Bar News - March 18, 2011
Morning Mail: Farewell, Gerry Giles
By: Harriet J. Fishman
Our community has lost a most valuable member with the passing of Gerald F. Giles.
For those who did not know him, let me provide you with some background. Born in 1929, Gerry was raised in Canterbury, New Hampshire. He was a graduate of Colgate University and the University of Chicago Law School. After law school, he returned to Manchester where he entered the associate ranks of Wiggin and Nourie. Gerry tried more cases in a year than many of us will try in a lifetime. However, the "big firm life" was not for him and, in 1956, he left Wiggin’s office to open a solo practice in Portsmouth. In 1959, Gerry was appointed the Judge of the Rye Municipal Court where he served until his retirement in 1999.
In 1981, I began to work for Gerry. Although our professional collaboration ended in 1987, he remained my mentor and friend. What he taught me cannot be measured by a yard stick or bank account. He was brilliant, ethical and strong-willed. He led by example; not with the use of bully tactics. His stern exterior gave way to a heart of gold. Gerry’s generosity opened doors for many people, both within and outside our profession. I was the recipient of such generosity. Gerry was always there when I needed his ear; his wisdom.
Gerry you will be sorely missed.
Harriet J. Fishman