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TRIBUTE TO PAUL OUDERKIRK NYSDOT RTAP COORDINATOR March 14, 2007 In December 2006, NYSDOT and the Transportation Industry unexpectedly lost a great friend and colleague, Paul Ouderkirk. Paul did an outstanding job leading this conference and the RTAP program for the last 10 years and he is sorely missed! The majority of everyone in this room today knew Paul and benefited from his efforts to provide technical assistance to you and your transportation operation. Paul truly loved the RTAP program and helping you. He even served as a distinguished member of the National RTAP Board and was instrumental in forming the Mid-Atlantic RTAP group which shares resources, expertise and training opportunities among states located between North Carolina and Ohio. I (Bill Telovsky) was fortunate to have worked with Paul for over 12 years and he was even my boss for a few years during the early days of NYSDOT’s Administration of the RTAP program. Paul was a bright, talented and dedicated individual who was a pleasure to work for and with. We like to kid around a lot in the office and Paul would occasionally dish it out, but he was also an easy target…always setting himself up for a good laugh. I will spare you the details of our practical jokes. Like me, I am sure you all wish he was still here. To honor Paul’s memory, we would like to share with you a tribute showing some of the work sides of Paul, like serving as a judge at a bus rodeo in the rain to building some new fangled transportation device out of straws and paper at a leadership conference. I would like to thank Paul’s family for being here and also for providing some of the pictures of Paul enjoying life outside the office…such as drinking a good Guinness or having a great time with family and friends. Lastly, I would also like to thank Mike LaBello in our office for putting this tribute presentation together. (Tribute Presentation Plays) At this time, I would like to ask Paul’s Mom to come forward as we have a special memorial plaque to present. We also have one for Paul’s wife Donna, who could not be with us today. The Plaques say “WE WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER PAUL OUDERKIRK, OUR COLLEAGUE AND FRIEND FROM NEW YORK’S RURAL AND SPECIALIZED TRANSIT COMMUNITY.” Paul certainly made a big impact in our worlds and I want to thank you for being with us today! One final note…At future conferences, we plan to make a “Paul Ouderkirk Award” to a deserving transportation provider that has shown exemplary work in training and education.
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