Celebrating Citizen of the Year Peter Grey and Electing Officers for the Bedford Minuteman Company

Citizen of the Year Peter Grey receives a standing ovation from guests at the town-wide reception held Friday night in his honor - Image (c) JMcCT, 2015 all rights reserved
Citizen of the Year Peter Grey receives a standing ovation from guests at the town-wide reception held Friday night in his honor – Image (c) JMcCT, 2015 all rights reserved

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

Peter and Kathy Grey with the Bedford Community Table and Pantry board and volunteers - Image (c) JMcCT, 2015 all rights reserved
Peter and Kathy Grey with the Bedford Community Table and Pantry board and volunteers – Image (c) JMcCT, 2015 all rights reserved

Selectman William Moonan introduced Citizen of the Year Peter Grey at a town-wide reception in the Great Room at Old Town Hall on Friday night, September 25. Moonan noted they many ways in which Grey has served the town, most notably as one of the founders and ongoing managers of the Bedford Community Table and Food Pantry.

Peter and Kathy Grey, with their son Ethan - Image (c) JMcCT, 2015 all rights reserved
Peter and Kathy Grey, with their son Ethan – Image (c) JMcCT, 2015 all rights reserved

“Peter’s efforts have made Bedford a more compassionate town,” said Moonan. “His example and encouragement have introduced scores of young people and adults to the satisfaction of volunteering.  He is a paragon of selflessness, and the fact that he has accomplished so much while totally blind is an inspiration to all.” Click here to read Moonan’s remarks.

In his remarks, Grey thanked his wife Kathy for her unswerving support. “This should be the Citizens of the Year award,” he noted. “Without Kathy I couldn’t accomplish any of the things that I do.”

Several former Citizens of the Year came to honor Grey, and Donald Marshall (2011) composed a title for poem he found in the Marshall family bible; he began sharing it in 2012 and presented Grey with a copy.

You Can’t Be A “Has-Been” Unless You Were An “Is”

I’d like to be a could-be
If I could not be an are
For a could-be is a may-be
With some chance of touching par

I’d rather be a has-been
Then a might-have-been by far
For a might-have-been has never been
But a has-been was and are.

Citizens of the Year:
Citizens of the Year: Back row: Donald Marshall (2011), Roberta ‘Bobbie’ Ennis (2012), Peter Grey (2015), Fay Russo (1986) Front row: Alma Pomponi (2014), Judith McConnell (2004), and Doris ‘Mickey’ Webber (1995) Image (c) JMcCT, 2015 all rights reserved

The Bedford Minuteman Company’s 51st Change of Command Installation

Presenting the Captain Roy Kring presenting the Bedford Minuteman Company's officers for the coming year  - Image (c) JMcCT, 2015 all rights reserved
Presenting the Captain Roy Kring presenting the Bedford Minuteman Company’s officers for the coming year – Image (c) JMcCT, 2015 all rights reserved

As part of this annual event, the Bedford Minuteman Company presents the colors and announces their leaders for the coming year.

Roy Kring who was installed as Captain last year will serve a second term. Captain Kring’s staff for 2015-2016 includes 1st Lieutenant:  James Ringwood; 2nd Lieutenant, Adjutant Bryan Nash; 2nd Lieutenant, Finance Richard Manley; Cornet, Michael Hand; Sergeant Major Charles Hacala; Sergeant Quartermaster Terri Kramer; and Executive Board members Peter Secor and Jim McGinn.

Members of the Bedford Minuteman Company attended the reception - Image (c) JMcCT, 2015 all rights reserved
Members of the Bedford Minuteman Company attended the reception – Image (c) JMcCT, 2015 all rights reserved

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