WellesleyWeston Magazine

FALL 2016

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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Robert B. (Bob) Cleary 1936 -2015 Olympic Gold Medalist FINAL RESTING PLACE: Linwood Cemetery, Weston. OLYMPIC GOLD: Member of 1960 US Hockey team, the first to win a gold medal and the only US team to defeat every opponent (7-0). Cleary scored three key goals in the final round-robin goals. His older brother, Bill, was the team's top scorer. COLLEGE GLORY: Led National Collegiate Athletic Association in scoring as junior and senior at Harvard, from which he graduated in 1958. Captained Harvard baseball and hockey teams. HONORS: Member of US Hockey, Massachusetts Hockey, and Harvard Varsity Club halls of fame. Twice won Walter Brown Award as best New England college hockey player. LINK TO "MIRACLE" TEAM: Herb Brooks, coach of the 1980 squad—the only other US team to win Olympic gold—was cut from the 1960 team in favor of Bob Cleary. BAT VS. STICK: Son Robert B. Cleary, Jr. says his dad was better at baseball than at hockey. The second baseman played four seasons in Cape Cod Baseball League and was member of US National Hearst All-Star Team. LOCAL TIES: Lived in Wellesley from late 1960s to mid-'70s, when he moved to Weston. Coached youth hockey and baseball in both towns (his five kids all played sports). SUNNY SIDE UP: For decades he and his buddies were a breakfast fixture at Ye Old Cottage Restaurant in Weston (liked his eggs over-easy). POST-HOCKEY: Owned Robert Cleary Group, an insurance agency in Boston, staying on after selling to Corcoran & Havlin Insurance Group in Wellesley in 2006. Member of New England Financial/MetLife hall of fame. CIVIC LEADER: Chaired board of Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Boston, championing adding "Girls" to the formal name. SPORTS GENE: Raised in Cambridge, dad Bill Cleary, Sr., head of the city's recreation department, refereed Bruins games and college football and baseball. Cleary, Sr. umpired in Ted Williams' Massachusetts debut as a Red Sox, a 1939 exhibition match at Holy Cross where the Splendid Splinter hit a grand slam in first at bat. 81 f a l l 2 0 1 6 | W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e IN WESTON top: Bob (left) and brother Bill bottom: USA vs Russia, 1960 Squaw Valley Olympic gold medal game

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