Support quality local journalism. Become a subscriber.

Didn't get a chance to finish your story? Purchase a day pass digital subscription and you'll receive unlimited online access for one day (24 hours). You will have immediate access upon completion of your purchase.

Tab Ray’s Retirement Day


Waverly Leisure Services Commission

Editor’s note: The following is a poem written and read by Sharon Cashman, a member of the Waverly Leisure Services Commission, in honor of Tab Ray’s retirement.

As a commissioner for Waverly and Leisure Services, We wish Tab the best we all know you deserve a rest.

We’ve gone through years of meetings and planning, from cemeteries, golf course, to parks and pool planning.

The public concerns of the Scout House moving, to the Kohlmann park improvements and band shell a grovin’

From the parks summer programs, and The-W Recreation, the City employed all my kids for their summer vacations.

The Great Goose round-up was a challenge in the least, watching grow men herding hundreds of geese.

You’ve kept the Best Dam Run and candlelight ski running for years, annually calling on your faithful volunteers.

We know the pool was your favorite space; maybe in the future we will update and replace.

With soccer complex and the ball diamonds, you’ve embraced the fun, by encouraging activity for everyone.

The crypt so historical was in great danger, the decision to close it will end visits from ghostly strangers.

Community gardens created from floods, will feed the hungry with tomatoes and spuds.

The amphitheater will bring music to our ears, to be enjoyed by all for many years.

The great digital voting for the Pet safe park, ended in a win for the Waverly Bark Park.

We can’t forget Tab’s involvement in Trails, converting old train tracks to the Waverly Rail Trail.

Tab is the Lorax of Waverly Trees, he speaks for the trees for the trees have no tongues. For all to enjoy when the spring has sprung.

A community servant and leader of fun, enjoy your retirement for your work is done.