The Deering Center Neighborhood Association would like to extend our condolences to the Risbara Family on the death of Grace Helen Risbara, who died on June 27, 2009 at the age of 79.
In this picture, you see Concetta and Clement Risbara, who were the proud owners of the original Brentwood Farms, the site on which our new community garden is being built, with the labor and donated materials from the Risbara clan. The little sweetie in the doorway is young Grace, happy in her pretty dress and with an ice cream cone, to boot!
We were fortunate to meet Grace, and it was she who brought alive for us the stories of the farm and greenhouses. She herself remained active and working until the end at her nephew Peter and niece Claudia’s greenhouses on Randolph Street.
She was our first introduction to this wonderful, warm and generous family. Our thoughts are with them as they mourn the loss of Grace.