I was saddened to learn of the passing of my friend, mentor, and former United States Congressman Edward P. Beard, or as those of us who knew him, Eddie. When I was considering running for the City Council, one of the first people I spoke to was Congressman Beard. He was a good friend and became a passionate supporter of my candidacy. At my first official campaign event, he introduced me, where I announced my candidacy for the Ward 14 Council seat.
Congressman Beard began his political career in the Rhode Island General Assembly, where he served from 1972 until 1974. He then served the great State of Rhode Island in the United States House of Representatives, representing District 2, from 1975 until 1981.
Prior to entering public service, Congressman Beard was a proud house painter. He was known to carry a paintbrush in his pocket as a reminder that his role was to serve and represent working-class Rhode Islanders and Americans. He loved sharing stories about his time in Congress, and I loved hearing them. Over the years, he was a great source of inspiration to me, and his knowledge of government was unmatched.
My family extends our deepest sympathies to Congressman Beard’s family, friends, and all who knew and loved him. His loss will leave a hole in many of our lives.
We are all the better for having known him.
David A. Salvatore
Providence City Council Councilor – Ward 14