Annual Town Meeting Memorial Resolution – 2023 

At the beginning of Monday’s Annual Town Meeting, Bedford Select Board Chair Shawn Hanegan read a resolution remembering the town employees, officers, and committee members who passed away during the past year. 

Below is the resolution:

Whereas, since the Annual Town Meeting of 2023, employees, officers, and committee members of the Town have passed away, having performed their duties faithfully, dedicating their time and skills to benefit the residents of Bedford, and Whereas we gratefully recognize their public service to Bedford’s citizens,

Now therefore be it resolved that we, the people of Bedford, assembled here in Annual Town Meeting on March 25, 2024, mourn their passing and extend sincere sympathy to the families of:

And be it further resolved that this Resolution be inscribed in the permanent record of this meeting, and notification thereof sent to members of their families.

Susan Kennedy01/06/23Town of Bedford, Administrative
Lenore Dichard03/24/23COA
Kathleen Gallant04/09/23Elementary Teacher
Grace Petroskey04/17/23BHS-Teacher
Betty Slechta04/26/23Volunteer at Library and Job Lane House
Donna Argon04/26/23First Director of Bedford’s Senior Center, Citizen of the year in 1991
Dennis J. Ahearn04/28/23Trustee for the Bedford Public Library
Donald F. Mead06/29/23Bedford Firefighter- Lt.
Joan-Marie Lorraine Freni07/07/23Trustee for the Bedford Public Library
Gerald G. ‘Jerry’ Hartmann07/19/23Patriotic Holiday Committee
Elizabeth “Beth” Brassel07/28/23Librarian, Bedford Public Library
Sing Hanson08/12/23Founding member of the former Bedford Center for the Arts
Nancy Forrest08/19/23Election worker
William Bieren08/24/23Bedford Firefighter and EMT
Wilma W. Johnson08/31/23School Committee, Historical Society
Cecile LeMay Walker09/09/23Bedford Historical Society
Michael L. Schofield10/16/23Department of Public Works
Perea McCane Hopkins11/05/23Volunteer for the Human Relations Council, “active in the startup of METCO in Bedford”
Jane Harvey11/24/23BHS English Teacher
Rachel Murphy12/03/23Volunteer for the Human Relations Council, and Arbor Resources Committee
2024
Charles “Duke” Stefanelli01/12/24Bedford Public Schools Custodian
Joan Eloise Kinney01/13/24Bedford High School Teacher    
Victor Roland Carlson01/21/24BHS teacher  
Nancy Haynes01/29/24Job Lane School Teacher
Nathaniel K. Brown02/28/24Chair of the Bedford Bicentennial Committee, Bedford Historical Society and Job Lane House
James “Jim” Byrnes03/02/24Bedford High School Teacher & Basketball Coach
Thomas Joseph Duggan03/11/24Bedford High School Principal
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