Needham resident Bob Timmerman was awarded the Patrick C. Forde Good Person Memorial Award at a ceremony in the Needham Public Library on Monday night.
The award is given in honor of community activist Patrick Forde, who died in 2005.
Forde was a Town Meeting member in Needham, as well as the Commissioner of Trust Funds, according to the department of Youth Services.
The award recognizes an adult who helps make Needham a better place through volunteering.
Below is a release from Jon Mattelman, director of Needham Youth Services, about Timmerman’s contributions.
Bob Timmerman is all-Needham all-the-time! He is a lifelong Needham resident, his professional career has been centered in Needham (16 years with Calverts and currently 13 years with Eaton Funeral Home), and his volunteer activities have been on behalf of Needham youth and families. Bob has been involved in this community through his work with the Knights of Columbus as well as with the Needham Coalition for Suicide Prevention. In 2009 he joined the Needham Coalition for Youth Substance Abuse Prevention, and was one of the founding members of “5th Quarter.”
“5th Quarter” sponsors events after Needham High School’s home football games offering youth a fun and safe place in which to congregate. One of the primary goals of this program is to plant the seed that it is acceptable to decide to not be involved with drugs or alcohol. In speaking about the program Bob noted “if we keep even one kid safe, then it is all worth it.” Finishing their third year of programming, “5th Quarter” regularly attracts 250 student per event and in the future will look to expand programming to include events after home basketball games.
Bob and his wife Beth have two children: Robbie, a student at Massasoit College, and Sarah, a junior at Needham High School. Family is very important to Bob, and he credits his mother for instilling in him the importance of volunteering and supporting the community.
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