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Brockton Mayor Bill Carpenter Lies in State at City Hall

“It will be very easy to remember Bill. All you have to do is look around and see the progress he’s made and his legacy will be preserved”

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    Brockton Holds Wake for Mayor Bill Carpenter

    It was a somber day in Brockton City Hall as Mayor Bill Carpenter's body lay in repose there, with flags at half-staff. (Published Thursday, July 11, 2019)

    Residents of the city of Brockton paid final respects to Bill Carpenter Thursday after the three-term mayor's unexpected death last week.

    Carpenter's body lay in repose on from noon to 6 p.m. at Brockton City Hall. By the early afternoon, more than 1,000 mourners had come to say goodbye.

    Dji Dji Montiero broke down in tears while standing in line. The Brockton resident said Carpenter was an advocate to her and the Cape Verdean community.

    “I don’t know if he can be replaced in this city,” Montiero said. “But Mayor Carpenter, we love you and thank you for your service.”

    Mayor's Sudden Death Shocks, Saddens Brockton

    [NECN] Mayor's Sudden Death Shocks, Saddens Brockton

    Those closest to Brockton Mayor Bill Carpenter, who was found dead Wednesday at 62, said the loss will be felt for years to come.

    (Published Wednesday, July 3, 2019)

    The mayor’s chief of staff said Carpenter’s legacy will live on in the projects he started, including new market rate housing and downtown development.

    “It will be very easy to remember Bill. All you have to do is look around and see the progress he’s made and his legacy will be preserved,” Nick Giaquinto said.

    Carpenter was a leader in fighting the opioid crisis. Those who knew him hope whoever takes over as mayor will continue his vision for Brockton.

    “He wanted to help others. He was so selfless and he did it all with a smile,” said Darren Duarte, who used to work with the mayor.

    A funeral for Carpenter will be held Friday in the Brockton High School auditorium.

    Carpenter was pronounced dead July 3 after being found unresponsive in his car outside a school, where he had just dropped off a family member for a summer program.

    Brockton Mayor Dies at Age 62

    [NECN] Brockton Mayor Dies at Age 62

    Bill Carpenter, a Brockton mayor in his third term, was found dead at age 62.

    (Published Wednesday, July 3, 2019)

    No official cause of death has been released.

    The 62-year-old Carpenter underwent a heart procedure earlier this year, but had returned to work and was planning to run for a fourth term as mayor in November.

    “He was the best thing for Brockton,” family friend Linda Melchione said. “and he will be forever missed.”

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