Dedication honors lifelong resident

By Beth A. Birmingham | Jun 11, 2014
Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham The Union Board of Selectmen dedicated this year's town report to lifelong citizen Gail Whittier. Accepting a copy on behalf of her mother is Cheryl Dawson, center. Also pictured are selectmen Greg Grotton, James Justice, Chairman Elmer Savage, and Lyle Cramer.

Union — At a ceremony at Union Town Office June 10, the Board of Selectmen dedicated this year's town report to lifelong resident Gail K. Whittier.

On hand to receive the report from the selectmen was her daughter Cheryl Dawson.

"Mom is something very special," said Dawson at the presentation. "The dedication says it all."

Whittier was well-known throughout the area, driving a school bus for 45 years and later becoming head of the transportation department for then Maine School Administrative District 40.

"She transported generations of students to local schools and sporting events across Maine," the dedication reads.

In addition to working full-time, Whittier and her husband Bob ran a dairy farm since the 1970s. In what little spare time she had Whittier loved to work in her gardens and recently built a new house.

"Gail Whittier served the Town of Union well as a model citizen, doing her utmost to keep our children safe while being transported to school," the report notes. "Her constant smile and positive outlook will be missed, but her legacy will live on."

"I am very proud of my parents," said Dawson, adding the 2007 Town Report was dedicated to her father.

Courier Publications reporter Beth A. Birmingham can be reached at 594-4401 ext. 125 or via email at

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Posted by: Alan Snow | Jun 11, 2014 11:52

Congratulations, Gail.  We're so proud of you and your diligence to a super work ethic.  Nan and I are now living in the horse country in Ocala, FL.  We miss you and Bob cutting our fields each year!  We wish you the best!   Alan & Nancy Snow

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Beth rejoined Courier Publications' news staff in February 2013. She previously worked at The Courier-Gazette from 1981 to 1990.

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