Member Stories

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50 Years as the Voice of the Retired Public Employee

Founded in the fall of 1968, Mass Retirees has served as the lead advocates for all Massachusetts retired public employees for the past 50 years. 

From the Association’s humble beginnings, our mission has been to represent the interests of all public retirees at the state, local and federal levels of government. Our focus is public pension, Social Security, Medicare and retiree healthcare policy, for which Mass Retirees has become widely recognized for our expertise.

Passing of Geraldine "Geri" White

Served Mass Retirees Association for Thirty Years

It is with great sadness that we share the news of the passing of Geraldine White, following a short illness. Geri, as her family and friends knew her, was married to Association founder and former President Ralph White for over 60 years. Together, Ralph and Geri had four children, seven grandchildren and one great granddaughter.

Retirees Mourn Boston Tragedy

Retirees Mourn Boston Tragedy

MARCH 27, 2014: On behalf of our members, the Association offers the deepest condolences to the families of Boston Fire Lt. Edward J. Walsh and Firefighter Michael R. Kennedy, as well as to the Boston Fire Department. The two members of Boston Fire Fighters Local 718 were tragically lost on Wednesday, while fighting a nine-alarm fire on Beacon Street in Boston’s Back Bay.

October Snow Storm

JANUARY 2012 VOICE: When an unseasonable snowstorm accompanied by gale-force winds slammed into Massachusetts on October 30, nearly a million households were again without electricity up to a week or longer.

It was only three months earlier that tropical storm Irene had caused havoc in much of Massachusetts, making October’s blast a double-whammy when followed by a cold snap of below freezing nights. This left those members without a heat source in some peril.



NOVEMBER 27, 2011: On October 28, 2011, Newburyport Mayor Donna Holaday proclaimed Franklin J.( Buddy) Spaulding Day in the City of Newburyport. The proclamation was issued in recognition of Buddy’s 26 years of service on the Newburyport Retirement Board.  The proclamation was issued just one month prior to his death on November 23, 2011.


2007 JULY - As communities focus more and more on paying for health insurance, local retirees have been organizing to better defend against attempts to reduce their benefits or shift costs onto them. This is not an entirely new phenomenon, since there are examples of municipal retiree groups, with a long and productive history, such as in Newton, Plymouth and Attleboro.

Death of Bob Hamilton Leaves Opening For Berkshire VP

2007 MAY - Robert Hamilton, our Berkshire area Vice President, passed
away this February after a lengthy battle with Parkinson’s Disease.

Past Challenges

2007 MAY - Over the years, we have reported on a number of hurricanes
and tornadoes that have raised havoc with our Florida members, most recently
hurricanes Charley, Francis, Ivan and Jean, which impacted broad areas of the
state in 2004. Hurricane Charley was especially brutal, coming ashore on the
Gulf Coast community of Punta Gorda in August ‘04, wiping out a thousand mobile
and manufactured homes.

Florida Living Can Be Challenging

2007 MAY - Members, who move to Florida seeking a nice relaxed
retirement with year ‘round sunshine, have found that state to be anything but

Heart Gene Pioneer Patient Dies

NOV 2006 - In our March 2000 edition of the Voice, we published a letter from
Association member Ed Giers of Cocoa Beach, Florida who wanted to share his
experience with experimental heart gene therapy, hoping to give inspiration to