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Heart attack claimed life of Atkinson, NH postmaster serving in Qatar

ATKINSON — David Poirier, who has served as the town’s postmaster since 2012, died of a heart attack last Friday while serving with the National Guard in Qatar.

Poirier had been on administrative leave from the post office while serving with the New Hampshire National Guard’s 157th Operations Support Squadron out of Pease.

Poirier had served in the military for 22 years and had been deployed six times in the past five years to Guam, Iraq, Afghanistan, and El Salavador, working in the air crew flight equipment section, according to National Guard spokesman Lt. Aaron McCarthy.

“The postal service is saddened by this loss to our postal family,” said USPS spokesperson Melissa Lohnes. “Our hearts are heavy and our thoughts are with all of those that new and loved Postmaster Poirier. We extend our heartfelt sympathy to his family, fellow co-workers, and many friends and are honored by his legacy of service, both to the U.S. Military and the U.S. Postal Service.”

Board of Selectmen administrative assistant Barbara Snicer said she had heard only good things about Poirier during his time as postmaster in Atkinson.

“I had not had the opportunity to meet Mr. Poirier during his short tenure here in Atkinson, and knew him only through our mail carriers and residents,” said Snicer. “To a person, he was well-respected, knowledgeable and always wiling to take time to be of assistance.”Poirier’s body will be flown to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware, and then he will be honorably transferred to New Hampshire, where services will be held at a later date, according to McCarthy.


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