Farewell to Gary

This has been wonderful. Thanks to Steve Smith for kicking it off. Thanks to Tara Sad for the wonderful idea of a time to let him know how much he has been appreciated. I was talking with him in the library this afternoon and he acknowledged that that last day was going to be an emotional one. I wanted to refer him to The Walpolean so he could read the wonderful thanks he has already received there. However, for once I kept my mouth shut because I didn’t want to spoil the surprise. Guess that means I earn a thank you as well.

By the way, in the seven years I have been doing this, this post haas received more Comments than any other. I think it says a lot about out community that the comments were for such a positive reason! Thank you. – Lil

if you missed it, please be aware of the latest update from Tara:

Burdick’s Factory is very willing to have people gather to say goodbye to Gary on Wednesday.  He normally stops there, his final pickup, between 4:30 and 5:00 – so we should all be there by 4:30.  They ask that we park in the back of their building, so we don’t block the employees who will be going home around that time.  (We’re checking to see if we can possibly use the fire station parking lot, or Houghton’s across the street.  It’s been suggested that everyone bring cards for Gary so he has something to remember us all by.  Burdick’s is giving him a gift.  Nice.  

Can everyone tell their friends about this goodbye gathering?  It would be great to get a nice turnout for him – he deserves it.

And make some signs to hold, too!

3 thoughts on “Farewell to Gary

  1. Virginia Carter 09/24/2020 at 10:16 PM Reply

    Thank you, Gary for all the years you brought packages to us and for the winery and vineyard. How many times the winter conditions were pretty fierce on Barnett Hill and you had to walk our packages in or risk getting stuck. A big thank you for knowing how to get into our garage to deliver packages while we were away or to keep them out of the rain. Your kind, cheerful nature made you such a pleasant, welcome visitor. You knew our children, asked about them through the years, and kept up with what was happening on the farm — all in a matter of the few seconds during the time you jumped off the truck with our packages, came to the door, and then briskly walked back to hop back into the truck. You had to be exhausted after every day. Many of those packages were so heavy, too. Thanks also for sharing what was happening with your boys through the years and your cider making adventures!! We already miss you since we moved to MN. Enjoy your retirement as we are doing the same. You deserve to put your feet up and enjoy the things you haven’t had time to do and spending more time with your family. Thank you!!! Virtual hugs, Virginia Carter and Paul Kranowski


  2. Jackie Caserta 09/24/2020 at 10:27 PM Reply

    I love the idea of a surprise gathering for Gary at Burdick’s at 4:30 on Wednesday! I also thought if a bunch of us could put signs for Gary at the end of our driveways it would be a nice way for him to see messages and well wishes throughout the day while driving his final Walpole route! Let’s get creative!


  3. Elisabeth Bryan 09/25/2020 at 8:09 AM Reply

    I think this is a wonderful idea. Thanks to Steve and Tara and Burdick’s for making it happen! We will be there.




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