Letter: Thank You, Councilor Burton

To the Editor:

Our great state of New Hampshire and its citizens gratefully thank Councilor Ray Burton for his unwavering public service for nearly 40 years.

Ray Burton, the dean of the New Hampshire Executive Council, had a great impact on all of us in New Hampshire, including the nine governors he served with, but none saw it more than his constituents of District 1 — his beloved North Country.

Ray Burton believed that people should serve their fellow citizens by getting involved in government, whether it be local, county, state or federal. He always said he wanted the North County to be well represented and to be heard from in Concord. I remember him encouraging me to serve on a state board that I had an interest in and knowledge of. I took his suggestion and have now served on three different state boards for many years, and I thank him for both his encouragement as well as his support. Many other folks in the North Country received encouragement from him to serve our state and have done so over the years.

Ray Burton’s legacy will be his tireless commitment to those he served in the North Country and the state of New Hampshire. Now that legacy continues in all those he has encouraged to serve — both in District 1 and throughout the state. Thank you, Ray Burton, for all you’ve done for us in the North Country and our state as a whole; you will be missed.

Thomas Thomson



Ray Burton, 1939-2013

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

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 …