Robert L. Brodsky Of Andover, MA, passed away on October 22, 2017.

Beloved husband of Michelle Brodsky. Devoted father of Scott H. Brodsky, Richie B. Brodsky and his wife Hillary, and Jason C. Brodsky. Proud grandfather of Kat and Sammy. Loving brother of the late Marsha Brodsky. Born in Providence, RI to Ruth Judith (Wolfenson) Brodsky and Richard Brodsky. He graduated from Boston University and was hired by Price Waterhouse. Five years later he opened his own practice as a CPA, which he loved going to every day for over 30 years. As an avid sports fanatic, he introduced his sons to baseball by being their little league coach. He was a passionate season ticket holder to the Patriots, which is a tradition he passed on to his sons. Family was always most important to him. He felt blessed to have two special granddaughters. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to
DBSA-Boston, PO Box 102, Belmont, MA 02478.

It is with great sorrow that Arthur Stead ,our past president, has been taken from us on April 25, 2016 he was 42. He will be missed by all at DBSA. Please click on the following link for more information.


Jonathan Archibald, a longtime member and friend of the DBSA-Boston community, died March 4, 2016. He was 43. Jonathan attended DBSA groups for many years. Please click on the following link for more information.


Lesley Porter: 1958–2015

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Lesley Porter on January 29, 2015.

A long-standing friend and supporter of DBSA-Boston, Lesley was a Facilitator for and member of the Women’s Group, worked as Administrative Assistant in the office, and was on the Editorial Staff of our newsletter, the Polars’ Express, since fall 2011.

A remembrance was held for Lesley at the Wednesday meeting February 4. Dennis H. gave a moving elegy for Lesley “In Time” Elegy for Lesley

One of the members of the Women’s group, Jeannie A. eloquently quoted from Richard Adams in Watership Down: “My heart has joined the thousand, for my friend stopped running today.”

Deb M. reminisced, “Lesley also had a great fondness for T-shirt quotes. One I remember that expressed her sense of humor was ‘Despite The Look on My Face Your Still Talking!’”

Susan Reynolds, editor of the newsletter adds, “I will miss Lesley so much – her keen love and knowledge of language, her meticulous proofing, and her wry sense of humor. “

In her own words, here is Lesley’s poem, “To the Core,” published in the Summer 2014 Polars’ Express. To the Core


In Memoriam to Deb Mann

It is with great sadness we let you know that Deb Mann, a dear friend and long-time DBSA Boston member, passed away April 9, 2015. We will gather on Wednesday evening, April 15, 2015 to support each other and remember Deb and her many contributions to DBSA. Chuck Weinstein will lead the remembrance group. It will be a two-hour group.

Elegy for Deb Mann by Dennis Hagler

David H  Johnston 2011

In Memoriam to David Hazen Johnston: August 12,2015

It is with deep sadness that we let you know of the death of David Hazen Johnston, beloved son of long time DBSA member Mary Johnston. Many of us know Mary as a gifted Facilitator and Coordinator of DBSA’s Speakers’ Bureau. Please see Mary’s Letter, which includes details about visiting hours, funeral service, dinner, and donations.

Mary’s letter

Karl Ackerman
In memoriam to Karl Ackerman: November 21, 2009

Karl Bruce Ackerman Of Medford. Loving Father of Michael D. Ackerman of Cambridge, Rebecca A. and her husband Jorge Rene Serra and Jared E. Ackerman all of Medford. Brother of Robert A. Ackerman of Annapolis, Maryland and Susan L. Ackerman of New York City. Son of the late Thurston F. and Margaret M. (Albo) Ackerman Jr. Former husband of Leslie Kramer of Medford. Late graduate of Medford High School, Class of 1964. Late veteran of the U.S. Navy , served in Vietnam and with the 5th fleet in the Mediterranean. For many years he was active with the Mental Health Advocacy and the Veterans Affairs. Most recently he was president of the Transformation Center, Roxbury, MA. He also was past president of DBSA Boston Belmont, loved and remembered by all.

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