2014-09-19 / Obituaries

Charles Leahy

Charles Farrington Leahy, part-time resident of Kennebunkport, died on Aug. 21, 2014. Chuck was born in Claremont, New Hampshire, on Feb. 27, 1935. He graduated from Stevens High School and then from Yale University with a degree in English in 1957. He enlisted in the U. S. Army and served in Army Intelligence until 1960. In 1963 he graduated with honors from Harvard Law School.

Chuck chose to return to his beloved New Hampshire to practice law, settling in Concord where he remained for life. He came to be recognized as one of New Hampshire’s pre-eminent lawyers.

Chuck loved the game of golf and was a member of both Webhannet and Cape Arundel Golf Clubs. He was a member and supporter of the Kennebunkport Conservation Trust and assisted in the capital campaign for the acquisition of Timber Point by the Trust for Public Land.

In 1960, Chuck married Barbara Shimanski. Together they raised five remarkable children, remaining good friends for life. He married his second wife, Mary Susan, in 1977. In 1982, they purchased a piece of the Barbara Smart Farm overlooking Goose Rocks Beach and built a lovely second home designed by architect and friend, Richard H. Dudley. It became the focal point for many wonderful family times. The croquet games they hosted for the extended family were legendary.

In addition to his wife, Chuck is survived by his five children and their spouses: Siobhan and Peter Ulrich, Charles, Jr. and Alison Leahy, Matthew and Deb Leahy, Susie Leahy and Rick English, Jonathan and Kristin Leahy and nine grandchildren: Annie, Clare, Sam, Ben, Thomas, Mick, Max, Samantha and Emma. He also leaves his first wife, Barbara Leahy, of Concord; his brother, Albert D. Leahy, and sister-in-law, Patricia, of Claremont; niece Alison Angle; nephew Bill Leahy; and cousins Sam and Charles Farrington.

Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one’s choice or the Kennebunkport Conservation Trust, P.O. Box 7004, Cape Porpoise, ME 04014- 7004.

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