Notable New Hampshire Deaths: Former State Rep. Herb Richardson of Lancaster

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Union Cemetery, located beside the Old North Cemetery on Maplewood Avenue in Portsmouth, is listed on the N.H. State Register of Historic Places. Established in 1844, some of the burials date back 20 years earlier. Buried here are wealthy shipping merchants and ship builders whose shipyards and mansions were once located in this area. The Old North Cemetery to the left of Union Cemetery dates to 1751, although it was not formally established as a cemetery until 1753. scans the websites of New Hampshire funeral homes each week and selects at random some of our friends, relatives and neighbors to feature in this column. The people listed here passed away during the previous week and have some public or charitable connection to their community. is now offering obituaries through the service. We view this as part of our public service mission. Click here or on the Obituaries tab at the top of our home page to learn more. And if you know of someone from New Hampshire who should be featured in this column, please send your suggestions to

Herbert Douglas Richardson Jr., 72, of Lancaster, died March 7, 2023. He spent almost 40 years on local school boards, as a selectman, on budget committees and many years as a state representative, from 2002 to 2006 and 2008 to 2018. He was most proud of his role as the vice chair of the Science, Technology & Energy Committee, and he supported, with legislation and in other ways, fuel and electrical assistance, energy-efficient housing projects, and handicap accessibility. He was a produce manager of Butson’s and Shaws in Lancaster for more than 30 years. (Bailey Funeral Home)

Laurence K. Dobson, 76, of Fremont, died March 5, 2023. He taught computer science at the Cooperative Middle School in Stratham for approximately 10 years before transitioning to Seabrook Middle School, where he taught students until he retired. (Brewitt Funeral Home)

Claudette A. Morneau, 72, of Milan, died March 5, 2023. After her retirement from Androscoggin Valley Hospital , where she worked for more than 40 years, she spent several years as a member of Coos County Family Health Services’ board of directors, where she served on the Qaulity Improvement Committee and Finance Committee. She was also an active member of the Milan Community United Methodist Church. (Bryant Funeral Homes & Crematory)

Paul Partenope, 78, of Gorham, died March 2, 2023. A U.S. Navy veteran, he was a business teacher at Berlin High School. After earning a Master’s degree in guidance and counseling, he became a guidance counselor at Berlin High School. He then earned an MBA degree and became business administrator for School Administrative Unit No. 20. He finished his 35-year career as business administrator of SAU No. 54. He was president of the N.H. Association of School Business Officials, secretary for the N.H. Public Risk Management Exchange (PRIMEX), and secretary of the White Mountain Beagle Club for nearly 30 years. He served on the board of the Northeast Credit Union and the Androscoggin Valley Fish & Game. (Bryant Funeral Homes & Crematory)

Lorraine F. Edmunds, 78, of Deerfield, died March 2, 2023. She and her husband George established Edmunds Enterprises Inc. and introduced a paid circulation weekly newspaper, The InterTown Record.  Lorraine served as vice president and chief financial officer until 2007, when the newspaper was sold.  She was chairperson of Democrats for Gov. Meldrim Thomson, Jr. and was twice elected to the N.H. House of Representatives from Ward 9, Nashua.  She later served in the Thomson administration as an investigator for the Division of Human Resources. She worked for the Sutton Rescue Squad, where she was an EMT for many years.  (Chadwick Funeral Home and Cremation Service)

Normand A. Theroux, 93, of Nashua, died March 4, 2023. A U.S. Navy veteran, he began his career with the Nashua Fire Department in 1953 and rose to the rank of deputy chief, retiring in 1980. (Davis Funeral Home)

Bradley Byron Loomis, 87, of Rochester, died March 1, 2023. A U.S. Marine Corps veteran, he had a 50-year career in law enforcement, serving as a police officer in Rochester for 25 years and retiring as deputy chief.  He was a deputy sheriff for Strafford County and then later for the Strafford County Court System. (R.M. Edgerly & Son Funeral Home)

James A. Sullivan, M.D., 88, of Nashua, died March 7, 2023. A U.S. Army veteran, he moved to Nashua in 1966 and co-founded Nashua Pediatrics Association, spending nearly 40 years caring for the children of Nashua. (Farwell Funeral Home)

William E. Harris, 69, died March 4, 2023. He worked in the family business, Harris Family Furniture, with locations in Plymouth, Laconia, Chichester and North Conway. The business was started in 1965 by his father and uncle in Bristol. He was a member of the board of directors of Speare Memorial Hospital in Plymouth for 16 years and was finance director at St. Matthew’s Church for many years. (Mayhew Funeral Home)

Maxine B. Wiggins-Guimond, 86, of Warner, died March 5, 2023.  She belonged to St. Patrick Church and the Women’s Catholic Club, the Newport Senior Center as well as the Newport Service Organization, volunteering in the thrift shop. (Newton-Bartlett Funeral Home)

Wayne T. Garstang, 56, of Merrimack, died March 7, 2023. A Special Olympian in candlepin bowling, he was a proud member of the Merrimack Friars, an auxiliary member of both the VFW Post 8641 and American Memorial Legion Post 98 of Merrimack, and an honored supporter of the American Legion Riders.  He worked at Newick’s Seafood restaurant in Merrimack for more than 16 years before it closed.  He was the official bat boy for Combat Corporation in the Merrimack Men’s Softball League for many years. (Rivet Funeral Home)

David William Osgood, 79, of Newport, died March 4, 2023. He taught American history at Fall Mountain Regional High School. In 1967, he was among the first to serve on the board of directors of Southwestern Community Services in Keene. From 1979 to 1982, he worked for Gov. Hugh J. Gallen as Commissioner of Education and Training. He then became a member of the senior leadership team at Southwestern Community Services, where he remained until his retirement in 2006. (Stringer Funeral Home)

John Thomas Gutman, 76, of Sunapee, died March 7, 2023. He worked as business manager for the Colchester, Vt., schools, then was vice president of Saint Michaels College for more than 18 years. He then formed an insurance brokerage company and was president and a founder of Vermont School Board Insurance Trust. (Chadwick Funeral and Cremation Service)

Anita (Nudd) Cameron, 68, of West Ossipee, died March 7, 2023. She coached and umpired at Kingswood Regional High School and coached the Tamworth Brett School softball and basketball teams. She coached and played in the White Mountain Women’s Softball League for the towns of West Ossipee and Tamworth. She was a longtime member and treasurer of the Ossipee Valley Bible Church, now known as CrossRoads Church. She was the manager of Remick Bros “The Other Store” in Tamworth and North Sandwich for 35 years. (Lord Funeral Home)

Alice A. (Rogerson) Clark,  98, of Durham, died March 8, 2023. In her teen years, she performed in Radio City, Rivoli Theatre, New York City on stage with celebrities such as Ralph Bellamy. She was a soloist at weddings, choruses, church choirs, and social events. During World War II, she sang at USO functions and at military hospitals for wounded GIs. She taught piano and directed a junior choir at St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church in Dover. She was a Girl Scout leader and a Boy Scout den mother. She worked in the Spanish language department at UNH for four years. She was a member of Professional Secretaries International (now called International Association of Administrative Professionals), serving as treasurer, vice president and president of the Durham Chapter. She taught Spanish at the Dover Senior Center. (Purdy Funeral Service)

Dr. Iskandar “Alex” Iskandar, 84, of Lebanon, died March 8, 2023. A native of Cairo, Egypt, he worked at the Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory (CRREL) in Hanover as a research chemist, a branch chief, and a division chief of the Geochemical Sciences Division, retiring in 2000. He was also a professor at the University of Massachusetts-Lowell, a Fellow of the American Society of Agronomy (ASA), Fellow of the Soil Science Society of America (SSSA), and Honorary Member of the International Society of Trace Element Biogeochemistry (ISTEB). After retiring, he owned and managed numerous properties in the Upper Valley. (Ricker Funeral Homes & Crematory)

Arthur Clough Jr., 86, of Meredith, died March 8, 2023. He was a past district governor of Rotary and a past president of the Meredith Rotary Club. He served the Rotary International Youth Exchange Program as an inbound/outbound parent and program leader for many years. He was manager of E.M. Heath Supermarket in Meredith and volunteered at the UMC Parrish Florida food pantry. (Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home & Cremation Services)

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