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The Family Tree - December/January 2003
American Champion of Scotland Dies

Steve AveryAn 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 daughters .

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