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John Stockbridge '61


2023 began as a good year. My work as Bedford Town Historian, and the activity that my wife and I devoted to local nature conservation boards and clubs has kept us busy. As a family, we were three generations all healthy. Then on Good Friday we received a call that one of our grandsons had died in a tragic accident near his home in Switzerland. He was 20 years of age, and a sophomore at Durham University in England. A large gathering of friends and family traveled to Switzerland for a very moving memorial service. A clear message came out of the service, that of gratitude … gratitude for having known and lived with our grandson. It was very powerful and helped reduce the feelings of pain and sorrow. It also allowed us to share a broader sense of gratitude for the positive events in our lives. For me, Gilman School and the Class of ’61 were clearly on the list.


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