Myers wife thanks community for support (5/7/09)

May 7, 2009

While sitting in the Williston Central School auditorium on Saturday, watching the cast perform “The Wizard of Oz” to a packed house, the wife of the late Al Myers was “overwhelmed” by the energy of the show.

Calling the performances “amazing,” Deborah Hardy — Myers’ wife of more than 30 years — said the show was just what her husband would have wanted. The musical acted as the perfect tribute, she added.

“He cared so much for these kids,” Hardy, who lives in Richmond, told the Observer. “He was able to use drama to bring kids out of their shells.”

Though Myers’ teaching career made him a popular public figure in Williston, Hardy said he was equally devoted to his family and private life. His recent death has put her in touch with people she had never met before who were so affected by him.

“He left many, many broken hearts,” Hardy said. “This was a tragic loss for the community, never mind our family.”

Hardy said she wants to thank the community for its outpouring of support and love.

“They’re kind of holding us up right now,” Hardy said. “I also want to thank them for respecting our privacy and letting us grieve in that way.”

Hardy said she and her family will attend Myers’ celebration of life on May 16 at noon at Williston Central. She will also be on hand in Montpelier Friday, when the Vermont Legislature is expected to take up a resolution honoring Myers.

“He would’ve been honored by it,” she said.

— Tim Simard, Observer staff