Congratulations to Beverly and Bill Linnane, the 2023 recipients of the Good Scout Award!
The Good Scout Award is bestowed upon individuals who have demonstrated integrity and genuine concern for others in both their professional and personal lives.
The recipients need not have been in Scouts, but must carry the “Spirit of Scouting” into their adult lives. They are people who have been unselfish in their service to others on an individual and community basis. They seek no return for their service, other than the satisfaction of aiding their fellow citizens, their community, and their nation.
Good Scouts are people who truly capture the respect and imagination of our youth.
BEVERLY AND BILL LINNANE
The Linnanes have strong community ties. They were married in 1965 and built a home in Westborough in 1969. Beverly grew up in Calais, Maine, and Bill is a fourth-generation Westborough resident. Beverly completed the nursing program from the Peter Bent Brigham School of Nursing, now Brigham and Women’s.
Her nursing career took her to both Worcester and Boston, where she specialized in surgical care. Bill is a retired construction management professional, graduating from Westborough High School in 1958 as well as Wentworth Institute and Northeastern University.
During their marriage they managed to continuously find time to volunteer and give back to the community that means so much to them. Beverly served as a leader of the Girl Scout troop of her daughter, Jennifer, and served as a den leader for her son Sean’s Cub Scout Pack. She recalls with fondness the vivid memory of little boys painting birdhouses in her kitchen shortly before Christmas one year – crafting perfect holiday gifts for their families.
She served as a member of the Music Parents Association, the Bay State Park Committee, Greater Boston Knitting Guild, Schoolhouse Quilters of Shrewsbury, Wachusett Rug Hooking Chapter, and past president of the Westborough Garden Club. She has given her time to the residents of Whitney Place, helping them plant and care for indoor gardens as well as beautifying their outdoor courtyard.
During her retirement she established her own business, Rabbit Hollow, crafting handknit items for children.
Bill’s community service began when he was a young man, in 1960 just two years after graduating from high school, and it continues to the present. Bill has served with the Advisory Finance Committee, the Charter Review Committee, and as a trustee of the Westborough Public Library.
Since 1960 through today, Bill has been associated with various town government and community groups.
Bill’s town work has included: Advisory Finance Committee, Charter Review, WPL trustee, and a founding member of the Westborough High School Music Parents. A passionate advocate for young people, he has given generously of his time and talent to the Charlotte Spinney Mentoring Program. Although the program is designed to support students from junior high through high school graduation, he has continued to be involved in the lives of his mentees well beyond the day they donned their WHS cap and gown. He has been involved in Westborough Legends, the Civic Club and Rotary Club. Bill has also served on the Westborough Good Scout Committee.