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Bar News - July 16, 2010

In Memoriam: Elmer T. Bourque

Elmer T. Bourque, 83, lifelong Manchester resident and community leader, died recently at his home.

Bourque attended St. Joseph High School for Boys and, during his military service, attended the College of the Pacific and UC-Berkley, before earning a bachelorís degree from St. Anselm College. In 1952, he earned his law degree from the Boston University School of Law.

He began his legal career at Wyman, Starr, Booth, Wadleigh & Langdell in Manchester. In 1953, he was appointed first assistant attorney general of New Hampshire and also served as deputy attorney general. During his tenure at the Attorney Generalís Office, he prosecuted many high-profile criminal cases. He later returned to private practice, working at Broderick, Craig & Bourque, also in Manchester. Bourque also served as past president of the Manchester Bar Association.

Bourque was deeply involved in city government, serving as city solicitor for Manchester from 1975 until his retirement in 1995. During that time, he also served in the NH Senate as chairman of the NH Personnel Commission. He also served as chair of the NH Democratic Party and the Manchester Democratic Party.

Active in other community programs and organizations, Bourque was a member of the Ancient Order of Hibernian, the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, and also a member of the American Legion Henry J. Sweeney Post.

He is survived by four daughters: Mary-Jo, Jane, Barbara, and Nancy; and six grandchildren: Davis, Cara, Amelia, Mia, Jesse, and Katherine.

In honor of our colleague Elmer T. Bourque, the NH Bar Association Board of Governors has made a donation to the NH Bar Foundation, 2 Pillsbury Street, Suite 300, Concord, NH 03301.

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