We are saddened to announce the passing of Natick Historical Society board member Bancroft “Bats” Wheeler on March 21. Bats joined the NHS board in 2012 and served as its treasurer from 2012 to earlier this year. As treasurer, he led the effort to ensure a sound financial footing for the Society, and as a member of the board, he was a thoughtful and certain voice guiding the organization.
In addition to his contributions to the Historical Society, Bats was active in Natick, serving on the Advisory Board of Broadmoor, Massachusetts Audubon’s wildlife sanctuary, and as a Town Meeting member and a member of Natick’s Open Space Advisory Committee.
A memorial service will be held in the Eliot Church of Natick on Friday, April 12 at 2:00 PM, followed by a reception at the Massachusetts Horticultural Society at Elm Bank. In lieu of flowers, Bats’ family has asked that donations be made to the Natick Historical Society, Metrowest Legal Services, or Broadmoor.
A complete rememberance can be viewed here.