Rue Porter, who spent more than a decade on the East Newton R-6 Board of Education, died Saturday at age 77.
I knew Rue more from his days as the head of the Granby Summer Recreation program. He was behind home plate in many of the games I played from Little League through playing for 13 and 14-year-old and 15 and 16-year-old baseball teams. Though I gave him ample reason over the years, he never kicked me out of a game (others did from time to time).
He also was kind enough to get me started in umpiring as I worked some games on the bases for him, then later started working behind home plate, something I did for more than a decade.
Though those things happened more than three decades ago, they remain fresh in my memory. Rue Porter brought joy to a lot of people over the years through his management of the summer program. I was lucky enough to be among that number.