Lyndeborough select board member passes away

  • Lyndeborough select board member Lee Francis Mayhew passed away at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center on Tuesday, July 25.   Courtesy photo—

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Monday, July 31, 2017 10:58PM

A sitting select board member in Lyndeborough and a longtime town administrator in Milford died early last week.

Lee Francis Mayhew died quietly at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center on Tuesday, July 25, according to his obituary. He was 75.

“I was very shocked and saddened to hear the news,” Lyndeborough Town Administrator Russ Boland said about learning of Mayhew’s passing. “We are all grieving. This is a major loss to us as employees and the community as a whole.”

He said Mayhew served on the select board for about three and a half years before he passed away. In that time, he said Mayhew spearheaded a lot of projects including the reconstruction of Mountain Road. He also helped make improvements to the town’s municipal buildings, was instrumental in making Citizens’ Hall handicapped accessible, played a role in beautifying the hall, was a leader in making the town’s budgeting system more accountable, and helped revisit and review town job descriptions.

“Just about everything you see that’s happened here in the last few years, Lee contributed to it,” Boland said.

Mayhew’s obituary says he graduated from Saint Anselm College, where he met and fell in love with his wife Therese. It says Mayhew served as a helicopter pilot in the first cavalry division during the Vietnam War. He returned home after being honorably discharged at the rank of captain. His obituary says his continued desire to serve the country drew him to a career in civil service — acting as town administrator in Milford for 18 years and was active on many boards and committees throughout the state.

Lyndeborough select board members Fred Douglas and Mark Schultz wrote a letter to a local newspaper regarding Mayhew’s death.

“Lee was always extremely compassionate and thoughtful towards others,” the letter reads. “He always saw the positive side in others rather than the negative.”

The letter says Mayhew was dedicated to family, friends and the employees he worked closely with in Milford and Lyndeborough.

“He would always say that employees were the most important asset to any municipality and they were your second family,” the letter says.

Boland said Mayhew would affectionately call town employees his “daytime family.”

And family was important to Mayhew.

“Greater than his passion for serving was his love of family, because according to Lee, ‘all that matters is family,’” his obituary says.

Mayhew is survived by his wife, four children, 12 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Calling hours were held on Monday in Milford.