Last night I finished reading a biography of Nelson Mandela. It was an abbreviated version by a man who was chosen to write this important historical piece of literature so he could give his personal interpretation of a very complex man. It turned into a lifelong friendship.
It prompted me to take the opportunity we have been provided by the Journal Tribune and recognize a man who has played a key role in our community and has become a very dear friend and mentor to me.
Don Lauzier retired from Saco Biddeford Savings Institution on March 31. Without a doubt, he is the face and personality of the bank and their generous giving programs. He served on several boards, committees and commissions throughout the geographic range of the bank and its branches. His commitment to good and helpfulness was appreciated by all.
Don did more than simply hand out generous contributions. He knew the people behind the cause. He got involved, he supported and he gave advice. These services came from his heart not from his job description which is why he is such an outstanding man.
Don served as board chair of the Chamber during a time of transition. He, for the most part, was the level head, voice of reason to an energetic, opinionated, aggressive, full speed ahead executive director who was also transitioning. I learned a great deal from Don and appreciate the extended time he gave to me. He would ground me, make me take a deep breath and make good decisions. To say this was quite a task is somewhat of an understatement. Transitioning from the Captain of a boat for 25 plus years to working in the public took time and guidance and I was so lucky to have the best man for the job, Don Lauzier.
We all wish Don the very best in his retirement. His good did not go unnoticed. The Biddeford+Saco Region is a better place for having Don a part of it. And I once again, personally thank Don for his lifelong friendship and mentoring. Have fun my friend.