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Three Granite Staters: Each contributed much for us

EDITORIAL
January 17. 2015 5:19PM




Three singular New Hampshire lives were lost last week. We are richer for each, and while we have lost something in their passing, let their exceptional lives be an example to our kids, and to ourselves.

Navy SEAL William "Blake" Marston was to be laid to rest yesterday. He gave his young life for his country, dying in a parachuting training accident in Florida after surviving two tours of duty in Afghanistan.

You don't get to be a Navy SEAL without a certain grit and toughness, which Marston may have begun to form on baseball fields.

He threw five no-hitters for the Derryfield School in Manchester, telling the late Joe Sullivan of our sports staff that he owed it all to his coaches, including his dad, longtime New Hampshire educator Bill Marston of Concord.

Our condolences to the family, friends and our state.

Likewise, William Martel of Bedford gave much to his nation. He was an adviser to the National Security Council and a consultant to the Secretary of Defense.

He was also the principal investigator in the arcane but important world of formulating cyber codes of conduct and space rules of engagement.

Martel taught at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts, was popular with students, and in his "spare" time wrote several books.

As far as we know, Ed Osborne didn't write books, but he looked out for his constituents as Manchester Ward 5 alderman.

He wasn't in it for the limelight. He was in it to serve his city as best he could, and he did so. He was in his 18th year of aldermanic service when he died last week.

He made more than one speeder think twice and slow down with his cleverly worded signs posted on busy streets in his ward.

And if you see a blinking white light at a city intersection and thus know that a snow emergency is in effect, it is Ed Osborne you have to thank for that clever innovation.

Three fine men who, each in his way, gave a lot to New Hampshire.

May they rest in peace.


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