Chris and Caroline Tufts were always the life of the party at the Spirit of Mount Washington Independence Day Parade. She would organize the annual parade, which traditionally began in their spacious front yard. He, the more gregarious, played master of ceremonies. It was hard to imagine the festivities without them.
But in February, Chris, 56, a telecommunications consultant and former Green Beret, died of cancer, six months after his diagnosis. This Fourth, the parade did not kick off from their house on Wexford Road.
"My kids didn't want his absence to be so prominent in our front yard," Caroline Tufts said.
Yet there she was at the traditional end of the...