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.
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Rev. Mr. R. Gordon Major passed away on December 12, 2014. The memorial service for Rev. Gordon Major will be on held on Sunday, December 28, 2014 at 2:00pm at the Federated Church of Orleans, 162 Main Street, East Orleans, 02643. For more details please go to: http://obits.dignitymemorial.com/dignity-memorial/obituary.aspx?n=Russell-Major&lc=7210&pid=173459530&mid=6234897
The Rev. Mr. Edmund W. Nutting passed away peacefully on Sunday November 30, 2014. Rev. Nutting served churches in Massachusetts including First Congregational Church in Rockport. A gathering to celebrate his life is planned for early 2015 with internment in Vermont in late spring or early summer. More details will be posted as they become available.
The Rev. Mr. Seth W. Newton, 84, passed away on Tuesday, November 4, 2014. He is survived by his wife Helen, as well as their five children: Seth H. Newton and wife Elizabeth of Franklin, MA; Roger W. Newton and fiancée Tracey Weaver of Dallas, TX; Barbara P. Manchester and husband Thomas of Sandwich, MA; Andrew D. Newton and wife Sherri of Bluffton, SC; and Tyler F. Newton and wife Karen of Fredericksburg, VA. In Massachusetts he served churches in Florence, Springfield, Centerville, West ...
The Rev. Mr. Robert Duebber passed away on October 28, 2014. The Rev. Duebber was the former pastor of the First Congregational Church UCC of Westminster, MA from 2006 through 2011. The memorial service celebrating Rev. Duebber's life was held on Sunday, November 9th at 3:00pm at the Falls Village Congregational Church, 16 Beebe Hill Road, Canaan, Connecticut.
The Rev. Mr. Robert Nathan Foster passed away on October 23, 2014 in Nashua, NH. Bob is survived by his wife Contance; their daughter Marcia and her husband Gerard Keating; son Steven and his wife Jessie; daughter Carol and her husband Albert Bukys, brother William Foster and his wife Masha; and many grandchildren. He was predeceased by their daughter, Brenda L. McGuane in 1992. A memorial service was held at First Church Congregational UCC in Nashua, NH on Monday, October 27. Donations in ...
The Rev. Mr. Donald Ellis Richter died peacefully on Sunday, September 28, 2014 surrounded by his loving family. The Rev. Mr. Richter is survived by his wife Elizabeth Anne Richter, daughter Martha and her husband Eric Smith, son David and his partner Marckle Myers, daughter Laura and her husband Mark Marshall, and grandchildren Emma Marshall and Eric Marshall. The Rev. Mr. Richter was born in Lancaster, MA and graduated from Bowdoin College, Andover Newton Theological School, and participated...
There was a celebration of the life of the Rev. Mr. Bob Starbuck at the Eliot Church in Newton on Sunday October 12, 2014 at 3:00pm. Rev. Starbuck's wife Jo Starbuck, predeceased him in 2005. He is survived by their son, Eric Starbuck and daughter-in-law Ambika of Bethel, CT.
Ms. Helen R. Barnes of Hanover, NH and Newton, MA passed away on August 26, 2014 at the Kendal At Hanover retirement community. She is survived by sons Charles (and Cecelia) Barnes of Center Barnstead, NH; David (and Sylvan Kaufman) of Easton, MD; Peter (and Jeanne Morrill) of Greenfield, MA; and Roy (and Jill Dickinson) of Orlando, FL, former husband the Rev. Mr. Paul E. Barnes of Newton, MA, six grandchildren and three great grandchildren. She worked as a nurse in Mary Hitchcock Hospital in ...
The Rev. Dr. Kenneth Knox passed away on July 31, 2014. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Jacqueline and his four children, Gary Knox, Stephen Knox, Kerry D'Orazio and Dana Knox and their families. Ken served as a minister of the First Congregational Church of Auburn, MA where he remained Minister Emeritus. He also served in East Woodstock and Talcottville, Connecticut. He graduated from Boston University, Andover Newton Theological Seminary and received his doctorate from Hartford ...
The Rev. Dr. Willis E. Elliott of Kearney, Nebraska and Craigville, MA died on Saturday, July 5, 2014. The memorial service was held at 10:00am Monday, July 14, 2014 at First Baptist Church in Kearney, NE with the Rev. Stan Murdoch officiating. He is survived by his wife Loree, son, Willis E. Elliott III “Bill” and his wife, Jennie; grandson, Matthew Mines Elliott and his wife, Lacey Mae; and granddaughter, Emma Rachel Brooks and her husband, Lucas. The Rev. Dr. Willis E. Elliott was a student...