Manchester mourns loss of state representative, pillar of community
"He was a great father and a great role model," Misbah Tahir said Thursday.
Tahir became a U.S. citizen in 1978. He settled in Manchester and started his own construction consulting business. It grew to include holdings in real estate and a restaurant and convenience store, Misbah Tahir said.
Dr. Salman Malik, who served with Tahir on the board of the Islamic Society, said he was deeply saddened at the loss of his friend and "pillar" of not just the Pakistani or Muslim communities, but the greater Manchester and New Hampshire communities as well.
Tahir extended his community involvement to state politics and was elected as a Republican representative to the State House in 2000, where he continued to represent Ward 2 until 2010. He ran for office because he wanted to give back to the community, his son said.
Mayor Ted Gatsas said he was mourning the passing of "truly a dear friend" who, he said, would "never say no."
State Sen. Lou D'Allessandro, D-Manchester, remembered Tahir as a good businessman and a "great" family man who would never take a passive role.
In addition to his business and political interests, Tahir was active in several charities and advocacy groups, ranging from the Hooksett Community Food Pantry to the Americans for Resolution of Kashmir organization.
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