CONWAY REACTS TO BURTON’S PASSING

by Gair on November 12, 2013

NEW HAMPSHIRE GOV. MAGGIE HASSAN HAS ORDERED FLAGS BE FLOWN AT HALF STAFF AROUND THE STATE AND TRIBUTES ARE COMING IN AS PEOPLE LEARN OF THE PASSING OF LONGTIME EXECUTIVE COUNCILORRAY BURTON OF BATH, WHO DIED AT HIS HOME EARLY TUESDAY MORNING.

HASSAN AND OTHER GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS, INCLUDING U.S. SENATORS JEANNE SHAHEEN AND KELLY AYOTTE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE – AND FORMER GOV. JOHN LYNCH – RECENTLY HONORED BURTON FOR HIS YEARS OF SERVICE AT THE DEDICATION OF A SCENIC OVERLOOK NEAR THE MOUNT WASHINGTON HOTEL.

NEW HAMPSHIRE’S LONGEST SERVING COUNCILOR, BURTON ANNOUNCED PRIOR TO THE EVENT HIS CANCER HAD RETURNED AND HE WOULD NOT RUN FOR RE-ELECTION AS COUNCILOR.

LONGTIME CONWAY TOWN MANAGER EARL SIRES HAS WORKED IN FOUR DIFFERENT STATES IN A CAREER OF MORE THAN 25 YEARS IN GOVERNMENT – WITH HUNDREDS OF GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS – AND SAYS HE CAN’T THINK OF ANYONE WHO EXEMPLIFIES WHAT IT MEANS TO BE A PUBLIC SERVANT MORE THAN BURTON.

SIRES SAYS BURTON WAS THE “GO TO GUY” WHEN THE TOWN NEEDED SOMETHING – AND WAS ALWAYS HELPFUL AND RESPONSIVE.

SIRES SAYS HE EXPECTS SELECTMAN CHAIR DAVID WEATHERS WILL MAKE A STATEMENT ABOUT BURTON. THE BOARD IS SCHEDULED FOR A REGULAR MEETING TUESDAY AFTERNOON.

BURTON – A REPUBLICAN – WAS FIRST ELECTED TO THE COUNCIL IN 1977 – AND OTHER THAN IN 1980 – HAD BEEN RE-ELECTED EVERY TWO YEARS SINCE THEN.

SIRES PROVIDED THE FOLLOWING ON WEDNESDAY, NOV. 13, 2013:

Statement by Conway Board of Selectmen, Chair, David Weathers:

Councilor Burton was an example of everything that is right with government. He was willing to work with anyone to serve his constituents. All of us in public service could learn from his example.

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