After 37 years at the water department, Raymond Perry retires

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Ray Perry. Photo by Kristine M. Burpee.

BELLOWS FALLS, Vt. – Born and raised in the Rockingham, Vt. area, Raymond Perry, chief operator for the water department located on Pond Road, is retiring Dec. 31, 2017 after 37 years of service. With his wife Joanne, he raised his two sons in the area and is now grandfather to six grandchildren.

Previous to the water plant, Perry was a recreational diver, as a hobby, for 20 years. He was also an assistant scoutmaster for his sons Jason and Josh. Most recent to the water department, Perry worked for the highway department for 14 long years.

During his time as chief operator, Perry said, “What I have enjoyed most about this job, is working for the customers. Helping the customers in saving water and saving money.” He has also enjoyed when students from local schools visit to take educational tours of the water department. On the flip side of that, Perry says he strongly dislikes having to disconnect people’s water. He also shared, “This is a neat field to get into; it is constantly changing.”

Typically when planning for retirement, people tend to imagine vacations, beaches, and long naps. However, Perry plans to watch the snow fly and clean his driveway. He mentioned he wants to help out with his sons’ endeavors: J.P. Trucking, and J.M.P. Trucking. He will also spend time hunting, fishing, hiking, and kayaking.

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