Brian Edmund Yates

Brian Edmund Yates of Newton Upper Falls, passed away on March 15, 2019. Beloved son of the late Edmund J. and Dorothy (Richardson) Yates. Also survived by 12 cousins. Brian was a graduate of Boston College and received his Master’s in Urban Affairs from Boston University in 1974. He retired as an Urban Planner for the city of Lowell in 2011. He was elected to the Newton City Council in 1987 and completed his last term as Councilor-at-large in December 2017, after 30 years of service.

Hemlock Gorge

Anyone wishing to contribute to the Friends or specifically our planned memorial in Hemlock Gorge to honor Brian can contact us at

Respect for history

Brian was a beacon for preservationists.