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Past President and Life Member Kerry Plaisted has passed away
Updated On: Apr 27, 2013

The New Hampshire Police Association is sad to note the passing of NHPA Life member and Past President Kerry Plaisted.  Kerry served with the Portsmouth NH Police Department for 22 years (1965-1987) where he worked his way through the ranks ultimately achieving the rank of Director where he commanded the patrol division prior to his retirement.

Kerry's involvement with the NH Police Association included 35 years of working with the  Knightstick Magazine where he served in many capacities including columnist and editor.  Kerry served as the Special Events Coordinator for the NHPA Board where he organized events including the boards Christmas Party and Significant Others Get Together.  Kerry's institutional knowledge and experience made him an invaluable source of information to the board.

Kerry graduated from St. Anselm's College with a degree in Criminal Justice and was a graduate of the FBI's National Academy 115th Session

The Board of the New Hampshire Police Association extends our sympathies and condolences to his wife Holly and his family.  We will update this article as soon as we get more information.

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Kerry P. Plaisted 
(July 25, 1939 - April 24, 2013) 

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Kerry P. Plaisted


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Nottingham - Kerry Peter Plaisted, 73, 6 Autumn Lane, Nottingham, beloved husband of Holly Young Plaisted, died at his home April 24.

Kerry was born July 25, 1939, in Portsmouth, the son of Neil and Ellen (La Pointe) Plaisted. Helping to raise him were his aunt and uncle, Vivian and “Uncle Doc,” of Portsmouth.

He attended Portsmouth Schools, received his Bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from St. Anselm’s College, and attended the 115th F.B. I. National Academy. He served in the U.S. Air Force, stationed in Korea.

He retired as director of the Patrol Services Bureau of the Portsmouth Police Dept., after 22 years of service. He then served as security director for Wentworth by the Sea, before becoming a criminal investigator for the N.H. Public Defender’s Rockingham County office. He currently had been a part-time bailiff at Strafford County Superior Court.

He was the 40th president of the N.H. Police Association. Kerry's involvement with the association included 35 years working with the Knightstick Magazine where he served in many capacities. Kerry served as the Special Events coordinator for the NHPA Board where he organized many events. Kerry's institutional knowledge and experience made him an invaluable source of information to the board, and for many years, served as its magazine’s editor. He also was a member of the Portsmouth Country Club, and participated in Portsmouth’s Slo-Pitch softball leagues, first for Burger Chef, Atherton’s, and Gallaghers, and for many years, with the Portsmouth Police, winning many tournaments. He was a past president of the Portsmouth Police Relief Association and National Defender Investigator Association.

He furthered his education with training in hostage negotiations, drug and alcohol abuse, terrorism/hostage situations, emergency management and more. He was an instructor with the N.H. Police Standards & Training Council.

Besides his wife, he is survived by three sons, Scott Plaisted and his wife, Pam, and three grandchildren, Keith, Molly and Dylan, and three great-grandchildren; son Erik and two grandchildren, Heather and Derik; and son Peter; stepbrother, John Plaisted and stepsister, Rosemary Plaisted. He had several nieces and nephews, and considered his nephew Matthew Plaisted and his family, of California, to be part of his immediate family. He will be sadly missed by his four good dogs: Luci, Watson, Harry and Cali. He was predeceased by two brothers, Stephen and Douglas.

A time of visitation will be held from 5-7 pm on Tuesday, April 30th, 2013 at the J. Verne Wood Funeral Home – Buckminster Chapel, 84 Broad Street, Portsmouth. A memorial mass will be celebrated at 10:00 am on Wednesday, May 1st, 2013 a St. Thomas More Parish, 6 Madbury Road, Durham. Friends invited. Family flowers only. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 417005 Boston, MA. 02241-7005.

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