OBITUARY: Mathias Bryant Bedell, 88

Below is an obituary from Nichols Funeral Home:

WILMINGTON, MA — Mathias Bryant Bedell, fondly known as “Bryant” to his family and friends, of Haverhill, formerly of Wilmington, passed away peacefully on June 12, 2021, at the Boston Medical Center; he was 88 years old.

Bryant was born on December 31, 1932, in Winchester, MA; he was the dear son of the late LeRoy and Vilma (Bryant) Bedell. Bryant was raised and educated in Wilmington and a graduate of Wilmington High School with the Class of 1952.

Following graduation, Bryant, enlisted in the United States Navy on January 27, 1953; he served overseas aboard the USS Salisbury before returning Stateside to California. Bryant was honorably discharged on December 21, 1956, and returned home to his family.

Upon his return from active duty with the Navy, Bryant went to work for his father and the family business, Bedell Brothers Insurance Company located in Wilmington Center. Bryant had a great work ethic, vast knowledge of the insurance industry, wonderful people skills and a great personality; these were all attributes that made him quite successful throughout his career. Bryant along with his brother Bennett took over the family business in 1960 and ran it successfully for many years before retiring.

Bryant had a thirst for knowledge and was well read in many subjects; that along with his love for helping people and involvement is his community led him to sit on the Board of Directors at Mass Bank for over 30 years and the Board of Directors at Winchester Hospital for many years as well. He was a long-time member and Past President of the Wilmington Rotary Club where he had many friends, involved himself in community activities, fundraisers and threw memorable yearly Clam Bakes for the whole club.

In his spare time, Bryant enjoyed reading, traveling, and spending time with his family and friends. Bryant was an all-around “good guy” and will be forever missed by all who loved him.

Bryant was the beloved husband of Bobbie J. (Malcolm) Bedell of Haverhill, devoted father of Ellen Bedell & her husband Ray Dechoretz of South Bristol, ME, Nora Pearson, Andrew Bedell, Michael Bedell & his wife Christine all of Haverhill, stepfather of Steven Puglia of North Reading, Sherry Ohlson of North Reading, and David Puglia of Haverhill. Loving Grampa of Olivia and Evan Pearson, Julia and Peilan Bedell, Courtney and Ryan Puglia, Samantha, and Sara Ohlson. Dear brother of Shirley O’Donnell of Marshfield, Marjorie Spear of Wilmington, Iva Riley of Chico, CA, the late LeRoy “Bennett” Bedell Jr., the late Richard Bedell and the late Vilma Merrill. Bryant is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

At Bryant’s request, his Funeral Services will be private.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Bryant’s memory to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-9959 or to the Wounded Warrior Project, 4899 Belfort Road, Suite 300, Jacksonville, FL 32256.

Mathias Bryant Bedell

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