Friday, November 7, 2008
Kenneth L. Bilodeau
A devoted husband, father and grandfather
Kenneth L. Bilodeau, 82, of Carlisle, died of cancer on Wednesday, October 29, at his Carlisle home. He was the beloved husband of 57 years of the late Patricia (Maguire) Bilodeau, who died in February, 2008.
Born in Haverhill on July 19, 1926, he was the son of the late Kenneth J. and Edna May (Pierce) Bilodeau. He attended Groveland schools, graduated from Lowell High School, received a B.A. from Suffolk University in Boston and later attended Boston University Graduate School and Boston State Teachers College.
During World War II, Mr. Bilodeau served in the United States Navy as a Gunners Mate Third Class with the 18th Special Naval Construction Battalion in the Pacific theatre of operations. He was involved in the battles of Pelileau and at San Pedro Bay in the Philippines.
From 1950 until 1986, he served as a teacher and head teacher at The Mildred F. Brazier School in Waltham, part of the Fernald School in the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health System. He retired as principal of the school in 1986. He was past president of the Massachusetts Institutional Teachers Association.
A long-time Carlisle resident, he was the Town’s representative on the Minuteman Regional Vocational Technical School Committee in Lexington from 1971 until 1982 and was one of the original founders of the school.
He was a former coach in the Carlisle Little League, and was a communicant of St. Irene Church in Carlisle.
During his retirement years, he drove the hayride and took care of the horses at Drumlin Farm in Lincoln. He was one of the founders of the Northeast Fjord Horse Association.
Survivors include two sons, John J. Bilodeau of Amesbury and Peter W. Bilodeau of Troy, New Hampshire, four grandchildren, Seth and Sarah Bilodeau and Hana Stickles and Laura Villa, and his brother Douglas P. Bilodeau of South Deerfield. He was also the father of the late Kenneth L. Bilodeau, Jr. and his late wife Melissa (Mosher) Bilodeau.
A graveside service was held on Monday, November 3, at the family burial plot in Green Cemetery. Officiating was Rev. Thomas P. Donohoe, Pastor of St. Irene Church.
Donations in his memory may be made to the charity of one’s choice.
Arrangements were under the care of Dee Funeral Home, Concord. For online guestbook visit www.deefuneralhome.com.
Pumpkin Spectacle winners
The 2008 winners of the 25th annual Gleason Public Library Pumpkin Spectacle are as follows:
Decorated: Jack Kidder
Carved: Landon Nuzum-Clark
Carved: Ellie Kidder
Carved: Ben Kelly
• Four-year-old Carlisle resident Ashley Grant of Patch Meadow Lane received recognition from First Connections recently for all the places she visited this past spring and summer with her “Passport to the Great Outdoors.” The idea of the Passport program was to encourage families to experience nature-based activities in order to learn about the environment. Ashley had her passport stamped at Davis Farmland in Sterling, Drumlin Farm in Lincoln, the Discovery Museum in Acton, the Ecotarium in Worcester, Great Brook Dairy Farm in Carlisle, Chip-in Farm in Bedford and Mystic Aquarium in Connecticut. Ashley picked up her prize in Concord last month, a perennial chrysanthemum to plant in her garden, which she tended all summer. If you have a child under age 4 and would like to receive the free First Connections newsletter with many parent and child activities listed, just email firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Brian M. Walsh of South Street received a Master of Arts degree in Astronomy from Boston University in September.
• Miranda Morrison of Sunset Road, a CCHS senior, was awarded a certificate for superior writing from the National Council of English Teachers. Morrison and Samuel Corrao Clanon of Concord were chosen as juniors from 17,000 high school juniors.
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