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J. Joseph Grandmaison

May 19, 1943 ~ June 11, 2022 (age 79)

Obituary

J. Joseph Grandmaison, 79, of Portsmouth, NH, died June 11, 2022 from the effects of Parkinson’s disease.  Born May 19, 1943 as middle son of Oscar and Irene (Bouchard) Grandmaison, Joe served 2 years as Nashua’s Ward 7 Alderman and thereafter began a career in Democratic politics and government service including major roles in Sen. George McGovern for President 1972;  Michael Dukakis for Governor 1974;  Sen. John Glenn for President 1984;  and Gov. Bill Clinton for President 1992.

Joe was a proud member of Nashua High School’s Class of 1960, a graduate of Burdett College and a Fellow at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government-Institute of Politics.    He was his Party’s nominee for Congress in NH’s 2nd District in 1976 and for Governor in 1990.  Joe also served as Chairman of the NH Democratic Party and in the NH National Guard.  

In government service, Joe was named Federal Co-Chairman of the New England Regional Commission by President Carter; Director of the US Trade & Development Agency by President Clinton; and appointed twice to the Board of Directors of the Export-Import Bank by President George W. Bush.    

Joe was predeceased by his parents and brother Peter.    He is survived by his brother Philip and his wife Ann; nephew Adam and his fiancé Lena Nersesian and their daughter Parker Ann Grandmaison; and niece Sarah Manheim, her husband Josh and their sons Henry Joseph and Theodore Philip Manheim, all of California.

After residing in Washington, DC and Rye, NH for many years, Joe relocated to Wentworth Senior Living in Portsmouth in 2020.  Wentworth’s staff, Beacon Hospice’s staff and volunteers and care managers Anna Shultz and Carol  Sanderson provided him with comfort and love.    His career in public life enabled him to collect many friends who reached out to him in recent months to express their support and affection.  The Grandmaison family wishes to express its appreciation to all.   

Calling hours and remembrance of Joe’s life will be announced at a later date.     

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