Obituary of Glyn P. Eastman

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Glyn P. Eastman

June 20, 1936 - June 14, 2014

The Hampton Union, June 17, 2014

Glyn P. EastmanHAMPTON — Glyn P. Eastman, a lifelong resident of Hampton, passed away at the age of 77 on Saturday, June 14, 2014, at the Partridge House in Hampton.

Born in Hampton, son of the late Clifford H. Eastman and Lily Porter Eastman, Glyn graduated from Hampton Academy in 1955 and then attended Bentley School of Accounting. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1958 to 1962, and after completing his military service, he returned to Hampton and was associated with Colt News Agency for more than 40 years.

Glyn served the town of Hampton as a selectman for nine years after previously serving many years as a member and chairman of the Municipal Budget Committee, chairman of the Trustee of Trust Funds of Hampton and chairman of the Hampton Real Estate Leased Land Committee. In recognition of Glyn's lifetime of community service, he was named grand marshal of the town of Hampton's 350th anniversary parade and festivities in 1988.

As an active member in many organizations, Glyn was a past master of the St. James Masonic Lodge in Hampton, a past president of the Kiwanis Club of the Hamptons and chairman of the Hampton Salvation Army Unit. Mr. Eastman was also a longtime member of the American Legion Post 35 in Hampton.

He is survived by his brother, Clifford H. Eastman Jr.; and his sister, Lily P. Marston.

He was predeceased by a brother, John Eastman; and his sisters, Shirley E. Davenport and Beverly Eastman. He was forever grateful to Annie Purington, who cared for him for many years during his youth.

SERVICES: Calling hours will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, June 19, in the Remick & Gendron Funeral Home, 811 Lafayette Road, Hampton. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, June 20, in the funeral home with burial in the High Street Cemetery, Hampton. Memorial donations may be made to the Town of Hampton Clock Fund, c/o Hampton Parks and Rec. Dept., 100 Winnacunnet Road. Hampton, NH 03842.

Hampton community mourns former selectman

By Kyle Stucker

Hampton Union, June 17, 2014

[The following article is courtesy of the Hampton Union and Seacoast Online.]

HAMPTON — While many celebrated Father's Day by thanking their dads, mentors and heroes for everything they've done, Hampton mourned the death and honored the life of one of its most accomplished father figures.

Glyn Eastman, a Hampton native, former selectman and the grand marshall of the town's 350th anniversary festivities, succumbed to lung cancer Saturday at the age of 77. Eastman held a number of elected offices over the years for the town and local organizations, and many residents said it was heartbreaking to learn about the loss of a modest and selfless man.

"Even in his last days lying in his bed, this is what he'd say to us: "Anything I can do for you?" said Al Casassa, a Hampton businessman and attorney who had known Eastman for roughly 64 years. "That was his life. That was the kind of man he was."

Eastman, a Navy veteran who returned to Hampton in 1962 upon completing four years of military service, worked for the Colt News Agency and Colt News Store in downtown Hampton for over 40 years. He served nine years as selectman in addition to time spent as the chairman of the town's Budget Committee and a trustee of the town's trust funds.

Eastman, who never married, also was a past master of the St. James Masonic Lodge, past president of the Kiwanis Club of the Hamptons, and a member of the Hampton arm of the Salvation Army and American Legion Post 35.

Above all, Casassa said Eastman was a "very good man" who was "very popular" because he was "very self-assuming," had much integrity, and was a "very hard worker" in the business world and in the community. The latter is one of the reasons why Casassa said Eastman was tremendously honored to be the grand marshall for a milestone anniversary in his beloved hometown.

"He was so proud of that," said Casassa. "That was very meaningful for him."

A number of longtime residents and town officials have posted messages for Eastman online to thank him for being a part of their lives and for helping the town over the years.

"Always a gentleman, always helping others out, even when no one was looking," wrote Selectman Rusty Bridle, a retired Hampton fire captain.

Evelyn Thornton, a local author, wrote that she "will always remember Glyn with an arm full of newspapers" and a "heart warming smile" that would "brighten up the day."

"We enjoyed our many long talks of local and world events," wrote Thornton. "Of course he was always 'there' for all of us. I will cherish my friendship with him and I sure will miss him."

Remick and Gendron Funeral Home will host calling hours for Eastman between 5 and 8 p.m. on Thursday. Eastman will be buried in High Street Cemetery following a funeral service at the 811 Lafayette Road funeral home at 11 a.m. Friday.

Eastman's family is asking memorial donations be made to the ongoing town clock restoration project in lieu of flowers. Donations can be made to Town of Hampton Clock Fund c/o Hampton Parks and Rec. Department, 100 Winnacunnet Rd., Hampton, NH 03842.

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