Richard G. Marshall, 81, of Hooksett, passed away on July 19, 2021 at his home after a period of declining health.
He was born in Boston, MA on October 27, 1939 to Gordon and Ila (Burgess) Marshall.
Dick was graduated from Central High School and UNH. He earned a master's degree from Perdue University. He worked as a civil engineer for the State of New Hampshire.
Dick was a 49-year member of the Hooksett Planning Board. He also served on the Southern NH Planning Commission. He was a member and served as moderator of the Congregational Church of Hooksett. He also was honored as the Hooksett Citizen of the Year and a Kiwanis Volunteer of the Year. His passion was Santa and he was a founding member of the New England Santa Society.
Dick enjoyed singing in his church choir, making wooden toys and spending time with his children. He will be remembered most for his generous spirit and his love of all things Santa. For 15 years he held a Santa's Workshop hosting families and children to come meet Santa and his elves and participate in building a wooden toy to take home.
He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Donna (Ross) Marshall of Hooksett; step-children, Susan Brisson and husband, Len of Manchester and Joanna Williams of Manchester; son, Eric Marshall of Hooksett and daughter, Kathryn Tilton and husband, George of Hooksett. He was most proud of seven grandchildren, Alex, Ben, Jake, Karah, Isaac, Sam and Emily.
He is predeceased by his parents, sister, Jean Straw, and his daughter, Lisa Marshall.
SERVICES: A celebration of Dick's life will take place at the Congregational Church of Hooksett, 5 Veterans Dr., Hooksett, August 7th, 2021 at 11 a.m.
Memorial donations may be made to the Union Leader Santa Fund.