Yard Boss: “We are doing nothing wrong!”

For several months, the Mattapoisett Conservation Commission has attempted to find a way to control unauthorized water taking from the Mattapoisett River by local landscaper Yard Boss. During the November 23 meeting, the commission invited both Vincent Furtado, Department of Public Works superintendent of the Town of Fairhaven, and Yard Boss owner Todd Rodrigues to discuss the matter.

Conservation Commission Chairman Bob Rogers asked Furtado to come forward and explain his attendance at the meeting. Furtado said that in 2014, his office received notification that Rodrigues was drawing water from the Mattapoisett River at the station located on River Road, a property owned by the Town of Fairhaven. He said letters were sent from his office and also from an attorney working with the Mattapoisett River Valley Water Protection Advisory Committee asking Rodrigues to cease taking water. Yard Boss never responded.

According to Furtado, Rochester eventually got Rodrigues to file for a permit to take water from Snipatuit Pond and Wolf Island Road after he was found taking water at those locations.

Furtado said the actions of Rodrigues had been the impetus for the MRVWPAC’s writing water protection bylaws that will be presented at town meetings in 2016 at the four towns affected: Fairhaven, Mattapoisett, Marion, and Rochester.

“There is nothing we can do but ask for your help,” Furtado told Rogers, “…maybe install a sign ‘no water withdrawal.’”

Rogers then invited Rodrigues to join them at the conference table. Rogers started the conversation by saying, “You have a relationship with The Bay Club. They have a water reservoir that is non-jurisdictional; with their permission, you can draw water there.”

Rodrigues was then offered an opportunity to explain his actions. He told the commissioners that 10 years ago he had received verbal approval from Carlos Nicolosi, a previous Conservation Commission chairman.

“He said he didn’t have a problem with it expect during herring season,” Rodrigues claimed. He also said that he eventually received a permit from Rochester.

To further demonstrate his due diligence, Rodrigues said he had been in contact with the Mattapoisett Police Department, the local environmental police, and the Department of Environmental Protection. He claimed that the DEP had no problem with his equipment or the water withdrawals.

“I received verbal approval,” said Rodrigues. “We are not doing any harm to the environment. We are doing nothing wrong!”

Rodrigues then criticized what he dubbed “an unprofessional approach” by the commissioners saying, “When do we communicate through The Wanderer? You have crossed the line.” He told Rogers, “Your lack of research is appalling!”

Rogers responded, “Every place that you withdraw water you need a permit.” He told Rodrigues that a permit could be issued if the landowner gave permission and the town issued a permit.

Rodrigues continued to defend himself.

“Your previous board allowed it, a verbal permission,” stated Rodrigues. “Don’t paint me as the bad guy.”

Rogers reiterated, “You don’t have permission of the landowner and you don’t have a permit.”

Rodrigues then took umbrage to Rogers having called Rodrigues “shameless” during a previous meeting, so much so that Rodrigues angrily told him, “You are going to see shameless, Bob!” Then he exited the meeting.

Rogers thanked Furtado for attending the meeting before moving on through the agenda.

Other business handled was the approval of four Requests for Determination of Applicability. Those were granted to Brian Martin, 16 Oliver Street, to replace a deck; Andrew Perkins, 11 King Phillips Road, to replace a concrete foundation; Walter and Linda Truax, 23 Angelica Avenue, for the construction of a shed; and Prentiss and Mary Higgins, 7 Shipyard Lane, for an addition to an existing garage. An application from William Farran, Angelica Avenue, also for a RDA, was continued to give the applicant additional time to gather environmental details.

Conrad and Janice Roy, 56 Ocean Drive, were issued an after-the-fact Notice of Intent for a piling they installed for a beach pulley system for their watercraft.

Certificates of Compliance were issued to Margot Kalkanis, 12 West Hill Road; Liam McBrien, 7 Bay View Road; and Myron and Marilyn Mazer, 7 Holly Woods Road.

Conservation Agent Liz Leidhold shared during her report that Leisure Shores Marina had completed the replacement of floats in compliance with the commission request.

Commissioner Peter Newton said, “I am very pleased how they ultimately responded.” Leidhold said the DEP was working with the marina on marshland clean up which is ongoing.

On a lighter note, the commission agreed to let the selectmen know they were in favor of accepting a land gift from Jeanne Downey for property located off Mattapoisett Neck Road near the entrance to the bike path.

The next meeting of the Mattapoisett Conservation Commission is scheduled for December 14 at 6:30 pm in the Mattapoisett Town Hall conference room.

By Marilou Newell


Rochester Fire Buys New Ladder Truck

Rochester Fire Chief Scott Weigel presented the town’s new ladder truck to the Board of Selectmen on November 23, nearly two years after Town Meeting approved the appropriation of $75,000 to buy the used engine.

Weigel said he had had his eye on this particular truck for some time, waiting for a chance to make a bid to purchase it at a cost of $85,000, with $10,000 coming from a separate fund.

The chief had to travel to New York to retrieve the truck, which has 21,000 miles on it, 795 hours of usage, and 300 hours of pump usage time.

“The truck is in beautiful shape,” said Weigel. “It’s like brand new. The truck is immaculate.”

Weigel said he just wanted selectmen to have a first look at what the town spent its money on, and he lauded the town for its success in acquiring the shiny yellow engine.

“The color is going to stay like it is,” said Weigel. “There’s no money in the budget to make it red.”

Selectmen stepped outside to view the truck and gave it a nod.

“Do we think Santa will be able to fit into it?” asked Selectman Naida Parker.

Definitely, replied Weigel.

Also during the meeting, the board appointed Carey Humphrey to the Old Rochester Regional School Committee to fill the seat of former Chairman Jim O’Brien. O’ Brien resigned after accepting a superintendent position in New Bedford.

Planning Board Chairman Arnold Johnson was present when selectmen approved the proposed zoning bylaw changes submitted by the Planning Board. The zoning bylaws now go back to the Planning Board, which was scheduled to hold its public hearing on the matter the following evening.

The town accepted a grant for $42,000 to purchase land in the Haskell Woods area of town. Conservation Agent Laurell Farinon said the land purchase would provide access to existing trails, linking them to surrounding acreage already owned by the Town and the Rochester Land Trust.

Farinon also informed the board that she would be attending a meeting with the Federal Emergency Management Agency to discuss eventual updates to the Cape Cod Watershed FEMA maps. FEMA, said Farinon, is reviewing the maps for accuracy and the Town has been invited to provide input on areas that might be incorrectly labeled as flood plains, or areas that should be designated as flood plains but presently are not.

Town Administrator Michael McCue reported that this has been the best year so far in a long time for tax collection, with $5.5 million of the $5.6 million in tax payments collected before deadline.

“It does wonders for our cash flow,” McCue said. He thanks the Board of Assessors, town staff, and the townspeople for making it happen.

At the end of the meeting, resident Greenwood “Woody” Hartley criticized the board for its handling of the Annual Town Meeting quorum quandary. He said he had hoped those responsible would “fess up” already so the town could move forward.

“It’s being solved the way we are being advised to solve it,” Selectman Brad Morse told him.

The next meeting of the Rochester Board of Selectmen is scheduled for December 7 at 6:30 pm at the Rochester Town Hall.

By Jean Perry


Candy Drive

To the Editor:

Recently, my family collected Halloween candy from local residents to be sent to our soldiers who are overseas. On Veteran’s Day, I helped to sort and package the candy along with my brother and sister and my cousin.

I want to thank Ms. Mirabito and my 6th grade homeroom class at Old Hammondtown School for bringing in candy for this cause. I also want to thank the many local residents who also donated.

Every year since 2012, we have been donating candy to the troops. This year we shipped over 150 pounds of candy! My family enjoys doing this, and we are proud to be part of such a special little town.

Thomas Galavotti, Mattapoisett


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Tri-County Music Association Scholarship Showcase

The Tri-County Music Association presents “Scholarship Showcase 2015” on Friday, November 27 at 7:00 pm in the Lyndon South Auditorium on the campus of Tabor Academy, 85 Spring Street, Marion, MA.

This special concert will feature performances by current and former Tri-County Music Association’s John R. Pandolfi College Scholarship and Summer Study Grant recipients. he TCMA awards over $12,000 annually to music students in Barnstable, Bristol and Plymouth counties of Massachusetts. All proceeds from the concert will benefit the TCMA Scholarship Fund.

The concert will highlight the talents of Travis Bliss, tenor saxophonist from Mattapoisett and student at the New England Conservatory of Music; Maria D’Ambrosia, French horn player from Plymouth and student at the Boston Conservatory of Music; Dan Monte, marimba player from Somerset and student at Ithaca College; Michael Raposo, alto saxophonist from Somerset and student at the Hart School of Music; Cal Heavey vocalist from Marion and student at the University of the Arts; Julianne Fournier, vocalist from North Attleboro; Keegan Marshall-House, pianist from New Bedford; Mia Quinlan, flutist from Mattapoisett and Maxx Wolski, vibraphonist from Mattapoisett. The piano accompanist for the concert will be former TCMA Scholarship recipient Matt Richard of Fairhaven.

Tickets are $20 and may be purchased at The Bookstall in Marion or The Symphony Music Shop in Dartmouth. Any remaining tickets will be sold at the door. Please visit http://tricountysymphonicband.org for more details.

Their Silent Voices

We positioned the floral arrangement at the footstone placed by the local veterans group, put there in memory of my father’s honorable service in World War II.

He, like many thousands of other men and women, returned to his home forever changed, but never ever talked about the experience of war.

Today we understand the importance of being forthcoming with experiences that scar us. Talk therapy along with hundreds of medications are available to help us deal with bad memories, bad days, physical and mental problems, and the necessity of working through problems in order to be free.

But in the 1940s, treatment of mental health problems was in its infancy. And if you were or had been a soldier, you were expected to simply carry on, forget the past, and be productive. Needless to say, while many soldiers did just that, many more suffered for decades.

I recently viewed a POV StoryCorps Short production on PBS. The story was titled Germans in the Woods. It is a confessional piece told by Joseph Robertson, an elderly former serviceman. He was an infantryman in the U.S. Army. He fought in the Battle of the Bulge. His story is heartbreaking, not only for the harsh reality of what it means to kill another human being, but also for the decades long suffering of the victor, Robertson.

Robertson told the story of the cold winter’s night, in the heart of some dark forest far from home in the unforgiving reality of war, when he took the life of a young German soldier. In that split second after the brain sent the signal to the hand to pull the trigger, both young men’s lives would change – one would end, and the other would never be the same. Robertson’s life had changed forever in an instant. The mortally wounded German would not have to try to come to terms with war, but Robinson – he has never stopped trying. Never stopped crying.

Robertson still remembers the vivid scene: the German’s body, blood soaking into the snow and the surreal angelic appearance of “a kid.” That kid has never left Robertson. He says in the film that the dead solider has haunted him ever since. “I wake up crying at night, and I see his sweet face.”

Robertson was in his nineties when he shared his story with the producers of StoryCorps. I wept for him. He had never told his story to anyone, never told of the pain he carried all these decades. Robinson said, “he was like an angel … so young, so beautiful,” a face he would live with the rest of his life and the reliving of killing a kid.

There is a man I know. Richard Pasillas, Sergeant, Screaming Eagles, 101st Airborne Division, U.S. Army. Pasillas was the sole survivor of his all-Latino unit. Today, more than three decades after his service, he is being treated from PTSD.

In 1977 when I knew him, he was simply trying to get on with living. One day, Pasillas said to me, “I don’t know why I’m alive and the others are all dead. Why?” He has struggled ever since he witnessed the demise of his entire unit, but when he first returned home, he went about the business of resuming a civilian life. “We didn’t talk back then,” he recently told me.

We never knew that my father was a Bronze Star recipient. Not until his death. He never talked about his war experiences, not once. He was just ‘one of the boys’ doing his duty and then returning home to pick up where life had been prior to war.

As Thanksgiving draws near, I wish I could hold my father’s hand and once again hear his voice and maybe ask him, “Dad, how did you do it?” How did he come home and simply get on with it? How does a person find the strength to carry on?

If you have people in your family who have served in the military and are with you as you gather around holiday tables, perhaps it’s time to ask them to share their stories. Maybe they are just waiting for you to ask. They are all heroes.

Please tell the people you know whose selflessness included putting their lives on the line for what they believed in – life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness – tell them “thank you” and let their silent voices be heard before the silence is eternal.

By Marilou Newell


Full House for ConCom

It was a crowded session at the November 17 Rochester Conservation Committee meeting. The commission had no less than five public meetings and hearings to attend to and bench space was in short supply.

The meeting opened with a Request for Determination of Applicability filed by Eagle Scout Corbin Blanchard who was seeking permission to reconstruct the Mary’s Pond Beach canoe and cartop boat access on property off of Perry’s Lane. He briefly detailed the process to the committee: reconstruction would include installation of a 4-foot wide asphalt path, two landing areas, and stabilization of the side slopes with riprap underlain by a filter fabric. Siltation control measures would also be implemented. Blanchard also indicated that construction would be done without any adverse effects on the pond. The commission unanimously granted approval.

Commission member Kevin Cassidy lauded Blanchard.

“This is a wonderful idea, and it’s great for the town,” said Cassidy. “I commend you for taking it on and wish you luck with it.”

Property owners Joel and Caitlin Sullivan requested approval to build a new single-family home on their property on High Street. The building construction and associated site work, if approved, would take place within the 100-foot buffer zone of protected wetland areas.

The couple recently received word from the Natural Heritage & Endangered Species Program (NHESP) certifying that endangered species within the buffer zone would not be adversely affected by the site work. The commission unanimously voted to approve the building request, with a requirement to pull a large mulch pile away from the wetland areas and spread it out.

Two applicants requested notice of Resource Area Delineation, as both had previously disagreed with Conservation Commission board members on wetland border marking. The first was Melink Corporation for the property located on Snipatuit Road where it proposes to build a solar farm.

The filing was meant to review and properly confirm 4,000 linear feet of bordering vegetated wetland boundary. Melink submitted revised plans to comply with the commission.

“Some of the borders were moved in order to not miss any wetlands,” said Melink’s representative. “We’ve connected several flagging stations in the revised plans to eliminate flagging stations in between.”

The request was granted with unanimous approval.

The second Resource Area Delineation was filed by Clean Energy Collective, LLC of Worcester for property located at 0 New Bedford Road and 268 Mattapoisett Road, the location of a proposed solar farm.

This filing was to confirm 2,750 linear feet of bordering vegetated wetland boundary. The representatives from Clean Energy indicated that they would be asking for a continuation rather than a direct decision, since they do not yet have a formal site plan. They said they were just looking for some feedback.

They acknowledged that most of the border was not in contention, except for one pocket of land in dispute because the land was not tested properly.

Conservation Agent Laurell Farinon, after walking the border, requested test pits in the contended area be dug, but the pits were dug with an auger rather than a spade shovel, which is incorrect practice.

Farinon remarked, “There is a broad swath in the middle which is wetland, and isn’t yet recognized as such.” She asked for more testing of the contended area. Clean Energy’s request for continuation was unanimously approved.

The last business order of the day was filed by David Vermette of VCORP for property located off of Vaughan Hill Road. Vermette requested approval for the building of a new single-family home with attached garage, driveway, and associated grading and utilities. A portion of the work would take place inside the 100-foot buffer zone to a bordering vegetated wetland.

VCORP representative Corey Medeiros said that siltation measures would be implemented at the property. He acknowledged the difficulty with the property in the past, when former owners had attempted to have building plans there approved.

“We’re open to questions on the wetlands,” said Medeiros. “We’ve spoken to wetland scientists about this.”

Farinon said they could not accept the plans as they currently stood. She requested a more recent perc test – the last one was completed in 2013 – and a re-evaluation by a wetlands scientist. Medeiros agreed, asking for a continuation. “I think we can take care of this in two weeks … hopefully,” he said with a smile. The request for continuance was unanimously approved.

Farinon was also pleased to report to the committee that they had received a $42,000 grant for the Haskell Woods Land Preservation Project. The money will be used to purchase 11 acres of land in the name of the Rochester Land Trust, which would provide public access to the area.

The next Rochester Conservation Committee meeting will be held on December 1 at 7:00 pm at the Rochester Town Hall.

By Andrea Ray


Girls’ Cross Country Runs to State Championship

The Fall Sports season is drawing to a close, but this week’s recap takes a look at the latest results for Old Rochester Regional High School football, the Girls’ Volleyball team, and both Cross Country teams. Most notable is the Girls’ Cross Country’s thrilling state meet victory, the first in school history. They will continue their season at the All-State meet on Saturday, along with freshman Adam Sylvia of the boys’ team, who qualified as an individual.

Football: This Friday, the boys took on Rockland a week after demolishing Case 44-22. Playing in their second consecutive away game, the Bulldogs lost 48-34. Although their offense continued to post stellar results, Rockland’s speed-driven offensive attack and huge second half proved too much for the Bulldogs on Friday night. Sophomore running back Harry Smith recorded 23 carries for 212 yards, three touchdowns (including one on a 69-yard run), and a two-point conversion. Junior quarterback Cam Hamilton threw 20 passes, his most on the season, completing six for 88 yards, two touchdowns, and two interceptions. The receivers on his touchdowns were junior tight end Grant Reuter (7 yards) and senior running back Darien Dumond (33 yards). Hamilton also ran 10 times for 46 yards and added a two-point conversion. Their next game will be the classic Thanksgiving matchup against Apponequet, whom they lost to 20-15 back in September. The game will be at home on Thursday, November 26 at 10:00 am.

            BoysCross Country: The team’s top seven runners got the chance to compete at the D-5 state meet after a two-week break. The meet was hosted on Saturday amidst windy, cold conditions at the hilly Wrentham Development Center course. The team placed ninth, meeting lofty expectation thanks to several strong performances. Freshman Adam Sylvia (17:53), junior James Goulart (18:09), senior Jared Wheeler (18:20), and freshman Geoffrey Noonan (18:33) led the way as the youth-driven team made a strong showing. Sylvia will go on to represent the team as an individual at this Saturday’s All-State Meet at Stanley Park in Westfield.

            Girls’ Cross Country: The Lady Bulldogs’ varsity runners competed for a championship at the D-5 state meet on Saturday after a nice rest period. Running at the Wrentham Development Center, the girls edged the Hamilton-Wenham Generals 64-77, as they placed four runners amongst the top 14. The win gave Coaches Cindy and Bill Tilden their first state championship for Girls’ Cross Country. Senior Madeline Meyer (19:47), senior Nina Bourgeois (19:56), sophomore Madisen Martin (20:03), sophomore Madeline Scheub (20:10), and junior Avery Nugent (20:37) were the scoring runners in the phenomenal performance, made even more impressive by the harsh conditions and violent wind. This Saturday, they’ll go back to Stanley Park in Westfield to run in the All-State Meet.

            Volleyball: Monday’s game against Notre Dame Academy was perhaps the biggest game for ORR volleyball in a decade. Coming off Thursday night’s huge win over Hingham, the Lady Bulldogs were looking to score a huge victory on Monday evening. Despite a valiant effort, the girls fell short to the powerful Notre Dame, who won on three consecutive sets, 25-12, 25-14, and 25-7. The Lady Bulldogs were aided by the strong play of senior Haley Agiuar, who recorded 15 digs. Overall, it was a tough loss, but a crucial and successful season for the team. Seven seniors played in their final game on Monday and many of them, including Agiuar, Hayli Marshall, Zoe Smith, Michaelah Nunes, and Olivia Bellefeuille, were the team’s leaders and biggest contributors. Congratulations to coach Matthew Bisso for guiding the girls to their first playoff victory in eight years and setting the team up well for the future. Notable returning players include junior Emma Collings.

Below are the overall fall team records, followed by the conference records in wins, losses, and ties as of November 15.

Boys’ Cross Country: (6-1-0)(6-1-0); Girls’ Cross Country: (7-0-0)(7-0-0); Golf: (17-1-0)(16-0-0); Football: (4-6-0)(4-4-0); Volleyball: (13-11-0)(8-9-0); Field Hockey: (9-7-4)(8-2-4); Boys’ Soccer: (9-11-2)(8-8-2); Girls’ Soccer: (10-9-2)(9-6-1).

By Patrick Briand


Free Movie: Last Tuesday of the Month

Danny Collins (R, 106 min.) will be shown at the Mattapoisett CoA Senior Center, Center School, 17 Barstow Street, on Tuesday, November 24 at 12:00 noon. The free movie is sponsored by the Friends of the Mattapoisett CoA.

Danny Collins, an aging 1970s rocker, can’t give up his hard-living ways. But when his manager uncovers a 40 year-old undelivered letter written to him by John Lennon, he decides to change course and embarks on a heartfelt journey to rediscover his family, find true love, and begin a second act.

You get two pizza slices for only $2 prepaid. Pay for your pizza at the CoA Senior Center by Monday, November 23. Also call the Senior Center at 508-758-4110 to reserve your seat – we need know how many chairs to set up.

Disconnect Between Cell Company, Rochester ZBA

Representatives of Bell Mobile Atlantic, on behalf of Verizon, asked the Rochester Zoning Board of Appeals once again on November 12 to overturn an earlier decision made by the building commissioner to deny a building permit that would add 12 new cellular antennas to an existing tower off of Cranberry Highway. The denial means that Bell needs to request a site plan review from the Rochester Planning Board, something that Bell feels will take too long a time considering the encroaching winter and the time already spent discussing the proposals.

The overturn request was discussed at an earlier ZBA meeting, but the ZBA opted to continue the matter into November, citing discomfort with the proposed plans.

“We’re going to hear more about how high our Verizon bills are?” board member Jeffrey Costa jokingly inquired of fellow board member Kirby Gilmore.

“They’ll tell you the only reason they’re so high is because we need so many town meetings to sort this out,” Gilmore replied.

Attorney Victor Manougian clarified that Bell’s plans hadn’t changed at all.

“We’re trying to work with the town to comply with what the building commissioner says we need to do,” said Manougian. “We want to move forward now. We’re asking you to overturn the process only in this instance. It should not become a normal model for future companies.”

“So if we don’t approve this, they need to go to a site plan?” board member David Arancio asked.

Planning Board Chairman Arnold Johnson sat in on the meeting and offered up clarity on the matter.

“They have two choices. They can appeal in federal court, or they can wait on the Planning Board and submit a site plan review,” Johnson explained. “They chose to subvert the process, hoping it would be faster than using a site plan.” Johnson pointed out that Bell had submitted site plan reviews elsewhere.

“A quick Google search showed me eight towns where Bell has applied for a special exemption grant: Harvard, Oxford, Wilmington, Newton, Concord,” he said, ticking town examples off. “All included a site plan review and a Special Permit request. It’s not an uncommon thing.”

The ZBA questioned, if Bell was attempting to move things along quickly, why had they not filed a site plan review application until October 14?

“That was my own fault,” said Manougian. “It seemed to me that you can’t file a site review until you’ve had an informal meeting and you know what the check amount will be. The month delay was me, but I still feel that we are eligible for exemption.”

This did not ring true with Johnson, who pointed out that for many of the other towns with which Bell had filed, they had submitted a site plan review application alongside the initial building permit request.

“What I am most concerned about,” continued Johnson, “is that if someone is trying to subvert the process and the Zoning Board agrees, everyone else in the future will take the same shot. It is the view of the Planning Board that Bell is not exempt.”

Arancio agreed. “We have objectives which need to be followed.”

The board voted for a unanimous denial of Bell’s exemption request. Gilmore said, “I could go either way. I think ultimately that I’ll take my advice from the town counsel. It shouldn’t have to be this way, but it is. I like to get things done fast, but in this instance I move towards the process we have, which requires a site plan.”

Bell will now be forced to either file a federal appeal or undergo a site plan review with the Rochester Planning Board.

The next meeting of the Rochester Zoning Board of Appeals is scheduled for December 10 at 7:00 pm at the Rochester Town Hall.

By Andrea Ray


Robert I. Wing

Robert I. Wing, 86, of Marion, died Sunday, November 22, 2015 at Tobey Hospital in Wareham. He was the husband of Joan C. (Dougall) Wing. They had been married for 60 years.

Born in Arlington, he was the son of the late Irving & Julia (Goss) Wing. A previous resident of Bourne, he moved to Marion in 1956. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War and served from 1953 to 1955. After his military service, Mr. Wing started his career as a truck driver and quickly worked to own and operate his own trucking company, eventually becoming a consultant in the bulk transportation field.

Mr. Wing was a member and 4 time Past Master of Pythagorean Lodge A.F. & A.M. in Marion, a member of Union Lodge, Nantucket and Independence Lodge, Malden. He also served as District Deputy Grand Master of Nantucket 31st Masonic District and was Grand Lodge representative of Massachusetts to Brazil.

Mr. Wing was also awarded the Joseph Warren Distinguished Service Medal, Lodge Ambassador, 50 year Past Master certificate, Veterans Medal and was a member of the Shriners. He also was advisor for DeMolay and received the DeMolay Legion of Honor award. Mr. Wing was also a member of the Marion V.F.W. Benjamin D. Cushing Post 2425. He was also Past President of Wankinquoah Rod and Gun Club and was an Eagle Scout.

He travelled extensively throughout the U.S. and Europe on ski vacations, enjoyed gardening, Patriots football and reading. Mr. Wing was also a model train enthusiast and collected “N” scale model trains.

The Wing family would like to extend their sincere thanks to Bob’s Masonic friends for their support during this difficult time.

Survivors include his wife; his children, Bonnie LaMotange of Beverly, Linda J. Ward of Wareham; Robert D. Wing, Deborah J. Thompson and Patricia R. Rowley all of Marion; 9 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren. He was predeceased by his sister, the late Phyllis Wing and his brother, the late Alvin Harvey Wing.

He will be remembered as a loving husband and family man.

A graveside service will be held on Sunday, November 29, 2015 at Evergreen Cemetery, Converse Rd., Marion at 2 PM. Visiting hours have been omitted.

Donations in his memory may be made to Pythagorean Lodge Angel Fund, P.O. Box 947, Marion, MA 02738. For directions and on-line guestbook visit: www.ccgfuneralhome.com