BARRE TOWN — Alan B. Garceau is known in Barre Town as a hard worker who devoted much of his time to the community, and now he’s been recognized for it.
The town held its annual meeting Wednesday night ahead of its annual vote on the budget and elected officers next week. As part of the meeting, the town awarded the Wendell F. Pelkey Citizenship & Service Award to Garceau.
Select board member Jack Mitchell presented the award to Garceau, which included a framed resolution from the board selecting him and a plaque naming Garceau as the winner for 2019. Mitchell said the town has been handing out the award since 1991.
It’s named after a man who served for years on the select board as well as the Websterville Fire District Prudential Committee. The district has since been absorbed by the town.
Mitchell read from the resolution, which states Garceau has served on the town’s cemetery commission for 25 years. He is currently the chairman of the commission.
“And earning the admiration of his fellow commissioners for his leadership, dedication and skill in working through issues with those who bring matters to the commission,” Mitchell read.
He said Garceau is also a member of the Barre Area Flags for Veterans Committee for 18 years since its inception. Garceau is credited with nearly doubling the amount of recognized veterans buried in town cemeteries.
Mitchell said Garceau has served as a part-time police officer and a volunteer firefighter.
“Whereas, Alan B. Garceau has volunteered for a variety of other town and community endeavors such as slinging old furniture at bulk trash collections to drilling into expensive details on the budget committee and dropping dead trees with skill and precision at the dog park,” Mitchell read.
He said Garceau is universally known as a hard worker dedicated to whatever he has stepped up to do or whoever he is working with. The resolution called Garceau “an exemplary citizen.”
Garceau received several rounds of applause during the ceremony. He was a man of few words, appearing emotional and having been caught off guard by the presentation. He thanked the town for the award.
Those in attendance for the meeting talked glowingly of Garceau, saying he’s the best neighbor or family member they’ve ever had.
Select board chairman Tom White said he was surprised and humbled to hear about all the ways Garceau has served the town.
“The humbling part was the tenure you served. It’s not one year here, two years there. It’s a significant amount of time you’ve invested in this community,” White said.
He said people like Garceau make the community what it is and make it easier for others to step up and join in because Garceau is doing his part to make the town run smoothly.