South Thomaston thanks Grierson for cemetery upkeep
South Thomaston — The South Thomaston October newsletter thanked Gerald "Gerry" Grierson Sr. for bush hogging the tall grass at the Village Cemetery at no cost to the town. The free service is something he has provided during the last few years.
The selectmen mentioned Grierson's gift of time and effort at their recent meeting. The town publishes a quarterly newsletter distributed to all residents about town news, including articles about the fire department, dog licenses, ambulance service and the library. There's even a homemade sweet potato pie recipe.
The newsletter is edited by Town Clerk Barbara Black with assistance from other town office staff members.
Black said she times the distribution with other mailings from the town office to avoid a separate postal expense. She also posts the newsletter on the town's website.
In a recent interview at the Village Cemetery on Dublin Road, Grierson, 74, said he has lived in South Thomaston all his life and graduated from the former St. George High School.
He worked for the former Marine Colloids, now FMC, for 27 years before retiring in 1982.
"I'm retired, but not retired," Grierson quipped. Upon retirement from Marine Colloids, he formed a successful earthworks construction company known as GEG Construction, which happens to stand for his initials.
He has been the town's road commissioner since 1982, according to the town report, which was dedicated to him in 2011.
One of his political achievements was in setting up a capital reserve fund for a sand and salt storage shed, which was dedicated in 1999.
He takes care of the town's three cemeteries, Ocean View on Route 73, Williams Cemetery on Westbrook Street, Village Cemetery, and most recently the Finnish Cemetery on Route 131.
Grierson and his wife Carolyn, the former town clerk, have two sons, Gerry Jr. and Chester, and a daughter, Gerry Lyn.
Grierson said he has no plans to stop working.
"I'll do it as long as I'm able to," he said. "The rocking chair is not the place for me."
Courier Publications reporter George Chappell can be reached by phone at 207-594-4401, ext. 117, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.