Former Glenwood employee retired but still busy |

Former Glenwood employee retired but still busy

NEW CASTLE ” Paul Taylor remembers many of the illustrious old players at Glenwood Springs City Hall ” former employees like city manager Mike Copp, police chief Bob Halbert and fire chief Jim Mason.

Taylor knows them because he spent nearly 30 years working for the city himself until a little more than a year ago when he retired from the city’s Special Work Activity Team.

As the SWAT superintendent, he was involved in a number of different projects around the city with the public works department, the utilities department, the water treatment plant and helped to build various city facilities.

“We worked with all the departments and I got to know everybody,” Taylor recalls fondly.

“But what I really enjoyed was dealing with the public. We handled complaints, but it was a good feeling to take care of someone.”

Relaxing at his home in New Castle, the 63-year-old Taylor says he’s enjoying retirement, but finds himself busier than ever.

“Since I’ve retired, I’ve been busy, busy, busy,” he smiled. “Sometimes I wonder when I was working how I had time to do everything.”

He works out at the New Castle Family Fitness Center every morning, walking on the treadmill and doing resistance training. He’s lost 40 pounds and lowered his blood pressure and cholesterol.

But besides the health benefits, the fitness center has also become a social activity.

“I know all the girls out there,” Taylor said with a smile and a twinkle in his eye. “They’re real nice.”

Retirement has also allowed him to spend more time with his family. Taylor and his wife of 38 years, Mary Anne (Rippy), have a son, Kevin, 31, a daughter, Andrea, 35, and include family friend, Ibraheim, a man from Niger, Africa.

Ibraheim, now in his 30’s, lived in a thatched hut in an impoverished village and spoke little English, according to Taylor. Kevin met him while studying abroad and helped to bring Ibraheim to this country. The two lived together while attending college in Boston.

“I got an education just being around Ibraheim,” Taylor said. “And he’s become part of the family over the years.”

Taylor himself was born in Boston, Massachusetts. He attended college in Arizona and moved to southern California, where he met his wife, Mary Anne on a blind date. Mary Anne was born in Colorado and the couple eventually moved back here. Taylor received his teaching degree from Western State College of Colorado in Gunnison.

He taught as a substitute teacher at the old New Castle High School in the building on Main Street that is now owned by Cleyo and Rosie Ferrin and then took a job working at Rippy Construction before going to work for the city of Glenwood Springs.

While both Taylor and his wife are retired, they also operate one of New Castle’s best kept secrets ” the Fireside Inn bed and breakfast, located in a single family home conveniently next door to their Main Street home.

“We’ve had it since 2000 and we rent it out by word of mouth or to returning visitors,” Taylor said.

The couple also spend time taking care of Mary Anne’s elderly father, Leonard Rippy.

But even after more than a year of retirement, Taylor still has a youthful vigor and his life is full and busy.

“I guess I’m a real senior now,” he said with a laugh. “But I don’t like to think of it that way.”

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