FRAMINGHAM – Barry Bograd has lost his battle with cancer.
Bograd died today, January 30, 2018, after a 2 1/2 year battle with the disease.
Bograd was involved in so many aspects of Framingham life. He was a Framingham Parks & Recreation Commissioner and he was seen by many on election nights on the Government Channel, to name just a couple.
“It was with a very sad heart that I heard today of the passing of Barry Bograd. My sincere condolences go out to Barry’s wife and family. Barry and I served together as Framingham Parks and Recreation Commissioners for many years,” said Joan Rastani. “We became good friends and as colleagues, worked on many projects together. You could always count on Barry. If he said he’d be somewhere, he was there. If he said he would do something for you, he’d do it. We spent many an evening at various committee meetings (FinCom, Capital Budget, Ways & Means, etc.), as well as at many Town Meetings, convincing folks to support our motions for Framingham’s Parks, Beaches, Athletic Fields, Loring Arena, and seeking support for improvements to existing facilities such as the Bowditch Complex, CushingPark, and the Merchant Road Soccer Fields. It wasn’t all work and no play though. We also had the privilege of holding both the Stanley Cup and the World Series Trophy, won by Boston’s own Bruins and Red Sox. We’ll all miss you Barry!”
Bograd was a recipient of the Salue to Framingham in 1997, and co-hosted the event for many years. His last year as co-host was 2015.
““I met Barry when I was 17 years-old and we were both producing programming for Framingham Cablevision. I have also had the privilege of working with him on a variety of community projects since then. He was always kind, caring and thoughtful,” said City Councilor Cheryl Tully Stoll. “His volunteer activities included serving as a Parks Commissioner, sports coach, television host and the master of ceremonies for the Salute to Framingham celebration for years. He loved his family and he loved our community. When Barry volunteered for something, he put his heart into it and added great value to the endeavor. If you were lucky enough to be a friend of Barry’s, you were always a friend of Barry’s. I was very lucky.”
“Barry was just a unique guy. He was a very successful, yet so humble, self made man. He was a great story teller. Whether it was about how he qualified on the shooting range in the armed forces, or the events leading up to his heart surgery, he told these elaborate stories in the most self deprecating and humorous way,” said Framingham City Councilor and former Framingham Town Manager George King. “He was a guy who you just liked being around. He was a loyal and honest friend and I will miss his counsel and presence greatly.”
““Barry’s contribution over many decades to the youth and civic discourse of our community has made Framingham a better place,” said former State Representative and Selectmen Chair John Stefanini. “I had the pleasure of collaborating with Barry, his dear friend former Auditor Joe DeNucci, and others on numerous community enrichment projects like the Salute to Framingham, cable shows, special events, park improvements, and youth programming. He always brought energy, enthusiasm and professionalism to each. I was proud to know him and call him a friend.”
“I called Barry Bograd a few years ago the first time I was thinking about running for school committee,” said former School Committee Chair Heather Connolly. “His name had been given to me by my friend Kathy Hauck as someone I should get to know if I was serious about running. We had never met before, but right away he was friendly, warm and welcoming. He quickly became my mentor. Of all things regarding town politics, I learned from Barry. He taught me how to assemble a campaign team, how to be a good candidate and a good representative of the people of Framingham. Most importantly, he helped me make the tough decisions. Barry became a great friend. I talked to him sometimes for hours often times nothing to do with politics. I am so fortunate to have known him and I only wish I had met him years earlier. My heart goes out to Elaine and his family. Rest in peace Barry- you will be missed tremendously!”
One of Barry’s closest friends in town was City Council Chair Dennis Giombetti, who co-hosted with Bograd on his election night television specials on the Government Channel. He said he loved him like a brother.
Source will post his services when they are available.