More tributes to Dennis Wrenn

The last Wrenn family picture, taken in November 2007, shows (back, l to r) Travis Nichols, John Nichols, Elizabeth Wrenn Nichols, Elizabeth Johnson, Bradley Still, Jessica Wrenn Still, Scott Wrenn, (front, l to r) Wyatt Lyons, John Nichols, Dennis Wrenn, and Brooke Williamson Wrenn (photo from Facebook)
The last Wrenn family picture, taken in November 2007 (photo from Facebook)

An Algonquin grad blogs about yesterday’s Mass at St. Rose of Lima, the Community Advocate runs a touching story, and the school committee offers a moment of silence in honor of Mr. Wrenn. Here are the details.

A man who was loved by so many
Algonquin grad and Northborough resident Jason Freitas attended yesterday’s Mass at St. Rose of Lima in honor of Mr. Wrenn. He blogged about it for the Worcester Telegram and Gazette:

So today we gathered in St. Rose of Lima church to not only proclaim our faith in Jesus Christ, but also to say goodbye to a man who was loved by so many. The church looked so beautiful draped in purple, with flowers and the sound of music in the air performed his Algonquin band. A ceremony which, I believe, he would have been so honored by.

Moment of silence
The regional school committee held a moment of silence for Mr. Wrenn at their meeting last night. Superintendent Charles Gobron said the school had “suffered a tremendous loss,” and that Mr. Wrenn “touched the lives of countless students.”

School committee chair Joan Frank thanked parents, teachers, administrators, police and fire departments, and “everyone who had some part in helping our students.” Frank also said she and other school committee members attended the Mass at St. Rose of Lima. “The music was wonderful and you could feel his spirit.”

School committee member Susan Sartori recalled talking to Mr. Wrenn at the Algonquin Grand Opening ceremony. “He told me he had the best job in the world.”

Renaming the auditorium
Daughter Elizabeth Wrenn Nichols tells the Community Advocate about the last time she spoke to her dad, and it’s absolutely heartbreaking.

“My dad said to me, ‘You know I love you, right?'” Nichols said. “He never, never, ever said things like that on the phone.”

The Community Advocate article also notes that several people on the Facebook tribute pages have suggested renaming the Algonquin auditorium for Mr. Wrenn. I can’t think of anything more fitting.

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