South Egremont — The Councils on Aging for Egremont and Mt. Washington held a very special luncheon on Wednesday, April 6, at the Egremont Village Inn to showcase the life of Egremont resident Beverly Almond, 97.
Bev’s daughter, Anne Hamlin, has graciously shared her mother in a beautiful tribute in her book, “BEVERLY ALMOND: An Ageless Adventurer.” Many area residents may know Bev from seeing her walking Baldwin Hill, at church or about town, but Anne has presented the full life and character of her mother in this tome.
At the book signing, Anne eloquently read excerpts from her book, followed by a Q &A. We learned how Bev picked herself up from a wonderful life in the United States in 1943 and threw herself into the midst of World War II England. She was posted at a secret location called Station X outside London which today is acknowledged as Bletchley Park – the code-cracking operation that intercepted numerous key communications from the Axis powers, a story captured by Hollywood in last year’s hit “The Imitation Game.” Bev never let on about her role in this wartime intrigue until much later in her life. Tony Blair, attendee, attested to how closed-mouth these patriots were as his parents were also part of this effort.
At the conclusion of the war, she followed her heart and concerns to the Middle East to eventually return to the United States. She shares a wealth of experiences along with her philosophy in life. Bev subscribes to the “Five F’s”: Faith, Family, Friends, Food, and Fun, and she is a great example as to how well this formula works.
This is a wonderful roadmap of how one has lived a full and vital life by following their passion. You can get this book at the Bookloft, the North Egremont Market, the Egremont Library, and Amazon or you may see Bev about town, please say “Hi!”