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Bar News - August 17, 2016

In Memoriam: John P. Chandler
John P. Chandler

John P. Chandler, 89, of Laconia passed away Monday, July 11, 2016, in Meredith, following several years of declining health.

Chandler was born in Westfield, Mass., and spent his early years summering with family at “the Farm” in Tuftonboro, NH.

Raised in Wilmington, Del., he attended Harvard University and served in the Navy. Following his service, he returned to college, graduating in 1948. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 1952 and entered law practice at a firm that became Snierson and Chandler, until 1983 when he joined the Concord firm of Sulloway and Hollis. He retired in 1999 and maintained a limited law practice in Meredith until 2010.

Chandler loved the practice of law. He served as president and secretary of the Belknap Country Bar Association and as a member of the NH Bar Association Board of Governors. He also was a member of the NHBA Real Estate Law Section. He was a member of the Laconia City Charter Commission, served as Laconia City Solicitor, and on many local non-profit organizations’ boards of directors. He was an incorporator of Laconia Savings Bank, which later became Bank of New Hampshire, and was a long-time moderator of the Unitarian Universalist Society of Laconia.

Chandler and his wife, Martha Webb, enjoyed an active lifestyle. Chandler was fond of homemade ice cream, poetry, politics, travel, and running.

He is survived by his wife, Martha; a daughter, Ellen Chandler of New London; a brother, Henry Chandler Jr. of Wolfeboro; a sister, Florence Mullin of Jacksonville, Fla.; and other relatives. A sister, Catherine Wengraf, predeceased him.

In memory of our colleague, the New Hampshire Bar Association Board of Governors has made a contribution to the NH Bar Foundation.

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