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by Karen Pomfred Hubbard

June 12, 2014

To Bobby Blair at the Holliston Reporter

I recently watched the video The Man With The Signs created by Max Esposito.  WOW!  You are a true treasure.
First of all, I want to thank you for your service to our country.  Prior to the video, I wasn’t aware that you had served in our military, let alone in Vietnam.
My memories of you were those of you faithfully delivering our mail to 142 Union Street, day after day, through sun, sleet, rain, and snow.   I marveled at your ability to lug that mailbag around on your shoulder as you walked door to door.  My back aches just thinking about it.  My parents, Betty and Joe Pomfred were very fond of you, and like most others in Holliston, looked forward to seeing you, and receiving their mail each day.

 I left Holliston in June 1975 to join the Navy, and for the next 20 years, enjoyed many different assignments.   I met and married my husband Kevin, a Navy Seabee, and we've been together for almost 36 years now.   I enjoyed great success in the military, and experienced many unique adventures and opportunities that many only dream of. I was assigned to such places as Antigua, West Indies, Bermuda, Hawaii, and Guam.  After my retirement from the Navy in 1995, we continued to move around with my husband's work in Hotel Development.  In late 2009, we moved to Hobe Sound, Florida, where we now reside.
As I watched the video, I was amazed and humbled by your commitment to God, your service to the residents of Holliston, your service to our country, and most of all, the respect you have shown to fallen servicemen.  Who would have known your motivation behind a very touching tribute to those who sacrificed their lives for our freedom.  You are truly a gift from God.
Thank you for honoring those who gave their lives.  Thank you for honoring your commitment to God by making it your personal mission to serve others through the many things you do in the community, both publicly and privately.  All for the purpose of giving so that others may enjoy.
 Because of you, I can truly say I am proud to be from Holliston.  Growing up, I couldn't wait for the day to leave and go and explore the world, knowing there was much out there to see and do. At times I think I'd like to return to Holliston to live…..but, alas, that travelling bug is in me, and I just don't know where next it will lead.
One thing for sure, Holliston will still be there, your lasting impact on the town will be there, and all you've done for others will be richly rewarded to you by God in Heaven.

Thank You Bobby, and God Bless You,

Karen (Pomfred) Hubbard


Comments (2)

+1 Well done, Bobby Blair. Twice a year, we are reminded of the cost of war. And that's very important.

Peter | 2014-07-23 06:36:04

Very well said Karen. He is a true treasure.

Sheila Love | 2014-07-21 17:45:51