It is with great regret that I just learned of the passing of Grace Godshalk. She was a good person and I will miss her. However, and I think she would appreciate this, I would like to take the opportunity of her passing to remark upon some things that I think she, a Republican and I, a Democrat, would certainly agree upon.
I knew Grace as fellow township supervisors, she with Lower Makefield and I with Upper Makefield. Although our party affiliations were different, our concern for our Township constituents was mutual. We often worked together to resolve issues between our respective adjoining townships and also, particularly through our membership on the Board of the Bucks County Association of Township Officials, to advocate to the State Legislature on the concerns of the municipalities in Bucks County. We put aside our national political ideologies to work together to make things better for our constituents here in Bucks County most particularly with respect to the environment, traffic impacts, zoning and the like.
Even though our overall political ideologies were different, and sometimes we didn’t always agree on the best way to proceed to achieve our mutual goal of making our communities better places to live and do business, we respected each other and were always willing to be convinced to each other’s viewpoints or at least achieve a reasonable compromise.
I’m sure that many of Grace’s accomplishments have appeared elsewhere in articles on her passing but I, as a Democrat, just want to honor her, a Republican, for her many achievements on behalf of her community and her willingness to work with others to get the job done regardless of political affiliation. We are living through trying times right now, with far too many of us entrenched in our positions rather than looking for the best way to get things done for our communities, and right now and, in particular, for our country
So I thank you Grace Godshalk for all that you did and how you did it. Maybe your spirit of good governance will inspire others to govern - or advocate for - in that same spirit of working with others that you did so well.
Peg Dissinger, Newtown