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Bar News - January 14, 2011


In Memoriam: Hon. Charles J. Contas


Hon. Charles J. Contas
Hon. Charles J. Contas, 90, died recently, surrounded by his family. He was an Honorary (50-year) member of the NH Bar Association are a Superior Court judge for 11 years.

A Manchester native and son of Greek immigrants, Contas moved to Keene at age 9 and lived there for most of his life. He was a 1938 graduate of Keene High School and later attended Keene Teachers College (now Keene State College) and graduated in 1942.

After his graduation, Contas joined the US Navy, serving from 1942 to 1946, six months of which he served aboard the USS Wasp in the Pacific theatre of World War II. He left the Navy with the rank of lieutenant.

Upon his return to the US, Contas attended Boston University Law School, graduating with his law degree in 1949.

After a brief stint as an insurance claims adjuster in Augusta, Maine, Contas returned to Keene to open his own law practice. Shortly after opening his office, Contas became clerk of the Cheshire County Superior Court, where he worked for 25 years. In 1978, he was appointed to the superior court bench and remained a judge until his retirement in 1989.

Active in the community, Contas was a member of the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry for more than 50 years. He served on the board of the St. George Greek Orthodox Church, was a member of the Keene Lions Club, an incorporator of the Cheshire Medical Center, a trustee of the Cheshire County Savings Bank, and a member of the American Legion.

He is survived by three children, Elaine, John, and Terry; four grandchildren, Kate, Kari, Tristan, and Elise; brother, Greg; sisters, Stella and Rachel; and many nieces and nephews.

In honor of our colleague Hon. Charles J. Contas, the NHBA Board of Governors has made a donation to the NH Bar Foundation, 2 Pillsbury Street, Suite 300, Concord, NH 03301.

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