Breckenridge Mayor John Warner remembers Rob Millisor (letter)
I had to read last week’s email three times before it sunk in – Rob Millisor had passed away in Nepal.
As Mayor, I had the pleasure of working side by side with Rob on the Breckenridge Town Council for four years. Rob was the consummate honorable statesman amongst us from 2004-2010. He served on the original Sustainability Committee where he led many conversations in regards to reducing our community’s carbon footprint. To further show his commitment to sustainability, he took many of the same best practices and applied these solutions to his own business.
Rob was a tireless defender and promoter of our community’s most precious resources – our work force members in and around Summit County. He served on the first Childcare Task Force and was instrumental in the creation of our tuition assistance program for the work force parents. He recognized that there was a gap between wages paid and the true costs associated with quality childcare. As a business person, he knew that the true costs were associated with paying our childcare providers (teachers) a living wage, establishing an operations plan, and business plan which would sustain our childcare facilities economically. His thinking has helped hundreds of families attain quality childcare while the parents work in our busy community.
Perhaps one of Rob’s greatest strengths was his ability to think big. He was thinking big when he urged our Town Council to take over the development of the Valley Brook Affordable Housing Neighborhood. This action saved nearly a million dollars of taxpayer monies. We in town government were so pleased with the outcomes for so many new residents of the Valley Brook neighborhood that we bestowed our affectionate nickname for Rob on one of the neighborhood streets, Tassels Loop. “Tassels” was the name that fellow Council Member Jeffrey Bergeron jokingly coined for Rob because of his ‘fancy’ tasseled loafers. Rob was thinking big when he proposed a one million dollar fund for homeowners who had energy audits for their homes and acted on the recommendations. Rob was thinking big when he chose to support “Doctors to the World” and accompany Dr. Craig Perrinjacquet (Doc PJ) to Nepal in the hopes of providing aid and comfort to the thousands who suffered through the recent earth quakes.
I could go on about my affection and highest regard for Rob, but I will leave you with the thought that Rob was imbued with a wonderful and genuine love for this community. I, along with many others who knew Rob through the lens of public service, friendship, and philanthropy, will never forget Rob “Tassels” Millisor.
John G. Warner
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