Shirley Richardson is Wolfeboro’s Citizen of the Year

The Wolfeboro Lions Club announced that former Brewster faculty member Shirley Richardson has been selected to receive the Citizen of the Year Award for 2016.

Richardson is the 43rd recipient of the Award, which recognizes individuals who have made “above and beyond” service to the towns of Wolfeboro and/or Tuftonboro or its residents.

Shirley moved to Wolfeboro from upstate New York in 1965 when husband Robert accepted a faculty position at Brewster; nine years later Shirley also joined the Brewster faculty. While Shirley was busy raising three daughters, working full time, and positively impacting countless student lives first as a teacher and then as Dean of College Placement, she still found time to share her talents, spirit, and ideas to serve the Wolfeboro community.

She is active with Hospice, having served on the board of directors for many years, and she founded the Hospice Tree of Memories, a major celebration each Christmas honoring loved ones. It began with one fir tree in front of Huggins Hospital and is now celebrated in five surrounding communities. Shirley has been a long-time organizer and leader for the Hospice Home & Garden House Tour, which raises funds for the Hospice organization.

Music is a major part of Shirley’s life, and she serves on the Wolfeboro Friends of Music Board of Directors as vice president of programming. In addition, Shirley also is a member of the Wolfeboro Garden Club and the Hikers’ Organization. She has taught Sunday School at the First Congregational Church and was president of the Wolfeboro Co-operative Nursery School and kindergarten where she started the first Ski and Skate Swap, predecessor to the annual expanded Ski and Skate Sale. Later she was co-president of Carpenter School PTA.

For a time, Shirley served as a board member of the New Hampshire Charitable Trust. One of her most continuing commitments to the Wolfeboro community is her dedication to the Huggins Hospital Street Fair where she has served for 45 years as chairperson of the book tent.

Although she retired from Brewster in 2004, Shirley continues to be involved with the Academy. Shirley continues to carry on campus traditions, and can be seen each year, early December, flagging down unsuspecting students to help hang wreaths on campus doors that face South Main Street, making sure Brewster is a welcoming presence to all who travel the main thoroughfare of Wolfeboro.

Following seven years of research, interviewing, and writing, in 2011 Shirley and Bob published The Brewster Story: A Definitive History of Brewster Academy, which weaves the rich history of the Academy and the town’s partnership beginning with the time when the Abnaki tribe first settled in the Wolfeboro area. A second printing of the book is in the works. She continues to assist the Communications Office with writing projects and is a member of the school’s archives committee.

The Wolfeboro Lions Club invites the public to celebrate Shirley Richardson as its 2016 Citizen of the Year Award Dinner on Tuesday, March 28, at the Wolfeboro Inn. Festivities begin at 6 p.m. and the cost is $27 per person. Make your reservation by sending your payment made out to the Wolfeboro Lions Club to Wolfeboro Citizen of the Year, P.O. Box 325, Wolfeboro, NH 03894 by March 25.

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