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Community mourns town clerk’s death

Cynthia “Cindy” Lussier died at Mass. General Hospital, following battle with cancer

NEW IPSWICH — The death of New Ipswich Town Clerk and Tax Collector Cynthia “Cindy” Lussier, who has been part of the fabric of the town offices for more than 18 years, has left a void in the community. Lussier, who was diagnosed with colon cancer in 2013, passed away at Massachusetts General Hospital on Tuesday night.

In addition to her work in the New Ipswich town offices, Lussier had also served as a Souhegan Valley Ambulance paramedic.

In a collaborative statement from Select Board members Becky Doyle, Woody Mieszner and Chair George Lawrence issued Wednesday, the board expressed its condolences to Lussier’s family, and appreciation for her years of service to the town. “We are sorry to report the passing of Cindy Lussier, our town clerk and tax collector. Cindy served the town for 20 years, first as assistant town clerk and eventually being elected to both the town clerk and tax collector positions,” the statement reads. “She faithfully served our town, offering both day and evening hours for the convenience of the community. She has been a steadfast fixture in the town office, and will be greatly missed. Our heartfelt condolences go out to her family.”

Lussier began working as the deputy town clerk in New Ipswich in 1996, working only one day a week, and at one point leaving New Ipswich to serve as the part-time deputy town clerk in Greenville for a period of three years. Then in 2008, Lussier became New Ipswich’s town clerk, and also took on the duties of tax collector starting in 2010.

In honor of Lussier, the Souhegan Valley Ambulance Service, where Lussier was a paramedic, hung a black shroud on the ambulance building on Wednesday afternoon. Lussier, who had previously been an EMT-1, graduated from paramedic school in 2007.

According to Doyle, the Select Board will be moving forward with appointing a new town clerk and tax collector, according to statute. The board had not had time to discuss the process yet, she added, and will address it in coming meetings. “It’s still very fresh,” she said Wednesday.

The Town Clerk’s Office will remain open during its regular hours, covered by Deputy Town Clerk Jessica Olson, until a new town clerk can be appointed. Olson also functions as the town’s deputy tax collector.

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