Unsung Hero #133

The Westport Senior Center is filled with active, interesting retirees.

Next week — after 15 years of serving them — Ben Palmer joins their ranks.

In 2005, Ben was hired as Senior Center receptionist. He did much more, and was rewarded with a new title: administrative assistant.

According to director Sue Pfister, “Ben has greeted thousands of seniors. He makes each and every one feel special. His gregarious demeanor and warm smile makes even the most hesitant feel welcomed and comfortable.”

Ben Palmer, hanging decorations at the Senior Center.

Like clockwork, Sue says, Ben shows up in his Hyundai Kona (he misses his Saab terribly) at 7 a.m. He makes sure everything is set to go when the doors open at 7:30.

Throughout the day Ben answers numerous questions, takes many reservations and gives advice. His opinions are valued and respected.

Devoted member Paula Schooler calls him “patient, kind and efficient.”

After the Senior Center, Ben’s second love is visiting friends in Provincetown.

“Ben, you’ve earned your sunsets,” Sue says. “Go and enjoy your next chapter. Thanks for all you gave to the Senior Center, and the town of Westport!”

12 responses to “Unsung Hero #133

  1. Barbara McGrath

    Going to miss you, Ben.
    Wish you well in your next stage of life.
    Happy retirement,
    Barbara McGrath

  2. Mary Anne Liesner

    Ben. You will be missed by all who use the Senior Center everyday. We all
    hope you enjoy this next adventure in your life. Much love and thanks.

  3. All the best, Ben. I will miss you as the first contact for us all at the center and at registration for classes, when your bottomless well of patience must have been sorely tested at times by our questions, incomplete forms, and requests for pens. Enjoy retirement; you have earned it!

  4. Nina Streitfeld

    Whenever I enter the Senior Center it is so pleasant to have you greet me. . Your friendly presence and your helpfulness when needed are very much appreciated, and will be missed. I wish you t he best of everything in your new life.
    Nina Streitfeld

  5. Ben enjoy your retirement! You will be missed at the center!

  6. Louise W. Demakis

    I’d like to echo all of the above. Happy Retirement, Ben.

  7. Jeanette F. Clark

    Ben, you will be Missed! Enjoy the next chapter in your life. Happy, Healthy Retirement. I will miss our friendly conversations.

  8. Enjoy your retirement Ben

  9. René Fontaine

    Congratulations Ben‼️ You deserve always and only the best‼️

  10. It won’t be the same not seeing your friendly face at the Senior Center.
    Wishing you good times, good health and good friends in your retirement.

  11. Kathy Nigohosian

    Hi Ben,
    I saw the post on the 06880 blog, and wanted to say congratulations on your retirement.
    I remember all the fun we had years ago when we all worked at Westport Bank and Trust.
    Good luck as you begin your retirement.
    I wish you good health and lots of laughter.
    Kathy Nigohosian (Mugrage)

  12. Ben
    Your great early morning smile and hello will definitely be missed. Enjoy this new and exciting phase of life. You deserve it. Congratulations and many thanks for your patience, grace and understanding
    Ann Allard