Tuesday, March 26, 2013
William E. Reilly III, known as Bill or Billy to his Wayland Public Safety Department co-workers, died March 20 after a short illness.
Bill Reilly, a fixture in Wayland's Public Safety Joint Communications Center for many years, passed away suddenly last week at the age of 53, leaving behind a hole in the department that will be impossible to fill. "What a prolific, colorful individual," said Wally Nutting, a 30-year veteran of Wayland's dispatch center and long-time co-worker of Reilly's. "Billy knew just about everybody. He had the right things to say at the right times. Those things, I'm going to miss." Laughing, Nutting revealed that some of Reilly's co-workers referred to him as Billy Bear "because he was built like a bear." "He's a character unto himself -- nobody like him in the world," Nutting continued. "He had a heart of gold." Wayland Police Chief Robert Irving…
Monday, March 11, 2013
Lisa Valone voices her support of David Gordon Cliff for selectman.
Monday, March 11
Editor's Note: For a full collection of support letters for this candidate, click on his hyperlinked name at the bottom of this letter under "Related Topics." To the Editor, I am writing in support of David Gordon Cliff for Board of Selectman. Gordon has the professional background, concern for our community and positive attitude that Wayland needs. Like most Wayland residents, Gordon and his family moved to Wayland for the quality of home and life that is affordable compared to our peer towns, the quality of our schools and the semi-rural nature of Wayland. Like most Wayland residents, Gordon and his wife Beth have become passionate about Wayland and they both contribute to our community in many ways from their involvement at First …
Thursday, January 31, 2013
A man who called Wayland home for nearly seven decades has died.
Thursday, January 31
James Patrick “Jim” Westcott, 86, died peacefully at his residence surrounded by his loving and devoted family on Monday, Jan. 28, 2013 following a period of declining health. He was born on Aug. 4, 1926 in Natick the son of the late George A. Westcott and Elizabeth (Lynch) Westcott. He was the beloved father of Richard L. Westcott and his wife Katherine “Kay” of Wayland; John P. Westcott and his wife Dianne M. of Alamogordo, NM and Thomas A. Westcott and his wife Janice M. of Wayland and the late Joyce A. Sherman and Joanne C. Hunt. Also survived by his son-in-law Norman R. Sherman of Wayland. Grandfather of 6 grandchildren. Husband of the late Dorothy L. (Norton) Westcott who died in June of 1984. Jim has been a resident of Wayland for …
Monday, January 28, 2013
Longtime Wayland resident spent 20 years serving with the Wayland Fire Department.
Monday, January 28
Courtesy John C. Bryant Funeral Home Paul A. Lyons, Jr., 74, died on Monday, January 21, 2013 with his devoted and loving wife Terry at his side at the Brigham and Womens Hospital in Boston following a period of declining health. He was born in Concord on March 9, 1938 the son of the late Paul A. Lyons, Sr. and Emma G. (Phillips) Lyons. Paul leaves behind his devoted wife and best friend of 44 years Teresa A. “Terry” Lyons of Wayland. He was the brother of the late Jeanne Hall Ferree and Lawrence Lyons. Paul is also survived be several nieces, nephews and close friends. He was known as Papa Paul to his large extended family. He spent his earlier years in Concord and has been a resident of Wayland for over 51 years. He was a graduate of …
Thursday, January 10, 2013
Boston TV icon hosted a children's show in the 1950s-1970s. Do you have any photos from back in the day?
Rex Trailer, a Boston TV icon who had been recovering from pneumonia recently, has died. Trailer hosted “Boomtown,” a children’s show with a Western theme on WBZ-TV from 1956-1974. How did a Western cowboy make his mark in Boston? According to Wikipedia, his corporate overlords gave him a choice of Cleveland or Boston. But he's remembered for more than his cowboy get-up. The Boston Globe wrote in an editorial last year: Kids adored Trailer’s rodeo tricks. But mostly they adored him for his consistent kindness and competence. Trailer was 84. A funeral is being planned, but no date has been set yet, according to his website. Meantime, what are your memories of Rex Trailer? Did you ever meet him or have your picture taken with him? If …
Monday, December 3, 2012
The Neighbor Brigade co-founder and well-known Wayland wife and mother died on Dec. 2.
The family of Pam Washek has scheduled calling hours and funeral services for Washek later this week in Weston. Washek's husband, Kevin, said calling hours will take place Thursday, Dec. 6 from 4 p.m.-8 p.m., and funeral services will take place the next day, Dec. 7, at 10 a.m. Both calling hours and services will take place at St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church in Weston and both are open to the public. Washek passed away Sunday, Dec. 2, after a long battle with cancer. She is well known in Wayland and many other communities for her connection to Neighbor Brigade, an organization she co-founded with her friend Jean Seiden in 2003 as both women were undergoing treatment for cancer. Neighbor Brigade was designed to provide a network of …
Pam Washek died Sunday, Dec. 2.
A wife and mother and volunteering icon has died after a 10-year battle with cancer. Pam Washek, the co-founder of the Wayland Angel Food Network (now the Neighbor Brigade), passed away Dec. 2, according to an obituary published on Boston.com. Today, Wayland's chapter of Neighbor Brigade is just one of more than 30 in the state of Massachusetts. There is also a chapter operating in Nashua, N.H., as the only non-Massachusetts chapter at this time. Washek and fellow Wayland resident Jean Seiden came together in the midst of their individual cancer treatments to found, in 2003, the Wayland Angel Food Network, a group dedicated to organizing neighbors to provide meals for one another in times of need and crisis. According to Washek's message …
Sunday, August 26, 2012
Vote in our Patch Poll on the legacy of Neil Armstrong's historic first steps on the moon.
His family called him "a reluctant American hero,' who was just doing his job. But Neil A. Armstrong, who died Saturday of complications from heart bypass surgery, certainly was a hero. He was just shy of his 39th birthday when he lumbered down the ladder from the Apollo 11 spacecraft and stepped onto the stark lunar landscape on July 20, 1969. "That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind," he said, as Americans around the country watched in awe at the live footage from dark space, so far away. That step fulfilled a challenge President John F. Kennedy issued in the early 1960s —to put a man on the moon by the end of the decade. Armstrong began his career as a Navy fighter pilot and test pilot before being tapped for a highly …
Monday, May 28, 2012
Marina Keegan's memorial service will take place June 2.
Kevin and Tracy Keegan, parents of 22-year-old Marina Evelyn Keegan, will hold a memorial service for their daughter on June 2 at 2 p.m. in Wayland. Marina Keegan was killed Saturday, May 26, when the 1997 Lexus in which she was a passenger was involved in a single-car accident in Dennis, Mass. According to WaylandeNews, the memorial service for Keegan will take place at First Parish in Wayland and the Keegans have issued an invitation to anyone wishing to celebrate the life of their daughter. The Yale Daily News and New York Post both published remembrances of Keegan's life on Sunday. Keegan, who graduated from Yale University just a week ago, was an avid writer who wrote for the Yale Daily News and other publications. "Among the pieces …
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Services for Jim Griffin include visitation on Thursday and a funeral mass on Friday.
Services for longtime Wayland High School Counselor Jim Griffin will take place this week in Cambridge and Winchester. Griffin passed away Sunday at the age of 47 after a battle with pancreatic cancer. Visiting hours are Thursday, Jan. 19 from 4 p.m.-8 p.m. at the Rogers Funeral Home, 380 Cambridge St., in Cambridge. The Funeral Mass will take place Friday, Jan. 20, at 10 a.m. at St. Eulalia Church, 50 Ridge St., in Winchester on Friday, Jan. 20, at 10 a.m. Interment will be at the Calvary Cemetery in Winchester. An email from WHS Principal Pat Tutwiler said students are welcome to attend the mass on Friday, though it will be a regular school day. Any student who wishes to attend certainly may. I ask parents/guardians of students who will …