Jul 3, 2016 2:59 PM

Longtime Epping selectman, volunteer, dies at 68


EPPING — James McGeogh's last words to his community as a whole were an expression of his own core beliefs: "Get involved."

The longtime Epping resident and selectman died this past Tuesday after a six-year battle with cancer, Seacoastonline.com reported. He was 68 and passed away on his birthday.

McGeogh had three careers, serving as a New York City police officer for 14 years and retiring for medical reasons after his second shooting; teaching math for 20 years at West High School in Manchester, from which he retired five years ago; and running White Gate Farm with his wife Susan, an Epping native and middle school teacher. He served Epping as a 15-year member of the Budget Committee and 10-year member of the Conservation Commission. He became a selectman in 2009.

Selectman Chair Tom Gauthier called McGeogh "the toughest man I have ever met. Nobody can go through what he's been through," the newspaper reported. In addition to the two shootings, McGeogh fell out of a tree when he was working on his property, Gauthier said. But he always came back, and near the end of his life, he would come to selectmen's meetings with his IV pole.

"He felt he had to be there," Gauthier said.

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