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Remembering Granny D: Dublin community members gather to celebrate Haddock’s legacy

  • People from throughout the Monadnock community were brought together to celebrate Doris “Granny D” Haddock’s birthday on Thursday. The celebration included a potluck luncheon.  Staff photo by Nicholas Handy

  • Executive Counselor Andru Volinsky reads a proclamation sent by NH Governor Chris Sununu. The proclamation declared Jan. 24, 2107 Doris “Granny D” Haddock Day.  Staff photo by Nicholas Handy

  • Sue Hocking cuts into one of the Granny D birthday cakes. A friend of Granny D, Hocking admitted that Granny D had a sweet tooth in the latter years of her life.  Staff photo by Nicholas Handy

  • No birthday celebration is complete without birthday cake. The two cakes at Granny D’s birthday celebration were particularly special, as they had some of her quotes written on them.  Staff photo by Nicholas Handy

  • Sue Hocking cuts into one of the Granny D birthday cakes. A friend of Granny D, Hocking admitted that Granny D had a sweet tooth in the latter years of her life.  Staff photo by Nicholas Handy

  • Open Democracy co-chair Regina Bringolf spoke of the legacy of Granny D on Thursday.  Staff photo by Nicholas Handy

  • Community members enjoy a potluck luncheon in honor of Granny D’s birthday. Granny D would have been 107-years-old on Jan. 24.  Staff photo by Nicholas Handy

  • A painting of Doris “Granny D” Haddock, sat at the front of the room. Granny D gained fame and admiration by walking across the United States in her 90th year in support of  campaign finance reform. Staff photo by Nicholas Handy

  • Open Democracy co-chair Gordon Allen tells a story about Granny D.  Staff photo by Nicholas Handy

  • Executive Counselor Andru Volinsky reads a proclamation sent by NH Governor Chris Sununu. The proclamation declared Jan. 24, 2107 Doris “Granny D” Haddock Day.  Staff photo by Nicholas Handy

  • Many who showed up to the Granny D celebration shared stories and memories of her life and legacy.  Staff photo by Nicholas Handy

  • Open Democracy Executive Director Olivia Zink shares a few words about Granny D.  Staff photo by Nicholas Handy

  • In addition to eating and sharing memories of Granny D, those in attendance at the Granny D birthday celebration were treated to a short Granny D documentary.  Staff photo by Nicholas Handy



Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Tuesday, January 31, 2017 8:30AM

Two days after Doris “Granny D” Haddock would have celebrated her 107th birthday, a group of friends and fellow advocates gathered to celebrate her memory. 

The group of about 30 gathered at the Dublin Community Center on Thursday to share food, conversation, and memories of a woman who dedicated her life to campaign finance reform. 

“I remember walking with her and she said it could be her final walk. She made it seven more years,” said Gerhard Bedding, who recalled walking down Route 101 with Granny D. “She was short; it was amazing how fast she could walk.”

At the age of 90, Granny D gained fame and admiration by completing her more than 3,200-mile walk across the United States in support of campaign finance reform.

She subsequently traveled across the country to help numerous citizens register to vote. She received many awards in New Hampshire and elsewhere for her efforts. 

Granny D, a Dublin resident, passed away on March 9, 2010.

“We always ask ‘What would Granny D do? How would she direct us with her wisdom? I think it is important to keep that in mind throughout the next four years,” said Gordon Allen, Open Democracy co-chair. 

Executive Counselor Andru Volinsky was also in attendance, presenting a proclamation from Governor Chris Sununu. The proclamation declared Jan. 24, 2107 Doris “Granny D” Haddock Day, in honor of her many accomplishments. 

And no birthday celebration is without a birthday cake. To close out the event, there were two birthday cakes, complete with two Granny D quotes written on them. 

“She certainly had a sweet tooth,” said friend Sue Hocking, who said she used to take Granny D out for fast food and other treats in the later years of her life. 

The event was a partnership between Open Democracy, New Hampshire Rebellion, and PACE: Promoting Active Civic Engagement.

The event was originally scheduled on the day of Granny D’s birthday but was rescheduled due to weather. 

Nicholas Handy can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 235 or nhandy@ledgertranscript.com. He is also on Twitter @nhandyMLT.