The Somerville News Weekly’s Special Person of the Week Herbert “Butch” Foster

Herbert “Butch” Foster, a lifelong Somerville resident who’s heart and soul is made up of the same fabric that makes this great city the greatest city in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts!

Herbert married the love of his life Diane in Somerville during the 70’s and raised three beautiful children Scott, Kim and Katelyn.

Herb soon after opened “Ball Square Bowling Lanes” thats located on the Somerville/Medford line off Broadway where he ran the new family business and always hosted charitable events for the community that he loved so much.
Today the Foster Family is celebrating “50 years of Business at that location.

Herbert also became the former chairman of the Somerville Zoning Board of Appeals and for the city.

Then on May 9th, 1994 tragedy struck the Foster family with the passing on their son Scott who suddenly passed away from MSUD (maple syrup urine disease) a rare genetic disease where their bodies can’t break down protein.

Herbert’s Daughter Katelyn was also diagnosed at birth with the same disease. She lives with it with the hopes that a cure may someday be in reach.

After the passing of Herb’s son Scott, Herb became an advocate on a mission to find a cure for MSUD and founded the “Scott Foster Memorial Foundation.”

Hundreds of people would rally in support to this wonderful cause every year to support and help find a cure that would save lives.

Every year Herbert and the foundation gives away a scholarship to a well deserving high school student at the St Clements High School in Scott’s name.

Today Herbert is still residing in Somerville and enjoys his three granddaughters who he is just in love with – Emma (8), shaylin (5) and kayla (2)

We here at the Somerville News Weekly salute you for everything that you do to make Somerville a better place.


One thought on “The Somerville News Weekly’s Special Person of the Week Herbert “Butch” Foster”

  1. I’ve know Butch and Diane for almost 50 years, two wonderful people. We haven’t been in touch for some time now but would love to be able to get together with them.
    Kathy Lynch constantino, a very dear old friend from Jamaica Plain and our days together from John Hancock.
    If someone reads this please tell Diane to look me up on Facebook or Instagram or email.
    Thanks, kathy

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