sudden loss.”

Moody said he, “unfortunately, did not have the privilege” of knowing Somero well but spoke with many people this week who did.

“One of the best descriptions anyone has given me this past week of Hank Somero is that of a cactus-covered marshmallow,” Moody said. “I think that in many ways was Hank. He had an exterior of a logger. And an interior of a soft, warm, covered marshmallow. He was a big teddy bear. He loved people, loved his family, he hugged deeply. As many of you have said, ‘There is no hug like a hug from Hank.’”

The eldest of the Somero’s eight sisters, Eve Anderson spoke on behalf of all of Somero’s sisters.

“He was a friend more than a brother. Gentle. Hands tucking away hair from our faces. He made a place at his table for all of us,” Anderson said. “He introduced us to what a gentleman should be. He taught us how to raise boys into men. … The joy he found in the outdoors, where he was most alive. He taught us all to love big. To see the good in the mundane. To appreciate the great outdoors. And to know what living really is. Hank was a good man.”

Somero was born in Vancouver, Washington, the first of fifteen children. He attended Mascenic Regional High School in New Ipswich. And ran his own family business, Hank Somero & Sons Custom Sawing. He is survived by his wife of 22 years Cindy Somero, his parents Daniel ‘Boone’ and Anne Kulla Somero, his daughter Jo-Lynn and his three sons, Zeke and Levi and Brian Forcier.

Rindge police, Rindge Rescue & Fire and Jaffrey Ambulance responded to a report of a logging accident at about 11:55 a.m. on Wednesday. DHART was also initially requested but was immediately canceled, Malynowski said.

“He was working alone and the homeowner found him just before noon with apparent head and facial injuries and he was deceased upon arrival,” Malynowski said.

It is believed he was already deceased when the homeowner found him, she said.

Rindge opened an investigation, but have since closed it.

“We are no longer investigating. An autopsy was performed on Thursday, the 7, and the cause of death was confirmed to be accidental,” Malynowski said.