Griffin remembered for decades of service

In this Derry News file photo, Mary Griffin holds a campaign sign outside the polls in Windham in a bid to win a state representative position. Griffin served more than two decades as a Windham state representative, most recently re-elected in 2020. The 96-year-old died June 14.

WINDHAM — A longtime state representative and community supporter is being remembered for her her longevity of service and commitment to not only the town of Windham, but the entire state.

Mary Griffin, 96, died June 14 at Windham Terrace.

Griffin served Windham’s Rockingham County District 7 as a state representative for more than two decades and was possibly the oldest living legislator in the nation, according to her obituary.

In addition to her service at the New Hampshire State House, Griffin also had a strong hold on many missions and efforts in her home community.

That included volunteering for local elections and working with Windham’s cable department and hosting her own program.

Griffin’s official town duties included serving in past years on the Board of Selectmen and also as part of the Supervisors of the Checklist.

Selectmen honored Griffin last year with a special recognition award for her service to both Windham and beyond.

Her family’s former farm is now the site of Griffin Park off Range Road in Windham.

Many are offering thoughts on Griffin following her passing, including local, state and U.S. officials who worked alongside her for decades, or knew her from her volunteerism and support of her community of Windham.

U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) said in a Tweet that she was deeply saddened to hear of Griffin’s passing and that she served Windham with distinction for 25 years.

“I appreciated our decades of work together and was always glad to join her community TV show,” Shaheen wrote. “She was a bedrock of the community, and she will be dearly missed.”

New Hampshire Senate President Chuck Morse (R-Salem) issued a statement upon hearing of Griffin’s death.

“Mary Griffin was my friend and a true public servant. She served 13 remarkable terms in the House representing Windham with incredible spirit, energy, and optimism,” Morse said in his statement. “She believed deeply in good government and always worked diligently for her constituents. Mary will be so missed. It will be difficult to imagine a session in Concord without her. Susan and I are keeping her family in our thoughts and prayers.”

Rockingham County Commissioner Brian Chirichiello said Griffin was “the most kind person” he’s ever had the pleasure of working with.

Chirichiello, also a Derry town councilor and former Derry state representative, added Griffin was always willing to help where needed.

“She always smiled at you when you approached her and was so great at helping her constituents in hard times,” Chirichiello said. “Her community, state and county were always a priority.”

Longtime Windham Town Moderator Peter Griffin said Griffin would be missed.

“Mary’s passing brought to an end many decades of visible connectivity to the town,” he said. “From the days the she and her late husband Andy ran a farm stand at their Tara Farm to her years as a legislator representing Windham.”

Windham’s municipal page on Facebook stated that Griffin’s presence would be missed.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with Mary’s family and friends,” the statement read. “Thank you Mary for all you did for the Town of Windham.”

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