As my children make their way through Falmouth schools, I’ve gained a steadily increasing appreciation for our community and, in particular, the people whose roles are so deeply woven into its fabric that they risk being overlooked.

So, I would like to take this opportunity to honor one such person on the occasion of his retirement. Sam Simonson has been a bus driver for the students of Falmouth for the past 23 years, the last 10 of them dedicated to the students – and dogs – lucky enough to be on Route No. 3. Day in and day out, he prioritizes safety while remaining patient and kind; his good nature toward parents shines through in even the most inclement conditions; he takes a genuine interest in the lives of current and former passengers, and, of course, he is a reliable source of biscuits for every dog he encounters. In short, he is a wonderful human being and the sort of quiet hero at the heart of our community.

It is with sincere appreciation and profound gratitude that we wish him well in his retirement; he will be truly missed. Come September, if passing motorists notice a prevalence of despondent-looking canines along a certain bus route, they will know why.

Ogden Morse