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Auburn Town Hall meeting room dedicated to longtime resident

Union Leader Correspondent

September 20. 2017 11:04PM
In the front row are state Sen. Sharon Carson, R-Londonderry; Secretary of State William Gardner; and Bertha Stritch. Back row: Auburn Selectmen Richard Eaton, James Headd and Dale Phillips. (Courtesy)

AUBURN — The Town Hall meeting room now bears the name of a beloved resident after a special dedication ceremony Monday night.

The room in the basement of the 47 Chester Road building was dedicated to C. Donald Stritch, a longtime resident who held various roles in the community after moving to town in 1960.

Those roles included principal of Auburn Village School, a Longmeadow Cemetery trustee, a member of the Auburn Sesquicentennial Committee, president of the Auburn Historical Society, school moderator, a member of the school board, a member of the Auburn Lions Club, a volunteer for the fire department, and town moderator.

Stritch held the last role for more than 30 years.

Stritch also served six terms in the state Legislature after being elected in 1993. He also served as a Rockingham County commissioner from 2003 to 2013 and as a member of the U.S. Election Commission Standards Board from 2003 to 2005.

The dedication is meant to honor Stritch’s lifetime of service to Auburn. Stritch died in January 2014.

Secretary of State Bill Gardner and state Sen. Sharon Carson, R-Londonderry, were in attendance for the dedication Monday night, along with Stritch’s widow, Bertha.

Others sent letters to be read during the ceremony to share their memories of Stritch.

“It is no small endeavor to serve in as many roles for as long as Donald did,” wrote Republican Gov. Chris Sununu. “His work was and still is appreciated.”

Others shared those sentiments.

“Don was a always a gentleman and got along with everyone,” wrote former Rockingham County Commissioner Maureen Barrows. “...I miss my old pal, and although I know Don would have said he was undeserving of this honor, he would have taken great pride in receiving this acknowledgement.”

Barrows recalled how, when Stritch was voted in as county commissioner, he had lept into the air and hollered “the eagle has landed.”

“Once again, with his peers honoring him today, the eagle has landed,” she wrote.

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