An Appreciation: Don Blake

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.

An Obituary: Carol Hermann Wallace

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.”

An Obituary: Donald G. Blake

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.

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 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: Virginia Stoner Hill

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.

Funeral services were private.

An Obituary: Barry Seidman

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.

An Obituary: Jane Cole Sutcliffe

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.

An Obituary: Caro Lin Little

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.

An Obituary: Ann Thoron Hale

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.

An Obituary: Dr. Eugene J. Isotti

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.