Frederick Eayrs

Frederick “Ted” Eayrs died after a brief illness at his home in North Middleborough on March 24th, surrounded by family. He was born in Middleborough, Massachusetts to Frederick E. Eayrs Sr. and Lorena Braddock Eayrs.

He is survived by a son, Walter Frederick Eayrs of Mapleville, RI, his wife Amanda Lang Eayrs, DVM and their two children, Isabela Yvonne and Weston Frederick, as well as a daughter, India Trotter Eayrs Bolcome of Cohasset, MA, her husband Robert “Bobby” Edward Bolcome III, and their two children, Camilla Trotter and Robert “Teddy” Edward.

After graduation from Middleborough High School in 1964 he obtained a B. A. in History with Honors from Olivet College and a Master’s degree in American History and The History of Art from the University of Michigan. He began his professional career working at the Detroit Historical Museum, the Historical Society of Michigan and the S.P.N.E.A. (now Historic New England), where he served as Director of Properties. In 1979, he founded Blackburn Building Conservation LLC, specializing in the preservation of historic interiors and works of art. Over his 40-year career, he completed projects at internationally significant historic sites such as the Breakers and Marble House in Newport, RI, Tudor Place in Washington, D.C, the Old South Meeting House and Massachusetts State House in Boston, MA. Ted always believed in giving back to his community and during his long involvement in town affairs, served on the Charter Review Committee, Middleborough Historic Commission, Zoning Board of Appeals, two terms on the Board of Selectmen, Chairman of the Police Station Building Committee, Chairman of the Pierce Building Working Group and At Large Member of the Community Preservation Committee. An avid polo player for more than 38 years, Ted competed successfully with his son, Walter, and their Blackburn Farm Team in polo tournaments throughout New England, New York, the United Kingdom, and Ireland. He served as president of several polo clubs, helping to organize tournaments and bring others into the game. Ted also fox hunted for many years with the Norfolk Hunt Club, serving as president and whipper in, and organized a hunting fixture around his North Middleborough farm. Over the last 25 years, Ted and his son put together a four in hand team of driving horses, utilizing polo ponies. Along with his children and grandchildren, he participated in many charitable carriage drives and coaching weekends in Newport, RI, Stratford Hall, Virginia, Saratoga, NY, and Stockbridge, MA. He was a member of the Society of Mayflower Descendants, The Preservation Society of Newport County, the Newport Reading Room and served as Secretary of the Coaching Club. Ted will be remembered as someone who truly lived life to the fullest. A favorite Italian proverb sums up his outlook, “Chi non fa non falla” which translates, “He who does nothing makes no mistakes.”

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Ted’s honor to Old Colony Hospice & Palliative Care or the National Pancreatic Cancer Foundation. A private memorial gathering will be held at a future date.


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  1. Carl Abramson on April 3, 2021 at 2:34 am

    We. his high school classmates, always knew Ted would be successful. He gave all of us, including we nerds, a hope for respectability in our future. So glad to read of his accomplishments. So sad to read of his passing. Rest in Peace, Ted.

  2. Doug Lemmo on April 3, 2021 at 10:49 pm

    So sorry to hear of Ted’s passing. i remember him from high school as being a friend to everyone. I am sure he will be missed my many.

  3. Linda Braga on April 4, 2021 at 12:57 am

    A brilliant man of many accoplisments.
    A full life.

  4. Jennifer Bloch on April 6, 2021 at 6:17 am

    May you Rest In Peace Ted Eayrs. You are so charming, witty, clever, and always have a skip-in-your-step that is vibrantly infectious! Your dapper bow tie represents your happy-go-lucky lifestyle and a friendly reminder not take things so seriously even when showing your power in town meetings ending in, ‘After all, it’s only dog shit.’ Every day was lived like it was your last leaving you with no regrets. As your friend and dance instructor, you have gifted me with years of laughter, appreciation of historic detail, and with only you, would I ever dance to those off-the-wall songs with questionable lyrics! My heart is so full and empty at the same time. I will miss you so much Ted along with everyone else that you winked at along the way!

  5. Catherine Wilson on April 6, 2021 at 10:17 am

    Such sad news…rest in peace Ted. You brought light, energy, hope, kindness, and grace wherever you were.

  6. Mercia Tapping on April 6, 2021 at 12:25 pm

    I was so saddened this morning to learn of Ted’s passing. He was always friendly and charming on the dance floor. So gracious.

  7. PAULA IACONO on April 6, 2021 at 3:46 pm

    So sorry to learn that Ted is gone….I enjoyed dancing with him and attending Newport functions where he was revered and respected. Rest in peace, Ted; I know you’re dancing in heaven!

  8. Syndi Cowan on May 25, 2021 at 12:32 am

    So sorry to hear of Teddy’s passing. We were high school friends but lost touch unfortunately. Rest in Peace Teddy

  9. Robert Shurtleff on May 26, 2021 at 12:14 am

    Ted,so sorry to hear of your .Always wanted to bring my grandchildren for a ride on your carriage or wagon,but now it’s to late.RIP my former classmate.

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