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Letter: New Hampshire’s Essential Voice

To the Editor:

Ray Burton has died. I can’t imagine a more unlikely sentence. He was a man of such energy, commitment and positive life force, it seems impossible to comprehend his passing.

He was there for us for so many years, not just north of the Notches, but also here in his western communities, and across the rest of the state as well. Didn’t every one of us in his district know his phone number by heart? And weren’t our phone calls returned every time?

Always a moderate, well-informed voice, he spoke for essential New Hampshire values even when those around him in office spoke absolute craziness. I should say “especially when.” Like many people, I feel I didn’t have enough time to say thank you to him. So, once more with sadness and gratitude: “Thank you, Ray. You set the bar very high. We will all miss you so.”

Pete Burling

Cornish

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Ray Burton, whose zest for campaigning and zeal in collaring state officials on behalf of his constituents helped him become the longest-serving executive councilor in state history, died early Tuesday at his home in Bath, N.H. The 74-year-old Republican died just before 2 a.m. in the company of friends while under hospice care at his River Road home, according to …