2013 Honoree


Roger P. Plaskett has been selected as the 2013 recipient of the annual Harwinton Outstanding Citizen Award.

He was brought up in Harwinton and lived here until adulthood, then returned in 1993 to the home where he grew up on South Road, with Donna, his wife of 44 years. The couple raised two sons, Dan, now deceased, and Greg, who is married to Christine and they have two children, Colleen and Josh.

Plaskett has served his community as past vice-president of Harwinton Historical Society, a director of T. A. Hungerford Memorial Museum, member of Harwinton Historic District and Historical Properties Commission, former treasurer of Harwinton Swimming Club, and past president of Torrington Little League Instructional Division.

He has a long record of volunteer service with BMX (Bicycle Moto-Cross) racing, especially as a founder and past president of Litchfield County BMX Group, Inc. a role in which he received an award from the city of Torrington in 2003 for his contributions to various city sports organizations as a volunteer. He has announced at over 200 national BMX events around the country, at two world championship events, and was the Voice of Foothills BMX for 15 years. He was the 2007 National Volunteer of the Year for the National Bicycle League, received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Connecticut State BMX Association in 2011, and received an Award Citation from then Governor Rowland declaring July 20, 2003 as Roger Plaskett Day throughout Connecticut.

Plaskett's love for history, especially personal history of Harwinton residents and past residents, stems in part from his lineage. He is Historian for the Barber Family Reunion and recently hosted its 138th annual reunion, and traces his predecessors directly to Barbers and Catlins, two of Harwinton’s earliest families. Having studied the work of Raymond Bentley and Lloyd T. Shanley, the previous Harwinton Town Historians and both past recipients of this annual award, he had trepidations as to accepting the charge of following in their paths when asked to assume that role. He accepted it with the belief that he could bring current technology to take his predecessors’ work and Harwinton’s history out of the museum and into people’s awareness. His website, www.harwintonhistory.com, has accomplished that, and continues to grow with periodic additions.

Plaskett attended local schools, graduating from Harwinton Consolidated School and Oliver Wolcott Technical School. His career encompassed 32 years at B/E Aerospace including positions as Director of Warranty Administration and Customer Service, Director of Engineering for Regional Class Seating and Director of PDM Implementation.

When asked about Harwinton’s significance to him Roger commented “I never realized how much I appreciated Harwinton until I moved away. When I returned I discovered I just love the hometown atmosphere. My roots are here.”

A check from banquet proceeds will be presented equally to the charities he has chosen, the Harwinton Historical Society’s Harwinton House Fund and the United Leukodystrophy Association.

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