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Share Your Memories of Cheerio

Yesterday, we here at Westford Patch took some time to remember one of Westford's most notable individuals. Today, we'd like to hear your memories.

 

It's still hard to fathom, but tonight's Westford Academy football game won't have Cheerio there.

, and today we want to ask you to share some of your memories of Victor "Cheerio" Neal.

Were you a student at Westford Academy and saw him driving the bus or on the sidelines at a sporting event? Were you a friend of the family? Did you know him earlier in life?

Share your memories of Cheerio in the comments section.

Oma Abbey September 07, 2012 at 01:07 PM
It's 1988 and Vic is driving the kindergarten bus.........Tori is excited.......Cassie is on my hip at 10months old......"don't worry Mrs. Abbey I will take good care of her and I will meet you right back here after school".........he was so kind and understanding, knew I was bordering on tears. Never had meet him before, but he became forever friends with our family. True to his words, he brought her back home safely every day, for twelve years and then Cassie too. Love You Vic,
joan & paul LaChance September 07, 2012 at 01:07 PM
OUR HEARTS ARE HEAVY WITH THE PASSING OF VIC (CHEERIO) HE WAS A NEIGHBOR AND FRIEND. HE WILL BE REMEMBERED FOR HIS CHEERFUL ENERGY AND SMILE. OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS GO OUT TO HIS FAMILY. WE WERE LUCKY TO HAVE KNOWN HIM. RIP VIC YOU WILL BE MISSED BY ALL WHO KNEW YOU. JOAN & PAUL LACHANCE AND FAMILY
Ellen Donohue September 07, 2012 at 02:13 PM
Around 2000-01, we were starting our new Westford Academy Girls Hockey program. Cheerio drove those girls and waived his fee to help our new, self-funded program. Then, of course, he just HAD to drive them to all of their away games for ALL the following years because he had become so attached to our team! Naturally, he brought his camera and took hundreds of photos! Then, he'd have them all printed up and would hand them out to the parents at the next games! He was a true WA Girls Hockey Super Fan!
Michelle September 08, 2012 at 02:56 AM
That was lovely, Karen.
Kathy Mancini September 08, 2012 at 12:55 PM
When our little friend Bridgette passed away about a year ago, I'm not sure who was more devastated, her family or Cheerio. I had to smile when I saw the Life Savers he'd placed with her- just like he'd shared with her at 7:00 mass on Sunday mornings. I pray that they're now sharing Life Savers in Heaven and watching over all of us! You were one of the kindest, most giving person we were ever blessed to know, my friend!
Christina N September 12, 2012 at 01:58 AM
Cheerio was more than just a bus driver or photographer to many of us at WA; he was a friend. Whether we won or lost, he would have those special mint cookies of his for the long bus rides home. He would toss a life saver to me when I was doing homework in the stands, then ask me about what was new, and if I was enjoying school & my classes. Cheerio knew just how to bring a smile to everyone's face - all he had to do was grin, and even on the worst of days, he'd brighten my day. I was always happy to see him in church too, smiling as he walked between pews. I remember at Bridgette's wake, Cheerio was standing in the back of the church with tissues, mints, and a big hug for everyone who walked in; he and I exchanged our favorite memories of Bridgette, and Cheerio's smile had the same effect then: he made me smile at happy memories of Bridgette even when in mourning. He will surely be missed. At school events, I still expect to see him, camera around his neck, grinning and snapping pictures. Rest in peace, I miss you already.

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