Marie Louise Kehoe’s Letter of Thanks

I want to thank the more than 200 guests who attended the Gravedigger’s Gala on Friday night at the Endicott Estate to benefit the renovation of the Old Village cemetery. I had a wonderful time, and it looked as if everybody else did too, and that was our objective during the many months of planning that went into the event. I am so grateful to the gala Committee for the hard work and dedication that they unselfishly gave on behalf of a cause that has been close to my heart for many years. To Co-chairs Darcy Lane and Maureen Joyce, thank you for your inspired leadership, and to Jonathon Briggs, Anne Cadigan, Nancy Clement, Tracy Driscoll, Joe Flanagan, Michele Heffernan, Mary Louise Kehoe, Jeannine Lathum, Johanna McBrien, Glenn McGibbon, and Ted Russell, thank you for the many talents that you contributed to the planning of an evening of hair-raising good fun. A special thanks to Jim Bride for his tantalizing video promos at the Community Theater that brought the Gravedigger’s Ghost to life after death, and, of course, to Dedham DPW Director, Joe Flanagan, who has been charged with the daunting task of resurrecting the dead, and whose hard work has made this three-year project possible. Joe’s steady hand has guided the work from the beginning, and is everywhere in evidence throughout the Cemetery, from the handsome Village Avenue entrances, to the newly repaired monuments and headstones.

A delightful surprise during the evening was the presentation by State Representative, Paul McMurtry, and State Senator, Mike Rush of a check for $150,000 from the State to the Dedham Village Preservation Association, Inc., the 501(c)3 that is funding this project. I also want to thank those who contributed in-kind to our success: the New England Patriots, the Calgary Flames, Bellestar Jewelry, Horizon Aviation, Bartlett Tree Experts, Jim Bride, Molly Jackson, Nancy Sargent Howell, the Dedham Community Theater, Murph’s Place, Big Bear, Ron’s Ice Cream, Café Tremezzo, King’s Dining & Entertainment, Boston’s Dreamland Wax Museum, Bostonia Public House, Total Wine, Dr. Anna Vishart, DDS, Horizon Beverage Co., M.S. Walker, Inc., Wegman’s, Photographer, Kerry Hawkins, and the artists who contributed their imaginative decorations to the Gravedigger’s shovels: Carol Haggerty, Peter Reynolds, Diane Gaikazova, Wiley Holton, Liz Boston, Sal D’Antona, and rali Weaver…and, finally to Madame Dar-see, whose imaginative flights of fancy into the future bode good things for Dedham and for the Old Village Cemetery Restoration Project. Thank you all, the work continues, and we look forward to seeing you, again, next year.

Sincerely,

Marie Louise Kehoe, Project Chairman

Photo credit: Kerry Hawkins 

Old Village Cemetery Receives $250,000 from the State

On December 11, 2018, Senator Mike Rush and Representative Paul McMurtry presented a $250,000 check to Marie-Louise Kehoe, former State Representative and Dedham Selectman, and Chairman of the Old Village Cemetery Restoration Committee. “My sincere thanks to Senator Rush, Representative McMurty and Governor Baker for making this happen,” said Chairman Kehoe.

Video: Representative Paul McMurtry: Check Presentation

Video: Senator Mike Rush: Check Presentation

Citing the Old Village Cemetery’s significance and importance to the Town of Dedham, MA. and beyond, both legislators remarked on their enthusiasm for its renovation and improvement. “This Cemetery not only tells a story of Dedham but a story of the United States,” commented Senator Rush, a former U.S. History Teacher. Representative McMurtry added that “When we honor our past, we honor our future.”

Chairman Kehoe said that the much-needed funds are to be applied toward the $1Million goal.

“This puts us at $600,000 raised,” she explained. “The balance of $400,000, which will take additional effort to raise, will go into a perpetual care account to ensure that the Cemetery will never be neglected again.”

Video: Chairman Marie-Louise Kehoe: Check Presentation

The renovation effort will commence in the Spring of 2019 and will take about two years to complete.

Video: Host Jim Bride: Check Presentation

Pictured in above photo: Dedham Visionary Access Corporation Executive Director Donna Greer,  Dedham Town Manager Jim Kern, Representative Paul McMurtry, Chairman Marie-Louise Kehoe, Senator Mike Rush, and Old Village Cemetery Committee Member Ted Russell. 

Gatherings

Marie-Louise Kehoe, Chairman of the Old Village Cemetery Committee, has held three informative gatherings of potential supporters at her home, and Peter Reynolds sponsored a presentation at the Blue Bunny in Dedham Center. Attendees viewed Jim Bride’s moving film about the plight of the Cemetery and the plans to restore it. More fund raising gatherings will be held throughout 2018.