NEWS/PUBLIC SAFETY

Two crosses mark the tree a vehicle struck in a crash that killed two area men in Rindge Saturday. Photo by MEGHAN PIERCE

 

By MEGHAN PIERCE

RINDGE — Two men killed in a crash on Thomas Road Saturday will be laid to rest this week and next.

Jake R. Germano, 23, of Rindge, who was identified as the driver, will be laid to rest at a mass in Jaffrey Monday. His passenger, Darien L. Masterson, 24, of Gardner, Mass., is to be laid to rest at a mass tomorrow in Winchendon, Mass.

Germano was a 2012 graduate of Conant High School in Jaffrey and 2016 graduate of Mount Wachusett Community College in Gardner, Mass. He worked for WBZ Radio in Boston as a sound producer, according to his obituary.

“Jake was bright and creative and talented. He loved his music. If he wasn’t making it, he was celebrating it. Spending time laying down beats and mixes, known by many as Chief Twinks he had just begun taking another step towards making his dreams come true, creating the first of what was to be a weekly broadcast, Electric Powwow,” his obituary says.

Calling hours for Germano are planned for Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Cournoyer Funeral Home & Cremation Center in Jaffrey with a memorial mass planned for Monday at 11 a.m. at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Jaffrey.

Friends and family of two men killed in a Saturday car crash said goodbye over the Halloween weekend with pumpkins and costumes as well as mementos, flowers and two crosses at the tree their vehicle struck on Thomas Road in Rindge. Photo by MEGHAN PIERCE

Since news of the crash came out friends and family have taken to Facebook to post messages. Marilynn Hill posted a yearbook photo of her and Germano when they were named “Most Theatrical” in the 8th grade.

“You were literally such a kind hearted, genuine, and hilarious human being. You made everyone you met smile. Rest easy Jake Germano. I hope you’re raging and having an amazing time on the other side,” she posted.

In lieu of flowers, his family is asking for memorial donations in his name to the Trustees of Trust Funds, c/o Nancy Martin, Rindge Town Offices, 30 Payson Hill Rd, Rindge, NH 03461.

Masterson had previously lived in Winchendon, MA, where he had graduated from Murdock High School in 2011.

“Darien worked at McDonalds for over 5 years and was employed as a shop cop and fork lift operator at BWI in Leominster.  He was a fan of Electric Dance Music and traveled with his girlfriend Jordan Richard from Miami to Canada to take part in their festivals.  Darien loved baseball and was an avid fan of the Boston Red Sox.  He also enjoyed mountain climbing, camping, fishing and hiking,” his obituary says.

According to his Facebook page he studied criminal justice at Mount Wachusett Community College.  A mass of Christian burial is planned to be held for him tomorrow, Thursday at 11 a.m. in Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Winchendon, Mass.

Memorial donations may be made to Rise Above Foundation Inc, PO Box 174, Northbridge, Mass. 01534.

Rindge police were dispatched to a reported motor vehicle accident on Thomas Road Saturday at 8 a.m. Rindge Police Chief Daniel Anair said it appears the crash had occurred sometime earlier and both men were deemed to have succumbed to their injuries from the crash.