Bar News - September 21, 2016
In Memoriam: David C. Engel, Greenland
David Engel, 85, of Greenland, NH, passed away Friday, Sept. 2, 2016, in Portsmouth, with his family by his side.
Born in New York City, Engel spent his youth in Essex Falls, New Jersey, where he was an Eagle Scout. He had an early propensity for music and history. Engel graduated from Montclair High School in 1950 and then pursued a degree in sociology at St. Lawrence University. He graduated in 1954 and went immediately to NYU School of Law, graduating in 1956.
Engel moved to New Hampshire where he worked briefly for the NH Attorney General and then joined Henry Shute’s law firm in Exeter. In later years, the firm moved to Stratham and was known as Engel & Associates. He retired and closed the firm a few years ago.
Engel had five children with his first wife prior to marrying Priscilla LaRoche in 1972 and becoming a devoted father to her four children while the couple had one child together. The blended families quickly became one and shared many adventures together.
No one loved the holidays more than Engel did. Nothing pleased him more than having the house, the Ayers Homestead in Greenland, full of kids. The homestead eventually evolved into a popular bed and breakfast.
Engel served on the Greenland Planning Board. He and his family attended the Greenland Church, where he sang in the choir. He and his wife served as the inspiration behind Greenland’s Summerfest, which they were instrumental in running for 13 years. Engel also worked to preserve colonial buildings in the area. He was one of the founding members of Portsmouth Preservation and was a major force in developing “The Hill” in Portsmouth, where 13 historical homes were relocated to avoid demolition. He also was instrumental in saving pieces of Portsmouth’s Old State House. Despite his New England roots, he was an avid fan of the Green Bay Packers.
Engel leaves behind the love of his life, partner & best friend of 44 years, Priscilla, along with their 10 children: Karen Kearns; Peter LaRoche; Kathleen Engel; Terri Spinney; Eric LaRoche; Susie Klockars; Julie Booth; Peter; Rebekah Elmore; Heidi Engel; and other relatives.