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Historical Society's 37th ANNUAL HARVEST FAIR September 24, 2017

Holliston High Alumni Reunion Classes 1958-72

by Paul Saulnier
October 11, 2016

Upstairs in the Town Hall where these folks attended school dances and rooted for the basketball team, the graduating classes of 1958 through 1972 met to remember and raise funds for the continuation of the rail trail. The final count was 141 preregistered classmates plus a few last minute attendees.

Melissa Ford, above right, who brought back the idea of holding group reunions, checks in Peter Burke (Class of '66). Peter, one of 10 kids in his family, grew up in the house that was the Poor Farm before his parents bought it.

Melissa's committee included Dorothy Kampersal, Susan Frost Bowles, Maryann Engel Sullivan and Faith Lyden Williams. Also helping were Joanne Hulbert, Ron White, Robert Bezzozi and Caroll Intinarelli Damigella. Teachers who attended the reunion were Anne Bernard, Bob O'Regan and Peter Amati.

Graduates filled the hall and it wasn't long before conversation overpowered the music provided by HHS graduate DJ, Jeffrey Hall, below.

Most members of one family in attendance were the Kampersals with six and the Littlefields with five. Other Holliston family groups with several members in attendance included the Burkes, Brockerts, Schofields, Condons, Hamlets, Hines, Serockis and Sullivans.

The evening was begun with a school tradition of the Pledge of Allegiance and singing God Bless America. "We had a moment of respect and silence for our veterans and those classmates who have passed," said Mellisa Ford. "We had lots of really positive comments about the Pledge of Allegiance and singing, in light of the world issues ... beautiful to see," added Melissa.

 

Silent auction items donated by local businesses and graduates along with a 50/50 raffle brought in funds for the rail trail.

Shirley (Hamlet) Chipman crashed the party (graduated after '72)

Above, Dick Chartrand talking with his classmate from 1966- Karen Johnson!

Herb Brockert, above right, kept his Construction Services Company in Holliston.

Tom Haskell, a retired fire chief from Portland Maine, above left, and Richard Finn catch up on old times.

Above, Jimmy Tomasetti and Theresa (Carey) Tomasetti remain Holliston residents.

Mike Rossini, Class of '72, another townie whose family has a long tradition in Holliston.

The committee went to the Holiday Inn Express the next morning to have breakfast with about 25 alumni who stayed there. They decided that they will do this again next year as they think they can find more people now through word of mouth.

Melissa Ford has prepared a master list of those who attended and will make it available to anyone who asks her for it by email (Melissa.Ford@newbalance.com)

 

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Comments (6)

Glad everyone had such a good time! Why did they cut it off at the Class of 72? Was it because no one from 73 was on the committee? I was class of 73 and would have loved seeing old classmates! I will volunteer for the committee for next year representing my class!

- Kathy (Proctor) Quintin | 10/14/16 3:44 AM

It was a great evening. Melissa and the entire committee did a fantastic job. Lots of sharing stories and memories and talking about our children and grandchildren. Looking forward to the next one!

- Ingrid Wade | 10/13/16 2:54 PM

I hate that I missed this. Great to see pictures. So happy to see that everyone had name tags on! Really looking forward to next year. GO class of '66!!!

- Judy Martino | 10/12/16 10:27 AM

It was great to see friends and classmates from 1970!!

- Marie DiSciullo-Naples | 10/11/16 2:24 PM

What a fantastic night catching up with old classmates and friends. Melissa and her crew did an awesome job making sure everything was perfect, from the food to the raffles to the music, to every little detail. I can't wait to do it again next year!

- Norma Kittredge | 10/11/16 12:42 PM

It was a fantastic night! Two people who helped so much and went above and beyond were Vicki Hobson and Susan Bertolino. Thank you!!!

- Susan Frost Bowles | 10/11/16 12:08 PM

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