An Obituary: Diane Maynard Cameron

Diane Maynard Cameron passed away on February 1, 2021.  A long-time resident of Bedford, Mrs. Cameron served as a deacon in the First Church of Christ, Congregational. Until her retirement in 2000, she had a successful banking career; after retiring she took pleasure in maintaining close contact with her extended family.

An Obituary: Sydney Hanson Mirick

Sydney Hanson Mirick passed away on January 30, 2021. Born with neuroblastoma, Sydney never bemoaned her circumstances and instead channeled her feistiness into fighting cancer three times. She was always ready to create worlds with her dollhouse and Legos, play with her brother, cousins, and friends and jump into any body of water she could find.  A second-grader at Davis School in Bedford, she showered others with her amazing hugs and toothy smile and was in turn adored by her family, friends, doctors, nurses, and anyone else lucky enough to experience her light.  She dreamt of being a scientist and an artist and living in a hotel in the city. Her impact on the lives around her far surpassed her years. 

An Obituary: Donald F. Cooney

Donald F. Cooney passed away on January 26, 2021, at age 94.  Mr. Cooney retired from Millipore in 1992. He was a longtime parishioner at St. Michael Church where he served as an usher and was a member of the Knights of Columbus.  

An Obituary: John “David” McClain

John “David” McClain passed away on January 23, 2021.  Mr. McClain spent his entire career at Draper Laboratory where he is remembered as a warm and funny colleague and mentor. He maintained connections to a pair of spiritual homes, Arlington Street Church in Boston and First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church in Bedford and during the pandemic would regularly attend both Sunday services via Zoom.  

An Obituary: William P. McLaughlin

William P. McLaughlin passed away on January 23, 2021. A graduate of Bedford High School, Mr. McLaughlin retired from the North Carolina university system; he lived in Greenville for more than 30 years.  

Superintendent’s Update ~ New Positive Covid Case at BHS ~ January 29, 2021

January 29, 2021

* One (1) new COVID-19 positive case at Bedford High School (BHS case #42)  no close contacts.  
* There are currently four (4) active COVID-19 positive cases in the BHS Community at this time. 
* This case does not appear to be connected or related to previous cases identified in school.  

An Obituary: William V. A. Waldron

William V. A. Waldron passed away on January 26, 2021.  A resident of North Kingston, RI, Mr. Waldron lived in Bedford for many years. His greatest passion was sailing, and sharing that joy with friends and family. He created a lasting bond with his family and friends with his light-heartedness and humor, his generosity and willingness to help at a moment’s notice, and his warm attention to their well-being.  

An Obituary: Hugh David Simmons

Hugh David Simmons, of Seabrook, NH, formerly of Bedford, died on Tuesday, January 5, 2021.   A U.S. Navy veteran of WWII, the Korean Conflict, and the Vietnam War, Mr. Simmons loved his chair and remote, meteorology, and living by the ocean.

An Obituary: Donald E. Holmstead

Donald E. Holmstead passed away on January 20, 2021.  After a long career as a lead machinist for many companies, Mr. Holmstead enjoyed driving for Bedford Charter Service and playing tennis at the Heritage Club of Concord, where he was a board member and served as president.

An Obituary: Linda Dayle Moosick

Linda Dayle Moosick passed away on Jan. 21, 2021.  Ms. Moosick was employed as a pharmacy tech at Bedford’s Stop and Shop for more than 12 years. She was an active, long-time member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church as a member of the choir, the vestry, and a devoted volunteer at the church’s annual Advent Fair.

An Obituary: Rachel Meserve Higgins

Rachel Meserve Higgins passed away on January 13, 2021. Mrs. Higgins worked as a bookkeeper well into her 80s and continued her volunteer work with the Shriners until last year. Fiercely independent and accepting of all, she loved popcorn, a glass of Chardonnay, the Red Sox, and the Pats.

An Obituary: Ann Fuellhart Seamans

Ann Fuellhart Seamans passed away on January 12, 2021. A member of the Historic Preservation Commission, Ms. Seamans was a 15-year volunteer at Bedford TV where she worked on a video to commemorate her daughter Heather’s short life, won multiple annual awards, and co-hosted the station’s weekly news program.  She was also involved in the movement to keep millions of tons of dirt excavated during the Big Dig from being dumped on Massport land bordering Bedford, and later protested the big rigs that drove through town when Massport repaved Runway 11-29.

An Obituary: Lester J. Macklin

Lester J. Macklin passed away on January 7, 2021. Wise, witty, charitable, and a good friend, Mr. Macklin liked to play tennis, do ballroom dancing, travel the world, garden, work with stained glass, and tinker with anything mechanical. He co-hosted a local tv show about Bedford and he authored a cookbook. One of his most proud accomplishments was being president of the NE Region of Jewish Men’s Club.

An Obituary: Virginia Moore O’Grady

Virginia Moore O’Grady passed away on January 8, 2021. Mrs. O’Grady was a member of St. Michael Parish and will be remembered by her family as a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, and sister who cherished time with her family.

An Obituary: Muriel Wolloff Brooks

Muriel Wolloff Brooks passed away on January 12, 2021.  Mrs. Brooks began as a programmer and retired as head of the MITRE software division. After her retirement, she taught mathematics at the Immaculate Heart of Mary School in Still River, MA.

An Obituary: Charles R. Higgins

Charles R. Higgins passed away on January 13, 2021. A Veteran of the US Navy during the Vietnam era, Mr. Higgins resided at the Bedford VA, where he was loved and well-cared-for. An entertainer during his early years, he was blessed with a great voice and not only shared with others but encouraged others to use theirs. He loved to play scrabble, go to Bingo games but especially to have fun.

An Obituary: Peter J. Frasso

Peter J. Frasso passed away on January 6, 2021. A Bedford resident in his youth, Mr. Frasso recently returned from a 15-year sojourn in the Midwest where he taught middle school and high school music in Indiana. He recently obtained his Apex certification and worked as a Materials Manager.

An Obituary: Joan Locke Pfeiffer

Joan Locke Pfeiffer passed away on January 7, 2021.  Mrs. Pfeiffer moved to Bedford with her husband Donald W. Pfeiffer who later served as Bedford’s Town Accountant and Town Clerk in the 1950s. They became founding members of the First Baptist Church.

An Obituary: Barbara Russo Hawkes

Barbara Russo Hawkes passed away on Jan. 3, 2021. A competitive skater as a young woman, Mrs. Hawkes will be remembered as a wonderful mother and grandmother with a particular knack for gardening and embroidery.

An Obituary: Christopher R. Johnson

Christopher R. Johnson passed away on January 3, 2021.  Mr. Johnson retired as manager of Bedford’s Stop and Shop supermarket.

An Obituary: Walter M. Weinfurt

Walter M. Weinfurt passed away on Jan. 2,  2021. Mr. Weinfurt retired as Director of Contracts at Raytheon Corporation after a 42-year career. He served as a lector, eucharistic minister, a religious education instructor, and a member of the finance committee at St. Michael Parish.

An Obituary: Frank M. Limoncelli

Frank M. Limoncelli passed away on January 5, 2021.  Mr, Limoncelli retired as Classified Advertising Manager at the Boston Globe after a 40-year career, starting as a messenger at the Globe as a student; he was immensely proud of the paper and its quality journalism. In his second career, Mr. Limoncelli was a longstanding professor of Oral Communications at Bunker Hill Community College.