After 22 years as administrative assistant to the Mattapoisett Building Commissioner, Maria Cananzey has retired. Her legacy was celebrated on Tuesday, November 20, with a party in the Town Hall conference room, where almost 50 people gathered to wish her well.
“I think back to when I was involved in the search committee to replace Melody [Pacheco]. There were 20 to 30 applications, but one rose to the top. Hiring her was one of the best decisions I’ve made,” said Building Commissioner Andy Bobola.
Board of Selectmen Chairman Jordan Collyer was on hand to present Cananzey with a special certificate thanking her for her years of service.
“I’ve known Maria all 22 years you’ve been here. You’ve been nothing but professional. You’re there for [Bobola], you’re there for the town. I don’t think we can find someone who could do as good of a job as you have for the last 22 years,” Collyer said.
Cananzey also received a matted photo collage of images from around Mattapoisett, a gift from Police Chief Mary Lyons and the Mattapoisett Police Department.
“We at the police station think you’re the best. We wanted to present this to you so you can take a piece of Mattapoisett with you,” said Lyons.
Cananzey will be moving to Florida to be closer to her family.
“You can leave after this, did they tell you?” joked Melody Pacheco. “But seriously, we’re all envious of you. We’re all going to miss you. We love you.”
“I will miss everyone,” said Cananzey at the conclusion of the party. “I know people sometimes just say that but I truly mean it. I’m moving to Florida to be with my family but I’m leaving behind my second family. Thank you so much for being there. I love you all.”
By Eric Tripoli