Longtime Nashua official, the late Richard J. LaRose, honored with alleyway
In an effort to continue LaRose's community spirit, city officials and family members gathered on Friday to celebrate the man's volunteerism by dedicating a small alleyway in his honor.
"This dedication of public space is really for the future," said LaRose's son, Jeremy. The honor is not about recognizing a great man, but understanding the true value of his time and compassion for the city, said the younger LaRose.
LaRose also volunteered on the Joint Special School Building Committee, Nashua City Planning Board, Nashua Truck Traffic Committee, Heart of Nashua Foundation and various boards for the Nashua Children's Home, Nashua Chamber of Commerce and the Hunt Memorial Building.
"He served not for personal gain or recognition, but to leave this city and state a better place," says the monument. "We remember the loving and faithful husband, the father who taught honesty, goodness and kindness by example, the relative and friend known for his decency, zest for life and sense of humor, a man of integrity who treated all with respect and honored all points of view."
"He loved downtown, so I think this is very fitting. It is truly wonderful," she said, at the conclusion of the ceremony.
LaRose worked at the restaurant for more than 30 years, and was dedicated to making not only the restaurant a success, but the entire downtown, said his widow, who shared a story of when he lobbied for new downtown street lights and actually hand-painted them himself.
Brian McCarthy, president of the board of aldermen, echoed those sentiments.
"I always appreciated the way that he approached things," said McCarthy, explaining LaRose didn't care about politics or theatrics. His main concern was the city, and finding ways to make the community a better place to live.
"But he was first and foremost a gentleman," said McCarthy. firstname.lastname@example.org