Gaylord John Maynard

February 3, 1930 –  December 26, 2018 

Gaylord John Maynard, 88, died on December 26, 2018 at the New Hampshire Veterans Home in Tilton, NH. He was born in Fairfield, Vermont on February 3, 1930, the son of Gerald G. Maynard and Mabel (Plumb) Maynard. John attended school in Campton, NH and graduated from Plymouth High School with the class of 1948.

John served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict with rank of Sgt. 1st Class from September 1948 until August 1954. He served in the Region 12, 66th Counter Intelligence Corp. in Augsburg, Germany. As a serviceman, John received the Good Conduct Medal, Army of Occupation (Germany), and the National Defense Service Medals.

After being discharged from the Army, John worked in the private sector until joining the Woodstock Police Department in June 1968, serving as Chief of the department from March 1972 until his retirement in June 1994. He also worked as a Special Deputy for the Grafton County Sheriff’s Department until illness forced him to retire in 2000. At the time of his retirement, John was working as a court security officer at the Grafton County Superior Court. Chief Maynard became a recipient of the Union Leader Hero’s Award for his actions on September 30, 1976 after responding to a horrific accident in N Woodstock. John was a former Cub Scout Leader, Planning Board Member, a member of the Joseph Newton Smith American Legion Post; he was also a charter member of the Lincoln- Woodstock Lions Club, a member of the NRA and the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. John was a lifetime member of the New Hampshire Association of Chiefs of Police and the New Hampshire Association of Retired Law Enforcement Officers. He was also a Justice of the Peace until his retirement. One of his greatest pleasures in retirement was traveling with his wonderful wife, Pat.

John leaves three children: Michael Martin of Lincoln, Scott Maynard of North Woodstock and Dana Maynard of North Woodstock, ten grandchildren, and seven great grandchildren. He also leaves his long-time friend and caregiver, Rosa Regalado.

John is predeceased by his beloved wife, Pat, his daughter, Barbara Wigget, his sister, Marlene Selby, and his granddaughter, Stori Martin.


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