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Sudden Death of Attleboro City Councilor Stuns Community

Friends and family are coping with the sudden death of William Bergevine.

Lifelong resident and Attleboro Ward 4 has died.

News of his death from a sudden heart attack Saturday night has shocked friends and colleagues. The Councilor was due to attend his last city council meeting on December 20 where he, and other outgoing councilors, would be recognized for their contribution to the City of Attleboro.

Mayor Kevin Dumas said he was devastated by the news of Bergevine's passing. "Bill gave so much of his time in order to help people," Dumas said. "He will forever be missed by me and many."

"I was stunned when I got the call that Bill had passed away," Attleboro City Council President Frank Cook said. "I remember thinking I must be dreaming this can't be real. "My heart goes out to Claudia (his wife) and the family."

I'm stunned and greatly saddened by the loss of a great friend," City Councilor Kimberly Allard said. "He's an amazing man and friend who will be greatly missed. My heart breaks for Claudia."

Love for the community

Colleagues said that Bergevine was a tremendous colleague and offered so much to the community, which he loved.

"He had a really track record," Cook said. "In terms of city finances he was right on top of things. He really knew the city finances and was integral player in my mind to really improve relationship with the business community and help the council to try to reach out and help businesses."

Bergevine not only served two terms as an Attleboro city councilor, he also served on the Attleboro School Committee and Planning Board.

"My family and I are truly heartsick to hear the news of Councilor  Bergevine's passing," said City Councilor Elect Jonathan Weydt. "Like the good people of Attleboro, we will hold the Bergevine family in our thoughts, prayers and respect their privacy during this grievous time."

Smile to never forget

While Bergevine took his responsibilities as a councilor very seriously, he also had a great sense of humor and was personable, according to Cook. "He had a smile that would light up the room, was very personable and a good story teller. Bill was one of these people who was a wonderful family man and person who really loved the city."

"It is with a heavy heart hearing of Bill's passing this morning," said Audry Fontneau of the Attleboro Animal Shelter. "He was a wonderful man, dedicated and quite funny. He was truly one of the "good ole boys. My heart goes out to Claudia and his family."

Jacqueline L. Romaniecki December 11, 2011 at 09:47 PM
Bill was a terrific friend and colleague. My deepest sympathy to Claudia, Jennifer and his beloved grandchild.
Paul Heroux December 11, 2011 at 11:19 PM
Bill's passing is a real loss for our community. In the short time I knew Bill, I found him to be a honorable person. I wish his family well.
Briana Auclair December 11, 2011 at 11:35 PM
My thoughts and prayers are with his family. As a member of ward 4 and this community, it was wonderful being represented by him and I wish his family well in this hard time. Thank you for all you did Bill, you are going to be missed tremendously.
Gretchen Robinson December 12, 2011 at 02:36 PM
What a tragedy for his family and for the community. My condolences to his family and friends.

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