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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Obituary: ‘Well respected’ Greenland Police Chief leaves behind family

GREENLAND – Greenland Police Chief Michael P. Maloney, 48, passed away Thursday, April 12, 2012, while protecting his community and brother police officers. Chief Maloney was a 26-year law enforcement professional who was well-respected by all in the law enforcement community as well as his local community.

Chief Maloney was a graduate of Winnacunnet High School in Hampton. He then joined the Army Reserve, where he served as a drill instructor. Michael then joined the Rye and North Hampton police departments as a part-time officer. A year later, he was hired as a full-time officer in North Hampton. Michael worked his way through the ranks to police chief before being hired as Greenland’s police chief for the past 12 years.

Chief Maloney was a graduate of the 76th New Hampshire Police Academy and received a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Hesser College.

Michael is survived by the “love of his life,” his wife Peg; his father, John and wife, Jane; his mother, Joan, and husband, Rich Buchanan. He is also survived by his brothers, Kevin, Dennis and Tim and his wife, Jessica; sisters Carolyn and Kathleen and her husband, Bill Lahey. Michael leaves behind his children, Michael Jr., Serena, stepson Ryan Vickers, and grandson Michael Jacob “MJ”, and many nieces and nephews. Chief Maloney also leaves his “Second Family” the officers of the Greenland Police Department.

Services: A walk-through for law enforcement will be held from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 18, at the Remick & Gendron Funeral Home-Crematory, 811 Lafayette Road, Hampton. Public visiting hours will follow on Wednesday from 5 to 9 p.m. in the funeral home. Services will be held at noon Thursday, April 19 at Winnacunnet High School Athletic Field, 1 Alumni Drive, Hampton (weather permitting) or Winnacunnet High School Gymnasium. All are respectfully invited. Interment will be private. Family flowers only. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Chief Michael Maloney Trust Fund, c/o Optima Bank, 26 Lafayette Road, North Hampton 03862 or any of their branches. Additional parking for the public is being made available adjacent to the funeral home by the Best Western Hotel behind their Conference Center. Go to for directions or to sign an online guestbook.