2017-01-05 / Front Page

Statement from Andree Belisle, former owner of The Millbury-Sutton Chronicle

Dear Tom:

Who knew that when you wrote your resolutions for 2017 in the Dec. 28 edition of the Millbury-Sutton Chronicle that they would become your legacy. Certainly not your beloved Judy, not your loving and caring daughters, not your precious grandchild. Who could have predicted that you would not be in your classroom on Jan. 3, sharing your love for the English language just as you had been for many years now.

And who could have guessed that the passionate, insightful voice of the Millbury-Sutton Chronicle would no longer be available to prod every single local official to stand up for the best interests of the towns they were elected to represent.

Tom Reilly may have had his critics, but no one could fault him for the sincerity with which he voiced his criticisms by the written word. He never sought fame for his work, never complained about the endless meetings he covered over the years, never wrote with the intent to hurt or malign anyone.

No, Tom covered meeting after meeting, wrote column after column with only one purpose: to keep the citizens of Millbury and Sutton informed about issues that many would have preferred were tucked under the cloak of secrecy. Many of his columns were ablaze with hotly contested issues on which only he had the courage to offer an opinion or a solution.

Oh yes, Tom might have ruffled more than just a few feathers every now and then, but you can be sure that in doing so he managed to unsettle the complacent.

Dear friend and colleague, you will be missed more than you could ever have known, not only by family and friends, but by all who seek the truth as you did, with a steadfastness that will be your true legacy.

Andreé Belisle

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