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 email@example.com.
The Rev. Dr. Donald E. Overlock died on Monday, April 13, 2015. The Rev. Overlock served as Penn Northeast Conference Minister and previously as an Associate Conference Minister in the Western Region of Massachusetts. He was also actively involved in the Christian Camp Meeting Association, which owns the Craigville Retreat Center, for many years. More information will be posted when available about The Rev. Overlock and any memorial service arrangements.
The Rev. Mr. Robert "Bob" MacLeod died peacefully on April 1, 2015. He is survived by his beloved wife, Nancy Fay; sons Roderick (and Betsy) MacLeod; David (and Debra) MacLeod; Bruce MacLeod (partner Beverly McGrath); daughter Judith (and Scott) Froman; his brother Roderick C. MacLeod of Westboro; and many grandchildren and grandchildren. Bob grew up in Brighton, MA, graduated from Boston Latin High School, Marietta College, and Andover Newton Theological School. He was ordained in 1946, and ...
The Rev. Dr. James McCutcheon died on January 21, 2015. He is survived by his wife of 52 years Janet, his daughter Janet, his two sons George and James, and six grandchildren. Rev. McCutcheon served at churches in Worcester, MA, Kalamazoo, MI, and Wayzata, MN. A celebration of Rev. McCutcheon's life of caring and service to others was held at St. Christopher's Church (Episcopal), 625 Main Street, Chatham, MA on Saturday, January 31st at 11:00 AM. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to...
The Rev. Mr. Richard Stoughton, Jr., formerly of Brockton, MA, passed away on Tuesday, January 13, 2015, at the age of 94. Rev. Stoughton was born in Montague, MA, and grew up in Turners Falls, MA. Rev. Stoughton is a graduate of Deerfield Academy, Bates College, and Andover Newton Theological School. Rev. Stoughton was ordained on June 10, 1946 at First Congregational Church of Turners Falls. He as pastor at East Congregational Church in East Jaffrey, NH, from 1945-1957, Porter ...
The Rev. Mr. Ralph E. Marsden, Jr. passed away peacefully under the loving care of his family and the staff at the Jewish Healthcare Center on Wednesday, December 24, 2014. Rev. Marsden served at the the Greendale People's Church in Worcester for many years, receiving the distinction of Minister Emeritus in 2007. Relatives and friends are invited to visit with Rev. Marsden's family from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday, January 2, in the Chapel at Greendale People's Church, 25 Francis St., Worcester. A...
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 was the husband of the late Mary "Myndie" (Howard) Nutting for 64 years. Growing up, he was an active youth member of the First Congregational Church in Wellesley Hills, attended Wellesley High School, Bates College, and Andover Newton Theological School. After he was ordained in June of 1949 he served as the Minister of Education at The Second Church in Newton, MA, and in 1953 he became the ...
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 E. Sisson died peacefully in the company of close friends and family following a brief illness on October 26, 2014. Rev. Sisson was a graduate of Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts and the Andover Newton Theological seminary in Newton Center, Massachusetts. He was ordained as a minister in 1956 and served numerous churches in Massachusetts prior to retiring North Carolina with his wife Noelle. There will be a memorial service held to celebrate his life at ...