SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Condolences have been pouring for Governor Baker on the loss of his mother Saturday.
Western Massachusetts residents told 22News they appreciated the governor fulfilling his obligation to speak at Westfield State’s commencement, which had to be difficult for him.
Residents described the governor’s decision and actions as “a classy move.”
“Yaraitza” of Springfield said, “That was very honorable of him to still show up and give his speech.”
Adrianna Nunez, of Springfield told 22News, “I believe it’s classy, absolutely. You know, I understand he’s has something to do at home, but at the same time it’s part of being a politician, you have to take care of business.”
Roeun Chea, of Northampton was surprised the governor didn’t cancel. “I think that parents are the most important thing in the world. If i were him, I would go take care of my family first.”
Governor Baker’s mother, Alice Baker, was 84 years old. The family has asked for privacy.