An Appreciation: Retired Bedford Police Sgt. Robert D’Auria

Submitted on behalf of the Bedford Police Department

Chief Robert Bongiorno and the Bedford Police Department regretfully announce the death of retired police Sgt. Robert D’Auria.

Sgt. D’Auria, 82, died on Wednesday, July 3. He was well known throughout the community for his 27 years of service to the Bedford Police Department. He joined the department as a patrolman in 1971 and was promoted to Sergeant in 1985 by former Bedford Police Chief Donald Eunson, who died in February 2018.

An Appreciation: Joe Bellino ~ Football Legend, Patriot, and Neighbor

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

When Bedford resident and US Naval Academy Heisman Trophy winner Joesph Bellino died on March 13, tributes and accolades poured forth to celebrate his life and accomplishments in the national press. Mr. Bellino was a 1961 graduate of the Naval Academy, Navy’s first Heisman Trophy winner in 1960, and Navy’s first football player to have his number ~ 87 ~retired. And famous athletes from Roger Staubach to Bill Bellicheck shared their memories. Click this link to learn more about Mr. Bellino’s career at the Naval Academy.

An Appreciation: Memories of Doris “Mickey” Webber

By Carl & Signe Hanson

Doris Webber visited her old house on Fletcher Road during the 2015 Christmas in the Village holiday house tour – Image (c) JMcCT, 2015 all rights reservedDoris Webber was known as “Mickey” by many  Bedford folks and by “Mae” by her family and children in her daytime care. She was loved by all who knew her…and felt her love in return. 

An Appreciation: Doris “Mickey” Webber

By Ginni SpencerEditor’s Note: Doris ‘Mickey’ Webber passed away on January 1, 2019. A Memorial Service will take place at First Church of Christ, Congregational at 2 pm on Saturday, April 6, 2019.

There are certain distinctive aspects of Bedford life without which…well…would we still be Bedford? What if The Brothers Rocks were dislodged in a storm and washed downstream? What if Old Town Hall were sold to a crafty developer who turned it into a recreational marijuana center? Or you woke up to find that Bedford Farms had been sold to MacDonald’s? Would we still be Bedford?

That’s how I felt when I heard the news that our beloved senior citizen, Doris “Mickey” Webber died on New Year’s Day. For me, and I believe for many others, she defined Bedford by her unabashed love for our community which she expressed in countless ways over the many years she lived here.

An Appreciation: Robert Kenney

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

Robert Kenney served the Town of Bedford as a member of the Finance Committee for 29 years, from 1985 through 2014. It is believed that Mr. Kenney’s service is among the longest on the board. Current Finance Committee chair Ben Thomas with former FinCom members Barbara Perry, Walter St. Onge, John Linz, and Jerry Pfeiffer, as well as former director of the Bedford Free Public Library and FinCom member Meredith McCulloch, shared their thoughts for this remembrance.

An Appreciation: Patricia Newsome Leiby

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

Editor’s Note: Patricia Leiby died in Bedford on January 19, 2019. A memorial service to celebrate her life will take place in the sanctuary of Bedford’s historic meeting house, First Parish Unitarian Universalist, on Bedford Common, at 2 pm on Saturday, March 30.

Living in Bedford’s oldest homestead, settled in 1671, Patricia Newsome Leiby maintained an abiding interest in town history, serving at various times on the boards of the Friends of the Job Lane house and the Bedford Historical Society. “Pat contributed a great deal to Bedford’s historical organizations over many years,” said Bedford Historical Society president Don Corey. “At the time of her death, she was still serving as a Director with the Friends of Job Lane House and as the Historical Society’s Treasurer.”

But she was ever so much more than a history aficionado: A salt-of-the-earth New Englander, Pat relished Friday afternoon jaunts to Boston for symphony concerts as well as time spent quietly with family, Down East in Maine.

An Appreciation: Arthur McManus

By Mike Rosenberg

The breadth and depth of the physical education and interscholastic athletics programs at Bedford High School flourish on a solid foundation, built in large part by Arthur McManus. Mr. McManus died this week at age 89. He had been residing in Bedford and Venice, FL for many years. 

An Appreciation ~ Donald Drouin

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

Editor’s Note: Longtime Bedford resident Donald Drouin passed away recently, and services were private. In this Appreciation, The Bedford Citizen recognizes his accomplishments and service to the Town of Bedford.

An Appreciation: Marcia Larsen Sternberg

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

Flags were lowered to half-staff this week to honor Marcia Larsen Sternberg.

Marcia Larsen was born in Bedford in 1926, and as a Bedford student, she graduated from Lexington High School in 1943. Armed with her high school diploma, Miss Larsen went to Washington DC to help in the ‘War Effort.’ As an ultra-proficient typist, she was charged with preparing documents for the White House because they had to be perfect, without errors or erasures. After marrying Maurice ‘Pete’ Sternberg in 1950, the young couple returned to Bedford to raise their family.

Mrs. Sternberg’s capacity for detail and perfection, along with a love of numbers, led her into financial accounting when she went back to work in the 1950s. She became Town Treasurer in 1965, and later Bedford’s first Finance Officer.

An Appreciation: Thelma “Tee” Russell

Special to The Bedford Citizen

Thelma Russell, who brought dedication, diversity, and dignity to Bedford over two generations of community service, died on July 29 at the age of 90.

Editor’s Note: Rev. Mar Imsong will conduct a Memorial Service for Thelma Russell beginning at 1 pm on Saturday, August 4 at the Bedford Funeral Home, 167 The Great Road, with visiting hours to follow until 5 pm.

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