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Democratic Party stalwart Leo Lessard dies at 67

Union Leader Correspondent

October 19. 2017 11:31PM

A memorial service will be held for Leo Lessard on Saturday in Milton. (COURTESY)

MILTON — A Strafford County Commissioner who dedicated his life to public service will be remembered for championing progressive values.

Leo Lessard of Milton was 67 years old when he passed away at his home Wednesday morning after a period of failing health.

According to the county’s website, Lessard was born and raised in Strafford County. He earned an associate degree in business from the University of New Hampshire and a bachelor’s degree from Granite State College.

In 1974, as a resident of Dover, Lessard was elected to the New Hampshire House of Representatives. For two terms, Lessard served as the chairman for the Strafford County Delegation, according to the county’s website.

Lessard served in the state Senate from 1980 to 1986, according to the county’s website. He was active in town government in Milton, and was a moderator, Planning Board chairman, Budget Committee member and selectman.

Lessard served as the Strafford County Register of Deeds from 1991 to 2013. In 2012, he was elected to the Strafford County Commission and served as clerk until his passing.

On Wednesday, state Democratic Party Chairman Ray Buckley issued a statement:

“We are heartbroken to learn about the passing of Leo Lessard today. As a Member of the NH House, former Senate Democratic Leader, longtime Strafford County Register of Deeds and Strafford County Commissioner to his last day, Lessard gave his entire life to the work of the Democratic Party, championing progressive values for generations. He was a legend of New Hampshire politics and he will be sorely missed. We send his loved ones our deepest condolences.”

A memorial service will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday at Nute Junior High School on Elm Street in Milton.

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