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om West was late to meet his wife, Reneé, at a fundraiser one night. This was before cell phones, and so Tom, delayed at the office and about two hours tardy, was unreachable. Though not unremorseful. “He said, ‘I’m so sorry. What can I do?,’” Reneé remembers. “I said, ‘OK. Remember that property we saw (in Loudonville)? I think we should put an offer in on it.’ He said, ‘Do you really want me to do that?’ And I said, ‘Yes. I really, really do.’” Twenty-five years later, the Wests still live in this house, where they’ve raised two sons and now entertain grandchil-

dren. “It’s so much fun being a grandmother,” West says. “Oh, my gosh, it’s, like, the best.” Tom is an attorney practicing environmental law, and a former Olympic-level kayaker. Pictures of Tom as a young paddler hang on the walls. Reneé says she considers herself a trade consultant, doing restorations on houses and designing offices.

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Life@Home March 2013