Published with thanks to the Charles River Wheelmen and The WheelPeople editors
Don Blake was perhaps the longest-serving of the Charles River Wheelmen cycling club: he was club treasurer from 1972 until 2011, close to 40 years. Don passed away on February 15, 2021, at age 89. We extend our condolences to his friends and family and share memories from Bedford members and others who remember Don.
Carol Hermann Wallace passed away on February 21, 2021, at age 96. A resident of Bedford for more than 25 years, Mrs. Wallace earned her PhD in Chemistry in just three years, at age 24. She was a self-deprecating person who did not stand on formality; her own children had no idea she had a Ph.D. until the mid-60’s when they happened upon a piece of mail addressed to “Dr. Carol.”
Donald G. Blake passed away on February 15, 2021. A resident of Bedford for more than 60 years, Mr. Blake was a longtime communicant of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church and was a volunteer for many church projects, providing administrative support for the Monthly Epistle and serving as a cashier at the snack table at the annual Advent Fair. He also enjoyed having breakfast with the Men’s Group and walking his dogs. An avid cyclist his entire life, he was Treasurer of the Charles River Wheelers and a supporter of the Minuteman Commuter Bikeway.
Dorothy L. Agrillo Roberts-Eunson passed away on January 22, 2021. A 39-year resident of Bedford, Mrs. Roberts-Eunson was the wife of former Police Chief Donald Eunson. She will be remembered as selfless, putting the needs of others above her own, both at Carleton-Willard Village and the Concord Answering Service. A world traveler, she also had a passion for tap dancing, baton twirling, and playing the accordion.
Judith Lindau McConnell passed away on February 2, 2021. A lifelong Bedford resident, Mrs. McConnell was long active in Bedford town affairs, serving as a member on several town committees, as the Town Historian from 1994 to 2000, and as a beloved longtime volunteer reader to children in the town’s public schools. She was named Bedford’s Citizen of the Year in 2004.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Michael C. Lehane, a former Bedford town counsel for many years, died Monday, Jan. 11, 2021 at his home near Reading, PA.
Mr. Lehane was a founding partner of the firm Murphy, Hesse, Toomey & Lehane, LLP, in Quincy. During his 40-year legal career, he was town counsel in Danvers and Norwood as well as Bedford. His firm in 1991 was the first hired by Bedford to represent the town as a corporate legal collective. Prior to that Lehane was a local lawyer, representing several local residents.
Atty. Lehane, who retired several years ago, served as special counsel to municipalities and school committees on litigation matters. While at Boston University Law School, he worked as an aide at the former Metropolitan State Hospital in Waltham, explaining that it was an ideal job, as so many people needed help.
“He was one of the most significant people I worked with during my career in government,” said Bedford’s former Town Manager Rick Reed. “I respected his intellect, his humor, his knowledge of municipal law, and, most of all, his kindness to others.”
William Andrew Damery, St. passed away on December 29, 2020. A graduate of Bedford High School, Mr. Damery was a firefighter who retired from the Bedford Fire Department. In addition to his interest in the culture of Japan, he loved ice cream, the Boston Red Sox, the New England Patriots, summer afternoons exploring Boston and Cambridge, classical music, and learning more about his Scottish and Swedish heritage
Virginia Stoner Hill passed away on December 7, 2020. A choral conductor, one of Mrs. Hill’s favorite times was as a nursery school teacher where she combined her love of music and young children; she was also an avid gardener who loved traveling.
Barry Seidman, retired U.S. Air Force major and a familiar businessman near the MIT campus, has passed away. After graduation from Boston University where he was a member of the Arnold Air Society ROTC, he enlisted in the Air Force as a pilot in training, earning a Silver Star for Bravery in the Vietnam War. Until his retirement in 1982, Mr. Seidman served the Strategic Air Command at Portsmouth, NH, at SAC Headquarters in Omaha, and the Pentagon. He was a member of the Bedford Jewish Community and Temple Emunah.
Nancy Ricker Sears passed away on November 23, 2020. A resident of Bedford from 1958 until she retired to New Hampshire, Mrs. Sears was a reading specialist in the Cambridge, and later, Westford public schools. An avid reader, she enjoyed classical music, word games, sewing and knitting, and loved to laugh.
Donna Fennell Cole passed away on December 4, 2020. Mrs. Cole was a longtime member of First Parish, Unitarian Universalist, in Bedford where she was a devoted member of the choir. She was an associate professor at Lesley University where she taught English Writing and Composition from 1980 until her retirement in 2011.
Lorraine E. Ackerman passed away on December 12, 2020. An accounting clerk at MITRE Corporation, Mrs. Ackerman had lived in Bedford for more than 40 years. She enjoyed needlepoint, knitting, and graphic art design.
Selma (Sally) Rabinowitz passed away on December 4, 2020, at age 95. Mrs. Rabinowitz moved to Carleton-Willard Village in 2012 and enjoyed eight wonderful years at the Village. She participated in plays and readings, and she regularly sang the candle blessings at the Friday night Shabbat services but especially liked reading a book on Main Street and engaging with her many friends.
Therese ‘Terry’ Kavanaugh McHugh passed away on December 2, 2020. A former resident of Bedford, Mrs. McHugh worked her way through college along with her older children. She earned a Master’s Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from Boston State, now UMass-Boston. Along the way, she worked, sometimes as a volunteer, at Fernald Development Center, the Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial VA Hospital in Bedford, and a state agency where she worked directly with released prisoners to find careers and jobs in the Boston area, as well as resettling Southeast Asian refugees after the Vietnam War.
Jane Cole Sutcliffe passed away on January 27, 2020, in Burlington Township, NJ. Mrs. Sutcliffe moved to Fletcher Road as a 5-year-old in 1927, living in the house built by her grandfather—and Town tinsmith—Quincy Cole. She came back to visit the house often, getting to know current residents. More recently, Mrs. Sutcliffe returned to her childhood home and presented what her grandfather believed was Bedford’s Post Cane, to the Bedford Historical Society.
Caro Lin Little passed away on November 13, 2020, in St. Petersburg, FL. Mrs. Little was open, generous, and kind, committed to her grandchildren, her gardens, and to the care and attention of the many horses and dogs who were also part of her life.
Ann Thoron Hale passed away on November 25, 2020. A resident of Carleton-Willard Village since 2012, Mrs. Hale’s ‘true home’ was Martha’s Vineyard. She spent summers on the Vineyard as a teenager and lived there year-round for 10 years before coming to Bedford. She will be remembered for her steady leadership on the board of Seven Gates Farm.
Dr. Eugene J. Isotti passed away on December 2, 2020. Among his many accomplishments, Dr. Isotti was a long-time member and chairman of the Department of Psychology at Emmanuel College where he retired as Professor Emeritus. In Bedford, he was a Eucharistic Minister and member of the choir at St. Michael Parish.
Donna Post MacLeod passed away on December 1, 2020. A member of the Grace Chapel choir, Mrs. MacLeod enjoyed visiting and singing in nursing homes and especially loved spending time at Maine’s Old Orchard Beach.
Dorothy Carter Ahearn passed away on November 30, 2020. Among her many accomplishments, Mrs. Ahearn will be remembered for her more than 20 years at the Bedford Free Public Library, working in technical services and behind the circulation desk. She also served on the committee that established the Minuteman Library Network.