American politician who did much to put Scotland on the map in the United
States has died. Steve Avery, who was 64, was preparing for the annual
dinner of the St Andrews Society of New Hampshire, when he collapsed.
Steve, a member of the Clan
Brodie, once ran a Restaurant named "Deacon Brodiešs Tavern", after the
Pub of the same name in Edinburgh. But he was best known for his powerful
role in promoting the New Hampshire Highland Games, one of the most
successful in North America.
As Executive Commissioner
he expanded the Games into a full 3 day event and in 1997, his last year
in that role, added the New Hampshire International Tattoo. He was
a Republican member of the New Hampshire House of Representatives and
was running for his seventh term at the time of his death.
David Christie, a former
SDA executive in the USA, said, Steve Avery was one of a kind; larger than
life, and combative in the best Scottish sense of the word.
David added, He dreamed of the day when a Scottish Cultural Center
might be built in New Hampshire which would be the first of its type in
North America. Progress towards that goal is being made, and hopefully his
dream will come to pass.
Steve, of Dublin, New Hampshire, is survived by his wife Ellen and two