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Bar News - April 19, 2017


In Memoriam: Robert Christy, Nottingham

Robert Christy

Robert Christy, 85, of Nottingham, a longtime resident of Manchester, died Sunday, March 5, 2017, in Portsmouth.

Born in Manchester, Christy attended local schools and graduated from Manchester Central High School in 1949. After graduating from the University of New Hampshire in 1953, he was commissioned as an artillery officer and entered active duty with the US Army. He graduated from Boston University Law School and was admitted to the New Hampshire Bar in 1959.

Christy was admitted to the practice of law before the US Supreme Court, the US Circuit Court of Appeals, the US District Court for New Hampshire and the New Hampshire Supreme Court.

An active athlete and coach, Christy played three years of varsity hockey and three years varsity lacrosse at UNH. He was one of the founding fathers of the Granite State Hockey League, former Director for Pop Warner Football, and former coach and director in the Manchester Regional Youth Hockey Program. He was a 26-year member of the Manchester Board of Health, which he chaired for 21 years. He was also an arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association and a director of the United Way of Manchester.

Family members include his wife of 33 years, Rae Catherine Christy of Nottingham; his sons, Peter Christy and Kevin Lapato; his daughter, Kelley Catanzaro; and his brother, William, all of Manchester. He is also survived by many other relatives and friends. He was predeceased by his son, Michael Christy in 2012 and his brother Thomas Christy.

Donations may be made in his memory to The Liberty House, 75 West Baker St., Manchester, NH 03103.


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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