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Patrick C. Forde Good Person Memorial Award
Patrick 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.

Establishing the Award
Patrick was extremely supportive of the work of the Needham Youth Services (formerly known as the Needham Youth Commission) and understood the importance of families and of the healthy growth of youth. In an effort to honor Mr. Forde, the Patrick C. Forde Good Person Memorial Award has been established by the Needham Youth Commission and will be given annually to a Needham resident who embodies his spirit.

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 November 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. 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.  Click here to watch the following to learn more about nominating a deserving person

  Forde Award Recipients:

For further information about this award or to nominate a person, please contact the Youth Services at 781-455-7500