Many citizens of NH were saddened to hear of the sudden and tragic death, Saturday, of former State Senator Sam Cataldo in an auto accident, on his way to a School Board meeting in his home town of Farmington, NH.
One of the finest men I’ve had the privilege to meet, Sam was serving the people to the very end. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife, Cheryl, and their family.
Via the Union Leader, we have these comments from Senate President, Chuck Morse:
“I am deeply saddened to learn of the passing of my friend and former colleague Senator Sam Cataldo. He was a truly genuine, caring man as well as a thoughtful and committed public servant,” Morse said.
“His love and concern for this state and his community was evident through his ongoing participation in public life and his service will surely be missed by many throughout our state.”
We also have these comments from Former GOP Chair, Jack Kimball:
“My dear friend, Senator Sam Cataldo, was killed in a head on car crash yesterday morning on his way to a local Committee meeting. He was air lifted to Portsmouth Regional Hospital but his injuries were too severe and he did not survive.
“I cannot tell you how sad I am. I have lost a loyal and dear friend, but all those who new him probably feel the same way. There wasn’t a better person on the planet. He was one of the most unselfish, caring people I have ever met. I knew Sam when he was a fast pitch softball umpire in Lawrence, MA. Even as an umpire, he was well liked. Not an easy task.
“I promised his dear wife Cheryl that I would get the word out as Sam deserves the highest honor that we can give him. It is least we can do for such a great man.”
The NH GOP released this statement from party Chair Jeannie Forrester:
“It is with sadness that we learned of the passing of former State Senator Sam Cataldo of Farmington. Having seen him last week at our Annual Meeting, all present saw Sam full of life. Through his service in the House and Senate, he was a dedicated member of his community and served his constituents with passionate dedication and will be dearly missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and loved ones at this time.”
I am deeply saddened by the passing of Senator Sam Cataldo, a good friend and true patriot who loved New Hampshire. A real gentleman, Sam always put people first in serving his town, state, & country. He will be greatly missed by so many.
— Chris Sununu (@GovChrisSununu) February 4, 2018
We at the Grok are all deeply saddened to have lost a good friend with whom we nearly always agreed. If you’ve not had the privilege to meet Sam, take a listen: