Granite State Taxpayers

Longtime taxfighter George Lovejoy dies at 83

By DOUG ALDEN
New Hampshire Union Leader
February 07. 2015 6:05PM
George A. Lovejoy, left, and former Gov. Meldrim Thomson Jr. attend a political event in this 1993 file photo. (Union Leader)

BARRINGTON - George Lovejoy, the former state senator who championed tax and spending cap efforts across New Hampshire for years, has died. He was 83.

Lovejoy and former Gov. Meldrim Thomson founded Granite State Taxpayers, based on the principle of low spending means low taxes. Lovejoy also served as chairman of the New Hampshire Advantage, continuing his efforts to keep taxes and spending in check for the Granite State.

"He did an awful lot over his lifetime. I'm sad to hear the news," said Tom Thomson, son of the late governor. "He'll be remembered in many positive ways."

Lovejoy died Thursday at his home after a long illness, his family said.

Lovejoy served during Meldrim Thomson's administration. The longtime friends fought hard to keep the tax burden low for Granite State  residents while providing a return on what taxes the state does receive, friends recalled.

"He never gave up. He tirelessly worked to keep this state free of income of sales tax," Thomson said. "When you're a tax fighter like that, it's hard to give up. It's something you believe in. You want to keep fighting for it and George did."

Thomson said Lovejoy continued fighting right up until his later years and welcomed support from anyone who shared his views on taxes - regardless of party affiliation.

"He was there for the cause," Thomson said. "He wanted every single dime of taxpayers hard-earned money to be spent in a positive way and was opposed to waste."

Lovejoy was serving as a state senator when he made an unsuccessful bid for Congress.

Thomson said he always enjoyed running into Lovejoy at Americans for Prosperity meetings. He said Lovejoy was a good friend to the Thomson family and will be missed by those who knew him.

"The state of New Hampshire was very, very fortunate to have a man of his integrity and honor," said Granite State Taxpayers chairman James Adams. "The contributions he made to the state of New Hampshire were many."

Calling hours for Lovejoy were scheduled for Tuesday at R.M. Edgerly and Son Funeral Home in Rochester.

His funeral is scheduled for Wednesday at the funeral home's chappel.

His obituary will appear in Monday's editions of the New Hampshire Union Leader.

dalden@unionleader.com


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