Comeau named Blue Hills Civic’s Citizen of the Year

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The Blue Hills Civic Association is proud to announce the recipient of its 34th annual Dr. Richard J. Elkort Citizen of the Year Award. This year’s award goes to George T. Comeau, Esq., a lifelong Canton resident with an impressive track record of public service and civic engagement.

George Comeau

George Comeau

Comeau began his civic work at the age of 16 with an appointment as an associate member of the Canton Historical Commission. He received a full appointment two years later, and he has served on that commission for almost 35 years. He also served for 11 years on the Canton Planning Board, for 18 years as Canton’s voice on the MBTA Advisory Board, and for the last 18 years as a trustee of the Canton Public Library (1999 to present). Additionally, he served as the chairman of the Building Committee for the 2003 library expansion that was completed on time and on budget. Today, he serves as a member of the Community Preservation Committee and is an active voice for the Community Preservation Act. He was appointed a fellow of the Massachusetts Historical Society in 2008.

With a passion for local history, Comeau is currently the curator and a vice president of the Canton Historical Society and author of “True Tales from Canton’s Past,” a popular history column that is published bimonthly in the Canton Citizen. He has written over 130 essays on local history and directed and produced Grave Intentions — a series of vignettes that were performed live at the Canton Corner Cemetery. He is also an active preservationist and has worked to have the Canton Viaduct and Canton Junction placed on the National Register of Historic Places while serving as a leading voice for the preservation of the 300-year-old David Tilden House. Several years ago, he worked with others to raise the flag when the Paul Revere & Sons Rolling Mill faced almost certain destruction. Today, he serves on the committee planning the Paul Revere Heritage Site.

In addition to his civic involvement in the town of Canton, Comeau also serves the commonwealth of Massachusetts in his capacity as commissioner of public libraries. First appointed to the MBLC by Governor Mitt Romney in 2004 and reappointed by Governor Deval Patrick in 2007 and again in 2013, he served as board chair from 2009 through 2011. Comeau also served as an advisory board member of the Massachusetts Audubon Society and is a supporter of the sanctuary site here in Canton.

Comeau is currently the marketing and brand activation manager of the Downtown Boston Business Improvement District. He is also a corporate television producer with a roster of clients that includes major universities and Fortune 500 companies. He maintains a private law practice in Canton and previously was an administrator at Suffolk University for 26 years as well as an adjunct faculty member.

Comeau has both a BS and a MPA from Suffolk University, as well as his JD from Suffolk University Law School. He is married to Patricia McDermott, a native of Chicago. Together, they travel, collect a variety of cool things, and enjoy spending time with their family.

Please join the Blue Hills Civic Association in honoring George Comeau and his longstanding commitment to the Canton community. The association’s annual Citizen of the Year event will take place on Monday, September 25, at the Canton Town Club at 300 Bailey Street. Social hour starts at 6:30 p.m., followed by dinner catered by Fasano’s at 7:15 p.m. There will also be a cash bar and a silent auction to benefit the BHCA’s scholarship fund.

Tickets are $30 per person and the reservation deadline is September 25. For more information or to purchase tickets, call Peg Keddy at 781-828-1342 or Sue Gibbs at 781-821-0484, or send a check to Peg Keddy, 363 York St., Canton, MA 02021.

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