To the editor of THE EAGLE:

If there is a single person who dedicated his life to the youth of Adams, Cheshire and Savoy, it was Willard "Beaver" Bard who served his community as a youth volunteer and coach for over 56 years. He passed away Jan. 20 at the age of 79.

His leadership and mentorship impacted multiple generations of our community and many of us that volunteer today do so because of his great example. He will be remembered for his passion and dedication to Northern Berkshire County and he was a role model for so many, myself included. You will never be forgotten, Coach!

LT. COL. FRED LORA

Adams

Lieut. Col. Lora is serving with the U.S. Army in Kabul, Afghanistan.