Jan 28, 2016 6:20 PM

Former Concord mayor Martin Gross dies

CONCORD - Former mayor, political insider and legal counsel to two governors Martin Gross has died.

Gross passed away Tuesday while on a trip to Antarctica when he suffered a heart attack.

Gross was involved in many charities, including the N.H. Charitable Foundation and the Capitol Center for the Arts.

Fellow lawyer and lawmaker David Hess, a state representative from Hooksett, remembered Gross for his integrity.

"He recognized the importance of acknowledging both the strengths and weaknesses or a particular bill or issue he was advocating. I like to paraphrase a statement that no cause, no legislation, no client is important enough to stake your reputation and I think Martin Gross lived that statement," Hess said.

Gross served on the ethics committees of both the N.H. Supreme Court and the state Legislature. He also chaired the committee on admission to the New Hampshire Bar.

"Marty Gross was a longtime friend and colleague to many of us in the Senate and we are saddened to hear of his sudden loss," Senate President Chuck Morse said in a statement.

Manchester Sen. Lou D'Allessandro agreed. "New Hampshire has lost a great man and a dedicated public servant. Marty’s friends and family will be in my thoughts and prayers, as I’m sure they will be for all those whose lives Marty touched," he wrote.

"Marty was one of the very first people I met when I started out in politics. He was an inspiring and dedicated public servant who gave so much to the state he loved," said U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen.

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