, Newburyport, MA

March 22, 2013

Rowley's highway surveyor is irreplaceable

Newburyport Daily News

---- — To the Editor:

No one is irreplaceable. I’ve heard that adage many times throughout my working career.

However the person who penned that phrase clearly had never met Scott Leavitt. Sadly, the townspeople of Rowley are about to discover how untrue that adage is. Scott Leavitt was the Town of Rowley’s Highway Surveyor for the past 20 years.

This was not just a job for Scott. It was a passion. And the residents of the Town of Rowley were the benefactors of that passion. In addition to being one of those residents, I also had the privilege of working with Scott in the years that I functioned as the computer coordinator for the Town of Rowley. I saw first hand how he ran his department with great love for his town, tremendous respect for his employees and to say he would never ask anyone to do anything he wouldn’t do himself is an understatement.

After every snowstorm you would not need a welcome to Rowley sign to know when you reached the town line. It was evident in the job that Scott did in making the streets safe for the residents. Through the years, on too many nights to count after a storm, my husband and I would look outside after midnight to see Scott in the sidewalk plow clearing the way for the children to walk to school. That same dedication followed each season. Scott was there doing whatever was needed to get the job done.

The Town of Rowley did not just lose a Highway Surveyor last week upon the death of Scott Leavitt. We lost a man who was liked by all who met him. A man who gave this town one hundred and fifty percent of his energies always with that one of a kind smile. My sympathies go out to his beloved family. And to the residents of the Town of Rowley whom he served so well.

Scott Leavitt was irreplaceable.

Carol Soucy