By Joan F. Simoneau, Community Reporter
Marlborough- The members of the city council held a special tribute during their Oct. 5 meeting in honor of the late Ward 2 City Councilor Robert “Bob” Page, as they recalled his outstanding service to the city. Council President Edward Clancy asked for a moment of silence to honor Page and commented to his wife, Elizabeth Ruane Page, and to all others present, how special Page had been as a city councilor and veteran’s advocate.
“He has left a void in our hearts and I will personally miss him for his organizational skills, his uplifting comments and his friendship,” said Clancy, who had placed at Page’s desk an American flag, his Vietnam War veteran hat, and a Disabled American Veterans’ flag.
Page served as Ward 2 City Councilor from 2002-2003 and from 2013 until his passing. He was a Vietnam veteran who served 20 years active duty in the United States Army. He was a member of the Marlborough Veterans Council, a lifetime member of ITAM Post 45, VFW of Marlborough, Post 638, where he served as junior vice commander and chaplain, and Salvatore Padula Chapter 82 Disabled American Veterans. He also served as coordinator for the city’s annual Memorial Day and Veterans’ Day parades for many years. Page died Sept. 29 of cancer.
Following the Page ceremony, Clancy introduced and welcomed Marlborough Police Sergeant Stephen Lupien who recently graduated from the FBI National Academy Program, completing 10 weeks of advanced training. All stood and gave him a round of applause as Lupien, accompanied by Police Chief Mark Leonard, stood and graciously accepted the recognition.