Richardson is the 43rd recipient of the Award, which recognizes individuals who have made “above and beyond” service to the towns of Wolfeboro and/or Tuftonboro or its residents.
Shirley moved to Wolfeboro from up state New York in 1965 when her husband Bob accepted a faculty position at Brewster Academy; nine years later Shirley also joined the Brewster faculty. While Shirley was busy impacting countless students’ lives as Dean of College Placement, she still found time to share her talents, spirit, and ideas to serve the community.
Shirley has been very active for Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice having served on the Board of Directors for many years. She founded the Hospice Tree of Memories, a major celebration each Christmas honoring loved ones. It began with one fir tree in front of Huggins Hospital and is now celebrated in five surrounding communities. Shirley has been a long time organizer and leader for the Hospice Home & Garden House Tour as well.
Music is a major part of Shirley’s life, and she serves on the Wolfeboro Friends of Music Board of Directors as Vice President of Programming. In addition, Shirley is also a member of the Wolfeboro Garden Club and the Hikers’ organization. She has taught Sunday School at the First Congregational Church and was president of the Wolfeboro Co-operative Nursery School and Kindergarten where she started the very first Ski and Skate Swap, predecessor of the annual expanded Ski and Skate Sale. Later she was co-president of Carpenter School PTA.
For a time, Shirley served as a board member of the New Hampshire Charitable Trust. One of her most continuing commitments to our community is her dedication to the Huggins Hospital Street Fair where she has served for 45 years as chairperson of the Book Tent.
Although she retired from Brewster in 2004, Shirley continues to be involved in campus traditions. Following seven years of research in the archives, interviewing, and writing, in 2011 Shirley and her husband Robert published The Brewster Story: the Definitive History of Brewster Academy which weaves the rich history of the Academy and the town’s partnership beginning with the time when the Indians first settled in the Wolfeboro area. A second printing of the book is in the works.
The Wolfeboro Lions Club would like to invite the public to celebrate Shirley Richardson as its 2016 Citizen of the Year recipient at the Award Dinner on Tuesday, March 28 at the Wolfeboro Inn. The festivities will begin at 6 p.m. and the cost is $27 per person. Make your reservation by sending your payment made out to the Wolfeboro Lions Club to Wolfeboro Citizen of the Year, P.O. Box 325, Wolfeboro, NH 03894 by March 25.