Mathias Bryant Bedell

June 15th, 2021

Mathias Bryant Bedell, fondly known as “Bryant” to his family and friends, of Haverhill, formerly of Wilmington, passed away peacefully on June 12, 2021, at the Boston Medical Center; he was 88 years old.

Bryant was born on December 31, 1932, in Winchester, MA; he was the dear son of the late LeRoy and Vilma (Bryant) Bedell. Bryant was raised and educated in Wilmington and a graduate of Wilmington High School with the Class of 1952.

Following graduation, Bryant, enlisted in the United States Navy on January 27, 1953; he served overseas aboard the USS Salisbury before returning Stateside to California. Bryant was honorably discharged on December 21, 1956, and returned home to his family.

Upon his return from active duty with the Navy, Bryant went to work for his father and the family business, Bedell Brothers Insurance Company located in Wilmington Center. Bryant had a great work ethic, vast knowledge of the insurance industry, wonderful people skills and a great personality; these were all attributes that made him quite successful throughout his career. Bryant along with his brother Bennett took over the family business in 1960 and ran it successfully for many years before retiring.

Bryant had a thirst for knowledge and was well read in many subjects; that along with his love for helping people and involvement is his community led him to sit on the Board of Directors at Mass Bank for over 30 years and the Board of Directors at Winchester Hospital for many years as well. He was a long-time member and Past President of the Wilmington Rotary Club where he had many friends, involved himself in community activities, fundraisers and threw memorable yearly Clam Bakes for the whole club.

In his spare time, Bryant enjoyed reading, traveling, and spending time with his family and friends. Bryant was an all-around “good guy” and will be forever missed by all who loved him.

Bryant was the beloved husband of Bobbie J. (Malcolm) Bedell of Haverhill, devoted father of Ellen Bedell & her husband Ray Dechoretz of South Bristol, ME, Nora Pearson, Andrew Bedell, Michael Bedell & his wife Christine all of Haverhill, stepfather of Steven Puglia of North Reading, Sherry Ohlson of North Reading, and David Puglia of Haverhill. Loving Grampa of Olivia and Evan Pearson, Julia and Peilan Bedell, Courtney and Ryan Puglia, Samantha, and Sara Ohlson. Dear brother of Shirley O’Donnell of Marshfield, Marjorie Spear of Wilmington, Iva Riley of Chico, CA, the late LeRoy “Bennett” Bedell Jr., the late Richard Bedell and the late Vilma Merrill. Bryant is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

At Bryant’s request, his Funeral Services will be private.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Bryant’s memory to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-9959 or to the Wounded Warrior Project, 4899 Belfort Road, Suite 300, Jacksonville, FL 32256.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Nichols Funeral Home, Wilmington, MA.


2 Entries in Guest Book for “Mathias Bryant Bedell”

  1. Frank West says:

    To the extended Bedell family- sympathies on the loss of Mr Bedell. My family were customers of Bedell Brothers Insurance for many years. This was a great family business that was a part of Wilmington for many years. God bless the Bedell family now and always. Karen and Frank West

  2. Trisha Suggs DeVelis says:

    My condolences to all of you! I was in 5th grade with Nora and considered her my very best friend until I moved away to NC in March of 1974! I thought of you all many times over the years and was just saddened to see on Facebook that your Dad had passed. May Gods bring you all comfort and peace at this time. God bless.

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