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Leo J Lydon Memorial Clock Dedicated 10/15/2011

Posted: October 15, 2011     Nancy J Conrad

Leo J Lydon Memorial ClockOn Saturday morning October 15, 2011 the Savin Hill community and stake-holders hosted a dedication ceremony and ribbon cutting for the Honorable Leo J. Lydon Memorial Clock at the Savin Hill MBTA Station.

Speakers included: 
  • Mayor Thomas M. Menino
  • State Senator Jack Hart
  • State Representative Martin J. Walsh
  • Boston City Councilor Maureen Feeney
  • Secretary Richard Davey, MassDOT
  • Curtis Nikitas, Project Manager, MBTA
  • Gerard Lydon, Leo Lydon's brother
A reception at Savin Bar & Kitchen followed immediately after the ceremony.
Leo lived his life by his devotion to faith, family, and friends. He was an active member of the Dorchester community and was a dedicated coach to the youth of Dorchester. He is fondly remembered for his annual family wiffle ball tournament; which was held as a way to bring the family together.

He had a wonderful sense of humor, was witty and animated; as an example, he often referred to himself as the "commissioner". He enjoyed attending Bruins games, and concerts, and spent many hours running with Boston Athletic Club.

He was active in Saint William's Church as a Eucharistic Minister and helped young adults prepare for confirmation. He is survived by four brothers, and three sisters and their spouses. He was warmly considered as the "favorite" uncle to 24 nieces and nephews.

A lifelong Dorchester resident, Leo died suddenly in a car accident in November of 2000. Leo grew up in Savin Hill, graduated from St. William's Grammar School, Don Bosco, UMass Boston and Suffolk Law School. He spent several years practicing law in the Juvenile Courts of Massachusetts and was appointed to the bench in 1999.

He was working as an Associate Justice of the Massachusetts Trial Court assigned to the Norfolk County Juvenile Court at the time of his death.
In 2007, the "Friends of Leo Lydon Committee" was formed to bring the community together to remember a dear friend and to raise funds for a clock for the front of the Savin Hill MBTA station to be named in Leo's memory. The idea expanded to include a brick base for the clock that offered the opportunity to purchase bricks with personal inscriptions.

After four years of hard work by MassDOT, the MBTA and the City of Boston, the clock was installed in early 2011 and now serves as a permanent reminder of Leo and as a new Savin Hill landmark. The Friends of Leo Lydon together with its partners from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and City of Boston are proud and honored to dedicate this new Savin Hill landmark in Leo's honor.

Friends of Leo Lydon Committee Members:
Caroline Cappuccio Deidre Habershaw
Jim Castiola Alison Hanrahan
Carol Chaisson Maureen McQuillen
Joe Chaisson Cathleen McDermott
Joe Costa Dorothea O'Donnell
June Cotter Lanctot Anne Riley

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