Bow man killed in Bedford tollbooth crash mourned

  • Caleb Scofield and his family. Courtesy—

Monitor staff
Published: 3/29/2018 3:22:57 PM

Caleb Scofield liked to work with his hands.
   Everything he loved needed his personal touch: the bass he played in a variety of bands, including Cave In, Old Man Gloom and Zozobra; the campsites he would put together to bring his family joy on vacations; the fine carpentry he used to pay the bills.

Scofield, 39, of Bow, died Wednesday in a fiery crash at the Bedford Toll Plaza. Now, his friends and family are trying to pick up the pieces.

“It’s terrible, super-painful,” said Sadie Bliss, a longtime family friend from Maine. “It’s painful to see the people you love in pain.”

Bliss said she had known Scofield since he was young, when she and her best friend, Jen, were introduced through mutual friends while in high school. Scofield was quiet, she said, and already involved in music through a popular high school band called Fat Pappy. Despite being from different high schools Jen and Caleb hit it off. They eventually married and had kids. Along the way, Scofield made a name for himself as a musician playing bass in several metal bands.

Almost 20 years later, their same pack of friends is still close, Bliss said.

“He was just a super-nice friend, a solid guy,” Bliss said. “We’re all leading totally different lives, but we’re still in touch.”

After a pause, she added: “It’s like we’ve been adding friends along the way. We’ve never lost one.”

The crash closed the northbound side of the F.E. Everett Turnpike in Bedford for several hours.

The investigation into the circumstances involving the crash and fire is still ongoing.

Bliss said her family and the Scofields raised their kids together and often went camping. Here was another element where Caleb Scofield shone.

In particular, Bliss recalled an afternoon spent on Hermit Island in Maine last year, when the two families piled into the back of a truck and went to a tiny beach they claimed as their own. The day stretched on, Bliss said; they were “in love with their little day.”

“He was definitely a professional camper; he made it really fun,” Bliss said. “He took pride in his campsite.”

A YouCaring fundraiser started by Bliss to support the family was shared thousands of times Thursday.

Scofield leaves behind his wife, Jen, and two children, Sydney and Desmond.

“His loss will be felt far and wide, most deeply by his wife and children,” Bliss wrote.

Donators sent their sympathies.

“I’m crushed. Only knew him through his music and a few chances to say hi after shows,” wrote William Karsten. “The fact that they seemed like kind and descent ppl made his bands even more enjoyable.”

“Jen & Family, I am so sorry to hear this heartbreaking news. Please know you are held in many hearts,” wrote Leslie Irving.

Bow Elementary School Principal Kurt Gergler said the school shared news of Scofield’s death with families Thursday and notified them of the support services available for staff, students and their families.

“They’re a cherished family of ours,” Gergler said. “It’s a tough time for us.”

Scofield was killed when his pickup truck struck a bumper in front of an E-ZPass toll lane, flipped and then burst into flames.

The YouCaring fund can be found at

(Alyssa Dandrea contributed to this story. Caitlin Andrews can be reached at 369-3309, or on Twitter at @ActualCAndrews.)

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