Who Are Stoneham's Founding Fathers (and Mothers)?

For this week’s Patch Picks, tell us who helped make Stoneham what it is today.

In the spirit of President's Day, we want you to tell us: Who are Stoneham's founding fathers (and mothers)? 

Some people to consider nominating include municipal or school officials who had a positive impact on the community, volunteers for nonprofit organizations, leaders in the business community or a service person helping to keep the town safe.

Please provide the person's full name, job/volunteer title, company/organization and a brief explanation why this individual should be recognized. You can submit your nominee's information either by posting a comment below or emailing mark.ouellette@patch.com, and we'll feature them in Thursday's "Patch Picks" list.

We look forward to seeing your nominations!

Virginia Kilty Connolly February 16, 2012 at 12:37 AM
Patricia Kilty is the quintessential Founding Mother of Stoneham. She was an original member of the Stoneham Redevelopment Cooperation, a non-profit, volunteer organization comprised of Stoneham residents who cared deeply about their town and the desolate landscape that had become Stoneham Square and Main Street. The SRDC ultimately became the original Stoneham Chamber of Commerce, of which Mrs. Kilty was it's first Executive Director, a position she held until her retirement in 1999. Mrs. Kilty was also part of the creative team that developed the very first Town Day and greatly contributed to its growth as a major event over the past 25 years. Mrs. Kilty has remained intimately involved in not only the town's political arena, but in recent years, she has devoted her time to the Stoneham Theatre, currently serving as the Vice Chair of the Board of Directors. Mrs. Kilty and her late husband, Robert, raised all four of their children in Stoneham, and through all their years in the public school system, were heartily engaged in volunteerism. Be it through bake sales for Pop Warner Football games, volunteering in the libraries of the elementary schools their children attended, the Stoneham Chamber of Commerce or Town Day, Mrs. Patricia A. Kilty is the very definition of a Founding Mother of Stoneham, Massachusetts.
Grace McManus February 17, 2012 at 01:17 PM
Pat became involved in Stoneham from the about a month after she moved here. At that time she became a member of the Stoneham League of Women Voters. Here, Pat learned of some of the issues in Stoneham, such as the lack of parking and need for development in the Square, more subsidized housing and the need for better playgounds. Mrs. Kilty took all this knowledge and worked to make it happen. It also should be mentioned that Pat was the chairperson of the first Town Day Committee and continued on the Town Day Committee for many years.I have worked with Pat on many committees. She works hard and long hours as a volunteer and deserves to be nominated as a Founding Mother of Stoneham


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