A conservative political organization has raised more than $4,000 and is seeking more donations for the family of Raymond man Paul Comeau, Jr., who died in his backyard Monday evening after being pinned by a boulder he was trying to move, an organization member said Thursday.
Raymond police said Comeau, 47, had been trying to move the boulder for months before it shifted unexpectedly and pinned him as he was trying to move it without heavy machinery. His wife found him not breathing, and emergency responders were unable to resuscitate him, police said.
Comeau leaves his wife and three young children.
State Rep. Mark Warden, a Goffstown Republican and former chairman of the New Hampshire Liberty Alliance, said he served with Comeau on the board of the volunteer organization for about two years, from 2009 to 2011. Comeau was the NHLA’s secretary, Warden said.
“He was very even-keeled and very pleasant to work with. He didn’t get excited, even in stressful situations at meetings,” Warden said. “He always kept his cool and was liked by everybody on the board.”
The NHLA has pledged to match the first $1,000 raised through its online fundraising effort for Comeau’s family. Donations totaled more than $4,300 Thursday afternoon on the youcaring.com site, which can be accessed via: www.nhliberty.org/paul_comeau_fundraiser. The donation site also can be reached through the NHLA’s page on Facebook.
“He was a good guy – friendly, modest and unassuming,” Warden said of Comeau. “Very smart and very dedicated to our mission.”
Warden said the NHLA “is opposed to government intervention in people’s private lives” and “educates people and legislators that more regulation is not the answer to things.” The libertarian-leaning group has lobbied for issues including free markets and lower taxes.
Warden said efforts to help Comeau’s family began almost immediately after the tragedy.
“People want to do it as a tribute to Paul,” Warden said. “He always spoke highly of his family, his kids. He had a lot of friends in the state who are going to miss him.”