William James Groff

The Honorable William James Groff, 74, of Peterborough, NH died December 25, 2019 following a long struggle with dementia. Bill was born in Ossining, NY on July 11, 1945 and grew up in Yarmouth, MA where he attended Dennis Yarmouth High School. In 1967, Bill graduated Cum Laude from Harvard University with a B.A. in biology. He completed a tour of duty in Vietnam from 1968-1970 and received his J.D. from Boston College in 1972.

Following law school, Bill began as an associate at the Leonard Firm in Nashua, NH. He fell in love with trial law which eventually lead him to start his own practice. He was sworn in as an Associate Justice of the Superior Court of New Hampshire in 1987. Bill greatly enjoyed being a judge and was well respected by his colleagues. He retired in 2010.

An active member of his community, Bill was on the board of directors at the Nashua Area Committee on Child Abuse and Neglect, The Girls Club of Greater Nashua, and Scott Farrar Retirement Community in Peterborough. He was on the planning boards of both Temple and Peterborough, and various NH Bar Association and Superior Court committees.

Bill loved to travel, but especially loved his home in New England. He loved the outdoors: running, playing softball, hiking and skiing as often as the weather would allow. He had a profound love of literature that helped shape his perspective on the world. He was a witty conversationalist, and loved to have healthy debates with his friends, who often held opposing views. He was thoughtful and kind, sometimes silly and always fair. He was a man of great integrity. He is loved deeply by his family and friends and will be sorely missed.

He is predeceased by his parents William Joseph Groff and Helen Hull Groff and sister Linda Allen. He is survived by his wife Susan Natorp Groff, daughters Elizabeth (Michael) Colgan, Abigail (Keith) Hernandez, and Annie Groff (Ben Schmerler), and 5 grandchildren, his sister Galla Howes and many nieces and nephews.

Memorial Service will be held at the Temple Congregational Church, Saturday January 11th at 2:00pm, followed by a reception at the Temple Town Hall. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the ConVal Scholarship Fund.


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  1. Vanessa Quinn VanHoogen on January 4, 2020 at 2:58 am

    My heart goes out to the whole family in your time of grief. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

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