Viewpoint: Mayhew was an important mentor

Thursday, August 03, 2017 10:13AM
Mayhew was an important mentor

To the editor:

On behalf of the Lyndeborough Board of Selectmen and staff, I have been asked to try and put into words who Lee was and how much he meant to his constituents and the Town of Lyndeborough. It is impossible for me recite all the things that Lee Mayhew accomplished for the town in the short period of time he served but I will attempt to do so.

It would be hard to express how much Lee influenced others throughout his life he did this all the time with “vigor.” I personally know this because I consider him an important part of my life and a mentor to me throughout the years that I have know him.

Who was Lee? Anyone who knew Lee knows who he was but here are a few things he always expressed externally to others. Lee was always extremely compassionate and thoughtful towards others. He always saw the positive side in others rather than the negative. He was devoted to family, friends and to employees that served under him for many years while employed as the Town Administrator in Milford and the Town of Lyndeborough. He would always say that employees were the most important asset to any municipality and they were your second family. He demonstrated daily his support of the employees and co-workers. He was always willing to go the extra mile to ensure that the situation at hand was completed in the best interest of the towns and citizens he served over so many years in public service.

The citizens and Board of Selectmen were blessed to have such a devoted and professional man serving the citizens of Lyndeborough. Lee's leadership, wisdom and professionalism when dealing with people or difficult situations were second to none. No matter how difficult or pressing the issue was Lee would lend his calming statement that so many us know. Lee would look you straight in the eye and say “it will be OK”. I personally cannot remember a time when his words did not come true. Lee never demanded others to respect him, he earned that respect by his compassion, communication skills and positive actions towards others throughout his life.

Lee was also a man of God and trust. His loss has affected so many people that he touched throughout his life. From the employees, Board of Selectman and all the citizens from Lyndeborough that Lee has touched, our deepest sympathy to you Theresa, Kimberly, Kelly, Jamison, Jeremy and extended family members. Let us leave you with this thought; the next time you see an incredible sunset/sunrise - know that Lee is looking down on you; the next time you are surprised by an unexpected warm summer breeze touching the back of your neck – know that Lee is reaching out to you, the next time you think of Lee – know that he loves you, forever. We tell you all as Lee would say, you will always be part of our family and know we are here for all of you.

To you Lee:

May the road rise up and meet you,

May the wind always be at you back

May the sun shine upon your face,

and rains fall soft upon your fields

And until we meet again.

May God hold you in the palm of his hand.

Mark Schultz
and Fred DouglaS

Lyndeborough Board
of Selectmen