Friends Establish Relief Fund for Blind Man Who Lost Life Savings

A fund has been created for a blind, Haverhill man whose safe, containing his life savings, was stolen last October.

Brian Langlois of Haverhill estimates he lost $30,000 in cash and bonds. The “Brian Langlois Relief Fund” has been established at Haverhill Bank. Contributions may be made at any Haverhill Bank branch or by sending a check to the Brian Langlois Relief Fund, c/o Haverhill Bank, 180 Merrimack Street, P.O. Box 1656, Haverhill, MA 01831-2356.

Langlois said there was no evidence of forced entry at his Hunters Run condominium, but then, on his birthday Oct. 14, he discovered the worst.

“This friend of mine was talking to me on the phone and said, ‘You know you really ought to check that safe.’ And I figured ah, safe is there. No problem and all this. I was getting ready for bed one night and said I’ll humor the guy. I’ll go check, and it was gone.”

Langlois’ wife of 37 years, Leslie, passed away in August. She was also blind and suffered from multiple sclerosis. Earlier in 2014, his boyhood home at 36 School Street was condemned by the city while he was in the midst of selling it. As a result of the city’s listing, he said at the time, the original sale fell through. He ultimately found a buyer, but the home was still demolished. He said Haverhill’s code enforcement team did not hasten rehabilitation of his house, but rather delayed it.

Besides making a contribution to the fund, anyone with information on the theft is asked to call Haverhill Police Detective Joseph Benedetti at (978) 373-1212.