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Obituaries

As testimony to our kinship in Christ and the Covenant that binds us one to another, we list below the names of those ministers known to us who have died recently. At one time or another they served in the Massachusetts Conference of the United Church of Christ.

Please click on the name of the person from the list below for whom you would like more information.

As we receive further information (about a memorial service or an obituary, for example), we will post it. Please understand that we often have limited information about the both the lives of some of these ministers and the details of funeral/memorial services.  We look for obituaries on-line, but these are not always available.  We cannot devote inordinate amounts of time to research, but will post the information we have.   If you have information that does not appear on this site, please send it to Patti Babcock at babcockp@macucc.org.

Robert Ripley

4/9/2014 - First Congregational Church of Braintree
The Rev. Robert Ripley ("Rip") passed away on Wednesday, April 9, 2014 and is survived by his wife Connie, their children and grandchildren.  Rip was the beloved pastor of First Congregational Church of Braintree for over 40 years, retiring from the position in 2001.  His legacy is one rich in Christian faith and service, a legacy in which First Church proudly stands.  Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE Mic...

Emil Charles Beck

3/7/2014 - Wellesley Hills Congregational Church, UCC, Wellesley
The Rev. Emil Charles Beck, of Needham, died on March 7, 2014.  Emil is the beloved husband of the late Betty May (Preston) Beck, father of Charles Beck of Shrewsbury and James Beck of Needham. Rev. Beck received his Master of Divinity degree from Union Theological Seminary in 1951.  He is a retired pastor of the Union Church in Waban.  He was active in the leadership of the Board of Ministerial Aid in Massachusetts and Honorary Trustee Emeritus of Andover Newton Theological...

Leroy Nelson Hastings, Jr.

1/27/2014
The Rev. Mr. Leroy (Roy) Nelson Hastings, Jr. died on January 27, 2014 in Derby, Vermont.  Roy was born in Palmer, Massachusetts in 1921.  He went to Worcester public schools, graduated from Clark University in 1943 and earned his masters from Hartford Theological Seminary in 1951. Roy was called to many places, and spent 14 years at First Congregational Church in Whitman, MA. To read more about Roy, please follow the link:  http://caledonianrecord.com/main.asp?SectionID=4&S...

William Engels Wimer III

1/14/2014
The Rev. Mr. William E. Wimer III passed away on January 14, 2014. The Rev. Wimer is survived by his wife Alice, whom he met when they were both students at Yale Divinity School in 1942.  He was ordained as a minister in 1945 in what later became the United Church of Christ. The Rev. Wimer served at Immanuel Congregational Church in Beverly, Massachusetts, as well as churches in Rhode Island, Minnesota, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, California and England.  From 1963-1981, he was the...

Frederick Russell Wilson, Sr.

8/22/2013 - First Congregational Church of Leverett
  The Rev. Mr. Frederick  Russell Wilson, Sr., died on Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013, lovingly surrounded by much of his immediate family. Fred was born on Aug. 17, 1927, in Tehran, Iran, the son of Presbyterian missionaries, Margaret Bussdicker Wilson and Ivan Otis Wilson.  He was a graduate of Maryville College, Maryville, Tenn., and of Princeton Theological Seminary, Princeton, N.J.  Fred married Elizabeth Jane Saint (Betty) Aug. 31, 1949, of Erie, Pa., and together they...

Margaret W. Crockett

8/11/2013
The Dr. Rev. Margaret W. Crockett passed away peacefully on Sunday, August 11th, 2013.  She was the beloved wife of the late James U. Crockett and the late Frederick E. Dickerman. Born in Dallas, Texas she was the daughter of the late George B. and Margaret Ellen (Schultz) Williams.  Raised and educated in Houston she graduated from San Jacinto High School at the age of 16.  She graduated from Rice University in Houston, Texas, Phi Beta Kappa.   In 1943 Margaret moved to...

Stewart, Rev. Ian J.

8/8/2013
Rev. Ian J. Stewart, a former MACUCC minister, died peacefully on Thursday. Aug. 8, 2013 surrounded by family, while under hospice care in Portland, Maine. He was the father of Rev. Marc Stewart, Conference Minister of Montana-Northern Wyoming UCC Conference and Partnership. He also leaves behind his wife and two other sons. Rev.  Stewart had served churches in Gray, Maine (1968-1972), Boston Seaman's Friend Society (1972-1978), Banstead URC in Surrey UK (1979-1984) and Lakeville UCC in...

Rev. Robert G. Bruns

8/5/2013
The Rev. Robert G. Bruns passed away on Monday, August 5, 2013.  Rev. Bruns served as the Pastor of Grace Union Church in Wilbraham from 1969 to 1986, and was named Pastor Emeritus.  He also served Andover-Newton Theological School as its choir conductor and as Associate Minister and tenor soloist of the Congregational Church of West Medford, MA and as chaplain of the nursing homes of Medford.  His life had two major emphases; a deeply-abiding Christian faith and a love for...

Warren Heckman

7/29/2013
Mr. Warren Heckman, licensed lay minister with the Congregational Church of Mansfield died on July 29, 2013. A service in celebration of Mr. Heckman's life and ministry was officiated by his daughter, the Rev. Linda Munore of Virginia on August 5th, 2013.  He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Arlene;  two daughters, Patricia and Linda; four granchildren; and a host of dear friends. For a more comprehensive obituary please visit:  www.currentobituary.com/Memory.aspx...

Peter V. Marsden

7/6/2013
The Rev. Peter V. Marsden, 72, died peacefully in hospice care on Saturday, July 6, of complications from a stroke. Although Rev. Marsden had spent the last nine years living in Lititz, PA, with his loving wife, Cheryl Krull Marsden, they were long-time residents of New England. Peter was raised in Spencer, MA, and attended David Prouty High School, Clark University, Bentley University, and Gordon ­Theological Seminary.  After initially pursuing a career as an accountant, Peter...

C. Paul Bush, Jr.

7/2/2013
Rev. C. Paul Bush Jr., 89, died peacefully on July 02, 2013 at his home in Eastport, ME, surrounded by his family.  After graduating from high school, Paul served in the U.S. Navy.  He then went to Emory University in Atlanta, GA, and Union Theological Seminary in New York City, earning his Master’s Degree in Divinity in 1950.  Paul was ordained by the United Church of Christ and served as Pastor for many UCC churches throughout the years, including many in...

Frank Warren Groggett

6/25/2013
The Rev. Frank Groggett, pastor of First Church in Ludlow, UCC, peacefully passed into eternal life early in the morning on June 25th, 2013.  Frank was born in Boston, July 10, 1944, the son of the late Richard W. Sr. and Bessie (Howland) Groggett.  He attended schools in Boston and was a graduate of Boston English High School.  Rev. Groggett received his Masters of Divinity at Bangor Seminary, Bangor, ME, in 1994, and his Bachelor of Arts at University of Maine in 1997, and...

Rev. J. Stanley Dahlman

6/4/2013
The Rev. J. Stanley Dahlman died peacefully, surrounded by his family, at this home in Northfield, Massachusetts on Tuesday, June 4th, 2013.  Rev. Dahlman and his wife Lucille (who predeceased him in 2010) were married for 66 years.  He is survived by his children Kirsten Durbin and her husband Jerry, his daughter Mary Johnson and her husband Dave, and his son Eric.  He is also survived by many cherished grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Rev. Dahlman served churches in...

Rev. Chester Victor Ford

5/2/2013
The Rev. Chester Victor Ford passed away on May 2, 2013 after a long illness.  Rev. Ford was the husband of Charlotte Devol Ford for 52 years.  He was born in Malden, MA and graduated from Harvard College and Harvard Divinity School.  He served UCC congregations in Connecticut, Maine and Massachusetts, most recently at First Church in Charlestown, United Church of Christ in Charlestown, Massachusetts.  He was Associate Registrar and former Protestant Chaplain at...

Nevin Miller Kirk

4/28/2013
The Rev. Nevin Miller Kirk, of Centerville MA died on April 28, 2013.  Rev. Kirk served the Craigville Conference Center as Director of Social and Recreational activities from 1962 through 1966.  A memorial service was held at South Congregational Church in Centervill MA on Saturday, May 4, 2013. For a full obituary, please go to:  www.capecodonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article....

John Eusden

4/27/2013
The Reverend Dr. John Dykstra Eusden of Brunswick, Maine died on  April 27.  Rev. Eusden was a Chaplain at Williams College for over 30 years.  There was a memorial service for Rev. Eusden at First Parish Church in Brunswick ME on Tuesday, May 7, 2013 at 1:00pm.  To see a full obituary, please go to:  www.brackettfuneralhome.com/obituaries/John-Eusden/#!/Obituary. Also the following in the Boston Globe:  http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/bostonglobe/obituary.aspx?n=...

Riley P. Shirley, Jr.

4/7/2013
The Rev. Dr. Riley P. Shirley of Concord MA died on April 7, 2013.  There will be a memorial service at 10am on Saturday, April 13, 2013 in the Duvall Chapel, 80 Deaconess Road, Concord MA.  For online guest book and directions go to Fowler-Kennedy.com.  Rev. Riley had served as an interim pastor at Halifax Congregational Church in Halifax, MA....

The Rev. M. Alicia Corea

3/17/2013 - Houghs Neck Congregational Church, Quincy
The Rev. M. Alicia Corea, 92,  passed away on March 17 in Walnut Creek, California after a lengthy illness.  Reverend Corea was born in Ashland, Maine on November 4, 1921 to Fred and Annie Coffin. Her brother, Charles, was born ten years later.   Alicia attended elementary school in Ashland, but her parents moved to Bangor so she could attend Bangor High School, from which she graduated in 1939.   Religion was an important part of Alicia’s childhood.  Her...

The Rev Ms. Joan M. Haner

3/5/2013
The Rev. Joan M. Haner, 80, of Fairhaven, passed away on March 5, 2013, at Charlton Memorial Hospital in Fall River.   The Rev. Haner graduated from Hiram College and Oberlin Seminary and was ordained in her hometown of Warren, Ohio on July 27, 1958.  Early service included positions as Director of Christian Education in Ohio and Washington, D.C., a campus ministry position at the University of South Dakota, and several years in government service at the Head Start Program, the...

Susan P. Dickerman

2/14/2013 - Edwards Church, Framingham
Sisters and Brothers in Christ,   I write with a heavy heart.  Our friend, colleague, teacher, mentor and beloved sister in Christ, Susan Dickerman, passed away peacefully last night.  Sue was surrounded by God’s love, her family and closest friends.  A service of celebration of Susan’s life, for her church community, family and friends, will be held at Edwards Church, Framingham on Monday, February 18th at 11am.  As they become available, look for...
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