BOLTON Retiring Bolton Town Highway Superintendent Tim Coon walked through the doorway of the town community center recently as several dozen people greeted him with cheers and applause.
The occasion was a surprise party honoring Coon on his 40-plus years of service to the Bolton community as an employee of the town highway department, 22 of those years serving as Superintendent of Highways.
Coon’s daughter Adrienne Curran watched people congratulate him and thank him for his many years of work assuring public safety and motorist convenience.
“As a child, I remember waiting until he got home on Christmas so we could open gifts, and how he’d have to go back out and make sure the roads were plowed,” she said. “He always thought about his work duties first — He’s been very dedicated to his job.”
Bolton Supervisor Ron Conover offered plenty of praise for his town’s highway CEO — who had hours earlier concluded a 16-hour stint through the night clearing town roads, followed by just two hours of sleep before he returned to work, followed by the retirement party.
“His experience and dedication he brought to the job every day was really remarkable,” Conover said before he handed Coon a plaque. “Tim knew all the traditional highway maintenance procedures, yet he stayed current on the new materials and techniques. We give you, Tim, our deepest gratitude for your service.”
Coon worked day-in and day out during several destructive floods during the recent years, including the major 2005 washout of County Rte. 11, and the devastating tropical storms of 2011.
Tim’s relatives and town officials recalled how Coon had been camping in Long Lake with his wife Doris and his brother for merely one day when Tim heard of a major washout, returned home and tackled his work for 24 hours straight, they said.