By TAYLOR MURCHISON-GALLAGHER
The town of Plainville will forever honor the late Betty Boukus. On Thursday, Aug. 8, family of the former state representative town gathered with town representatives to unveil a plaque in her honor at Norton Park.
“She was absolutely incredible. I never met anybody that worked as hard and was so dedicated to doing the things she did. It was a wonder that she could get through the day and keep on going,” said her husband, Gary Boukus. “She’s just absolutely amazing, and she was involved in everything.”
Plainville recreation director Colin Regan said the plaque was a great way to thank the representative for all that she had done for all parks in Plainville. He described the former teacher as being “tremendous to this department.”
Recreation advisory board chair Thomas Warnat said that, between Plainville’s three main parks—Paderewski, Norton, and Trumbull—Boukus played a role in every improvement. This included building a new concession stand, putting up fencing, building a skate park, soccer fields, basketball courts, football fields, and the splash pad at Paderewski Park, to name a few.
The parks and recreation department chose to thank Boukus by having a plaque hung from the Norton Park activities building, overlooking the playground, which Boukus helped to create by securing funding.
“The senior center, the fire department, the library, the schools—Betty had something to do with every one of them,” said Warnat.
Terry Czak described her older sister, Betty, as being invigorated, helpful, and always wanting to do for others. Betty’s son, Gary Jr., shared similar sentiments, saying that she was a great representative and an even better mother.
“We miss her, and we’re so, so very appreciative of everything that Betty did. I love that this plaque is here on this pavilion, overlooking the beautiful playground that we have thanks to funding that she got for us,” said assistant town manager Shirley Osle. “I miss her every day because she was always a ray of sunshine coming into the office, and she always brought good news to us.”
“She always did something for somebody else, never looking for a lot of recognition, and to be as active as she was, I give credit to Gary and her family because they always backed her,” said Warnat. “The only problem I have giving her this is that she’s not here.”
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