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.”
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!”