By Adrian Walker | Globe Columnist
June 18, 2012
In John Drew’s estimation, Bob Coard’s friends and admirers never got to say a proper goodbye.
For decades before his death in 2009, Coard was the guiding force behind Action for Boston Community Development, the mammoth social service agency he had guided for most of its existence. He died the weekend after he retired, following a lengthy illness. Some 1,500 people, including the governor, attended Coard’s retirement dinner, but Coard himself was not there; he was too ill by then.
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