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Salute to Soucy: Manchester loses a legend

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July 15. 2017 9:31PM

C. Arthur Soucy checks voting results on election night in June 1994, when his daughter, Donna Soucy, left, won a seat on the Manchester Board of Mayor and Alderman. Raymond Buckley, now the state chair of the Democratic Party, is seated next to Donna Soucy. (UNION LEADER FILE)

Manchester said goodbye last week to a local political legend.

C. Arthur Soucy was first elected to the Manchester Board of Aldermen in 1961, at the tender age of 26. He would spend the next 50 years serving in some official capacity in Manchester city government. He was chairman of the Parks and Recreation Commission, and president of the Manchester Water Works Commission. Soucy served as a Hillsborough County Commissioner, as a delegate to two state constitutional conventions, and as a presidential elector for Barack Obama in 2012.

He and his daughter, current state senator Donna Soucy, remain the only father-daughter team to serve as Manchester aldermen.

Soucy was more than a politician. He was a grocer. He was a Realtor. He served in the U.S. Army National Guard. He was a dedicated volunteer for civic and charitable organizations across the city, including a stint as president of the New Horizons Manchester Soup Kitchen.

C. Arthur Soucy passed away last Sunday at the age of 81. His rich life demonstrates that public service is not limited to public office. He leaves Manchester a better place for his having lived here.

Soucy was just one of two high-profile political characters from another day who died last week. The other was Herb Quinn, the colorful and controversial Concord mayor who drove the Concord Monitor bonkers with his populist approach. Quinn was a hardscrabble guy who worked his way up in life, but who fell as hard as he rose.


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