Diana Proctor

Diana Proctor, Environmental Activist of Watertown age 85, died peacefully at Wingate @ Brighton Nursing Home May 10, 2013. Born March 24, 1928 in Watertown, Massachusetts at 214 Arlington Street she is the daughter of; Ezmaro Angel, her mother and Frank Angel her father. Diana Proctor lived as a resident of Watertown in the home she was born in for 80 years. She was a civil servant of Watertown. She served on the Watertown Conservation Commission as the Conservation Chair Person for 17 years from 1975 to1992. During her term she was instrumental in building ; Fillipello Park, Arsenal Park, Linea Park, and the Riverwalk along the Charles. Diana believed that conservation was the conscious of the community and worked to create open space for its people. She worked to make the streets of Watertown tree lined. The conservation committee received a grant for 300 trees for Arsenal Street from Senators Bachrachs office and Governor Dukakis in 1984. The town eventually received the award of Tree Town USA. As a result of her conservation work she was elected to the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts Association of Conservation Commissioners, (MACC) and began to work on a state level. She was the recipient of the MACCs award for outstanding achievements in conservation the 1983. The award recognized her energy, dedication and ability to overcome endless obstacles to realize her vision, which hence became Arsenal Park; a 14 acre park. The park received award of merit by the Boston Design Council and the Boston Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects. In April 2002 she was the recipient of the Watertown Woman Achievement award for her outstanding work in the community. As a community activist Diana also organized The Taxiarchae Veterans Committee to acknowledge Greek-Americans in the Armed Forces of the United States. In 2003 she was the recipient of the Watertown Historical Commissions Community Spirit Award for her work with the veterans. Diana leaves behind her three children; Nadine Proctor of Northborough, Mass., Lygia Angel of Jamaica Plain Mass, and Dean Proctor of Rochester MN.. She also leaves five lovely grandchildren and her brother Byron Angel of Quincy MA., and sister Alice Savas of Waltham, MA. A Celebration of Life Service will be held at the Faggas Funeral Home, 551 Mt. Auburn St., Watertown, MA from 5:30 to 8:30pm.

Funeral Home

Faggas Funeral Home
551 Mt. Auburn St Watertown, MA 02472
(617) 923-0416

Published in The Watertown Tab & Press from May 14 to May 21, 2013