Our Fred Bodin

A couple of months ago I was contacted by Gloucester Resident Walt Kolenda to contact a Jack Rose who had some of Fred Bodin’s glass negative.  Below is the article written by Jack Rose from Worthpoint.com.

Jack called me and we spoke about Fred and sent him some photos.  Thank you, Jack, for the article about our friend Fred Bodin.  We miss him still.


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Fred Bodin smiling on a beautiful evening in Gloucester. This intimate photo was taken by Donna Ardizzoni, a close friend of Fred’s who learned much about photography from the man.
Photo: From the collection of Donna Ardizzoni

Recently, our CEO, Will Seippel, was fortunate enough to come across a collection of photographs and glass negatives from the collection of Fred Bodin. As we uncovered these pieces, turning them over and learning their provenance, we discovered something: Fred Bodin was a well-loved man. Those who know Fred will understand the breadth of this understatement. But for those of you who don’t, allow me to explain how words can’t adequately describe what a fixture Fred Bodin was in Gloucester, Massachusetts.


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A family portrait taken by Alice Curtis, Fred’s grandmother. This monotone photo depicts a grandmother and her three grandchildren attempting to pose for the camera on a stump. Surprisingly, the baby seems to be the most photogenic of the bunch.
Photo: HIP

Fred’s story began well before his birth date of July 28, 1950. Fred’s grandmother, Alice Curtis, was a prolific photographer who also called Gloucester, Massachusetts, home in the mid-1900s.

Though the two never met, it was clear that photography made up a large portion of their lives. It’s odd that two family members followed each other so closely but never intersected. While traveling on the same path, it is hard to tell who was following in whose footsteps.

Fred’s love for photography and visual artistry ran deep. Fred was also a master printmaker, archivist, and professor who contributed to several books on the visual arts. To say that Fred was a pillar of Gloucester’s artistic community is the same as saying the sun is hot—an accurate but shallow statement.


Fred was a prolific photojournalist and a beloved professor of photography. But even more impressive than that was Fred’s comprehensive knowledge of the craft as a whole.

By himself, Fred owned and operated Bodin Historic Photo. The man also digitized his own database and archives, offered advice to photographers in town, and held Christmas parties for the team of Good Morning Gloucester. Essentially, Fred was Gloucester’s living repository for photographic knowledge.

Fred was an excessive note-taker, detailing who came and went from his store, the weather each day, and what photos he either sold or received. Fred was as much a historian and collector as he was a creator. In particular, Fred’s collection was filled with the works of his grandmother. After we evaluated these items, it became clear these pieces were handled and cared for with much love and dedication.

And what two words could better describe Fred than love and dedication?


Fred wasn’t known for talking about himself. I don’t think it’s an overstatement to say this is a crying shame.

But that’s just who he was. Fred was more interested in the goings-on of his loved ones, for there were many, than he was talking about himself. Fred’s humility, however, sometimes covered amazing stories like a smokescreen.

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Pictured above is Jackie Kennedy along with her son, John. The Kennedy School at Harvard held a cocktail party on the school’s roof to celebrate the opening of the JFK library. Fred was hired to work as a photojournalist for the event and took this beautiful, sepia-toned picture.
Photo: From the collection of Donna Ardizzoni

Depicted above is a face familiar to many Americans—the coiffed hair, the poise, the smile. Jackie Kennedy served as the First Lady of the United States between 1961 and 1963. But naturally, her engagement with the American populace didn’t end there.

Given who this article is about, it should be no surprise that Fred took this photo. He was hired to photograph the inaugural opening of the John F. Kennedy Memorial Park at Harvard Square.


Continuing his trend of inadvertently following his grandmother, Alice, Fred’s permanent return to Gloucester had a profound impact on the community.

The idea of a “meeting place” has changed significantly throughout history. Ancient Greeks had agoras , early modern peasants had taverns, and millennials have VR chat.

Bodin Historic Photo was, beyond any semblance of doubt, the meeting place of Gloucester. After speaking with several people from Gloucester, I’m convinced it was a felony to walk by without saying hello to Fred.

Or at least, that’s how they all acted. When speaking with Fred’s friends, it became clear that their love for the man created a sort of magnetism. It wasn’t that anyone needed to go in. Nor would it be accurate to say that Gloucester was so filled with photographers that they all needed his advice.

No. Bodin Historic Photo was the heart of Gloucester because it was the second home of Fredrik Bodin. Located right on Main Street, Bodin Historic Photo became a refuge for those needing a laugh, a kind word, or to hide from their visiting relatives for a short time.


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Pictured here is Fred and the former mayor of Gloucester, Sefatia Romeo Theken. This picture was taken at Bodin Historic Photo. In the background, you can see Fred’s signature “In cod we trust” t-shirts.
Photo: From the collection of Donna Ardizzoni

These words are as potent a carrier of Fred’s memory as any memorial. Concocted by Fred and printed on a t-shirt, the phrase creates a bond with Gloucester’s citizens whenever the shirt is worn.

The ties that bind neighbors are often cultural. We talk the same, act the same, think the same. But Gloucester has an additional thread, red and loving as a heartstring, named Fred.

I was fortunate enough to have the chance to speak with Donna Ardizzoni, a longtime friend and short-term chauffeur for Bodin. Asking Donna about Fred gets you a similar response to asking a ten-year-old about their new puppy. She knew every fact, every facet of Fred, and each word used to describe the man showed an upwelling of love too rarely seen.

Fred Bodin was heavily involved in the Gloucester community. “He threw a great party,” Donna says, recounting the annual Christmas parties Fred hosted for the crew at Good Morning Gloucester. “He was never a downer, and we would do anything for Fred.”

“Anything for ____” is often an empty phrase. But again, the people of Gloucester proved that lying about or to Fred simply wasn’t a possibility.

Donna told me several stories about Fred’s experience with chemo, radiation, and hormonal therapy. One day, while Donna drove Fred to chemo, they had a unique exchange:

“You know what the best part of chemo is?” Fred asks.

“No, what?” Donna replies.

“They feed me lunch from a menu.”

I sincerely hope that, at the time of my passing, I have half the humor and bravery displayed in this brief exchange. But, in all seriousness, setting aside the fact that he was a photographer, an institution of the community, and a sentient archive of the visual arts, who in the world is so outstanding an individual that they can make another person laugh while on their way to chemo?

Fred. The answer is Fred.


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Fred walks down Gloucester’s Main Street after receiving chemotherapy treatments. Though not as vigorous as he once was, Fred still found plenty of time to visit “The Cave,” a local favorite for chocolate, wine, and all things necessary for cancer recovery.
Photo: From the collection of Donna Ardizzoni

At Fred’s passing on August 28, 2015, there was not a single heart in Gloucester untouched by the man. The former mayor of Gloucester, Sefatia Romeo Theken, made sure that Fred was able to receive the insurance he needed in his last couple of years. In addition, after Fred returned from the hospital, the local deli/bakery ensured that his favorite sandwich was delivered to him.

Fred always had a deep love for the ocean. A former rower, Fred loved to just be on or near the water. After his passing, a memorial was held at the Maritime Center. The ceremonial cannon at the center was fired in honor of Fred. A salute by firearm or artillery is one of the highest honors awarded after a person’s death, and Fred deserved every last grain of powder used to do it.

Fred’s passing was felt like a sudden worsening in the climate. It encompassed the whole town under its weight. Donna recounted a five-year-old girl finding out about Fred’s death and asking if she could light a candle for him. Fred didn’t distinguish between age, appearance, profession, or origin; he loved his community almost as much as his community loved him.

But thankfully, Fred’s love had infected the people of Gloucester. And rather than be crushed, or despair, or lament his passing, what did they do?

When it came time to sell Bodin’s effects, hundreds of citizens lined up outside the store to wait their turn. I would bet my house that each customer had known Fred, had been in his store, or had just chatted with the man. Each person in line wanted to have something to remember Fred, whether it was a glass negative from his grandmother’s collection or a personally shot photograph of downtown Gloucester.

And while Fred is no longer with us, his legacy walks amongst the people of Gloucester. Walt Kolenda of Cape Ann Auction now runs the store. A good friend of Fred’s and an experienced auctioneer, Walt has assumed the heavy mantle of managing Bodin Historic Photo.

It’s easy to see that the people of Gloucester are bolstered by Fred’s memory rather than crushed by his absence. While Fred is sorely missed, the fruit of a life well-lived continues to help this New England town carry on.

Jack Rose is an Associate Editor for WorthPoint. Jack provides show notes for our Flip It or Skip It Podcast and contributes to the WorthPoint blog and Dictionary pages. Jack graduated from Auburn University in 2019.

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Boston Globe Memorial Day 1927: Coast Guard seaplanes circled and scattered flowers to honor WWI fallen airmen Maxwell Parsons and Eric Adrian Lingard #GloucesterMA Harbor

The Boston Globe included Gloucester among its beautiful Memorial Day roundup in 1927. Inspired by Gloucester’s annual Fishermen’s Memorial service, a new addition was incorporated into Gloucester’s Memorial Day observances that year. Perhaps this gesture could return for future programs.

“Airplanes Strew Flowers Over Gloucester Harbor”

“This maritime place which some time ago adopted the custom of strewing the waves at an annual (Gloucester Fishermen’s) memorial service inaugurated another feature today.     

“During the exercises at the Cut Bridge, in honor of the Naval dead, two seaplanes from Coast Guard Base 7 commanded by Commander Carl C. Von Paulson and Ensign Leonard A. Melka, circled over the outer harbor strewing flowers.     

“Gloucester lost two airman during the WWI, Ensign Eric Adrian Lingard and 2d Liet. Maxwell Parsons.      “Members of the G.A.R. Spanish War Veterans, Legion, and auxiliaries proceeded to Oak Grove Cemetery this morning where exercises were held after which the veterans moved to the Cut Bridge. Details from the servicemen’s posts had previously decorated the graves with flowers and foliage. The main exercises were held this afternoon in City hall auditorium, which was filled to its capacity…”

Boston Globe, May 31, 1927

In 1937, the Gloucester Playground Commission dedicated the Maxwell Parsons Playground in East Gloucester, the neighborhood of his youth:

Named in Honor of

Lieut. Arthur Maxwell Parsons

U.S. Flying Corp

Born Dec. 11, 1895

Died July 3, 1918

Inscription on the tribute plaque


Eric Adrian Lingard

Have you watched Atlantic Crossing on PBS Masterpiece?

Local airman, Eric Adrian Lingard, was part of a daring and brave crew that drove a German U-Boat from the shores of his home state during the July 21, 1918 attack on Orleans, off Nauset Beach.

In 2012, Fred Bodin shared this dynamite photo with Good Morning Gloucester

Lingard Seaplane 1919 Gloucester Harbor – one he had flown

“On October 18th, 1918, Lingard’s plane went down in heavy seas due to engine failure, and he died of pneumonia 11 days later. The Lingard home is diagonally across Washington Street from the Annisquam Church, and was later the home of the renowned Crouse family (Sound of Music lyrics and actress Lindsey Crouse).”

Fredrik D. Bodin, Good Morning Gloucester, 2012

After suffering more than a day in rough seas off Cape Cod, all the while assisting another brother in arms, Lingard and others were rescued from the frigid deep. Later, he succumbed from pneumonia exposure [and/or 1918 flu epidemic, still present that late. For example, the “two brothers who co-founded the Dodge Bros. automobile manufacturing company contracted the flu in New York in 1919: John died at the Ritz hotel in January 1920, and Horace in December 1920 after a wicked year battling its complications.” Search “Notables- Flu Cases and the Arts” Influenza Epidemic 1918 of Gloucester]

Open space in Annisquam, Soldiers’ Memorial Woods, was given by Lingard’s sister, Olga, his sole family member.

NAME: Annisquam Soldiers Memorial Wood
LOCATION: Washington Street, along Lobster Cove
TYPE: Bronze tablet in granite stone
DATE DEDICATED: July 7, 1929
Soldiers Memorial Wood
In grateful remembrance of
John Ernest Gossom
Eric C. Lingard
Bertram Williams
who gave their lives for their country
in the World War

-from Gloucester, Ma. Archives Committee

Lingard’s name can be found WWI | Harvard Memorial Church

Where is the hull of Seaplane HS 1695, decommissioned by then Sect. State FDR to Gloucester’s park commission? GMG reader Bill Hubbard commented on Bodin’s photo, surmising:

“Nice old photo, Fred. For years before and during WW-II, the hull of a similar plane was in the lower level of the Twin Light Garage on East Main Street. The garage was owned by the late Ray Bradly who lived on Rocky Neck. As kids, we often played around it and I remember Ray telling us that it had been a WW-I airplane – I believe it was an old Coast Guard bi-winged seaplane. There were no wings or rudder, just the hull which was shaped very much like the one in the picture. Not long after the end of the war, they dragged it out to the flats on Smith Cove and burned it.”

Bill Hubbard, GMG reader comment reply to Fred Bodin, 2012

Fred Buck selected Joan of Arc photographs from the Cape Ann Museum for the HarborWalk Joan of Arc marker. We liked this one. The parade retinue includes a truck carrying wreckage from Lingard’s plane.

Joan of Arc in Legion Square. photog. unknown. date unknown. Lingard’s plane.

Long Beach shifting sands and seawall: Rockport DPW targets nature and infrastructure

The other Singing Beach

As with Manchester Singing and other North Shore beaches, the white or “dry”  sand of Long Beach sings a musical sound as you scuff ahead. Lately though it’s whistling a shorter tune because there’s an astonishing loss of the dry grains.

Over the last 10 years,  so much sand has been washed away from Long Beach most every high tide hits the seawall. Boogie boarders need to truncate their wave rides else risk landing on the rip-rap.  It’s become a competitive sport to lay claim to some beach chair and towel real estate if you want a dry seat. On the plus side, low tide is great for beach soccer and tennis, long walks and runs. Bocce ball has replaced can jam and spikeball as the beach games of summer 2017.

Seasoned locals recall having to ‘trudge  a mile’ across dry sand before hitting wet sand and water. In my research I’ve seen historic visuals that support their claims.

Vista: Entrance from the Gloucester side of Long Beach

Historic photos and contemporary images –from 10 years ago– show a stretch of white sand like this one looking out from the Gloucester side of Long Beach to the Rockport side.

Long Beach

photocard showing the pedestrian walkway prior to the concrete boardwalk. Historic prints from ©Fredrik D. Bodin (1950-2015) show the damage after storm, 1931. See his GMG post and rodeo (ca. 1950)

fred bodin long beach after the storm

After the Storm, Long Beach, 1931   Alice M. Curtis/©Fredrik D. Bodin (1950-2015) “Printed from the original 5×7 inch film negative in my darkroom. Image #88657-134 (Long Beach looking toward Rockport)”

Fredrik D. Bodin Long Beach

Vista: Facing the Gloucester side of Long Beach

This next vintage postcard flips the view: facing the Gloucester side of Long Beach –looking back to glacial rocks we can match out today, a tide line that shows wet and dry sands, and the monumental Edgecliffe Hotel which welcomed thousands of summer visitors thanks to a hopping casino. The white sand evident in front of  the Edgecliffe bath houses (what is now Cape Ann Motor Inn) has plummeted since a 2012 February storm and vanished it seems, perhaps temporarily, perhaps not. It’s most evident where several feet of sand was cleaved off from the approach to the boardwalk.

EdgeCliffe Hotel and surf Long Beach Gloucester Mass postcard


Seasons of sand

I find the annual sand migration on Long Beach a fascinating natural mystery. It’s dramatic every year. Here are photos from this last year: fall (late Sept 2016), winter (December-  sand covers rip-rap), spring (April -after winter storms with alarming loss), and summer (today)


September 2016



december 2016


SPRING April rip-rap uncovered, exposed. Climbing to the boardwalk is an exciting challenge for two boys I know (when the sand is filled in like the December photo it’s a short drop)

April Long Beach

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SUMMER July 14 sand is coming back though all boulders are not entirely submerged




Storms (namely February) strip the silky soft top sand away and expose the boulders strengthening the seawall. It’s easy to feel alarmed that the beach is disappearing. By summer, the sand fills back, though not always in the same spot or same quantity. Some rip-rap expanses remain exposed. Most is re-buried beneath feet of returning sand. New summer landmarks are revealed. One year it was a ribbon of nuisance pebbles the entire length of beach. The past two years we’ve loved “the August Shelf”. (Will it come again?)

This year there’s a wishbone river.



“Apparently you do bring sand to the beach, according to the selectmen appointed committee ascribed with repairing the Long Beach seawall, which could cost up to $25 million.” 

In case you missed the Gloucester Daily Times article “Rockport Looks to Fix Long Beach Sea Wall” by Mary Markos, I’ve added the link here. They hope to finish by 2025. I look forward to learning more and reading about it. If extra sand is brought back will high tide continue to hit the seawall? (In the past it could hit the wall or blast over in storms, but dry sand remained lining the wall.) Will the new wall occupy the same general footprint? Will it be higher? Thicker?



zoetrope sculpture: The Centrifugal Soul by Mat Collishaw

(Video courtesy the artist, MONA Tasmania and Blain|Southern, edited by Ray O’Daly)

Legion then Legion now including photograph printed by Fred Bodin and shared by Sarah Dunlap from the Gloucester Archives

Captain Lester S. Wass American Legion Post 3 8 Washington Street, Gloucester, MA

Gloucester’s Historical Commission and the Legion are working together to plan for the building’s restoration. Sarah Dunlap, City Archivist, shared a historic image that predates the vintage postcard.






This week at the State House: February 15th MCC handing out state’s top annual Commonwealth awards to David Tebaldi Mass Humanities, Boston Foundation Paul Grogan, others…

Gloucester won one back in 2015.

Mayor Romeo Theken and Fred Bodin at the ceremony

Congratulations to the 2017 honorees: the Acton Discovery Museums; The City of New Bedford; Keith Lockhart Boston Pops; Jose Mateo Jose Mateo Ballet Theater; Springfield Scitech High School Band; Nancy Donahue cultural philanthropy Lowell; Paul Grogan Boston Foundation; David Tebaldi Mass Humanities; Greenfield Cultural Council; the Berkshire Daily Eagle;  and the Mayor of Fitchburg.

The event is free and open to the public; details and  registration information available online20150224_152000

Read more from the MCC press release: Continue reading “This week at the State House: February 15th MCC handing out state’s top annual Commonwealth awards to David Tebaldi Mass Humanities, Boston Foundation Paul Grogan, others…”


Hi Kim,

Fred Bodin was a very interesting photographer and I was shocked to hear of his sudden passing. Fred was a member of the Cape Ann Photographic Society and the RAA Photographic Group. Fred and I worked together at RAA to found this group as many artists were opposed to photographers although a few of them used cameras to record their scenes. Fred was one of the hardest workers in this effort. I became acquainted with Fred when he joined the CAPS club in 1982. Fred gave workshops with his new book Travel and Stock Photography. Could not get Fred to a portrait session as he most likely was in his darkroom. The only photo of Fred is in a 1986 Christmas annual group photo at the Moose Hall where the monthly meetings were held. CAPS was disbanded in 1989…

Gordon Osborne

Newport, VT

CAPS Annual Group Photo c1984Here is the photograph, c1984, I mentioned in the FB message. Fred is in the back row on right.

Dave Moore remembers Fred Bodin!


I came on board GMG 8/01/13 and when Fred came on-board he responded to an email I sent him 10/17/13. He also posted on GMG about carrying messages a military veterans and he was there like a long lost friend.

“Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.” Robert Louis Stevenson

I told him in my email about growing up that way and the challenges like a trusted friend I knew all my life! It was his giving hand like in the native culture I grew up around! Carry in one share with the other…It was in that light that I shared this item by a friend DJ Vanas story and link below. I met  DJ through his books and wisdom, he also was a Capt USAF (Dave The sponge of how and why)…In that light I would like to share this in Fred’s memory.

Thank You! God Bless you Fred until we meet again!

Dave & Kim His friends from far-a-way place (South Korea)! Thank you Fred for your wisdom and lessons of Character & Integrity your “Secret Ingredient of friendship”!

Dogtown’s Present Inhabitants, 1908

Posted on October 16, 2013 by Fredrik Bodin 10 comments

Dogtown was still used, even after it was abandoned. This photo, taken by Alice Curtis on July 30th, 1908, shows a cleared landscape and fenced roads. Just over the hill is the City of Gloucester. Now it’s a nature preserve donated by Roger Babson. It’s very overgrown and is very interesting. Dogtown was part of early American history, not much of which was recorded. But when I go there, I can kind of feel it. It’s eerie, and a lot of people feel the same way.

What is the “Secret Ingredient”

By D.J. Vanas © 2008 Below.



By D.J. Vanas © 2008
You know the feeling of making paper mache with your kids and the sloppy strips of wet paper aren’t sticking to the balloon and you realize you forgot to add flour?

Or when you’re eating at your favorite restaurant, ordered your favorite dish and it’s good, but something seems off and then you hear the new cook forgot to add basil.

When that secret ingredient is missing, it can unbalance the whole experience. Life is much like this in that we can be happy with our families and careers but allow ourselves to get too busy to incorporate the secret ingredient that makes life even sweeter our friends.

My friend Dave got married recently and it felt like a homecoming that I truly needed. Dave, Bobby, Syuk, Mike, Andy and me reminisced about attending the Air Force Academy and the years spent at Los Angeles Air Force Base, living in Hermosa Beach on the beach. We savoured the memories of the sand, the sun and those significant moments in our early lives and careers. We also talked about our current and future goals and dreams.

The irony wasn’t lost on me either when I remembered how we all used to worship the sun, had more hair, could play all day, dance all night and would discuss the challenges of dating or living with roommates until the wee hours. After 18 holes of golf, we were all sunburned, one had a hurt arm, another, a sore back. We spent the day discussing the challenges of marriage and living with kids. On the dance floor at the reception, instead of tearing up the rug, I almost tore a ligament in my knee.

My, how times have changed but our friendships have not. They still run deep and are a source great happiness for me. Sharing time with these people who continue to mean so much was like adding an ingredient to my life I didn’t know I was missing.
A similar experience happened at the UNITY Conference a couple weeks ago where 1,000 Native youth gathered from across the country. I saw special people that have inspired, supported and encouraged me for many years now. Dawn Chase was one of the very first clients to hire me so many years ago. We’ve remained close friends since and she calls me soonka or little brother. Russ Coker, an inspiration to me, who first beat cancer and then went on to win a Tough Man contest! And I’ve known Chance Rush, Pearl Yellowman and Jeri Brunoe since we were all starting off as speakers.

Over the years we’ve had deep, powerful conversations about personal challenges and those confronting our Native communities; we’ve shared times with our families and continue to cross paths as we serve Indian Country. And a hug and words of encouragement from the Odawa firecracker, my auntie Bea Shawanda, is always like medicine to my spirit!  

I’ve been with the friends above through the ups and downs of life – through promotions, great achievements, getting our education, new careers, marriages, celebrations, the birth of our children and successes. We’ve also been together through deployments, layoffs, divorces, health problems and losing those we love. They’re the kind of friends that keep you laughing until it hurts and cry with you when that time comes. They have made my life richer and my highest hope is that I’ve served them in the same way.

In our Native cultures, we revere the great circle of life birth, growth, gaining wisdom, passing it on to others and then passing into the next world. But in that great circle, I believe there are many smaller circles. Some of these we complete starting and ending a relationship or a job. But some of these smaller circles continue to turn when it comes to lifetime friends and relationships.

Sure, some friends come and go through the years, but the great ones are worthy of treasuring and preserving.
Find friends that inspire your dreams, not expire them for you. I remember critical moments in pursuit of my dreams where my friends would encourage me through fear and get me back on track. I remember talking to my friend Bobby when I was doubtful and reconsidering my decision about leaving the military to pursue the dream I’m living today. He said, You only live once better make it count. Go for it. I wonder where I’d be today if instead of inspiring my dream, he helped me to expire it, saying something like yeah, that will be pretty tough if not impossible. Better to play it safe.”    
Make opportunities to reconnect. Accept that wedding invitation, attend that conference or go on that group vacation you got a call about. And if there aren’t any opportunities to reconnect, then create them! It can be as simple as a call or e-mail to reconnect or planning a retreat.

It’s too easy to get too busy and then we start to neglect those secret ingredients that make this journey so fulfilling and fun. In fact, I hope you make a commitment that when you’re done reading this article (and you’re nearly there) you will reach out to those great friends you’ve lost touch with or simply have allowed yourself to become too busy to be in touch.

Make a call, shoot an e-mail, set up a lunch or a visit. Don’t let your treasured friends drift away. Our lives are less without them.

Dave Moore (Ret USAF) “Character & Leadership is not a popularity contest. You don’t establish such expectations because they are easy, you don’t make them because they are cheap and you don’t make them because they’re popular –you make them because they’re right. – Mentor and retired Lt Col Commander Mike K.

Missing Fred Bodin. This photo was taken in downtown Gloucester. Where?

Cat Ryan Submits-


On the wall is an Alice Curtis Fred Bodin print of Dogtown Babson boulders. This one is hanging in a salon. There are others around town. He was on my mind and I’ve seen it there before. This time it was just after what would have been his 9AM GMG posting.

Fred Bodin had time to be companionable, none of this I’m so busy and rush about manner. If you didn’t meet Fred or have the chance to visit his gallery, you could sense it in his GMG posts and Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/BodinHistoricPhoto where he’d take time to research any newcomer to best introduce and welcome them into the fold. A dash of humor didn’t hurt nor asking questions. He wrote generous and respectful introductions on GMG, too.


Fred was thrilled to join the Good Morning Gloucester ranks as official GMG contributor in September 2013 and grateful that Joey pushed him into social media.

“Who knew what influence GMG would have on us all? I had no idea. Love you all, eager to post interesting and sometimes provocative content.” – Fred Bodin

“From the little that I know, Joey does his WP Good Morning Gloucester work around lobster boat deliveries and bait pickup slack times. I’ve never had a job as physically demanding as Joey’s. He works his ass off.” – Fred Bodin

Post production (pun intended) was an art for him. He liked his GMG and Facebook posts short and crafted them deliberately. He was proud of meeting his morning deadline. He experimented with ideas and topics.It’s tempting to describe his process akin to dark room developing. Magic in the end. 

Fred Bodin belonged ‘here’–Gloucester, Rockport, Cape Ann, Main Street, harbor, GMG, on line- and it was contagious. He knew the festival, restaurant, artist, merchant, and neighbor. He blended art, business, history, sense of place. And he helped.

“My criteria for selection is this: You have only to ask me.” – Fred Bodin

He helped local merchants


He was an essential and proud contributor for the HarborWalk


“Thanks Jenn. The marker was cured and done when I got to work this morning. The signage looks great, and will even be helpful to those without smartphones (like me), and much more so to those who can scan the QR. I believe the new technology makes the old much more available to us.” – Fred Bodin

and the block parties.

He was the early and key partner for the downtown cultural district.


He knew how to say thanks.

Every inch of his gallery was filled with works of variety and originality like his approach to life.

Fred Bodin Stories

If you couldn’t make our memorial Fred Bodin podcast where folks shared stories about their friend but would like to  share your Fred Bodiun story submit them to goodmorninggloucester@yahoo.com and I’ll publish them on our pages-

Nancy Dudley remembers Fred-

Looking forward to your podcast on Fred. I know you will have plenty of stories, but just in case, sending along an old story from 1980 or 81, and my favorite picture. I told Fred as many of old funny stories I could think of for a short visit last time I saw him and below was one. He seemed to be following and getting it but hard to really know. Thanks for doing all this. -nd

When I first met Fred he was interested in preparing fine cuisine. He bought the very best Creuset cook ware and the most current best seller cook books. He enjoyed trying out new dishes and one time made cod fish crepes with Mornay sauce, new potatoes and asparagus. The meal was ready and “plated”. All was perfect. My little English setter dog was curled up and in a deep sleep on the couch. Then there was a knock on the door or someone called up from the Rocky Neck beach– something distracted us and took us away for maybe 2 minutes. Upon returning everything was perfect and exactly as it had been except all the crepes were gone. The dog was in exactly the same position, still fast asleep. Fred was puzzled for a second or two–a neighbor’s prank or the crepes “beamed up”? Finally the dog was examined very closely and a micro millimeter of mornay sauce was observed on her upper lip. Although not a dog person, Fred was not angry with the dog. She was coincidently called “Phred”  like the Gary Trudeau character and he felt a bond in the shared name. He was somewhat annoyed w/ me for bringing the dog and the lost investment of time and money, but then suddenly saw the humor in all of it, especially his intensity in a world of real life unpredictability.  And he moved on and was just as happy with the new story he had to tell that night.


GloucesterCast 149- The Fred Bodin Rememberance Podcast


GloucesterCast 149- The Fred Bodin Rememberance Podcast

Many of Fred Bodin’s Friends Share Stories About Fred Bodin and What He Meant To Us.  A Tribute To Fred.

Fred’s wake will be at Greely Funeral Home

Wednesday, September 2, 2015  from 4:00 – 7:00

Listen here-

Kim Smith Group Photo-

Fred Bodin Memorial friends ©Kim Smith 2015

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I tried to help Fred Bodin visit the State House. Here’s what happened


Cat Ryan submits-

He doesn’t need help.

Fred with Peter Webber, Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce, and Ronda Faloon, Cape Ann Museum.

Since 1993, the Massachusetts Cultural Council Commonwealth Awards have been given every two years and celebrate achievement in arts and culture. Specifically,

“The Commonwealth Awards shine a spotlight on the extraordinary contributions made by the arts, sciences, and humanities to education, economic vitality, and quality of life in communities across the state.”

See the full list here. Yo-Yo Ma (1997) and David McCullough (1999) are two notable past recipients. Prior city or town wins include:

Somerville (1993)

Northampton (1995, same year as Aerosmith)

Boston via Clara Wainwright (1999 First Night, Quilts—including Gloucester)

Springfield (1999 Library and Museums)

Cambridge (2003)

Worcester (2009, same year as Peabody Essex Museum)

Haverhill (2011)

Barnstable (2013)

Gloucester (2015) and Plymouth (2015)

Maritime Gloucester, Cape Ann Museum, Art Haven, Gloucester Lyceum & Sawyer Free Library, Rocky Neck Art Colony, Gloucester Stage, Cape Ann Cinema, HarborWalk, the City Archives, the partners of the two Cultural Districts, and more all mentioned this special day.

Joey and guests summed up the honor on Podcast 120: “Without having the narrow blinders of us living in this community, can you really think of another community (other than Boston and one that’s our size)…Where else would have as vibrant an arts community?” Well, nearly that quote. Hmmm. Nominate GMG for 2016 in media?

Congratulations to the other 2015 winners:

Malcolm Rogers, Beverly Morgan Welch, Town of Plymouth, Pittsfield Barrington Stage Co, Highland Street Foundation (see Free Fun Fridays GMG post), Barr Foundation, Mayor Martin J. Walsh, Artsboston, WBUR, WGBY, Holyoke Enchanted Circle Theater, Amherst Hitchcock Center for the Environment, Cambridge Science Festival, Boston Conservatory, and the Worcester Art Museum







Local Business Owner Reopens Photoshop Fred Bodin received cancer treatment at Addison Gilbert Hospital

For more than 40 years, photography has been Fred Bodin’s life. The Rockport resident started as a freelancer before getting regular work at local colleges, newspapers and magazines. Eventually he opened his own classic photography shop – Bodin Historic Photo – in downtown Gloucester.

“It’s like having a hobby, but I get paid for it,” said Bodin, who has run his Gloucester shop for nearly two decades.

But for 10 months last year, from January to October, Bodin’s shop was dark. There was no developing films and no interacting with customers. Instead, Bodin was at Addison Gilbert Hospital receiving cancer treatment.

In January 2014, Bodin was unable to walk and was taken to Addison Gilbert Hospital. There he was diagnosed with stage 4 prostate cancer.

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GloucesterCast 113 #GloucesterMA Podcast Taped 1/18/15 The Super Cheery Podcast

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GloucesterCast 113 #GloucesterMA Podcast Taped 1/18/15

Topics Include: Guests Melissa Cox, Donna Ardizzoni, Nichole Schrafft, Bill Cox, Mr Effervescent Toby Pett and Joey Ciaramitaro, Cape Ann Museum Favorite Parts, Mark Ring, Lobstermen Are Fishermen Too Dammit!, GMG Electricity Series, Poop In Burnham Field, Who Picks Up Poop?, RIP BINGO, Upcoming Political Season Means You Need To Subscribe To The Gloucester Daily Times, Good Luck To Sefathia, Getting Behind Whoever Is In The Mayor’s Seat, Chamber Cape Ann Chamber License Plate, Congratulations To Catherine Schlichte New Chamber Board of Directors President, Nichole’s Experience At The Car Show, No Shame In Driving A Minivan, David Black Sculpture, Controversey Over Public Art Installations, Phyllis A Annual Meeting, 525 Now Delivering, Walt Kolenda, Donna’s TBT Post Hat, Passports, Gloucester Breakfasts, Sugar Mag’s, Willow Rest, Fort Square Cafe, George’s, Two Sisters, Charlie’s Place, Foriegn Affairs, Doug Pappows to Come In, Tacos Lupita, Jalepenos, Melissa Cox Loses the Vegan Vote, Regina Razabonni Ardizzoni, Donna Is Going To Take Elocution Lessons, The Farm Bar and Grille Bikini Speedo Dodgeball Tourney, Art Haven Buoy Auction , Winner of Last Week’s Podcast Subscriber Contest Who Won A Fish City Gloucester T Shirt From Fred Bodin and A Copy Of Carol Perry’s Book “Caught Dead Handed” Is Chuck Cook -Prize Must be Picked Up At The Dock


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Some DAVID COX Photographs, HIVE, Harbortown Cultural District.and Fred Bodin In God We Trust

Cat Ryan submits-

David Cox took a few photographs at the HIVE during the Harbortown Cultural District second annual meeting earlier this month. He is a founding partner in the downtown district, along with Joey/GMG and Fred Bodin. Kim Smith is a NEW partner!

Art Haven generously offered the HIVE spaces as a host venue and opened up their Window Gallery for a pop up group exhibit. Please remember to support *Art Haven and all its efforts!

Harbortown Cultural District Partners group exhibit featured:

*David Cox, *Fred Bodin, *Joey Ciaramitaro, *Loren Doucette, John Sarkin, represented by Ken Riaf’s Law and Water Gallery, Juni Van Dyke, Ken Riaf, Beth Williams, goodlinens, Belle + Me, and *Ten Pound Studio (artists Susan Quateman, Muriel Lee Steele, Stephen Bates, and Chris Gauthier Kelly). Founding Partner *Island Art & Hobby has rotating art exhibits; they featured a wonderful painting by Eileen Patten Oliver for the Harbortown Cultural District event. Jason Burroughs was one of many artists with work exhibited on site at our host,*Art Haven’s HIVE space. You can find Burroughs at Island Art & Hobby, and see more of his art on display at Pleasant Tea and Latitude 43.  *Founding Partners

12 NEW Harbortown Cultural District Partners:

Designer and start-up Jo-Anne Chirico’s goodlinens

Designers Ann Malvaux’s and Lisa LeVasseur’s Belle + Me

Artist and proprietor Beth Williams

Artist and gallery owner, Ken Riaf, Law and Water Gallery

Artist and art teacher with Rose Baker Senior Center and more Juni Van Dyke

Artist and designer Veronica Morgan

Musician, founder Contra Dance and more Rose Sheehan’s Folk Life Studio

Art dealer Matthew Swift Trident Art Gallery

Business, Cape Ann Brewing Company

Business, Cape Pond Ice

University partner, Endicott College

Artist, filmmaker, author, landscape designer, KIM SMITH

Some DAVID COX Photographs, HIVE, Harbortown Cultural District… and FRED BODIN In God We Trust

Cat Ryan submits-

Hey Joey,

David Cox took a few photographs at the HIVE during the Harbortown Cultural District second annual meeting earlier this month.














David Cox is a founding partner in the downtown district, along with Joey/GMG and Fred Bodin. Kim Smith is a NEW partner!

12 NEW Harbortown Cultural District Partners:

Designer and start-up Jo-Anne Chirico’s goodlinens

Designers Ann Malvaux’s and Lisa LeVasseur’s Belle + Me

Artist and proprietor Beth Williams

Artist and gallery owner, Ken Riaf, Law and Water Gallery

Artist and art teacher with Rose Baker Senior Center and more Juni Van Dyke

Artist and designer Veronica Morgan

Musician, founder Contra Dance and more Rose Sheehan’s Folk Life Studio

Art dealer Matthew Swift Trident Art Gallery

Business, Cape Ann Brewing Company

Business, Cape Pond Ice

University partner, Endicott College

Artist, filmmaker, author, landscape designer, KIM SMITH


Reminder Gloucester’s Harbortown Cultural District

The 2nd Annual Meeting and celebration 

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014

At the HIVE 5-7pm

Meet the new partners. Surprises, special performance, and…

2014 Windows Gallery at the HIVE

Featuring Harbortown Cultural District Partner group exhibit

On exhibit November 5, 2014

David Cox, Harbortown Cultural District *Founding Partner, photograph

Fred Bodin, Harbortown Cultural District *Founding Partner, photograph

Joey Ciaramitaro, Harbortown Cultural District *Founding Partner, photograph

Loren Doucette, Harbortown Cultural District *Founding Partner, painting

John Sarkin, represented by Ken Riaf’s Law and Water Gallery, Harbortown Cultural District Partner, drawing

Juni Van Dyke, Harbortown Cultural District Partner, painting

Ken Riaf, Harbortown Cultural District Partner, box constructions, mixed media assemblage sculpture

Beth Williams, Harbortown Cultural District new Partner, artist & downtown proprietor, handmade glass beads and jewelry

goodlinens, Harbortown Cultural District new Partner, artist and entrepreneur JoAnne

Chirico  downtown textile business

Belle + Me, Harbortown Cultural District new Partner, designers Anne Malvaux and Lisa LeVasseur, French inspired custom scarves with jewelry

Ten Pound Studio, Harbortown Cultural District Partner, artist and a Ten Pound founder, Susan Quateman, silk painting;  artist Muriel Lee Steele, silk painting scarf

BEYOND THE WINDOW! Art Haven is a Harbortown *Founding Partner

Check out HIVE, TAG, and other artists including Jason Burroughs currently on exhibit within all Art Haven’s amazing artistic community spaces. Sign up for classes! Use TAG services: printing and design, graphics, digital printing, screen printing, and more!