Edward "Bud" Flannery
In Frank Baum's The Wizard of Oz, the Wizard referred to those who help others as "good deed doers." The Acton Boxboro community is fortunate to have our own "good deed doer," our own "Wizard of Westie," Bud Flannery. Since moving to West Acton in 1958, Bud has selflessly initiated and participated in countless acts of generosity, hard work and dedication to the towns of Acton and Boxboro and their student athletes. Among his many contributions was the rebuilding of a town landmark, Kinsley Field. He twice helped to rebuild the high school football field and most recently donated the equipment and time required to build new dugouts for the AB Varsity Baseball Field.
Bud was an active member and past president of The Monday Night Quarterback Club. He built and transported floats for the Thanksgiving Day Games against Maynard. His most memorable moments at AB were hosting the varsity football team at his home for breakfast, Saturday morning before each game. Bud has been an active member of the Acton Rotary Club since 1964, serving as District Governor in 1975. He has received two citations for Meritorious Service from Rotary International. The park bench in front of the Middlesex Bank in West Acton was dedicated by the Rotary Club in Bud's name. He was one of the founding fathers of ABSAF (Acton Boxboro Student Activities Fund). Bud was a member and past president of the Acton Chamber of Commerce, receiving an award in 1990. He was one of the initiators of The Acton Looks Good Contest, and a founder and past president of the Boxboro Business Association. Bud was one of the four people who started Acton Town Fair and Fireworks and helped to establish the first youth center in town. As a member of the Recreation Commission, he was instrumental in putting the first tennis courts at the school complex on Massachusetts Avenue. Edward "Bud" Flannery Blue and Gold Award Bud resides in West Acton with his wife Joan - also an outstanding Acton athlete. Their seven children and eleven grandchildren all reside in the Acton-Boxboro area. Bud Flannery might have been born in Concord, but he now bleeds Blue and Gold.