Former First Selectman Dick Bond dies
Memorial services for former First Selectman Richard "Dick" Bond will be held Saturday, Jan. 16, at 3 p.m. at the Congregational Church of New Canaan, located at 23 Park St. Bond died Thursday morning at age 83.
Bond served on the town's Board of Finance for several years, before he was appointed as first selectman in 1996 after the death of Louis Moreno, who held the town's top office at the time. Bond was elected three times before retiring in 2003, and continued a Republican reign that had begun 60 years earlier. He went on to serve on the town's Republican Town Committee.
"Dick had a long and, I think, successful career of service to the town," said current First Selectman Jeb Walker, a Republican. "He was a great first selectman."
Bond, who lived in the town for more than 40 years, entered public office after his retirement as a corporate executive. He was chief financial officer and executive vice president for Stauffer Chemical Co; worked for Apollo Computer Inc., and was a senior vice president for Newsbank. He also was a husband and father of three children.
"He knew the staff and he knew the town well. His dedication was phenomenal," Walker said. "I sometimes think I'm dedicated, but Dick leaves me in the dust in that regard."
While campaigning for his final term in 2001, Bond cited his accomplishments as the construction of a new community pool; turning the old town hall landfill into a park; increasing the size of Kiwanis Park by 30 percent and improving the town's infrastructure.
"I always thought of Dick as being very persuasive and adamant, some would say stubborn, about having things done the way he was convinced was best. And nine times out of 10 New Canaan was fortunate that this strong-willed man prevailed," Chrostowski said. "Politics and government aside, Dick had a lively sense of humor and always was a delightful companion socially, a good friend."