The following was read by Foxboro Selectmen Chairman Mark Sullivan prior the board's meeting on Jan. 23.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank many for coming out to support Sam Berns’ parents, Scott and Leslie, after his passing on Jan. 10. I am so proud of all of you for your compassion and effort.
For the courage of our children who were always there for Same, even on the saddest day, you are the future of Foxboro, and we are all so proud of you.
For our superintendent of schools, Debbie Spinelli and all of her staff, for arranging support, counseling for our children, and safe transportation of our children to Sam’s memorial service.
For the Foxboro police department, Sharon public safety, and all surrounding police departments, for arranging a safe environment for all on that inclement day.
For the Kraft family and Patriots Organization, for helping fight Progeria though its charitable foundation, giving Sam so many opportunities, and for hosting a grand reception for Sam’s parents, family and friends. It was first class, thank you.
For our Scout leaders and scouts, who put their own feelings aside to assure everyone else’s comfort throughout Sam’s service.
For Foxboro’s music department and members who not only gave Same a great opportunity to be immersed with so many friends to do what he loved, but to be a part of his service which must have been so difficult.
Lastly, to all who assembled to honor the legacy of Sam, thank you.
One of the saddest days in Foxboro’s history took place on Friday with Sam’s passing. Sam Berns defined the word courage, as he strived to overcome Progeria. He never let it stop him from doing anything in life he set his goals on. He lever looked at himself as different, and neither did his peers. Sam instead became a source of education for our community, and the world, on Progeria, speaking many times to assemblies of some of the brightest minds in the world, who eagerly listened.
Sam left an internal mark on our small town with the way he lived. He demonstrated to us all what courage, perseverance, ad pride stood for. He is a true Foxboro Warrior.