James H. Fadden Jr. 1954 – 2018
The December 10th passing of Selectman Jimmy Fadden hit the Town hard. Although his health was failing, his passing was like a punch in the stomach – it hurt. Jim was a Selectman in Woodstock for 20 years and was dedicated to his beloved Town. He rarely missed a Tuesday Selectmen’s Meeting and was dedicated to making Woodstock a better place while keeping Town Government as simple as possible in an increasingly complex world. At times he could vehemently disagree with his fellow Selectmen (or a resident at the meeting), yet once the meeting was over, he left the politics and disagreement at the door and never let it damage friendships. That’s hard to do in a small town.
Jim was also the unofficial Town Historian. Ask Jim a seemingly obscure local question and he almost always had the answer while remembering dates and names and details. He loved local history and collectibles and he had a million stories about local characters and who owned this house or that business in days gone by. He was always a proud New Hampshire Yankee and was gifted with old-fashioned Yankee ingenuity. Simple was always better.
Here in the Town Office, there are memories of Jim everywhere. Clippings of pictures of him with various state and national political figures, his overstuffed mailbox, and some historical items on display. But, the one sad reminder that Jim is not returning is his empty chair in the conference room.
Jim, on behalf of all the Town’s Employees, we appreciate all you did for Woodstock and for your friendship. You are already missed and will be fondly remembered forever.
Joel Bourassa and Gil Rand