In Memoriam: Former N.H. State Rep. Suzanne Smith
January 9, 2024
Former New Hampshire State Representative Suzanne Smith passed away over the weekend.
Suzanne served in the New Hampshire Legislature from 2008 until her retirement in 2022, including on the Environment and Agriculture Committee, and was a long-time member of the CSG East Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee.
“She was an avid hiker and birder, and her love of nature was what drove her to sponsor many bills that helped to protect NH natural resources,” said Tara Sad and Bob Haefner, who both served in the New Hampshire Legislature alongside Suzanne before joining CSG East.
“We had fun traveling with her to many CSG East and SARL meetings over the years and got to know her as a friend as well as a colleague,” said Sad. “She was a wonderful person and will be sorely missed.”
News of Suzanne’s passing was also reported by Paula Tracy at InDepthNH.org:
“Our amazing Suzanne—conservationist, birder, hiker, wildlife tracker, reader, scuba diver, singer, NH House representative, local library volunteer, and a friend to all, passed away peacefully yesterday afternoon,” [former state Rep. Joyce Weston] wrote to friends. “She was surrounded by her daughters and close friends.”
Smith was sponsor of bills on OHRV use, definitions for “wake” boats, greenhouse gas emissions legislation, composting, rail trail management, rural access to broadband and sponsored a bill in support of the Lakes Region Mutual Fire Aid which is being forced to move from the former Laconia State School property due to its pending sale.
Born in Green Bay, Wisc., in 1948, she was a copy editor and broadcaster and owned a natural food store from 1977 to 1998.
She was treasurer of the New Hampshire Audubon Pemi-Baker Chapter from 2008.
Smith was certified by the Council for Homeopathic Certification in 2002 and served as assistant editor/copy editor for the American Homeopathic Journal.
Suzanne was also a graduate of the CSG East Eastern Leadership Academy class of 2013, and was active on the regional Energy and Environment Committee. She was a frequent attendee at the Annual Meeting and will be sorely missed by CSG East members and staff alike.
Details of memorial or funeral services had not yet been shared as of Tuesday morning.