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Dennis J. Mead, former Town of Boston councilman

Dec. 31, 1959 – March 26, 2014

Dennis James Mead, a former Town of Boston councilman, died at home Wednesday after a brief illness. He was 54.

Born in Buffalo, Mr. Mead grew up in Boston and on the Hamburg lake shore. He was a 1978 graduate of St. Francis High School and a 1981 graduate of Canisius College, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration.

He spent several years working at D.J. Mead and Sons, a family-owned paper company in Buffalo, and later continued his career as a sales representative for Sofco Inc. and an account executive for Tequipment Inc.

Most recently, Mr. Mead was a senior project manager for AT&T and a member of the Project Management Institute.

During his 12 years on the Town Board in Boston, he was active on many committees and served as the town’s liaison to the Planning Board, Senior Nutrition Program, Creative Playground and the Boston Chamber of Commerce.

He also served as chairman of the town’s Zoning Board of Appeals.

After Mr. Mead’s retirement from the town board in 2008, Rep. Brian Higgins described him as one of the town’s most revered leaders and said, “There can be no question that his heart lies in his hometown.”

He also was a fourth-degree Knight of Columbus, a member of the Sons of Amvets Post 219, a Free Mason, an Ismailia Shriner and a district committeeman for the Town of Boston Republican Committee. He also served as an adviser to the Margaret E. Mead Endowment at the Burchfield Penney Art Center, established in memory of his mother.

Mr. Mead enjoyed golf, boating, hunting, snowmobiling and working with his mother and siblings on the family’s antique popcorn wagon, a fixture at summer festivals across the region.

His survivors include his wife of 31 years, the former Jeanne Mulhollan; a son, Andrew; three daughters, Kelly, Lori and Courtney; four sisters, Mary Lou, Maureen, Peggy and Nanette; five brothers, Michael, Thomas, Gerald Jr., Edward and Mark; and two grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. today in St. John the Baptist Church, 6898 Boston Cross Road, Boston.

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