he did work in the Draper Main Office, but that was before I remember anything. At one point the town moved his
office and allowed him to decorate it. I seem to recall that he was an interior decorator (or something similar) back
before WWII. I remember the carpet he picked out was very colorful. Lots of reds and purples, I think. He was also
an artist. He did oil painting. Mostly of flowers, I think, but there may have been a landscape or two in there. He
was also good friends with Kevin White who was Secretary of the State when my grandfather was town clerk. When
my grandfather passed away, Kevin, who was by then mayor of Boston, came to my grandfather's calling hours. I
think he flew in by helicopter. Here's another memory. My grandparents always had a candy dish at their house
filled with M&M's. Today that candy dish is at my parents and always filed with -- that's right -- M&M's. After my
grandmother died, my grandfather always came to our house after church for Sunday dinner. Quite often my
mother would make his favorite dessert, apple crisp. E-mail from Charlie Dennett, October 2003.
When I was a kid in the 1950s, I remember going to Mort to get a dog license every year. Back then, there was no
need for a full time town clerk, and Drapers certainly had no problem with town business being conducted in their
office, so that's where I'd get the license. I'd go through the big doors, (the main door was on the Hopedale Street
side of the building then) up the stairs and into the huge lobby. I'd speak to the receptionist who would send me
over to Mr. Dennetts' area where he'd come up to the counter which was much like what you'd see at at bank. I think
of it now as an indicator of Hopedale being a "company town," but I don't suppose I gave that any thought back then.
To go to the dentist or the barber, I'd go to the town hall, but to see the town clerk, I'd go to the Draper Main Office.
Dan Malloy, March 2007.
Mort was the first president of the Hopedale Community Historical Society.
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M. Russell Dennett, 90, of Hopedale passed away on Saturday June 17, 2017 at the Milford Regional Medical Center,
Milford. He was the husband of Shirley (Whitney) Dennett. Mr. Dennett was an accountant and owned R & S Business
Systems Inc. in Hopedale for the past 30 years. Russell had been employed at the Hopedale Coal & Ice Co. in Hopedale
beginning in 1950 and later became President of the company.
Mr. Dennett was born in Milford the son of the late Mortimer C. and Doris (Barnard) Dennett and had been a lifelong
resident of Hopedale. He was a graduate of Hopedale High School Class of 1944 and Kents Hill School in Kents Hill,
ME. He attended Northeastern University in Boston.
Mr. Dennett was a U.S. Army Veteran of WW II serving in Central Europe. He was awarded the Army of Occupation Medal,
European African Middle Eastern Campaign Medal, Good Conduct Medal and the World War II Victory Medal.
Mr. and Mrs. Dennett celebrated their 64th wedding anniversary in Nov. 2016. Russell was a lifelong member of the First
Congregational Church of Milford where he was a member of the choir, Church Treasurer for 27 years, a Deacon for
many years and served on various committees within the church. He was a member of The Salvation Army Board of
Advisors for more than 60 years. Mr. Dennett was a 50 year member of the Montgomery Lodge of Masons, AF & AM in
Milford, a longtime member of the Milford Rotary Club and the Hopedale Country Club, Hopedale. He was one of the
original board members serving on the Hopedale Housing Authority where he served for more than 25 years. Russell
was on the Board of Trustees for the Hopedale Village Cemetery, Hopedale and was a Corporator for many years at the
Milford Regional Medical Center, Milford.
In addition to his wife Shirley, he is survived by three sons, Charles R. Dennett and his wife Katherine Hughes-Dennett of
Rochester, NY, Robert W. and his wife Janice Dennett of Winthrop, ME and William S. and his wife Deborah Dennett of
Milford, 5 grandchildren, Patrick Dennett, Steven Dennett, Eric Dennett, Mark Dennett and Jonathan Dennett and 6 great
grandchildren, Molly, Sam, Andrew, Nolan, Cole and Teddy and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by
his brother, Rev. Robert B. Dennett. Visiting hours will be held on Wed. June 21, 2017 from 4-7 PM in the Buma Sargeant
Funeral Home, 42 Congress St., Milford. Funeral services will be held on Thurs. June 22, 2017 at 11 AM in the First
Congregational Church of Milford, 4 Congress St., Milford. Burial with Full Military Honors will follow in Hopedale Village
Cemetery, Rt. 16, Hopedale.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the First Congregational Church of Milford, P.O. Box 344, Milford, MA 01757
or to The Salvation Army, 29 Congress Street. Milford Daily News, June 20, 2017