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DOVER – When Steve Towne died on April 22 from a head injury sustained while playing basketball, Dover lost a respected and treasured citizen. 

A 1969 graduate of Dover High School, Towne’s sudden death came as a shock to many. He was a fixture in the city’s downtown during his daily walks, a big, smiling man with his distinctive gait.

“Townie” was 69.

A reserve member of the high school’s 1968 Class L state championship basketball team, Townie went on to exceptionally serve Dover in many volunteer capacities, specifically to benefit the city’s youth, for approximately 50 years.

The late Steve Towne, right, is pictured at the Dover High School Class of 1969’s 50th reunion in 2019 with classmates Mike St. Pierre and Ann Malone.

“He’s a one-of-a-kind athlete and person, especially a person,” said Greg Kageleiry, Townie’s high school basketball coach.

“His legacy is he made a difference,” said Dover Recreation Director Gary Bannon. “A life well lived.”

Townie started as a volunteer umpire while still in high school for Dover South Side Little League. Later, he became a coach and league official, playing a key role in the construction of Maglaras Park off Henry Law Avenue. The league ceased operation in 2011. He also coached and officiated youth basketball for the Dover Recreation Department for many years, and served as a board member for Dover Youth Football. In recent years, he helped to organize and run the over-50 men’s basketball league in the city.

Obituary:Stephen Pierce Towne (Aug. 1. 1951 to April 22, 2021)

He also was a longtime certified New Hampshire basketball official with IAABO Board 32. Townie was inducted into the Dover Sports Hall of Fame in 1999 as a contributor, while he also received the New Hampshire Union Leader’s Carl Lundholm Award for his dedication to youth athletics.

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