I would like to thank The Other Paper and writer Lee Kahrs for the beautiful tribute to the life and work of Bill Szymanski.
When I started work as South Burlington City Manager in 1989, I knew I was following a legend. My first and most unforgettable memory of Bill was during my first day of work. Bill had just had a hernia operation but came into city hall anyway as he had a job to do as city engineer. Because of the operation, Bill could not completely close his pants and was walking, not with a cane, but a sawed-off hockey stick.
I thought, “Now, that is a real Vermonter.” We became friends and worked together for many years.
Many current residents, perhaps most, never knew Bill, but they benefit every day from his dedication and knowledge. Safe home, Bill.