By ALANA PERSSON, LACONIA DAILY SUN
LACONIA — "This is a good man, a model citizen who has brought nothing but professionalism to the city all these years. Paul Moynihan, you have set a high standard as a man and as a member of the Laconia Public Works," said Mayor Ed Engler during the retirement celebration of Moynihan held Thursday at the Belknap Mill.
During his 38 years working for the city Public Works Department, Moynihan took on numerous projects to better the city, and in the process positively affected the lives of countless individuals within the local community. Those who had the opportunity to work with Moynihan over the course of his employment shared that he was dependable and detail-driven, as well as calm and even-tempered. If a task or project was given to Moynihan, there was no question that it would be done on time and in a proper manner.
As a man dedicated to his job, Moynihan would assess every detail and angle of a project, oftentimes being the last one out of the office at night. Additionally, his attention to the various projects crossed over into his attentive care and compassion toward his employees, as noted by Luke Powell, assistant director of the Public Works.
"Paul's most common phrase was 'Is this a good time?' because he genuinely cared about the people working under him and what they were up to," said Powell, concluding his speech with "You have served this city well and I am happy to say: 'This is a good time.'"
In addition to the fond stories and memories shared by Lucien Bouley and Jim Presher, both former colleagues of Moynihan, and Brenda Baer of the City Council, there were various awards presented to Moynihan during the ceremony.
City Manager Scott Meyers took a moment to award Moynihan with a plaque acknowledging him for his accomplishments and dedication to the Laconia Public Works, which will be placed at one of Moynihan's past project sites. The location of the site has yet to be determined, as the city would like Moynihan to select the place he feels the plaque best deserves to go.
Additionally, Engler proclaimed that July 28, 2016, was to be named Paul Moynihan Day for the City of Laconia and presented him with an official document of this proclamation. Following this presentation, Sharon McMillin of the Winnipesaukee River Basin Program took to the podium, presenting Moynihan with a framed recognition certificate that had been signed by the advisory board members of the Department of Environmental Services and the Winnipesaukee River Basin Program.
Taking an opportunity to address the crowd, Moynihan acknowledged that it was through his strong faith that he was able to do his job over the decades, as well as through the love and support of his wife, Dona Lynn Moynihan, his children and grandchildren.
"We have accomplished a lot of things over the years but I played just a single role, everything is a team effort and everyone has important parts," said Moynihan, going on to thank the many people who have helped make all of the projects possible.
As Moynihan closes out his time as director of Public Works, he fondly will hold on to the many memories he has acquired over his years of work, and will proudly take all the awards and appreciation to the next phase of his life.
Paul Moynihan and his wife, Dona Lynn, were presented with a plaque by the Winnipesaukee River Basin Program, which was signed by the advisory board members as a thank you for his service to the group. (Alana Perssons/Laconia Daily Sun)
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