James S. Rouvalis passed away on September 19, 2020. A long-serving teacher and Science Coordinator for the Bedford Schools, Mr. Rouvalis was renowned for his entertaining lab experiments. He also coached several sports teams and taught driver’s education. Upon retiring to Topsfield, he was “a selfless and dedicated volunteer for the Council on Aging, and Meals on Wheels.
When the news of Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death from pancreatic cancer came late Friday night, it was a huge loss as a longstanding Supreme Court Justice, and as an advocate for women’s rights. Her wish to serve on the court until a new president was elected was denied.
Who didn’t admire Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the second woman in the history of this country to be appointed to the Supreme Court?
Like me, you may be mourning the loss of this amazing woman. RBG was my hero – and I know I am not alone. She is a hero to multiple generations of women and men. We all feel the pain of the loss of someone so great.
So let’s be together to pay our respects to this amazing woman! Come tomorrow night – Sunday, September 20, 7:30 pm – on the Bedford Common. No speeches, just being together – with masks and physical distancing – to stand in solidarity and respect for Justice Ginsburg.
Mary Barbara Hitzrot (known to all as Bobbie) passed away on September 11, 2020. An RN who became a Head Nurse at Massachusetts General Hospital in the 1950s, Mrs. Hitzrot came to Carleton-Willard Village from Baltimore in 2005. Her friends provided much pleasure, but she also loved to read, do jigsaw and crossword puzzles, and kept a detailed daily calendar. Her latest hobby was playing solitaire on her new iPad.
Walter J. Conway passed away on September 12, 2020. A former Bedford resident, Mr. Conway was a coach for Bedford Youth Soccer, volunteered on numerous boards, and was a Religious Education teacher at St. Michael Parish. He continued his community involvement in Falmouth as a volunteer with St. Vincent de Paul Society and as part of the Fisherman’s Cove neighborhood association.
Richard P. Versoi passed away on September 7, 2020. A former Bedford resident, Mr. Versoi retired from Bull HN in 1990 as the company’s Chief Financial Officer. He enjoyed downhill skiing, golf, and spending time with his grandchildren.
A 1986 graduate of Bedford High School, Greg was a tremendous athlete: cyclist, runner, snowboarder, sailor, scuba diver, and fearless hiker who could scale Mt. Katahdin up and back in a day. He was an avid musician, playing guitar in the post-punk ‘90s band Shotgun Remedy, and other rock bands, later branching into jazz guitar. He loved to read and discuss serious economics and political science. Greg blessed us with a hilarious and quirky sense of humor, which could pivot the most turgid debate into uproarious laughter, making us realize how silly it all was. Best of all, Greg was a loyal friend, brother, and son.
Dorothy ‘Dot’ McKenna passed away at age 93 on September 1, 2020. A Bedford resident from 1957 until she retired to Cummaquid, Mrs. McKenna taught mathematics and coached the Math League at the John Glenn Middle School, was an assistant leader in the town’s Girl Scouting program and taught Sunday School at St. Michael’s Church. ” Dot was known for her love of life – she enjoyed people, travel, games, and most of all, conversation!”
Miles A. Callis passed away on August 28, 2020. Miles grew up in Bedford and graduated as a member of the BHS Class of 2019. An athlete, a Boy Scout, a lover of Hip Hop music, honing his craft as a rapper. “… He had the heart of a lion.”
Joan Coleman Monger passed away on August 29, 2020. A longtime resident of Bedford before retiring to Brooksby Village, Mrs. Monger was a library volunteer and administrator for the Bedford Housing Authority.
Eileen Flavin Sullivan passed away on August 28, 2020. Raised in Concord, Eileen lived in Bedford for almost 40 years before retiring to Harwichport. She will be remembered as an avid reader who adored her family and friends.
Nancy H. Murphy passed away on August 28, 2020. A Bedford resident for nearly 40 years, Mrs. Murphy had a great love for animals, especially her greyhounds. She was an avid piano player and enjoyed quilting and cross-stitching. Her competitive spirit came out when she would play bridge, cribbage, acey deucey, or Uno with her family.
Denise Testa passed away on August 29, 2020. Ms. Testa worked as a nurse anesthetist and was the co-founder of the Boston College Nurse Anesthesia program. Her research focused on handoffs and relationship-based care. At St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Bedford she brought her light and spirit to many ministries and committees, including stewardship, fellowship, hosting coffee hours, and making newcomers feel at home.
Leonard H. Kieley passed away on August 15, 2020, shortly before his 101st birthday. Mr. Kieley was a business and civic leader during Bedford’s transition from a small agricultural town to a high-technology suburb. The proprietor of a fuel oil business, Mr. Kieley was a member of the Bedford Rotary Club, a founder of the Wedgewood Club, and a member of the committee that oversaw the conversion of the junior high school (now Town Hall) to Center Elementary School. He was involved with the creation of the Bedford Santa program in 1946 and marched as a Minute Man in the 1960s. He also was elected to the Planning Board.
Keith (Zapponi) Hayward passed away on August 20, 2020.
Mr. Hayward served as President of the Jaycees and was active with his children in the Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, and The First Church of Christ Congregational. He was a dedicated Freemason with a passion for mentoring the youth in his community, which led him to become involved with the Lexington, Bedford, and Belmont chapters of DeMolay and Rainbow and was awarded DeMolay’s Legion of Honor and Rainbow’s Grand Cross of Color. His Masonic career began with Beaver Lodge in Belmont Massachusetts where he served as the Master of the Lodge in 1973. He became a 32nd degree Master Mason in Scottish Rite and was accepted into St. Bernard Commandery. His other Masonic affiliations included the Shriners and Eastern Star. He was recently awarded a Veteran’s Medal for 50 years of membership in Freemasonry.
Mel Farman passed away on August 15, 2020. A man of extraordinary wit and kindness, he was beloved. As a young man with a degree in journalism, Mr. Farman wrote marketing copy with his colleague and long-time friend, mystery writer Robert B. Parker, later traveling the world, from Paris to Karachi to Sardinia and Moscow and Cairo and Jerusalem.
Lauretta E. ‘Laurie’ Stead passed away on August 13, 2020. Ms. Stead was a Math teacher at the John Glenn Middle School in Bedford for many years. After retiring from teaching, she worked as a consultant for the Massachusetts Teachers Association.
Lenora Campoli passed away on July 31, 2020. A resident of Bedford for nearly 50 years, Mrs. Campoli was a member of St. Michael Parish and passionate volunteer in the Bedford schools. She volunteered in the libraries, in classrooms and spent numerous years showing her appreciation to teachers through the annual Teacher’s Luncheon. She took an active role in the Parent Advisory Council, educating students and families about disabilities and acceptance of all. She deeply believed in inclusivity for all students and raised awareness through fundraising for workshops, running booths at Bedford Day, and leading by example.
Deirdre Drew ‘Dee’ Russell passed away on August 7, 2020. Ms. Russell served as president and later treasurer of the First Parish Unitarian Universalist parish board. She and her wife Jean Kates were the first lesbian couple to be married in Bedford; a Unitarian Universalist since her youth, she lived her values and prioritized deeds over creeds.
Emily Kraus Kohm passed away on August 2, 2020. Mrs. Kohm lived in Bedford for 55 years; during that time she volunteered for a variety of Bedford clubs and at local hospitals, and may have enjoyed working part-time for the weather service the most. She loved dancing and met her husband Jim at a dance; together they could clear the floor.