Attleboro City Councilors to Hold Moment of Silence for the Late William Bergevine
A special ceremony in memory of William Bergevine is planned for Tuesday night.
Black and purple mourning bunting hung in front of Attleboro City Hall and flags were at half mast Monday in mourning of Attleboro City Councilor William "Bill" Bergevine, 62, who died suddenly at his home Saturday night from a heart attack.
"It is a very sad day in City Hall and many employees have stopped by to offer condolences as Bill was a daily visitor and he will be very missed," City Council Administrator Linda Alger wrote in an email to Attleboro City Councilors.
City Councilors will gather at their regularly scheduled meeting Tuesday night at 7 p.m. as if there was a regular meeting. The meeting will begin with the Pledge of Allegiance followed by a moment of silence for Bergevine. Each chairperson will then cancel their meeting out of respect for Bergevine, according to Alger, and will then call for a committee meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 20.
"When I was first elected, along with Bill, I did not consider Bill Bergevine a freshman councilor, he was somebody I looked up to for his vast wisdom and knowledge," City Councilor Shannon Heagney said. "I apologized to him for calling him so often, but told him I respected his opinion and objectivity. I was just speaking about Bill on Saturday afternoon and how I respected his integrity and (how) I will miss him on the council and but would still call him for his opinion. Then, the next day he was taken from us. It is very sad; a true Attleborian was taken from us."
"Bill Bergevine was the epitome of what a public servant should be," said City Councilor Cherie Felos. "He has been conscientious, thoughtful, and always with an attention to detail. Yet he did not seek public accolades.
"He has been a wonderful example to me and that example is something that I will never forget," Felos added.
Felos said she had the opportunity to work closely with Bergevine on the George Ross for State Representative campaign.
"What impressed me about him was how good he was with the children. We often took volunteers, kids, and went door to door," she said. "He never got annoyed or short of patience. I can't think of him as being gone–it doesn't seem real."