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February 12. 2013 9:53PM

Late Nashua alderman honored for his service

NASHUA - City officials are paying tribute to a former alderman and state representative who died earlier this month by naming an alleyway in his honor.

Mayor Donnalee Lozeau presented a resolution to the board of aldermen on Tuesday, recommending that the alleyway between 113 and 121-127 West Pearl Street and School Street be named Richard LaRose Way.

LaRose, 73, died on Feb. 1 at St. Joseph Hospital. His wife was present when aldermen unanimously approved the proposal and greeted her with a standing ovation last night.

Lozeau described LaRose as a "good government guy" who wanted to give back to his community and did so splendidly. She thanked his family for sharing LaRose, and allowing him to help guide the city for so many years.

"Nashua is a far better place for the time he has served us," said Lozeau.

Numerous city officials attended his funeral last week and have been praising LaRose for his dedication to the community.

LaRose served as a Ward 2 alderman for a total of 12 years, finishing his term in 2011. He also served as a state representative from 1995 to 2011.

In addition, he was a member of several committees including the Joint Special School Building Committee, Nashua Truck Traffic Committee and Nashua City Planning Board.

"Dick and I sat at this table since 1996," Kenneth Dufour, chairman of the Nashua City Planning Board said before last week's board meeting. ". He was nothing but a gentleman."

Before each meeting, the two men would exchange a few words in French to remind them of their French heritage, according to Dufour, who said he is proud to call LaRose a friend. When Dufour began serving on the board, LaRose gave him some words of wisdom. LaRose told him to do what he thinks is right and not take any criticism personally, advice Dufour says he still follows to this day.

In 1993, LaRose underwent a heart transplant, Dufour said.

"He almost made it to his 20th anniversary," Dufour said, thanking the donor who gave LaRose two decades more of living and giving him the opportunity to make a new friend.

"He will be missed," added Dufour.

LaRose also served on the board of directors for the Nashua Chamber of Commerce and on the board of trustees for the Hunt Memorial Building and the Nashua Children's Home. In addition, he previously served as vice president and president of the Heart of Nashua Foundation.

khoughton@newstote.com


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