This Day in Norwood History- September 15

Dedication of Veterans Monument

The Norwood Veterans Monument Committee is holding a dedication ceremony for the monument today at noon. The theme of the 20-foot high “Protectors of the American Way” monument depicts our military guarding the American family. The monument will be unveiled on the comer of Washington and Nahatan streets, across from the Norwood Town Hall. Call Betty Kullich, 762-1240.

PROGRAM

10:00 AM Carillon Concert from Memorial Tower
Sally Slade Warner, Carillonneur

11:00 AM Sharon Community Band, Sharon, Massachusetts
Concert Music
Jimbo the Clown
Magic Show

12 NOON Dedication Ceremony
Norwood High School Mustang Marching Band
Thomas Lizotte, Director

Master of Ceremonies Joseph F. Curran
Invocation Very Reverend Nifon Abraham
St. George’s Orthodox Church

Welcome Gary M. Lee, Chairman, Board of Selectmen
Remarks Members of the Board of Selectmen
Senator William Keating
Representative John Rogers
William P. O’Donnell, County Commissioner
Robert A. Dempsey for the Dempsey Family
The Madrigal Singers – Norwood High School
John Weiss, Director


1:00 PM United States Air Force Band of Liberty
Jazz Selections


2:00 PM Tim Quinn & Tara Hill
Irish Music
Academy of Dance Arts
Traditional & Contemporary Dance
Baystatesmen Barbershop Chorus
Traditional Barbershop Songs


4:00 PM AARP Irregulars
Songs from the Senior Set
South Norwood Portuguese Dancers
Portuguese Folk Dancing
For Cryin’ Out Loud
Classic Rock and Top 40 Music


6:00 PM The Westwood Community Swing Band, Westwood, Mass.
Big Band Swing Music
Colonial Boys of Norwood
Fife and Drum


7:00 PM Finale


WALTER J.. DEMPSEY
Bom in Norwood, MA. November 19, 1915, died November 2,1988.

Husband of Eleanor (Carlson) and father of Peter and Robert. Grandfather of Kimberly, Kristen, Jamie, Kate and Patrick.
Public Service As a member of the Board of Selectmen for over 35 years, Walter Dempsey was instrumental in obtaining funds for the Town’s road, water and sewer systems, its electric plant and its public buildings.


He personally negotiated the acquisition of the Ellis Pond and Endean Pond conservation areas and championed the construction of parks and playgrounds throughout the town. He also worked effectively to attract business to the community and to build a stable tax base.

Personal- In his Rolls Royce, Walter chauffeured over 500 brides to their weddings and he personally handed out thousands of balloons to youngsters at parades and events such as today’s dedication of the Bandstand.

Walter Dempsey grew up with an appreciation for band music. His father had played in the Ross Carberry Town Band in Ireland. When Walter was young, he became familiar with the band music that his father played on the family gramophone.

Later, Walter’s enthusiasm for band music led him to champion the Norwood High School music program, the local concert programs and the carillon concerts. On one occasion, he traveled with the High School Band to Europe and he also traveled with the band on trips within this country. At one time, he used his Rolls Royce to chauffeur famous conductor, Arthur Fiedler, to Norwood to make a guest appearance. The summer concert programs at the Town Hall were among his favorite events because they combined music with social interaction that brought the community together.

Each new civic improvement brings a new opportunity to connect the past to the present in ways to bring greater meaning to the future. By dedicating this bandstand to the memory of Walter Dempsey’s service to our community, we are helping to preserve the asset of his example in a way that encourages community participation and takes advantage of and enhances the joy of music.

The following is a list of those who volunteered their services to build the bandstand:

Lawrence Baxter Edward Foley Louis Petrucci
Mark Chubet John Grover Mary Quinn
John Carroll Stephen Frangioso Peter Schock
James Connolly Daniel Hogan Gary Schorer
Arthur Deraney Thomas Lambert Harry Spence
Donald Devine Harold Main Paul Starratt
Daniel Donovan Ronald Maggio Paul Swanson
William Duming James McNulty Jay Trieber
Joseph Fellini Robert O’Brien Matthew Walsh

COMMITTEE MEMBERS

Olga Abdallah Paul Eysie Patrick Mulvehill
Francis Anderson Edward Foley Diane Paquette
Joseph Antonelli Barbara Hohman Stephen Phipps
Victor Babel Edith Honeth William Phipps
John Carroll Carole Jannette Mary Quinn
Bernard Cooper Betty Kullich Paul Soderlund
Ruth Cutler Harold Main Harry Spence
Helen Donohue James McNulty George Thomas
Dolores Elias Gerald Miller

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