Tell us a little about your background:
I grew up in the New London area on a farm where I learned about work and being self sufficient. I started out driving a tank truck collecting bulk milk, worked for ten years for Valley Ready Mix, and then thirteen years with Barry Transfer where I worked as both a semi driver and dock foreman handling accounts like Prange’s and I.Bahcalls. In 1987 I went to work for Kindt Building Center (and it’s subsequent iterations) doing contractor sales where I became very familiar with all manner of construction materials. I retired in July of 2014.
My wife, Mary, and I will celebrate our 55th wedding anniversary on April 6th. We have two daughters, and one son, five grandchildren, and 1 great grandchild who will be 6 months old.
What made you decide to volunteer for Habitat?
About a year and one half into retirement, after finishing several projects that I had slated for retirement, I went to an informational meeting for Habitat and became impressed with their mission and work. I attended Kevin G.’s construction classes as part of the 2015 class and have been involved ever since.
When not volunteering with Habitat what do you do? (other volunteering, hobbies, work, etc.)
My wife and I are active in our church, volunteer at the PAC, and I work elections. We have spent a great deal of time watching our grandchildren participate in sports throughout high school and college.
What do you enjoy most about Habitat? (what work do you like most, what keeps you coming back, etc.)
I enjoy the people who volunteer for Habitat and the impact that we have on peoples’ lives – be in building someone a new house or making renovations to older houses that make it better for those who own them.
What is something about you that might be a surprise to those with whom you volunteer?
We are pretty regular people. I guess the fact that I acted as general contractor for the house that we built and now live; that I’ve been happily married for 55 years and; that my wife, Mary, and I have yet to connect to the internet are all things that might surprise someone.