, Derry, New Hampshire

February 13, 2014

Londonderry names its citizen of the year

Town rewards resident for community commitment

By Julie Huss

---- — LONDONDERRY — The town has named its top citizen.

Bob Rimol was honored during the town’s deliberative session Feb. 8 and named Londonderry’s Citizen of the Year.

He received his award at the beginning of the annual meeting. Town officials named Pauline Caron Volunteer of the Year and also honored retiring employees and other top officials.

Town Council Chairman John Farrell presented Rimol with his award and said he was a good choice for top citizen.

Farrell has worked with Rimol for years through the Londonderry Athletic Fields Association and youth sports.

“He is dedicated to the town,” Farrell said, “and he takes care of everything.”

Farrell credited Rimol’s strong dedication to the Londondery Trailways group and the hard work he and the organization have done to ensure the town has a successful trail system. It’s also his generous nature and hard work ethic that helped propel him to top citizen status.

Rimol said he was honored to be chosen.

He moved to Londonderry from New Jersey about 20 years ago; he jumped right into the community and got involved.

He became very active with LAFA and youth programs as his children grew up, and got involved on teams and other activities.

For the past several years, Rimol has focused on the town’s trail system working hard to get the town’s trail system up and running as part of a larger initiative to have a connected rail trail system around the state.

Rimol officially cut the ribbon on Londonderry’s first paved section of trail back in December. He said volunteerism is key to Londonderry’s success.

“I think it’s really important to be part of the town and give back to the community,” he said. “There are a lot of good people in Londonderry that give a lot in all different ways. The volunteers and people are fantastic.”