The school newspaper for Auburn High School, Auburn, Mass.
December, 2019 Volume 28, Number 2
R.I.P. Mr. Ed Bedard
December 19, 2019
Edward Bedard, dedicated veteran teacher of wood technology and architectural design at Auburn High School, passed away on November 29th after a long battle with cancer. He was sixty two years old. He leaves behind his wife and the legion of students whose lives he impacted greatly.
In his memory, we asked his fellow coworkers and students to share a few words.
“Mr. Bedard represented everything a teacher should aspire to be,” said Mr. Benacchio of the History Department. “He was selfless and dedicated himself to his students and his colleagues. There's nothing he wouldn't have done for anybody. I'm a better person for having a chance to get to know him and have him in my life.”
"I would describe him as extremely caring, helpful and an inspiration,” said junior Rachel McGrillen. “He was always willing to go the extra mile to help a student who wasn’t understanding and always crack jokes when we would be stressed with projects. He made each and every class enjoyable. He was a mentor to me and was a role model for me when it came to learning everything about architecture. He helped me love it and find that it was what I wanted to do in life.”
“My favorite memory of him,” Rachel continues, “was when I first met him on my first day of freshman year in Wood Tech 1. There were only two other girls in the class and he commended us for taking the class and said how well we were going to do. He never stopped pushing me to be better and truly making me a better person overall."
Mrs. Dumais of the Foreign Language Department shared a personal remembrance of Mr. Bedard. “My fondest memories of Mr Bedard go back a few years to when we used to ski together with ski club up at Wachusett Mountain,” she said. “I enjoyed so much sharing our passion for skiing together-- racing down the slopes and even more so our chats up at the Black Diamond after a few runs. There are so many things I wish I could say to him now; I wish he knew how much those little moments meant to me. His patience and openness and genuine positivity helped me to grow as a person and as an educator. He showed me how much life is about our perspective. It's about how we manage the things that are thrown our way.”
“Mr. Bedard has impacted me as a person and a teacher,” said Mr. Bergman. “Outside of work, we worked on a few trips together and I got to see him in a different fashion. I have always looked up to Mr. Bedard as a father figure. He is very similar to my dad; he is hardworking, and a blue collar guy. As a teacher, he did impact the way I address my students and the way I do things.”
Senior Nathan Taylor’s comments sum it up best. “Mr. Bedard was hardworking and energetic, never stopping for a moment to make sure we were working to the fullest of our ability. He was an individual who had a warm energy around him. You didn’t want to be sad when you were in his presence, you could be having the worst day and when you spoke to him all of your worries and such just washed away and you were left with a feeling of warmth. Mr. Bedard looked at you like you were a student and a friend and treated you as such. He helped me realize how much I really enjoyed woodworking when he taught me. I remember seeing him most mornings out in the parking lot and greeting him before school. Mr. Bedard I wish I could’ve learned more from you. Thank you for being my teacher.” ●