An Obituary: Mel Farman

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.

An Appreciation: Lauretta E. Stead

Lauretta E. Stead, who inspired two generations of Bedford middle school students during a 34-year teaching career, died last week at age 85. She was a resident of Carleton-Willard Village.

An Obituary: Lauretta E. ‘Laurie’ Stead

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.  

Remembering Kevin Sullivan

In the words of Past District Governor Bob Cassidy, this has been a difficult time for the Rotary Club of Bedford, as it has suffered a terrible loss. “How do you say goodbye to an old friend who has been a member of Rotary for 35 years?

“Past President, Group Study Exchange Team Leader, Unsung Hero of Rotary District7910, and whether it was RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards), ESSEX (Eastern States Student Exchange), or Gift of Life. When the Gift of Life New England corporation was started back in 1999, Kevin and Ellen were on the original Board of Directors.

“If it involved children and students, especially those from other countries, Kevin Sullivan was whole-heartedly involved,” wrote Cassidy, “Kevin and his dear wife Ellen, have hosted numerous students and children from all over the world.”

“If it involved children and students, especially those from other countries, Kevin Sullivan was whole-heartedly involved,” wrote Cassidy, “Kevin and his dear wife Ellen, have hosted numerous students and children from all over the world.”

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An Obituary: Jack S. Geilfuss

Jack S. Geilfuss passed away on July 22, 2020. Mr. Grilfuss graduated from Bedford High School in the Class of 1991. He received a Fellowship at Cornell University Engineering ’95 and Advanced Degree in Chemical Engineering from CalTech ’97. Nominated as a Rhodes Scholar, he was accepted to eight graduate schools.

An Obituary: Jeffrey Scott Cornelius Hoyland

Jeffrey Scott Cornelius Hoyland passed away on July 10, 2020. A resident of Bedford since 1994, Mr. Hoyland’s attitude and fortitude were indefatigable, his accomplishments were legion, and he will be dearly missed by everyone who knew him or was touched by his many endeavors. Among his many honors, Mr. Hoyland was named Bedford’s Citizen of the Year in September 2019.

An Obituary: Mary ‘Carol’ Isnor

Mary ‘Carol’ Isnor passed away on July 17, 2020. A resident of Bedford for more than 50 years, Mrs. Isnor was a stalwart fan of Bedford athletic events, especially those where here children or grandchildren were involved. She was also a member of St. Michael Parish.

An Obituary: Doris Marie McManus

Doris Marie McManus passed away on July 15, 2020. Mrs. McManus, a long-time Bedford resident before she moved to Burlington, loved spending time with her family and friends. While raising her children in Bedford she worked as an elementary teachers’ aide. In later years she spent winters in Venice, Florida with her husband Arthur.

An Obituary: Ardelle Williams Janes

Ardelle Williams Janes passed away on July 8, 2020. Mrs. Janes was a 15-year resident of Carleton-Willard Village, and a member of the Esther Brazier Guild of Early American Decoration (HSEAD). She created art pieces and taught painting in her home studio for many years.

An Obituary: Patricia Brown Cumings

Patricia Brown Cumings passed away at age 99 on July 3, 2020. A resident of Concord and Acton before moving to Carleton-Willard Village in 2008, Mrs. Cumings took part in several choral groups in addition to the choir at First Parish Church in Concord. She was active in several garden clubs and served on various advisory committees for the Town of Concord.

An Obituary: Mary C. Cretella

Mary C. Cretella passed away on July 7, 2020. A resident of Bedford for more than 30 years, Ms. Cretella was a curious, bright, and impassioned scientist who brought energy and skill to all of her work settings.  She attended MIT and graduated with a degree in Chemistry as one of two women in the Class of 1949.  She enjoyed a long, invigorating, and respected professional career, holding several patents, working on Skylab and NASA’s Indium Antimonide project where her work was recognized by President Ford in 1974. Her later career focused on solar energy and the development of materials needed to manufacture photovoltaic cells. Ms. Cretella was a 15-year member of the Bedford Garden Club.

An Obituary: Alfred F. ‘Fred’ McLaughlin

Alfred F. ‘Fred’ McLaughlin passed away on July 3 2020. Mr. McLaughlin grew up in Bedford and played football, hockey, and baseball before graduating from Bedford High School in 1979. He attended Norwich University and Northeastern University, worked as a carpenter in the construction industry, and never backed down from a challenge, big or small.

An Obituary: Maureen Oates

Maureen Oates passed away on July 3, 2020. Mrs. Oates was an editor, an environmentalist, and an educator. Earth Circles, a religious education curriculum she co-authored, was published by the Unitarian Universalist Association. Working in watercolor and other media, she was also an artist who helped to found and sustain The Gallery@First Parish.