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Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Burton plans to return to full strength after battling ‘curable kidney cancer’

CONCORD – Executive Councilor Raymond Burton, R-Bath, confirmed Tuesday that he has “curable kidney cancer,” and fully expects after two-three months of treatment to be back at “full steam shortly.”

Burton, 73, is the longest-serving member of the five-person council, having continuously served the northern half of the state since 1981. ...

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CONCORD – Executive Councilor Raymond Burton, R-Bath, confirmed Tuesday that he has “curable kidney cancer,” and fully expects after two-three months of treatment to be back at “full steam shortly.”

Burton, 73, is the longest-serving member of the five-person council, having continuously served the northern half of the state since 1981.

“I expect to be back under full steam shortly,” Burton said in an email to supporters. “I thank my constituents, family, and friends for the outpour(ing) of support, but fear not, Ray Burton will be back to 100 percent before you know it, passing out business cards and combs! I am forever humbly at your service.”

Burton said he had been undergoing tests for months and only recently was diagnosed with cancer in one of his kidneys.

“The treatment process expects to be about two to three months. While under treatment, I will temporarily reduce my travel and meetings schedule through the 108 towns, four cities – all part of the seven northern counties of NH I represent as executive councilor and Grafton County commissioner,” Burton said.

The moderate Republican said he will take part in council and county commission meetings via an electronic hookup.

“In 35 years, I have missed only one meeting of the governor and council and rarely miss a county commissioner meeting or events,” Burton said.

Throughout his tenure, Burton’s service has been marked by boundless energy that allows him to attend local events throughout his sprawling district. Many governors have referred to him half-jokingly as the “deputy” chief executive given not only his length of service but attention to detail when it comes to delivering for his constituents.

Born in Burlington, Vt., Burton has spent nearly all his life in the state and has already had a bridge and nonprofit human services agency building named after him.

Kevin Landrigan can reached at
321-7040 or klandrigan@nashua
telegraph.com. Also, follow Landrigan on Twitter (@Klandrigan).