It was with deep sadness that I recently learned of the passing of a true legend of our village, Thelma Georgeson.
Many remember her as a hardworking powerhouse in Village Hall, first as a longtime member of our Planning Board, where she worked tirelessly to maintain the high standards of our building codes. Others remember her for her creativity and dedication to duty as our six-term mayor throughout the 1990s and into the early 21st century, always with a focus on maintaining and enhancing the quiet ambiance of our village.
I remember Thelma as a valued mentor who first encouraged me to accept a new professional challenge as a member of our Village Planning Board and then to seek election as a village trustee, and finally to run for village mayor. Thanks to her encouragement, I agreed to give it a try, and thanks to her support, as well as the support of her predecessor, Decker Orr, I found myself in office and, in hindsight, enjoying the business highlight of my life through most of the first decade of this century.
Thank you, Thelma, for your exceptional work on behalf of our village and for your support and guidance. Quogue will long remember your valuable contributions to our community, and I will remain forever grateful for your friendship, advice and support.
One fine body…