DANVERS — In the more than 50 years that Robert Osgood has been a Town Meeting member, the retired firefighter missed a couple of meetings, once when he was sick, and another time when he had planned a trip to the Expo in Montreal in 1967.
Otherwise, Osgood, 83, has been a persistent presence in town politics, diligently preparing for Town Meetings, which are held once a year and sometimes more often. Because he is getting older, he watches many of the Finance Committee budget hearings on cable TV, allowing him to keep up on the issues heading into Town Meeting without having to attend in person.
“To me, it’s just an interesting aspect of the overall town,” Osgood said about why he likes serving as a Town Meeting member. “You get to understand the different aspects of the town.”
Osgood, according to fellow Town Meeting member Andrea Daley, is the longest-serving Town Meeting member in the history of the town, and to honor that, an event will be held this Thursday from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the Toomey Hearing Room at Town Hall. Osgood, a Danvers native, has served continuously as a Town Meeting member for 55 years.
Along the way, he also served on the Conservation Commission for 15 years, was a member of the Danvers Bicentennial Committee and was an original member of the Danvers Historic District.
Many may know Osgood as one of the founders of the Danvers Alarm List Company, a Colonial re-enactment group, or as the 15-year caretaker of the Rebecca Nurse House, the home of a woman hanged during the witchcraft hysteria in Salem Village in 1692.
Osgood and his wife also used to open their former 1700, Colonial-era house on Forest Street for a haunted house event that raised money for the Dolphin Swim Team at the YMCA.