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Barnstead selectman suffers fatal heart attack

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December 17, 2009
BARNSTEAD -- Friends and colleagues were stunned Wednesday

evening by the sudden death of Barnstead Selectman Phil

Grillo at the age of 59.

Grillo reportedly suffered a massive heart attack at his

home on South Barnstead Road some time after 4 p.m. on Dec.

16. His body was found later by his wife, Kathy.

A resident of Barnstead since 2001, Grillo was highly active

in town politics, serving on the planning board and as an

at-large member of the now-defuct fire department study


In April of 2008, he was appointed to serve out the

remainder of close friend Jack O'Neil's term on the board of

selectmen after O'Neil resigned in protest of accusations

that he had mismanaged the town's food pantry and welfare


Grillo was elected to a full three-year term on the board

earlier this year, and was spearheading efforts to design a

new town office building at the time of his death.

Brendan Berube can be reached at 569-3126 or


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