From James B. Lampke, Executive Director of MMLA
Dear Colleagues, as many of you know from a prior sad email alert from the MMLA, Deirdre Roney, General Counsel to the State Ethics Commission and a great friend and guiding light to local municipal counsel, announced on Facebook, in most brave and moving prose, that she was terminally ill with breast cancer. Many of our members reached out to her in visits, email, cards and just supportive thoughts. It is with further sadness that we let you know that Deirdre did pass away December 17th. Many of you may have already heard this, but we were waiting for further information about arrangements before sending out another email. We know she found great comfort in that outpouring of love and friendship. A memorial service will be held this Thursday, December 28, 2017, 11:00 AM. to 1:00 PM, at the Forsyth Chapel at Forest Hills Cemetery, 95 Forest Hills Avenue, in Jamaica Plain, Boston. [Obituary]
As noted below, the format will be storytelling, mostly with emphasis on stories no one has heard, some of which are quite funny. Participants will be offered the chance to speak, in 5-minute segments, and you are encouraged to. There will be some moments of silence at the end to honor all those who have passed whom participants wish to remember. There will be room for many in a beautiful chapel, and all are welcome, but we are also aware that for many this next week is one of the few times they may meet in their own families.
The family has asked that donations in Deirdre’s name be sent to the Deirdre Roney Memorial Research Fund addressed to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute Development Office, 10 Brookline Place, Brookline, MA 02445. [See Obituary – reprinted from Boston Globe]
MMLA urges you to read the 3 attachments to this message [See Attachments below] which were sent out by her family. As sad as they are, they help remind us of what an amazing woman Deirdre was. They are very moving. Please feel free to share this email with anyone you feel would want to know.
To our dear friend Deirdre, many thanks for being the person you were. In your passing, as in your life, we have learned so much from you and not just about the law. Be in peace. To Deirdre’s family and friends, may her memory be a blessing for her family and friends.