Notable New Hampshire Deaths: Rye Firefighter Gallant Was Cited for Rescue During Fire on Sub

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The nativity scene in front of the Congregational Church of Laconia, United Church of Christ, located in downtown Laconia at 18 Veterans Square. 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 weeks 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

Douglas Roger Connor, 67, of Deering, died Dec. 14, 2023. He was in  the fire service for more than 40 years as a firefighter, assistant chief, acting chief, forest fire warden and EMT. He was manager of facilities services and safety at Connection Inc. in Merrimack, where he worked for 36 years. (Holt-Woodbury Funeral Home & Cremation Service)

Harry James Dermody Jr., 80, of Bedford, died Dec. 17, 2023. He was a U.S. Army veteran and was a town water commissioner in Norton, Mass., for 16 years. He was a writer, publisher, and consultant who helped develop national circulation for Wayne Greene Enterprises’ Digital Audio magazine as vice president and director of sales and marketing. He started several companies in publishing for General Motors, PGA, and the Irish Voice, among others. He started his own brand of coffee in the early 1990s, Harry’s Coffee, supplying local restaurants and retail shops in the region. (Jellison Funeral Home)

Lt. Charles A. Gallant, 56, of North Hampton, died Dec. 14, 2023. He was a volunteer with the Hampton Falls Fire Department in 1997 before accepting a full-time position with the Rye Fire Department. He was a certified Advanced Emergency Medical Technician (AEMT) and worked for Rye for more than 20 years. He was awarded the Paul W. Sypek Medal of Valor for conspicuous bravery at extreme risk of life when he rescued a fellow firefighter during the fire aboard the USS Miami in 2012 at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard. He was on the North Hampton budget and capital improvement committees, and the Rye insurance and joint loss committees. He was president of the Firefighter’s Local Union 4411 and president of the Seacoast Area Firefighters Toy Bank. (Remick & Gendron Funeral Home-Crematory)

Robert J. Hadden, 86, a long-time resident of Keene, died Dec. 7, 2023. He worked for the U.S. Postal Service for 35years, retiring in 1990. He was postmaster for the Antrim and Spofford offices. (Cheshire Family Funeral Home)

Richard Gregg Hayward, 78, of Dover, died Dec. 18, 2023. He worked for Foster’s Daily Democrat in many different roles for 40 years. He authored a book of poetry called “New England Harmony” and served on local nonprofit boards including New Hampshire Challenge and Northam Colonists. (Tasker Funeral Home)

Robert F. Herrick, 50, of Swanzey and formerly of Keene, died Dec. 9, 2023.  He was a Swanzey firefighter for 30 years, promoted to lieutenant. He worked for the N.H. Department of Transportation out of Marlborough for 20 years, retiring in 2022. (Cheshire Family Funeral Home)

Joy Ann (Hladish) Iaquinta, 71, of Nashua, died Dec. 14, 2023. She was a music educator and performer in Wisconsin and New Hampshire. She taught at Presentation of Mary School in Hudson, Infant Jesus School, and offered private, in-home lessons in voice, piano, and flute. She also worked with the Peacock Players, Actor Singers Junior, and Fairgrounds Middle School. She played with the Nashua Chamber Orchestra, New Hampshire Philharmonic, Merrimack Valley Flute Choir, and was a part of the Eclectic Woodwind Quintet. (Davis Funeral Home)

Diane Marie Landry, 64, of Unity, died Dec. 16, 2023. She was a paraeducator, librarian, and administrative assistant in Department of Defense schools for more than 10 years. She worked in the Newport and Claremont school districts for more than 20 years in special education and as administrative assistant to the principal. (Newton-Bartlett Funeral Home)

Rosalie I. Leonard, 85, of Lancaster, died Dec. 17, 2023. She was a longtime member of the American Legion Auxiliary and the Eastern Star. She was a lifetime member of the VFW Auxiliary, helping with the local Toys for Tots program for 20 years. (Bailey Funeral Home)

Margaret A. MacDermott, 83, of Bedford, died Dec. 15, 2023. She was a real estate agent with Houck and Hall Realty and later established her own business, Marg MacDermott Realty. She was the on-site Realtor at The Village Green, where she lived and served as board president. She also worked as a career counselor. (J.N. Boufford & Sons Funeral Home)

Millard “Sonny” Frederick Martin Jr., of Lancaster, 78, died Dec. 13, 2023. He taught vocational agriculture for seven years at White Mountains Regional High School. In 1977, he opened Martin’s Agway, a farm, home and garden business, and operated it with his wife for 39 years. He served on the Lancaster Zoning Board and the Lancaster Housing Authority. (Bailey Funeral Home)

David Campbell Montgomery, 87, of Hanover, died Dec. 12, 2023. He received a Ph.D. in physics from Princeton University in 1959 and was on the physics faculties at the University of Maryland, the University of Iowa, the College of William and Mary, and Dartmouth College. He was an expert in the field of plasma physics and published two books, “Plasma Kinetic Theory” (1964) with Dr. Derek Tidman, and “The Theory of the Unmagnetized Plasma” (1971). He served on the Peace and Social Concerns Committee of Hanover Friends Meeting and the Support Committee of the American Friends Service Committee for several years.  (Knight Funeral Home & Crematory)

William F. Quinn, 90, of Hanover, died Dec. 16, 2023. He was a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, stationed in Alaska. He was one of the first employees of the Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory in 1961 and travelled the world. He served for many years on the Parish Council of St. Denis Roman Catholic Church and was a member of the Hanover Lions Club. For the U.S. Bicentennial celebration, he and a neighbor spent a summer building the “Colonial House” behind the Bernice A. Ray School. The house is a reproduction of a post-and-beam home of the 1700s which they built using hand tools of the era. (Rand-Wilson Funeral Home)

George Anthony Rief, 82, of Durham, died Dec. 13, 2023. A veteran of the U.S. Navy Submarine Service, he was an engineer for Camp, Dresser & McKee, in Boston, then the CDM International Division, providing technical support on water and wastewater projects around the world. In 1988, he formed Rivers Engineering with a partner in Manchester. He served on the Durham Town Council, Planning Board and the Economic Development Committee. (Purdy Funeral Home) 

Rodney Arthur Robinson, 95, of Portsmouth, died Dec.12, 2023. A U.S. Army veteran, he was a nuclear engineer on the first nuclear-powered submarine, USS Nautilus (SSN-571), at Groton, Conn., and served in the nuclear engineering department at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard for 20 years, retiring as senior civilian in 1977. He then worked as a management consultant and formed Robinson, Page, McDonough and Associates, Inc.  He was active with the Order of DeMolay and the Masonic fraternity, joining St. John’s Lodge, No. 1, F&AM of Portsmouth in 1950, and serving as master of the lodge in 1985. He was a 73-year member of the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry and a member of the Mechanic Fire Society of Portsmouth. (J. Verne Wood Funeral Home – Buckminster Chapel)

Bette L. Stockwell, 90, of Plainfield,died Dec. 17, 2023. She taught first grade for one year at the Mount Lebanon School in West Lebanon and was a past matron of Blue Mountain Chapter 66 of the Order of the Eastern Star and a 4-H leader.  She was a ballot clerk for the town of Plainfield for several years. (Ricker Funeral Homes & Crematory)

Paul S. Wentworth, 86, of Hampstead, died Dec. 13, 2023. A U.S. Air Force veteran, he was a founding member of the Hampstead Rescue Squad in 1974 and a volunteer with the Hampstead Fire Department, serving as chief three times during his 40 years of service. He was a member of the Hampstead Lions Club. He owned and operated a general contracting business and built many homes and additions in the area. (Brookside Chapel & Funeral Home)

Beverly Mae White, 86, of Manchester, died Dec. 14, 2023. She worked at the Manchester Public Library, first as a secretary, then retiring 46 years later as the art librarian. She was active in the Rebekahs and the Salvation Army. (

WORDS OF WISDOM: “Strange, isn’t it? Each man’s life touches so many other lives. When he isn’t around, he leaves an awful hole, doesn’t he?” — Clarence, the angel who finally got his wings, from the movie “It’s a Wonderful Life”

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