Merrimack mourns council chairman's death
By KIMBERLY HOUGHTON
Union Leader Correspondent | June 12. 2014 9:33PM
David Yakuboff Sr., center, is surrounded by his extended family when he was recently named chairman of the Merrimack Town Council. (Courtesy)
David Yakuboff Sr., 59, chairman of the Merrimack Town Council, died on Wednesday following a lengthy illness. The news has devastated those who knew him best and worked with him at Town Hall.
Yakuboff was an approachable and likable town official who gave so much to the community, according to Boyd, who described his colleague as a friend and mentor.
Yakuboff was a member of the town’s charter commission before he became a town councilor in 2008. Although he took one year off in 2012 to focus on his health, Yakuboff returned to the council in 2013 when he was reelected to a three-year term that ends in 2016. He was selected as chairman in April.
“He was always there to help, but he never bragged about it or brought attention to himself,” said Cabanel, adding she was shocked to learn of Yakuboff’s passing after seeing him in good spirits the day before. “He was a remarkable man, a generous man, and he loved his family very deeply.”
“I regret that he won’t be able to see Exit 12 come down,” said Boyd, referring to state legislation that will soon remove one of three exits in Merrimack. “Dave recognized that there were a lot of people contributing to the success of Merrimack, and he contributed to it in his own way. I could never wear his size shoes, but I feel I have an obligation to him.”
“He just enjoyed being around people,” said Boyd.
Cabanel asked that flags at town buildings be flown at half-staff in honor and memory of Yakuboff, and she invited local businesses and residents to do the same.
Thursday’s town council meeting was cancelled due to Yakuboff’s passing.