State flags fly at half staff to mark passing of Sen. McGilvray
Written by NH1 News Political Director Paul Steinhauser on .
CONCORD – Flags at the Statehouse flew at half-staff on Thursday, in honor of the passing of state Sen. Scott McGilvray.
The 51-year old first-term Democratic lawmaker from Hooksett died Tuesday after a long illness.
McGilvray was also president of the state’s largest teacher’s union, the New Hampshire chapter of the National Education Association. He also taught social studies for two decades at Manchester Memorial High School and served as the school’s football coach.
The state Senate’s Thursday session began with a moment of silence and the lighting of a candle to remember McGilvray. Senators also shortened their session and avoided any contentious debates.
Senate President Chuck Morse said that McGilvray “sat beside us for far too short a period of time in this session.”
Morse added that McGilvray will be remembered for “his dedication to education, his dedication to youth sports as a beloved football coach, and his service to his community…..
No doubt the whole community will greatly suffer the effects of his loss.”
Senate Minority Leader Jeff Woodburn, the top Democrat in the chamber, said McGilvray “was with us for a short time in the Senate. Much like his life it was far too brief. He just got here and was learning his way, but he taught us quiet respect and personal modesty and a hunger to learn.”
“More than anything else he was a teacher and a coach,” Woodburn added. “Scott had a tremendous ability to put people at ease and put others ahead of himself.”
McGilvray was elected in November. He represented District 16, which includes the towns of Bow, Candia, Dunbarton, Hooksett and Wards 1, 2 and 12 in Manchester. A special election to fill the vacant seat will likely take place in August or September.
In the state Senate chamber, a candle is lit to mark the passing of Sen. Scott McGilvray, on March 23, 2017