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BRIAN E. YATES

Newton Upper Falls, Massachusetts

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YATES, Brian E. Of Newton Upper Falls, passed away on March 15, 2019. Beloved son of the late Edmund J. and Dorothy (Richardson) Yates. Also survived by 12 cousins. Brian was a graduate of Boston College, and received his Master's in Urban Affairs from Boston University in 1974. He retired as an...

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Dear Yates Family again Rory and I would luv to express our condolences's on the loss of Brian Yates former City Councilor.luv,faith/rory

This is heartbreaking. I was literally Googling Brian because I wanted to reconnect with him and I saw this sad, sad news. I loved Brian, he hired me at Community Teamwork back in 1980 to be his Assistant Planning Director. I worked with him for seven years and we became great friends. I was involved with organizing low income residents to oppose the City Manager and powerful local officials plans to demolish a low-income, primarily Latino neighborhood and this created great pressure on the...

Dear Yates Family Rory and I I wish to extend our condolences's on the loss of Brian E.Yates and may he rest in peace.luv,faith/rory

Dear Yates Family Rory and I wish to extend our condolences's on the loss of Brian Yates.luv,faith/rory

I will miss Brian very much as a fellow Newton Democrat, and a good friend to the Waban Library Center, and a good man.

Alice Jacobs

I knew Brian since the early 1980's and am grateful for it. We worked together at Community Teamwork in Lowell for 12 years. Brian is family. He was one of the most thoughtful, intelligent, and decent people I've been grateful to know.

Brian was one of the people who made our community more than just the place that people happen to live alongside each other.
Regardless of the particulars of any topic under discussion, I'm sure everyone would agree that Brian cared about Newton and always acted from his commitment to make Newton a better place. Particularly in an era of public incivility, where so many people are tuning out, we need more people like Brian.
As others have already said: he will be missed.

Brian was a long-time advisor to the Newton Conservators. On the Board of Aldermen (City Council), he was a strong advocate for the environmental aims of our organization. We appreciated his love of Newton and its open spaces and his great achievements with the Friends of Hemlock Gorge. We will miss him.