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Lawrie A. Bertram

November 02, 2018

Lawrie A. Bertram Beverly - Lawrie A. Bertram was an educator of principled discipline and old-world values. Yes, she still believed that teaching the timeless practiced art of cursive writing set her students apart, affording them the opportunity to distinguish themselves. She held very high standards and challenged students to excel in their studies and learn to master analytical skills and apply them to literature.
This high school English teacher was awarded the Teacher in Excellence for her tireless work leading Advanced Placement students to outstanding AP exam scores. Over her nearly 19 year career, she wrote hundreds of college recommendations, mentored students through college essay writing and spent thousands of hours preparing to teach students of all abilities. And, those hours ran deep into the school nights and long into her weekends and summers. Her dedication to Peabody Veterans Memorial High School’s learning community included students, parents, colleagues and community members at large. She served as National Honor Society Advisor for seven years, as officer in the Peabody Federation of Teachers’ Union and sat on countless professional committees.
Lawrie Bertram demonstrated her deep Catholic faith while serving as a Lector, Holy Eucharist Minister, and Religious Education Teacher for Saint Mary Star of the Sea Parish.
Ms. Bertram, 58, was born on All Saints’ Day and died on All Souls’ Day, Friday, November 2, at her home in Beverly, Mass.
"What do you teach?" she was often asked. "I teach kids," was her customary response. "But what do you teach them?" "I teach them to think," said Ms. Bertram, according to her husband, Dean. Truth be told, she taught English. "It was her passion and she was the grammar queen," said her husband. Her astute students would recognize the symbolism of the rain falling in the morning of her passing as re-birth or renewal and the significance of date as All Soul’s Day.
Ms. Bertram was born in Salem, Massachusetts, grew up in Beverly and graduated Beverly High School in 1978. She attended UMASS, graduating in 1982 with a Bachelor of Arts while majoring in Anthropology. Her love of education did not end in Amherst. She attended St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, Nova Scotia where she earned two additional degrees. In 1987, Ms. Bertram earned her Bachelor in Education and continued on to her Masters of Art in Celtic studies.
Ms. Bertram played flute in the Beverly High School Marching band, concert band and in the University of Massachusetts Marching Band. She also played bagpipes in Sudbury, with the Stuart Highlanders and eventually joined the Worcester Kiltie Band traveling to compete and perform.
Many may recognize the home she and husband Dean lovingly spent time restoring and landscaping at 141 Lothrop Street, Beverly. It is the large gold house with the Christmas candles on every night of the year. Her window boxes were always beautiful as were the wreaths on every window during holiday seasons. Many a neighbor and passersby would complement her efforts to keep the home beautiful. It was not uncommon to see people photographing the home from cars or sidewalk and many times people asked if there was any vacancy at the bed and breakfast, although the home was not one.
Fashion was a staple in Ms. Bertram’s outfits. Many times, over the years students would inquire if Ms. Bertram had worn the same outfit twice within a school year. The answer was the same each time, “No, I do not believe so, thank you for noticing.”
Ms. Bertram was also known for her sense of fun, often seen riding her purple motorcycle with leather braided handle grips, boating in the local harbors, spending time at the Jubliee Yacht Club, performing with her LOCA flute group (Ladies of a Certain Age) or in Nova Scotia spending her summers in the middle of high bush blueberries. When asked, her bright yellow house on the bay was her happy place.
Lawrie leaves behind her loving husband, Dean Martino, her beloved step-daughter, Rebecca, siblings, John Scott and John Douglas Bertram of Gilbert’s Cove, Nova Scotia. In-laws, Jim, Audrey, John, Diane, and Kate Martino. She was Aunt to John Benjamin, John Ethan and Andrea, Breeana, Madeleine, Johnny, Natasha, and Kane.
Ms. Bertram also leaves behind her beloved cats, Digby, Ruby, Tilly, and Saucy. She had dogs and cats most of her life. She loved to rescue animals. If she could she would rescue them all. She dreamed of retiring and donating her time to shelters and the care of homeless animals.
Her funeral will be held from the Peterson-O’Donnell Funeral Home, 167 Maple St., (rte 62) Danvers, Monday, Nov. 12, at 10 a.m. followed by her funeral Mass in St. Mary Star of the Sea Church, Cabot St., Beverly, at 11 a.m. Relatives and friends invited. Burial will be in Nova Scotia, Canada at her family burial grounds. Visiting hours are Sunday, Nov. 11 from 4 to 7 p.m. Donations in Lawrie Bertram’s memory may be made to The Northeast Animal Shelter, 347 Highland Ave., Salem, MA 01970 or to the Best Friends Animal Sanctuary 5001 Angel Canyon Rd., Kanab, UT. 8474. To share a memory or offer a condolence, please visit
Published on November 8, 2018
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