An Appreciation: Lisa Marino Hafer

Writing a tribute to Lisa is like trying to trap sunlight in a bottle.  How in the world could I do her justice? It’s impossible to say what she meant to each and every one of us, but I hope I captured the essence of how extraordinary this woman was.

Lisa loved writing thank-you notes and sending cards, making candied pecans, eating salads, wearing chunky necklaces, volunteering for EVERYTHING, running, walking (very fast), pushups and burpees, her friends, and commenting on every friend’s Facebook post – not just liking – but commenting. 

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.

An Appreciation: John Filios

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

John Filios’s first recorded service to the Town of Bedford was his appointment as Bedford’s representative to the Metropolitan Area Planning Commission’s Airport Study group in 1967, but his longest-lasting impact came through his appointments to the Historical Commission, 1991-1997; the Historic Preservation Commission, 1998 to 2007; and the Patriotic Holiday Committee, from 2004 to 2008. His commitment to the Bedford Minuteman Company, the Job Lane House, and the Friends of Depot Park may be even more significant.

For these and so many other accomplishments, John Filios was chosen as Bedford’s 2007 Citizen of the Year.

Celebrating Mothers Tea Party

Mothers do so much for children, for our community, and for the world! Come gather with other Bedford mothers to sip tea and enjoy delicious treats/finger foods as we celebrate all that mothers can do together to give our children a livable climate. Please RSVP as soon as you can so that we will know for how many to set up. Hope you will join us for a fun and informative afternoon!

An Appreciation: Rev. James S. Whitaker

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

The Rev. James S. Whitaker, the first rector of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, served from 1960 – 1981. Among those still active in the church, he is remembered for his quiet leadership, and for creating a lasting sense of community that remains at the core of the parish to this day.

An Appreciation: Alice Groves

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

The late Alice Groves’s life will be celebrated at First Parish on Bedford Common at 1 pm on Saturday, April 14.

Alice passed away peacefully on February 8 at age 93. Her life was focused on music and her children in almost equal measure according to her daughter Ellen.

Bedford Police Mourn Passing of Former Chief

Submitted on behalf of the Bedford Police Department

Chief Robert Bongiorno and the Bedford Police Department are saddened to share news of the passing of former Police Chief Donald Eunson.

A lifelong Bedford resident, Eunson, who served the town as its police chief for nearly four decades, died on Thursday after a brief illness. He was 89.

An Appreciation: Former Town Accountant Debbie Champagne

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

Flags flew at half-staff this week to honor Bedford’s former Town Accountant Debbie Champagne who passed away on February 2 after a courageous battle with ALS. Debbie worked for the Town for more than 10 years, until October 2017 when she had to retire due to the sudden onset of her illness.

An Appreciation: Louise Maglione, Community Role Model and Bedford’s First Woman Selectman

By Mike Rosenberg

Louise Maglione, who died Wednesday, December 20, 2017 at the age of 88, was a trailblazing community role model whose leadership was defined by optimism, perseverance and humility.

Elected as Bedford’s first woman selectman in 1974, Mrs. Maglione served three terms during a period of transition, as the town began governance under provisions that moved day-to-day management passed from selectmen to a town administrator.

Another Appreciation: Christopher G. Weisz

By Peter Ricci

Whenever a life of is lost, it has a profound effect on those who knew them and loved them. When a life is lost suddenly and unexpectedly the feeling of disbelief, and shock is compounded.

This is what all [who knew Chris] are going through now.

An Appreciation: Myron ‘Mike’ Gural

Compiled by The Beford Citizen

A Memorial Service celebrating Myron “Mike” Gural’s life will be held at First Church of Christ, Congregational, Bedford on Saturday, September 9 at 2 pm.

Mike was a familiar presence to anyone interested in social justice issues in Bedford, and was a faithful participant in the monthly peace vigils along The Great Road, in front of Bedford Common.No matter the weather, Mike and his wife Ruth were regular participants at the peace vigils, according to the vigils’ organizers.

An Appreciation: Christopher G. Weisz

By Dan Brosgol

A few years ago, during the winter when we got over 100 inches of snow, one of the blizzards was in full swing when our furnace suddenly stopped working.

You can imagine how freaked out I was, as those of you who know me know that I am not good at fixing things beyond faucets, but luckily I had an amazing friend who knew how to fix anything who hopped out in the snowdrifts, walked down the street, and was at my house not 15 minutes later— and had the furnace working in about two minutes.

Obviously, that friend was Chris Weisz.

Remembering Constance Donovan – Wife, Mother, Poet and Realtor

Constance Hatson Donovan Stavropoulos Dodge of Bedford died at her home on Wednesday, June 21, at 92. Born in Boston in 1924, she was the daughter of Nicholas Hatson (Hagemike), a Greek immigrant, and Adelaide Gertrude Beebe, a Vermont Yankee. After her mother was crippled giving birth, she and her sister Marion were raised by an aunt and uncle as their own.