Bar News - September 17, 2014
In Memoriam: Paul Leo Normandin
Attorney Paul Leo Normandin, 83, of Laconia, died Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014.
Normandin was the former senior partner at Normandin, Cheney & O’Neil, in Laconia, having retired after more than 50 years in practice.
After graduating from Tilton School, the University of New Hampshire, and Boston University Law School, Normandin enlisted in the New Hampshire National Guard and became a state judge advocate, retiring at the rank of captain.
He was admitted to the New Hampshire Bar in 1955. After serving as assistant US attorney, Normandin joined his father and other family members at the Normandin, Cheney & O’Neil law firm where he remained for the rest of his legal career.
In 1960, Normandin was an elected delegate for John F. Kennedy at the Democratic National Convention. He was appointed by President Kennedy as an assistant United States attorney for the District of New Hampshire and served from 1961 to 1965. He was elected to the NH House of Representatives for two terms, was a former member of the Laconia City Council, and served as a member and chairman of the Laconia Fire Commission.
Normandin was an incorporator and trustee of the Laconia Savings Bank and served 17 years as the chairman of the board of directors. At the time of his death, he was a senior director of Bank of New Hampshire and an honorary trustee of LSB Financial.
Normandin held several chair positions with organizations and companies, such as the Citizen Publishing Company, Gunstock Area Commission, Lakes Region General Hospital, and Lakes Region Scholarship Fund. He was co-founder and former trustee of the Remick Country Doctor Museum and Farm in Tamworth.
He was also involved in many service organizations and served more than 35 years with the Laconia Kiwanis Club. In 1992, he was the recipient of the Jim Irwin Community Recognition Service Award. Normandin was a communicant of St. Joseph Church, past-president of St. Joseph’s Parish Council, and a founding member of the Holy Trinity Endowment Trust Fund Board.
Normandin is survived by his wife of 22 years, Linda, and his children, Frank, Judith, Susan and Jean.
In memory of our colleague Paul Leo Normandin, the NHBA Board of Governors has contributed to the NH Bar Foundation.