It is not often that you see an ode written to the lady at the dump, but there is no dump lady that I know of who is quite like Beryl Roy.
And, after 20 years on the job, after two decades manning her rake and directing traffic entering the site, next weekend is Beryl Roy’s last weekend minding the dump on South Baptiste Lake Road, northwest of Bancroft.
She’s pulling the pin on Hastings-Highlands, and entering the world of retirement.
And I, for one, am going to miss her.
No one has been a better guardian of a municipal dump site. No dump that I have ever seen, and I have seen many, has ever been kept tidier.
If it wasn’t what it was, you would be tempted to say that you could almost eat off the floor of the South Baptiste Lake dump, not that I would advise it.
But that’s how well Beryl kept it.
She will be replaced — if that is possible — by a chap named Merele Scott, a nice guy who has been working side-by-side with Beryl for the last few weeks to learn the ropes about running a dump.
You might call them the rhyming couplets of the South Baptiste dump. Beryl and Merele.
Beryl’s official last day is Wednesday, Oct. 31.
Wish her well. She is a person of few words, but well worth a few words from you.