Sunday May 12, 2013

I wonder how many people, with the same sadness I feel, read in the May 1 Eagle of the passing of Mary Ann Knight. The Pittsfield community has lost another of its finest and best.

Mary Ann was an employee of the city of Pittsfield, making her daily contribution to this city and to all of us at the reference desk at the Berkshire Athenaeum. With the brightest of smiles, gracious, warm, and welcoming to any of us, capable and professional in her work, perfect in her poise and presentation, her goal was only to serve and work and make the library, and therein the city as a whole, a better place.

I wonder as well what it takes to make a community a better place. Is it simply honest and effective elected leaders, good neighbors, concerned citizens, police and fire protection, a prosperous and thriving private sector, the charm and cachet of hometown values, adequate community services, the faith and inspiration of our respective religions, and people caring about people? It’s all of that certainly and so much more that can never be defined or explained but was personified and made perfectly and beautifully real in the wonderful person of Mary Ann Knight, a truly remarkable and rare spirit, now sadly missed, taken too soon and Pittsfield lesser for the loss. Adieu, Mary Ann, adieu.

STEVEN PEASLEE

Pittsfield


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