Statement on the Passing of State Senator Fred Berry

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"It is with deep sadness that I learned of the passing of former Senator Fred Berry. Fred was a treasured colleague and friend, and a giant of the Senate who proved with his presence and intellect just how important it is that we value inclusion in every aspect of public life. It was my great honor to work with him on changing the name of the Department of Mental Retardation to the Department of Developmental Services, among other things. Fred was a champion for the voiceless, a tireless advocate for his district, and an important voice in the Senate. He will be missed." - Senate President Karen E. Spilka

Salem News story: https://www.eagletribune.com/news/longtime-state-sen-fred-berry-of-peabody-has-died/article_e2f17452-e751-11e8-afc6-179e9df208e6.html

Sarah Bldogett