in memory of ruth anne bleakney


A native of New Jersey who gave her heart to the senior citizens of the Town of Milford.

Ruth Anne was appointed Director of the Milford Senior Center in 1988.  The center was housed in the former two-room St. Mary’s Elementary School.  While Ruth Anne and her staff were quite resourceful with its use, she had a vision of something more for our seniors.
Through her passion, dedication and guidance, support within the community grew and the present day senior center opened in 2004.  Ruth Anne’s influence on programming and services are strongly reflected in the design and construction. It is a beautiful facility that provides seniors a wide variety of services in a comfortable, professional yet non-institutional setting.

Realizing that senior citizens are an integral part of the community, she also was the guiding force behind the creation of The Friends in 1990.   It is a non-profit, charitable corporation which has served as a strong partner with the senior center to provide funds for programs, services and equipment.

Because of her high level of distinguished service and expertise, the Massachusetts Association of Councils on Aging recognized Ruth Anne as a Certified Council on Aging and Senior Center Director in 2008.

Upon the request of the Milford Council on Aging and acknowledging her significant contributions, the Board of Selectmen voted on April 22, 2013 to re-name the Milford Senior Center the “Ruth Anne Bleakney Senior Center”.

The seniors of Milford had no better friend than Ruth Anne Bleakney.