Paul Bardwell, Citizen of Medellin, Colombia Remembered in Hatfield, Mass.

When he was very young, Paul Bardwell would sit on the porch of his family’s Hatfield, Massachusetts home and listen to members of his extended family describe the trips they’d taken. Not too long afterward, he too would start traveling: a high school excursion to London, and then, after college, a journey by train to Mexico and South America. Bardwell arrived in Medellin, Colombia in 1977. He taught English, and then went to work at the Colombian American Bi-National Center. Bardwell led the Center for a quarter century, bringing in art exhibits, concerts, and cinema, while also founding a film magazine all in a city best known here for its violent drug cartels. Paul Bardwell died of cancer last November at the age of 49, and was buried in Medellin, the city that had adopted him. Bob Paquette has this remembrance. (A memorial service for Paul Bardwell will be held Saturday afternoon at 2:30 at First Congregational Church in Hatfield, Massachusetts.)