To The Daily Sun,
With the passing of our friend Ray, I have been thinking of him and different memories of how he made a difference to me or made me smile, as I am sure everyone in the state is doing! With this great loss I find comfort in these stories.
Many times Ray would stop at Hart's on a Friday evening on his way home to the North Country. He always had a small turkey dinner, maybe a glass of wine and always some great conversation with the gang.
One night he came over to the table for some chat and started handing out the combs. My friend Barbara said "that is a guy comb; I couldn't get that through my hair!" Ray calmly turned to her and said "dear, it's not to comb your hair, it's a collector!"
Back in 2008 when the state passed home inspector licensing I decided that I wanted to apply to sit on the licensing board. So I acquired the paperwork and sent it in to Concord.
Shortly thereafter I received a call from Ray. I will never forget it; I was sitting in my office doing paperwork and was a bit surprised that he would be calling me out of the blue.
"Carla, he said, I am very pleased that you are stepping up to do public service but I have some things to speak to you about." Suddenly I felt a bit nervous. Even though I had many conversations with Ray in the past, it was Ray Burton, calling me, on business "affayas"
Ray continued, "Why do you want to sit on this board?" I explained that I wanted to look out for the safety of the public. "Good", he said. We talked for about 10 minutes and he said, "Now I want you to always remember, when you run for any public office, it is for the good of the citizens and never for personal or political gain!" "Now I want you to call each of the other counselors to speak to them personally and tell them why you want to sit on this board and here are their numbers." "If you ever have any questions, call me on my "cah phone" any time."
I am still on that board and to this day every time we go in for a meeting I remember those words from my friend, Ray Burton.
What a special guy.