PLYMOUTH — The public memorial service for First District Executive Councilor Raymond Burton of Bath will be held Saturday, December 14 at 1 p.m. in the Courtroom of Plymouth State University’s Hartman Union Building. Scheduled speakers include PSU President Sara Jayne Steen, N.H. Governor Maggie Hassan, former Governor John Lynch, N.H. U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen and Kelly Ayotte, N.H. State Senator Lou D’Allesandro and former Burton intern Trevor Chandler. The Plymouth State University Chorale will provide musical accompaniment and the event will be live streamed by PSU and WMUR–TV.
The event is expected to be well-attended and carpooling is strongly encouraged. Parking for the general public is located at the University’s P.E. Center on Route 175-A in Holderness, with shuttle buses available to transport attendees to the service. The parking lots will open at 9:30 a.m. all attendees are asked to be seated by 11:30 a.m.
Burton died Tuesday, Nov. 12 after a period of failing health. He was a longtime member of the New Hampshire Executive Council, serving 35 years representing New Hampshire’s First District, making him one of the Granite State’s longest-serving and most recognized political leaders.
Burton, a 1962 graduate of what was then Plymouth Teachers College, began his career as a school teacher and principal. He later became an adjunct faculty member in Plymouth State’s Department of Social Sciences. After becoming a member of the Executive Council in 1977, he established an internship program for New Hampshire College students to learn more about the workings of state government. Plymouth State University has established the Honorable Raymond S. Burton ’62 Public Service Scholarship, an endowed scholarship for PSU students from New Hampshire who aspire to public service. In addition to the scholarship, Plymouth State is establishing a Raymond S. Burton Collection in the Lamson Library’s Spinelli Archives and Special Collections, which will house Ray’s papers and memorabilia.