Long-time Executive Councilor Raymond Burton died early this morning at his home in Bath. Burton was a tireless advocate for the North Country. He had been fighting cancer and last month announced he would not run for re-election.
Gov. Maggie Hassan has ordered flags at half mast in honor of Burton. "Today we have lost one of the most dedicated, caring and unwavering public servants that the State of New Hampshire has ever known. For nearly 40 years, Ray Burton stood up and fought for the people and communities of the North Country with a passion that can never be matched," Hassan said.
"It is the end of an era. For nearly four decades, Ray Burton reined over the North Country like a combination benevolent kind and parochial ward politician. He was a true original, larger-than-life personality and person of immense kindness, decency, optimism and humor. Ray loved life and that makes letting me go very hard, but he's in a better place.
In a sense, he has not died, he's been redistricted and we can rest assured that he's lobbying the good Lord to look north. God bless Ray Burton and the North Country as we endure such an enormous loss", said North Country State Senator Jeff Woodburn.
Friends and well-wishers greeted Ray Burton as he arrived in
his classic yellow convertible at ceremony Nov. 1st for the
opening of a scenic overlook across from the Omni Mt. Washington Hotel. Burton was honored at the ceremony.
(Jamie Gemmitti photo)