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Sep 2, 2016 8:17 PM

Granite State legislators, friends remember the late Griffin Dalianis


CONCORD - Granite State legislators remembered the late Griffin Dalianis, who dedicated his life to public service and advocating for veterans both in the state and across the country.

"Griffin Dalianis served his country with great distinction and commitment," Gov. Maggie Hassan said on Friday. "He was a man of just enormous heart and strength."

Dalianis -- who often went by Griff -- is one of New Hampshire's most well-known veterans who served in the United States Air Force. He died on Thursday morning at Southern New Hampshire Medical Center at the age of 73.

He held many roles during his career, including New Hampshire's Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army, worked on the Veterans Administration committee during President George W. Bush's administration, led the state's Veteran's Advisory Committee, and much more. He was a psychotherapist, legislator, husband, father, and grandfather.

"We just know how greatly he will be missed," Hassan said. "He was one of a kind. He served with passion and commitment and just wanted to make his state, his country, and the world a better place, and his example is one that will live on and we won't forget."

News of his death comes at an interesting time for New Hampshire veterans, as several of Dalianis' colleagues gathered at the state house Friday for a ceremonial bill signing.

House Bill 430 will allow cities and towns in the state to expand which veterans are eligible for a property tax credit, which can range from $50 to $500, depending on the town.

State Representative Fred Rice championed the bill and worked closely with Dalianis over the years.

"He was a great man," Rice said. "Everybody in New Hampshire is going to miss him. He was a larger than life personality."

Rice also said Dalianis was a dedicated worker who fought to get results.

"Griff goes after things in a big way," he said. "I try to work a little bit more low key, but he gets the job done. He's been a public servant for a long time."

Funeral arrangements have been made for Dalianis. Calling hours will be on Tuesday, Sept. 6 from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Farewell Funeral Home in Dalianis' home city of Nashua. The funeral service will follow on Wednesday morning at 10:00 a.m. at the Immaculate Conception Church on E. Dunstable Road in Nashua.

Dalianis is survived by his wife, Chief Supreme Court Justice Linda Dalianis and four children.

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