DERRY — Al Dimmock wanted to honor his friend for a job well done.
Dimmock, a town councilor, spearheaded an effort for the community to thank longtime Supervisor of the Checklist Roland "Root" Routhier.
Routhier received a Certificate of Appreciation from the town for his tireless work ethic, and commitment to the town's voter checklist, a job he loved and performed for many years.
All town councilors signed the certificate and Dimmock hoped to present it to Routhier last week at his home.
Routhier's health is not good and Dimmock said it was time to honor him for all his service to Derry.
"Nobody realizes how committed he was to that job," Dimmock said.
Routhier, 87, has been a familiar face at the municipal center for many years, working on the elections and the checklist, and making sure Derry's voting lists are accurate.
He has worked side by side for many of those years with his daughter, Renee, also a checklist supervisor.
Routhier most recently earned another six-year term in March 2012. He was named a "Living Treasure" in 2005, honored for his volunteerism and commitment to the town.
Taking care of the voter information was a passion, he told the Derry News in an earlier interview.
"I've enjoyed every minute of it," he said.
It's a family affair.
In addition to the father/daughter team on checklist duty, Routhier's wife, Lorraine, also volunteers on election days as a ballot clerk.
Routhier's honor is well deserved, Dimmock said. There was no better person to keep watch over the town's voter list than his dear friend.
"He just loved to be there," Dimmock said.