Patrick and Patricia Forde Good Person Memorial Award
Patrick and Patricia Forde
In 2005, Needham resident and community activist Patrick Forde passed away unexpectedly at the age of 51. Patrick was a person who cared deeply about Needham as well as youth and families. His community involvement included being a Town Meeting member as well as the Commissioner of Trust Funds. Above all, Patrick was best known for being a good person.
In 2018, after four years of bravely fighting breast cancer, Patricia passed away peacefully on her 40th wedding anniversary. Patricia was also a very active member in the Needham community. Patricia made a profound impact when sharing her extensive human resources expertise serving as a member and chair of the Needham Personnel Board for over nineteen years. Patricia was always the first to help Needham graduates in their pursuit of college and career placements, counseling and celebrating them as they made Needham proud. Patricia was also proud to empower females through the Women's Entrepreneur Initiative, mentoring aspiring owners as they launched local businesses for over two decades. Her smile would light up any room and despite her very hectic schedule she always made time for her family, friends, and community.
Establishing the Award
Patrick and Patricia were extremely supportive of the work of the Needham Youth and Family Services and understood the importance of families and of the healthy growth of youth. The award was first started in 2006 by Patricia Forde and Needham Youth and Family Services and was call the Patrick C. Forde Good Personal Memorial Award. After Patricia's death in 2018, the award was renamed the Patrick and Patricia Forde Good Person Memorial Award in an effort to honor both Patrick and Patricia and will be given annually to a Needham resident who embodies their spirits.
Honoring an Outstanding Citizen
This award will recognize an adult in the community who has helped make Needham a better place to live through his/her volunteer work and commitment. The recipient will be a person of high character, a person who has contributed in some significant way to Needham children, youth, and/or families, and a person who has enhanced those with whom they interacted.
Each year a ceremony is held to honor our recipient, and nominations will be accepted for the coming year until December 1st. The recipient of this award must:
- Be a Needham resident
- Be at least 21 years of age
- Not be paid for their work with children, youth, and/or families for which they are being nominated
Nomination forms are available at the Needham Youth Services office in Town Hall or online (PDF). If nominees are not selected after one year but are still engaged in activities to benefit youth, children, and/or families, their nomination will remain active for a second year. Watch the following to learn more about nominating a deserving person
The 2019 Forde Award Ceremony was held on Monday, January 28th at Town Hall Honoring Bill Earl and Peter Mesnik. View the invitation to this event (PDF).
Forde Award Recipients:
- 2019 Bill Earl & Peter Mesnik
Needham Channel's Video 2019
- 2018 Deb Jacob
- 2017 Kathleen Findlen
- 2016 Colleen Schaller
- 2015 Louise Condon
- 2014 Steve Blomberg
- 2013 - Bob Timmerman
- 2012 - Candace W. Chase
- 2011 John Hrones
- 2010 - Bill Dermody
- 2009 - Clyde "Solar Sam" Weihe
- 2008 - Connie Barr
- 2007 - Richard Remnitz