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Bar News - November 16, 2016


In Memoriam: Charles V. Spanos, Dover

Charles Spanos

Charles V. Spanos, of Dover and Cuttyhunk, Mass., died Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016, of cancer. He was 88.

The son of Greek immigrants, Spanos served in the US Army during the Korean War, from 1951 to 1953, after graduating from high school. He graduated on the GI bill from the University of New Hampshire in 1957, where he met and married Joy Ashley of Attleboro, Mass. In 1960 he earned a law degree from Boston University, and with his wife and newborn daughter in tow, settled in Claremont, and practiced law with his brother Harry Spanos. He served three terms as Sullivan County Attorney from 1965 to 1970. He served as a trustee of the University System of New Hampshire from 1967 to 1975, appointed once by Governor John King and again by Governor Walter Peterson.

Spanos and his family spent summers on Cuttyhunk Island. During this last summer on the island at his grandson’s wedding, ever the crooner, he serenaded the guests with “Day by Day,” a Sinatra song he used to woo his own bride over 60 years ago.

Spanos is survived by his brother, William V. Spanos of Binghamton, NY; his wife of 60 years, Joy Ashley Spanos and his three daughters, Kassandra Ardinger of Concord; Theo Dunfey of Cape Elizabeth, Maine; and Alexis Jackson of Westwood, Mass.; and seven grandchildren.

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