Volunteers Ray & Theresa Wilkinson

Meet Ray and Theresa Wilkinson of South Berwick. Married for 48 years, they’ve been members of, and volunteers for, Great Works Regional Land Trust for more than two years. They help out in a variety of ways, including trail marking and cleanup, and boundary marking, and together they sit on the Great Works Stewardship Committee.  

Though his sign-making techniques have been varied over the years, Ray uses a router and a template to create handsome, long-lasting wood signs for Great Works. Before carving out the letters with the router, he first covers the wood surface with an adhesive pattern material, and then lays out the lettering using the template. Finally, he paints the routed letters with white enamel paint, peeling off the pattern material afterward, leaving the painted letters with neat, precise edges.

Ray is mostly retired now from an 18-year career as a sign maker. Ray can’t quite give up the sign-making business, however – he still makes signs for clients as well as for Great Works, operating primarily out of their home on Agamenticus Road, where they’ve lived for almost five decades. Theresa worked for the Wentworth-Douglass Hospital for 18 years, retiring six years ago. They have four children (three daughters and a son), along with ten grandchildren and one great-grandson.

Together, Ray and Theresa are an indefatigable team. After Ray makes the signs, he and Theresa typically install them, often, but not always, at the entrances to our fee-owned properties. Sometimes, however, the signs are erected deeper into the woods and Ray and Theresa trudge valiantly down the trail lugging signs, posts, tools and hardware. So far, the Wilkinson team has crafted signs for four of our properties – lending identity, as well as consistency, to our lands and to our organization.

In whatever time they can spare from family activities and Great Works volunteering, Ray and Theresa are active hikers, keeping healthy and fit as they explore the region’s woodlands. They nurture their spiritual side with ministries for their church, Our Lady of The Angels Parish.   

Great Works extends a huge thanks to Ray and Theresa for all of their creativity and hard work on behalf of the organization. Look for one of the Wilkinson’s signs on a property near you.

Fall 2007 issue of Great Works