Charles Farrington Leahy
1935 - 2014
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Charles Farrington Leahy was born in Claremont on February 27, 1935. His parents, Helen Farrington Leahy and Albert D. Leahy, were community leaders and role models for their two sons. Their father was a lawyer and District Court Judge. Their mother served several terms on the Claremont School Board. Their uncle, John Leahy, was Chief Justice of the NH Superior Court.

Chuck was an excellent student and star athlete at Claremont's Stevens High School where he graduated with honors in 1953. He followed his older brother, Albert D. Leahy Jr., to Yale University, graduating with a degree in English in 1957. He enlisted in the U.S. Army and served in Army Intelligence until 1960. After that, he again followed in his brother's footsteps, this time to Harvard Law School where he graduated with honors in 1963. Chuck and his brother both chose to return to their beloved native state to practice law, with Al settling in Claremont, where he became a distinguished lawyer and District Court Judge, and Chuck settling in Concord.

In his early career, Chuck was Legislative Counsel to Governor Walter Peterson and came to be recognized as one of New Hampshire's pre-eminent lawyers. Always interested in education, Chuck served on the Concord School Board and as a trustee of The White Mountain School. He helped found the Concord Trust for the Enhancement of Public Education and was a charter member of the New Hampshire Supreme Court Society, supporting its efforts to improve K-12 civics education in New Hampshire's public schools. He was also a trustee of NHPTV and an adjunct faculty member at the University of Maine Law School, teaching its business planning course.

Chuck was the trustee of a number of charitable trusts distributing money to many worthy causes. He also served on many community boards. He was particularly proud of his work co-leading a broad study of the NH Court system. Many of the study's recommendations were adopted by the NH Supreme Court and the NH General Court.

In 1960, Chuck married Barbara Shimanski. He was devoted to his family, and together they raised five remarkable children, remaining good friends for life.

Chuck married Mary Susan (Stein) Galway in 1977. Chuck and Susie were devoted to each other. Together they built a life of richness, full of gatherings with family and friends. Their second home in Kennebunkport, Maine, became the focal point for many wonderful times. The croquet games they hosted for the extended family were legendary! There were summer Nova Scotia vacations, late winter travels across America to their casita in the low desert of southern California and annual excursions with Chuck's Yale roommates to many magnificent places.

Chuck died Thursday, August 21, 2014.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his five children and their spouses, Siobhan and Peter Ulrich, Charles, Jr. and Alison Leahy, Matthew and Deb Leahy, Susie Leahy and Rick English and Jonathan and Kristin Leahy; and nine grandchildren, Annie, Clare, Sam, Ben, Thomas, Mick, Max, Samantha and Emma. He also leaves his first wife, Barbara Leahy, of Concord; his brother, Albert D. Leahy, and sister-in-law, Patricia, of Claremont; niece, Alison Angle; nephew, Bill Leahy; and cousins Sam and Charles Farrington.

Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one's choice or to the NH Supreme Court Society, P. O. Box 1341, Concord, New Hampshire 03302-1341 in support of civics education.

There will be an open house for family and friends.

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Published in Concord Monitor on Aug. 26, 2014.
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September 16, 2014
It is with much sadness that I extend my condolences to Susan, Barbara, Albie, Pat and all the extended family members. Chuck always had a quick humor and sparkle in his eye and then covered part of his mouth with a cupped hand as though to let you know he "got'cha". He'll be saluted at our Stevens High School class of '53 reunion in June.
Bless you all.
Bev Hanks Janelle
September 12, 2014
To Susan and the entire Leahy Family,

Please accept my deepest condolences at this difficult time. You and your family are in my prayers.

Charles Riopel
August 28, 2014
It has ben many years since Chuck and I served together on Governor Peterson's staff, but I recall clearly how impressed I was by his sharp analytical skills, his remarkable insight, his ready smile and his ever-ready wit. We shared fun times at the Stickney Hill house and at Concord Country Club and I came to know first hand his devotion to, and pride in, his children. We are all richer for having known him.
Major Wheelock
August 27, 2014
Chuck was one of the best Board members that the NH Community Loan Fund ever had. He consistently, if modestly, gave me great advice. He called us "the Common Law approach to community economic development" and I always enjoy quoting him! My best to Susan and all the family.
Julie Eades
August 26, 2014
Chuck was the finest example a new attorney could have had. I'm honored that I bought a set of NH RSA's that he had used and high- lighted and I every time I used them, I thought of the man behind them and the honor he brought to his profession and our civic life.
John Andrews
August 26, 2014
My condolences to the entire family. Chuck was a great lawyer and a nice guy.

Gene Van Loan
August 26, 2014
Dear Friends - Chuck and Barbara were neighbors on Stickney Hill Rd in the late 1960's. Chuck was my running companion up and down the road from 1967-69. We had great fun and lots of good memories. My heartfelt emotions and condolences to all of his family.
Whitelaw "Whitey" Wilson
August 26, 2014
Dear Leahy family - I am so saddened to hear of your great loss. My brother Scott just called me with the devastating news. My heart goes out to all of you, as I have recently dealt with the loss of my dad. I have very fond memories of hanging with the Leahys on Stickney Hill, and treasure the continuing relationships today. I hadn't seen Chuck for a few years, but I thought of him often. Hugs, much love and prayers to all of you, and please reach out if you need anything. Peace. xo
Jiffi Rainie
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