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Rita B. Healey, 97, died on November 7. Photo: Douglass Edgerley and Bessom
Dave Miskinis November 20, 2013 at 04:02 pm
How fortunate this town has been - in so many respects - to have had Mrs. Burbank as a resident andRead More philanthropist these many years. For as many open and recognizable instances of her generosity, I can only wonder how many are unknown.
Matt Schooley (Editor) November 21, 2013 at 01:30 pm
Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Dave. It sounds like she had a major impact on the community.
John Intorcio April 17, 2013 at 05:24 pm
Other news outlets are reporting "The woman’s family has asked that her name not beRead More disclosed, the Chinese consulate said." Seems it would be nice if Patch did too.
John Intorcio April 18, 2013 at 03:18 am
My bad. I've since learned that her name WAS officially released.
Les Masterson (Editor) January 10, 2013 at 07:41 pm
I wasn't around to see Boomtown, but I remember Rex from his Crimson Travel commercials:Read More http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KtlwvrrOhUc I interviewed Rex for an article about 15 years ago. He was friendly and was really appreciative of his career and fans.
Joe Veno November 15, 2012 at 02:24 am
R.I.P. Dean
Susan Burke November 18, 2012 at 06:53 am
My thoughts and prayers go out to all. I did not have the opportunity to meet your husband,dad orRead More son. I have been where you are as I lost my husband and father of my three kids very suddenly two years ago. May you strengh and love of your family help you through these difficult times. Take care and God Bless.
Steve November 18, 2012 at 07:22 pm
R.I.P. Dean You were a good man.
Mark Robinson July 25, 2012 at 12:52 am
We regretfully announce the passing of Gianna Dias. We invite you to join us in keeping her familyRead More in our thoughts and prayers and we extend our deepest sympathies to all who loved her.
Mark Robinson March 23, 2012 at 03:09 pm
Raised in Melrose, Courtney's loss will be felt by many of her family members and friends in theRead More community. Her beautiful spirit and love will live on through her husband and in her children.
Phillip Chevalier March 24, 2012 at 02:49 am
Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Courtney was a joy to teach with and an incrediblyRead More intelligent and lovely person. Phill, Jane, Josh, and Jade Chevalier
Cheryl March 8, 2012 at 02:45 am
Mr. Wales was my favorite teacher. :-) I actually contacted the Chronicle about a year ago aroundRead More his 100th birthday and suggested they write an aritcle about him, but they never did. I thought it would be good for people to learn more about the long time Reading teacher (and friend) who was always teaching and learning. It was always interesting visiting him at his house, seeing the models he'd made and listening to his stories about the various items he'd worked on earlier in his life and at the museums where he volunteered. To hear about how he designed and made the house (with radiant heating), the cabinets, how he learned how to build houses. He still had a small shop in his basement that he made tools to help him continue working down there as his eyesight was failing. He did worry that he pushed the girls too hard, that we went into engineering because of him and not because we wanted to. I assured him that we all appreciated what he'd done for us (support and extra confidence), that some of us went on to be engineers and some decided it wasn't what they really wanted to do. But we were better for knowing him and having him as a teacher. Mr. Wales was an amazing man and he will be missed. CW '84
Paula B. Ward Webb August 25, 2012 at 11:12 am
I think I hold the distinction of being the first female in Mr. Wales' "mechanicalRead More drawing" class (1961). I felt then, as I do know that Mr. Wales was totally dedicated to making my experience a rewarding endeavor. For 4 years he made me feel like I was so very, very special. Having read some of these comments here, I'm realizing more and more that he was equally dedicated to making everyone's experience rewarding. Mr. Wales loved what he did and loved sharing it with others. And, yes, I did go on to engineering school. In the end, however, that wasn't for me. Instead I became an architectural draftsman. My readiness for such was in no small measure a result of what I had learned under the tutlege of our dear Fred Wales. God rest his soul. Paula B. Ward Webb RMHS class of 1964
Nancy Petrocelli June 4, 2013 at 11:48 am
I no long live in Massachusetts and have been out of the area for a long time. Mr. Wales was myRead More mentor and favorite teacher in high school. He had a huge impact on my life at the time. Because of his encouragement, I pursued engineering. I did not succeed at first in college and even though I had graduated from high school and moved on, I would still drop down to visit Mr. Wales after class. My first semester at University of Lowell was tough. But Mr Wales encouraged me to look past the numbers (3 women in a class of 800 male engineering students) and to push on. I eventually regained my footing and finished college. I think of Mr Wales from time to time, I think how fortunate I was to have known him and to have been one of his students. Thank you Mr. Wales, it has been a pleasure and an honor to know you sir. Regards, Nancy Petrocelli RMHS Class of 1979 BS Mathematics - University of Lowell BS Fire Protection Engineering – University of Maryland MS Fire Protection Engineering – University of Maryland
Paul Kelley October 12, 2011 at 05:10 pm
Rev. Jean Russo-Parks was an admirable and inspiring woman whom I came to know while working withRead More DASC on diversity issues.
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