Henry "Hank" Munroe

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Educator & Fire Officer

PEMBROKE – Henry "Hank" Munroe passed away at the age of 86, surrounded by his loving family at the Catholic Medical Center on Monday, August 18, 2014.

Henry was born in Milton, Mass. in 1928, and was the son of Henry Taylor Munroe and Betty Willey Munroe. He moved to New Hampshire in 1942.

Henry commenced his academic career teaching in New Hampshire high schools. He moved into higher education in 1963 as Assistant to the President at New England College and concluded his career after 23 years as President of the New Hampshire College and University Council, a consortium of the state's public and private institutions. Throughout his career, he authored numerous articles on the Civil War, fire related matters, and higher educational issues, including his dissertation, which was used as the blueprint for the New Hampshire Higher Education Coordinating Commission.

Henry entered the Pembroke Fire Department in 1950, retiring as Chief in 1990. In addition, he served as Assistant Chief of the Manchester Airport Fire Department for four years. Most recently, he was made an honorary member of the South Hampton Fire Department. He also utilized his teaching skills as a fire instructor for many years. He authored legislation establishing the New Hampshire Fire Standards and Training Commission. His efforts also helped in the building of the New Hampshire Fire Academy.

Henry served on numerous boards and commissions and was a member of Jewel Lodge #94 of the Masonic Order, the American Legion, and Sons of the Union Veterans of the Civil War. He was also a World War II Army veteran, serving in the military police.

Henry was predeceased in 2012 by his beloved wife of 67 years, Myra Palmer Munroe, originally of Epsom and by a daughter, Nancy Fitch and her husband, Robert, of Littleton, Mass.

He is survived by a daughter, Terry Coll and husband, Ronald, of Auburn; a son, Mark Munroe and wife, Melissa, of Chester; four grandsons, Adam Fitch of Salem, Mass., Jason Fitch of Cambridge, Mass., Michael Coll of Manchester and Matthew Munroe of Chester; and two great-grandsons, Max and Jack Fitch of Salem, Mass.

Calling hours will be held Thursday, August 21, from 4 to 8 p.m. at Petit Funeral Home, 167 Main St., Pembroke.

A memorial service will be held Friday, August 22, at 11 a.m. at Pembroke Congregational Church, 301 Pembroke St., Pembroke.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations should be made to the , MA/NH Chapter, 480 Pleasant St., Watertown, MA 02472 in honor of Myra.

To sign an on-line guestbook, please visit petitfuneralhome.com.
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Published in The Concord Monitor on Aug. 20, 2014
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