FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 13, 2021

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STATEMENT BY CHAIR JOSEPH M. McNAMARA ON THE PASSING OF FORMER U.S. CONGRESSMAN EDWARD “EDDIE” BEARD

WARWICK, R.I. – “It is with great sadness that we join other Rhode Islanders in offering our deepest sympathy to the family of the late U.S. Representative Edward “Eddie” P. Beard on his recent passing. He was a dedicated public servant – a three-term Rhode Island congressman; former member of the Rhode Island National Guard during the time of the Viet Nam War; and a past Providence director of elderly services. He was known and beloved for his “average joe” point of view, for his legendary coat-pocket paint brush, and for his opinions as a popular, area talk-show host.

“Eddie’s passion to serve, whether in government, the military, or on the air, earned him the deep respect and lasting friendship of so many. He will be missed,” McNamara said.