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Bar News - October 19, 2007

In Memoriam

Edward A. Gage


Judge Edward A. Gage
Judge Edward Augustus Gage, 88, died Oct. 5, 2007, at Alterra Clare Bridge in Tallahassee, Florida. Gage had been a NH Bar member since 1963.


Judge Gage, born April 29, 1919, in Haverhill, MA, was raised in Bronxville, NY, and Rye, NH. After finishing his secondary education he attended Dartmouth College from which he graduated in 1941.


He enlisted in the Navy, became a pilot, and was made a flight instructor to new recruits. He saw combat in the Pacific theater during WWII as a flight deck officer aboard the USS Natoma Bay, a light carrier, in the liberation of the Phillipines and the Okinawa campaigns. He retired from the Naval Reserves as a Lieutenant Commander.


After the war, he returned to the University of Virginia and earned his law degree in 1948. He was admitted to the bars of Virginia, New York and New Hampshire.


He married Margaret “Peggy” Clark on July 10, 1954 in Bronxville, NY and the couple moved to Exeter, NH with their three sons in December 1962. Gage was a partner in the law firm of Scamman, Gage, and Whitman and its successors from 1962 to 2003, when he retired.


He served a term in the New Hampshire House of Representatives from 1969 to 1970. Gov. Walter Peterson appointed him as a judge in the Exeter District Court in 1970, where he sat on the bench for 19 years until his mandatory retirement in 1989.


He was a conscientious jurist who meted out justice in matters ranging from animal cruelty and DWI to the arraignments of protestors of the Seabrook Nuclear Power Plant.


A past president of the Exeter Lions Club, he also served for many years as secretary and treasurer of the Exeter Masonic Association. He was a vestryman and counselor for Christ Church Episcopal in Exeter.


In 2005, he and his wife moved to Tallahassee to be closer to their daughter.


Judge Gage is survived by his wife of 53 years; his sons; Carl, Edward, and Thomas, who is also an attorney in Exeter, NH; daughter, Susan; and three grandchildren, Charlotte and Nicholas Gage and Ariana Marnicio.


On behalf of our colleague, Edward A. Gage, the New Hampshire Bar Association’s  Board of Governors has contributed to the New Hampshire Bar Foundation, 2 Pillsbury Street, Concord, NH 03301.




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