CITIZENS OF THE YEAR
Bridgewater, MA –Under the Grand Sponsorship of Bridgewater Savings Bank, the Rotary Club of the Bridgewaters honored leading citizens of the three towns last evening at the Center at Sachem Rock in East Bridgewater. Nancy Koczla, vice president of Bridgewater Savings Bank, was there to assist with the presentations of the awards.
Mark Linde, president of the club that has been serving the community and the world since 1970, presided over the 19th such event. Honored were Patricia Bradbury of East Bridgewater, Timothy Hay of West Bridgewater, and Peter “The Soupman” Kelleher of Bridgewaters. Robert McCarthy, John DeLano and Esther LeBlanc provided the testimonials for Bradbury, Hay and Keller, respectively.
Patricia Snow Bradbury was born in Bridgewater, Massachusetts to Richard and Mae Snow. She was the eighth of ten children that included 6 boys and 4 girls. Her father died when Pat was 4 years old and, partly, because of that early passing, Mrs. Bradbury grew up in East and West Bridgewater, graduating from West Bridgewater High School in 1952. That class provided her with 27 classmates.
After her first marriage did not work out, she married William Bradbury, an East Bridgewater fire fighter for 32 years. Pat brought four children to the marriage – William (Billy), Patricia (Patty), Paul and Marie, and together they had William III, Steven and Derek. Unfortunately, Bill passed on two years ago, leaving an immense void in the family. Very sadly William III had died three years prior to that.
The founder and proprietor of Pat Snow’s Dance Studio, Bradbury began dancing when she was only 2 years old and she has been dancing up a storm ever since. This has led to Pat’s commitment to “it’s all about the kids” as she later developed her own dance studio and never wanted “even one child to walk out of her studio without being in a class.
She first opened her business in 1958 at the old A & P supermarket building at the corner of Bedford and Central Streets – the A & P logo is still on the entrance sidewalk. From there she moved down a few doors on Central Street to the current location of Capachione School of Dance. In 1963 the Bradbury’s bought her present house, a raised ranch, and moved the studio in the lower level where it still serves hundreds of children. Pat and her daughter Patty direct the school today.
The studio now has about 250 young people currently enrolled in its programs. Although usually girls, there have been a number of boys who have received excellent instruction there.
Mrs. Bradbury has many wonderful memories of the performances of her students and community including community leaders such as Bob McCarthy, who danced the “tap line” with her “show girls “one night. Her students have performed at innumerable shows for many organizations including St. Joseph’s Church and others. One her favorite charities has been the Jimmy Fund, partially due to her mother’s battle with thyroid cancer.
One of Bill Bradbury’s important community commitments was to the Kiwanis Club of East Bridgewater. Patricia, although not a club member, assisted the group in many of its endeavors to serve the town and its citizens, especially its children.
When asked about how she is looking to the future, Patricia Snow Bradbury, who exudes vitality and a humble confidence, declares that she is planning “to keep on truckin’.” She does look forward to getting away for three weeks in January to Aruba with family members.
Pat shares, “that the thing of which I am most proud is my family.” Her home, above the dance studio, is the center of the family with all major holidays celebrated there. She explains that we have had an many as 47 present at times. Mrs. Bradbury, when asked about how the world has changed since her childhood, laments that “there is not enough respect for authority and for other persons.”
The Rotary Club of the Bridgewaters is proud to present Patricia Snow Bradbury as its 2018 Citizen of the Year for East Bridgewater.
Timothy Hay was born to John and Brenda Hay in Fitchburg, Massachusetts on July 30, 1967. He has one younger brother, Kenneth. They grew up in Townsend, Massachusetts where Tim lived until his marriage to Jill in 1992.
They have three adult children – Cameron, Duncan and Maia. Tim good-naturally explains that in 1990 he traveled to Ireland to “find an Irish bride,” and ended up meeting a fellow American, Jill. They married two years later. The family has lived permanently in West Bridgewater since 2000, having previously resided in this community from 1992 until 1994.
Tim Hay began his “civic volunteer service” as an assistant to the Townsend Town Moderator when he was in junior high school. As a youngster in 4-H, he had learned that its motto “To Make the Best Better” was a worthy aim to make part of his young life. Hay asserts that the 4-H emphasis on “Head, Heart, Hands and Health” is an important way to a better world for all.
Some of the community involvement in which Timothy Hay has immersed himself include: the Town of West Bridgewater’s conservation commission that he has served on since 2006, and as chair since 2008; Deacon, Vice President, and since 2014, President of the First Church of West Bridgewater – a combined Congregational-Unitarian parish; and a member of the West Bridgewater Agricultural Commission for the past two years.
In his professional life Hay works as a Massachusetts Certified Horticulturist. Currently the Information Technology System Administrator & Compliance Officer for Bigelow Nurseries in Northboro, Massachusetts, where he has been employed since 1999,.Tim is also a salesperson there, who has continuously increased his customer base as well as designing and staffing trade show booths for many years. Previously he worked as the Nursery Manager at Four Star Farms, also in Northboro (1994-1999); as the manager at Spillane’s Nursery & Landscape in Middleboro (1992-1994), and as Garden Center Manager at Central Mass Garden Center in Lunenburg (1986-1991).
For 8 months in 1991 Timothy Hay served as a delegate to the International Farm Youth Exchange program in Taiwan under the auspices of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. In 2003 he was named Young Nursery Professional of the Year.
When asked of what he is most proud, Tim said, “Other than my family, serving on the conservation commission to assist in assuring that the town’s growth is well-managed as we all look at the big picture.”
The Rotary Club of the Bridgewaters is honored to name Timothy Hay as its 2018 Citizen of the Year for West Bridgewater.
Peter Kelleher was born in Millinocket, Maine to Bartholomew “Bart” and Marjorie (Cowan) Kelleher. He was one of six children, including four sisters – Mary Katherine, Carolyn, Suzanne and Martha, and brother Bartholomew Kelleher III,” also known as Bart.”
Citing that his home town had many economic challenges then as now – “many people are just a paycheck from being on the streets” – Peter feels he was “spoiled” – as his father was an undertaker and the family grew up in the relatively comfortable and secure surroundings of a funeral home.
According to Mr. Kelleher his dad was a “very giving man,” and was “always doing something for everyone,” often having others anonymously drop off envelopes filled with cash in the mailboxes of needy local citizens. This set an early life example of helping others in need.
Attending public schools, Peter Kelleher graduated from Bangor High School in 1979. Soon he went to work at Great Northern Paper Co., where he “did everything” for 6 years. Then he founded Kelleher Applicators Co., which provided painting, roofing and siding services for 10 years. Subsequently he operated a “boiler-room” fund raising center for a business associate, and more recently established a” doggy day care” service in his back yard in Bridgewater, an endeavor he ceased a month ago due to the demands of Soupman activities. He had moved to the Bridgewaters with his life partner Esther eight years ago.
Peter’s life changed forever on May 23, 2016, when his 33-year old son Travis died from an overdose in Bangor. Thinking that had to do something to honor his offspring, Mr. Kelleher last year began by making 32 quarts of “hamburg soup” (tomato soup, chicken, vegetable and some beef ham burg) and taking it to feed homeless men and women in Brockton, Taunton, and then in Boston. The grateful recipients of Kelleher’s thoughtful and generous outreach began calling him “The Soupman” and the rest is history. Last winter, after giving a cold, homeless woman his gloves keep her frigid hands warmer, he realized the clothing was needed as well.
The Soupman put a photo on Facebook, asking for donations, and received a large number of responses including one from the owner of P & L Paintball, who has provided a great deal of support for his and fellow volunteers’ efforts
Now, in addition to providing free food, The Soupman distributes backpacks, clean underwear (especially socks) and foot ware to the homeless. Recently the Lucini transportation company donated a yellow school bus to The Soupman’s 501 c 3 charity. Job Lot has helped fill the bus up with $31,000 worth of donated boots, which will be distributed to the homeless over the next several months.
A new venture being developed within the charitable structure is “Support the Soupman Foods.” It has the goal to achieve profits that can benefit the organization’s services to the homeless in a way similar to what former actor Paul Newman has achieved with his salad dressing line.
The Rotary Cub of the Bridgewaters is pleased to cite Rotary’s motto of “Service Above Self’ as it recognizes Peter Kelleher as its 2018 Citizen of the Year for Bridgewater.
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