Citizen of the Year Burt Truman’s Hallowell roots go back 83 years, when he was born in a house “right behind Boynton’s market”. In fact, he recalls getting his license as a lad of 15 in order to get his first job: driving a grocery delivery truck for Arthur Boynton.
Burt and his wife Pat, whom he married in 1955, have lived for 50 years now in their Second Street home, where the walls are covered with family photos including their kids and grandkids—“30, all told.”
Many locals know Burt as the original proprietor of Burt’s Locksmith Shop, just north of downtown Hallowell. Burt’s son Jef is now the proprietor of this enterprise, founded in 1974 and now known as Burt’s Security Center.
Burt’s skill and craft are evident in many places all over Hallowell. He has assisted with the 1960’s restoration of the historic landmark Dummer House; built the original American Legion Goodrich Caldwell Post 6 honor roll that stood for many years outside the Hallowell Post Office; created the city’s version of the Boston Cane (now on display at City Hall); and “a lot of my handiwork is visible at the Sacred Heart Church,” he notes. Burt is justifiably proud of his role over the past decade in the Eagle Head Cane Project for Veterans, which has honored over 3,200 veterans to date.