GILFORD — John D. Cameron of Gilford passed away August 14, 2014 following a brief but hard-fought battle with cancer. The son of Angela (Galinis) and Malcolm E. Cameron, he was born in Jamaica Plain, Mass.. and "got to N.H. as soon as I could". He grew up in Sandown, N.H. and graduated from what is now Sanborn Regional High School in Kingston, N.H. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry from the University of New Hampshire and a Masters of Business Administration from Northeastern University.
John entered the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War and was stationed at a munitions base in Ontario, Canada until the war ended. While in the military, he served as a Chaplain's Assistant as well as a Little League coach and achieved the rank of Captain. Upon leaving the service, he and his family settled in Merrimack, N.H. John worked many years for Digital Equipment Corporation in the marketing department, and after many successful years in the business world, earned his Juris Doctorate from Franklin Pierce Law Center in Concord, N.H., was admitted to the New Hampshire Bar and began a second career as an attorney and mediator.
Throughout his years in the legal community, John was an advocate for children and families, both in individual cases and in legislation. He was a key member of the Task Force on Family Law and lobbied for the resulting Parental Rights and Responsibilities Act that radically changed New Hampshire's parenting statutes in 2005. John co-founded the Collaborative Law Alliance of NH, the Parenting Coordinator Association of NH, the NH Guardian Ad Litem Association and Neutral Ground Co-Parenting Solutions. He served on the Governor's Committee on Family Law, on the Family Mediation Certification Board, and as Co-Chairman of the Family Law Section of the New Hampshire Bar Association. John was a strong proponent of mediation rather than litigation, and was a certified mediator trainer; conducting his last class this past May.
John's commitment to and capacity for public service was enormous. His desire to serve was a driving force in his life. Over the years, he volunteered for a wide variety of organizations addressing such needs as homeless or disadvantaged children, the mentally and physically handicapped, abused and battered women, Y.M.C.A.s in Nashua, Concord and Syracuse, N.Y. and the United Way of Greater Nashua and of Onandaga County, New York. He also held leadership positions on the Steering Committee of the State of NH, Governor's Office on Volunteerism during the 1980s.
In 1996, John moved to Gilford and served as Gilford Middle School Building Committee Facilitator and as the Gilford School District Moderator. He was a member of the Mensa Society, a Justice of the Peace and an avid skier and familiar presence on the slopes at Gunstock. John was an accomplished photographer and published writer, having developed a website for identifying N.H. wildflowers (www.newhampshirewildflowers.com) and penning informative articles on wildflowers. Throughout his life, he was an active member of Christian Science churches in Derry, Nashua and Concord; teaching Sunday School and holding a variety of administrative and lay reader positions.
Survivors include his wife Pat of Gilford; daughter Emily (+David) Busch of New Brighton, Penn..; son Jonathan (+Jenna) Cameron of Candia; brother Malcolm E. (Bernadette) Cameron, Jr. of Deerfield; sister Virginia Dimino of Epsom; grandchildren Jonathan A. Cameron of Candia and Angela M. Busch of New Brighton, Penn.; many nieces, nephews and cousins; and his four-legged hiking buddy, Gracie.
A memorial service will be held on September 6, 2014 at 11 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church of Gilford, 18 Wesley Way (off Route 11A), Gilford, NH. For those who wish, donations may be made to the First Church of Christ, Scientist, Building Preservation Fund, 33 School St., Concord, N.H. 03301