Now you know why we pushed so hard to have the Adams little League Field named in his honor this is a man that should NEVER be forgottened
Shirley and Family: Some thoughts I'd like to share. It's been more than a month since Beaver, my life-long friend, passed away. I was fortunate enough to have visited with him just days before his death, and was able to pay my respects at his wake and funeral. Now my thoughts often return to the early 1950's, the days of our youth, when Beaver and I were neighbors on the banks of the then-unrestrained Hoosic River, living in apartment buildings across the street from each other and adjacent to the Dean Street bridge. In those pleasurable times, he and I led the Spring Street Boys into battle against the Renfrew Gang, North Summer Street Crew, and any other other town pickup teams that "dared" to visit our makeshift ball park on Spring Street, at its intersection with Dean, or perhaps travel to neutral Russell Street Field. Whatever sport was in season, that's what we played, in one situationally modified form or another, seemingly all day, year-round. In those days, prior to his military service, Beaver also was known as the Jet, or the Flash--due to his remarkable speed and quick feet around the bases, down the football field, or on the court. Many years later, when I finished my own military career, I returned home with my family in 1978 to find "Coach Bard" a well-established figure in Adams youth sport programs. Afterward, he coached my son, and grandsons, for many seasons, in Little League, Police Athletic League, and Church League contests. The seasons often culminated in championships and featured long winning streaks--something of great pride to the "Coach" and all his players. After my wife and I moved back to her native NC in 1990, we both maintained contact with Beaver, making it a point to try and visit with him at least once during each return visit to Adams. Now, he is gone, but I'm sure he will remain a part of Adams sports lore for as long as that memorial rock at the Willard R. "Beaver" Bard Little League Field remains in place, and perhaps even well beyond. RIP old friend. Thanks for all the good memories from our youth. MAJ (Ret) Jim Zieba, USA Spec Ops, Sanford, NC
Beaver was a great man. He coached me in PAL in the 60's. He was the greatest with all the kids. He would do anything to help you out. There will never be another one like him. Thanks for all you did for the youths of Adams.
To All of Beaver's Family and Friends, my deepest sympathies. I have the fondest memories of Beaver from years gone by. Sad to say I have been out of touch, my loss. God has a good one!
"Beaver" was a lifelong friend of my father's. Being so, him and the Trudeau's were my extended family. Shirley, Dick, Gary, Jacqueline and their kids, I am so sorry for your loss. Just know that there is a lot of batting practice and games of horse being played in heaven between old friends. All my love.
Beaver Bard was a true inspiration to children. My son played little league in Adams a few years back. The children loved him dearly! RIP BEAVER!
I was about 5 years old down at the Reid field on Sparrow St when beaver went into his trunk and gave me my first baseball mitt. I'd see him occasionally over the past few yrs and man, he was just always in a great mood. Some people walk around like they're defeated, Beaver just smiled about it, and always found time to play, time for sports. I'll never forget such a classic community guy.
Beaver, you are one of the best. Very few people in the town of Adams has the honor and right to say that they are Adams! You sir are Adams! I hope other small towns across America have their own Beaver. I can say that we had the man, the myth, the legend, the real Beaver Bard! You have made us all better for knowing you. RIP Beaver Bard and keep blessing us from above as God has blessed us with you!
Shirley, so sorry to hear of your Brother's passing..Our Prayers are with you & your Family.
Beaver was one of the Adams good guys who cared about the youth of the town.
Taught me a lot about baseball but more about life! You will be missed!
Dear Bard Family:
Our deepest condolences for your loss.
The legend of Beaver Bard will last forever. He was a great coach. He always talked about the Chet Zabek days when he was a manager for the team.His 80+ game winning streak with St. Stans was remarkable. Always smiled and a good word to say. He encouraged all his players to work hard and do the best they could. A kind gentleman who I will always remember.May He rest in peace. He certainly earned it.
"Beave" was a friend and coach and true giver to the town of Adams and especially youth sports. He was always unassuming , and thinking about your best interests. He was funny, and cld take a joke with the best of them. He will be missed and remembered fondly by all who were fortunate enough to have known him. Heaven has a special team waiting for his arrival so he begin once again his love for coaching.
Shirley, So sorry to hear of your brother's death. He was such an inspiration to you boys and girls.
R.I.P. Beaver, you will be missed.
I'll always hold you in my childhood memories. Rest easy.
So sorry to hear of Uncle Beaver's passing. He will be missed by all of us.
To the family of coach (beaver) bard. We are sorry for your loss. Coach was a great person and a great coach, he will be greatly missed by everyone that knew him. R.I.P. Coach.
Beaver, thank you so much for supporting me in the 80's when I was playing Adams sports, especially baseball. I have many fond memories of chatting with you after games and your advice and guidance at that time was invaluable to me. Although, we didn't see each other often I am glad that we were able to send best wishes to each other over the years through my mom and dad. Beev, you will always have a special place in my heart. May you rest in peace.
Uncle Bill you will be missed by many. You are now in the big league!!!!!.Chris & Jamie Bombardier
Shirley and family
Beaver was such a wonderful person. He may be gone, but never forgotten. We will always love you.
I know of no man who had such a love for his community and whose community loved him in return Stories of Beaver will go on forever because he touched so many generations of kids in such a positive way.may he rest in peace
Just read about the passing of your brother.
Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.
Joan. (Lefebvre) Michalenko
sorry to hear about Beaver. He was always such a friendly guy.
To- family, Just want to tell you how sorry i am to hear about your loss. Beaver was a good person, and a joy to be around. He will be missed by every one that knew him. God bless you all.
Beaver, you touched the lives of most of the young men who grew up in the town of Adams, Your devotion to coaching youngsters was second to none. I have so many great memories. I am sure there is a team or two waiting for you in Heaven. Rest in peace and God Bless.
To- family, Just want to tell you how sorry I am to hear about your loss. Beaver was such a good person, and a joy to be around , he will be missed by everyone that knew him . God bless you all.
To- Family, Just want to tell you how sorry i am to hear about your loss. Beaver was such a good person, and a joy to be around,he will be missed by everyone who knew him.God bless you all.
I had the privilege of being coached by Mr Bard on some St Stan's teams in the 60's. I've been a friend since then - what a good man. He will be sorely missed.
So sorry to learn of Beaver's passing. We were friends in school so many years ago. He was always a nice guy.
Celebrating a life well lived. We will cherish the memories forever.
I have fond memories of Beaver. He was my basketball coach in Church League and I always looked up to him as a role model. Rest in peace my old friend.
Shirley, so sorry to hear about "Beaver" passing away. I will always remember him and what a great guy he was. May he rest in peace.
beaver enjoy heaven your favorate cheshjre boy art
He will be missed alot helped so many kids sorry for your loss
sorry to hear of "beavers" passing. he was a great friend who I shared great times with while growing up in north adams - we always exchanged xmas cards and glad that I had the chance to visit with him 2 years ago when visiting up there - I will have fond memories of our friendship- again my deepest sympathy to the family
We all remember the enjoyous times of Willard "Beaver" Bard. As a friend, colleague, boss, and a true Hoosac Valley Hurricane. We also need to remember the dedicative work Beaver did to improve the beauty of Adams. Beaver will always be the heart and soul of the Adams. Goodbye to a very very dear and close friend.
Coach Bard you have effected a lot of peoples life's with your dedication and your caring of us as kids showing us the rights and wrongs of sports which we carry on in our lives today. Thank you very much Coach you will be always remembered.
Beaver you will always be in my heart and prayers my son is a better man having played for you