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.


The Rev. Ms. Jo-an Bott

11/16/2019
The Rev. Ms. Jo-an Bott passed away on November 16, 2019.  Rev. Bott served Trinity Congregational Church in Fitchburg, MA from 1984-2010 and is a Presbyterian minister. A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, December 14th 2019 from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM at the United Congregational Church (6 Institute Rd, Worcester, MA). In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to ether the Abby House Inc., 52 High Street, Worcester, MA 10609, Seminarian Scholarship Fund, c/o Central MA ...

The Rev. Dr. Jeanne Wynn Marechal

10/13/2019
News from the Rev. Ms. Laura Gronberg, Pastor of Second Congregational Church, Boxford, MA:   I am writing to share with you some unexpected and very sad news.  The Rev. Dr. Jeanne Marechal, former pastor at Second Church from 1992 through 2007, died suddenly on Sunday, October 13.  She was 75 years young.   While I know that you are as shocked and dismayed as I was to receive this news, please know that she died peacefully in her home in Belize.  She had been snorkeling the day before and was ...

The Rev. Dr. Paul Clayton

9/23/2019
The Rev. Dr. Paul Clark Clayton, of West Hyannisport, passed away on September 23, 2019, from aspiration pneumonia at age 87.  Paul was preceded in death by his parents and his siblings Dave and Connie. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Jacklyn Blake Clayton of West Hyannis Port; their children John (Red Lodge, MT) and Cathryn, her husband Luca Macchiarulo, and their son Thomas (Honolulu, HI). He was born in Worcester, MA. When he was a child in West Boylston, his pastor said, “Paul would...

The Rev. Mr. Jim Rabb

9/17/2019
The Rev. Jim Rabb, who served churches in Hanover and Lisbon, CT, and Wareham, MA, in the 1970s, died on September 17, 2019 after a short hospice stay. A memorial service will be planned for later in the autumn. The Rev. Rabb was active in the Southwest Conference - his obituary can be found on that Conference website.    

The Rev. Mr. Jedediah Mannis

9/9/2019
The Rev. Jedediah Mannis, co-founder of the Outdoor Church in Cambridge, died early Monday morning, September 9th. The Outdoor Church will hold a memorial service on Thursday, September 26th at Christ Episcopal Church, 0 Garden Street, Cambridge. All are welcome.  There will also be a family memorial service held at King’s Chapel in Boston.  Details for that service are not yet available.   To those of us who knew him and worked with him, he was Jed. For the street folks of Cambridge, he was "...

The Rev. Mr. Royal Bricker Gibson

9/1/2019
The Rev. Mr. Royal Bricker (Brick) Gibson passed away on Sunday, September 1, 2019 in Brunswick, ME.  He is survived by his wife Carolyn, his daughter Susan and her husband David of Epsom, England; son Deren and his wife Orla, of Hingham, MA; and grandchildren Carey and Christopher Sevier, and Conor and Aislinn Gibson. Born in Montana, he attended Drury College and Missouri State, graduating from Northwestern Oklahoma State University in 1959, together with his wife Carolyn who he married in ...

The Rev. Dr. Charles N. Gross

7/30/2019
The Rev. Dr. Charles N. Gross died unexpectedly on Tuesday, July 30, 2019.  Chuck is survived by his wife Kathleen with whom he shared 44 years of marriage; a son Brian Gross (and daughter-in-law Lynn) of Haverhill; two daughters, Kristy Moloney (and son-in-law Ronan) of Ancramdale, NY; Leanne Heller (and son-in-law Jonathan) of Newburyport; four grandchildren, Aoife and Saoirse Moloney, Maddox and Jessica Heller; a brother Terry Gross of Concord, NC; five nieces and four nephews.  Chuck was ...

The Rev. H. Allen Tadgell, Jr.

7/23/2019
The Rev. H. Allen Tadgell, Jr. passed away on Tuesday, July 23, 2019 at St. Vincent Hospital in Worcester after a brief illness.  He is survived by his wife Joyce E. Tadgell, his daughter Kimberley J. Marchand and her husband Robert of Georgetown, MA, sisters-in-law Dorothy Jean Dresser of Dripping Springs, TX and Pauline H. Smith of Greenville, NH. He is predeceased by his son Mark A. Tadgell in 2016. Rev. Tadgell was the pastor at the former Leicester Federated Church for 14 years, retiring ...

The Rev. Ms. Barbara C. Paulson

6/14/2019
The Rev. Ms. Barbara C. Paulson of Huntington, MA, passed away on June 14, 2019 at home surrounded by her family.  Rev. Paulson was the daughter of Frank and Ruth Earnest of Williamsport, PA, and was pre-deceased by her brother, Frank Earnest, III.  She was pre-deceased by her two husbands, Robert B. Cunningham, Jr., to whom she was married to for 31 years before his death in 1979, and Robert A. Paulson, who died in 1989 after 5 years of marriage.   She is survived by five children, Scott and ...

The Rev. Ms. Jean Getchell-Forbes

6/9/2019
The Rev. Jean L. Getchell-Forbes passed away peacefully on Sunday, June 9, 2019 at her residence. She was the beloved wife of 27 years to Maynard C. Forbes of Concord.  She is survived by her children, Hilary Anne Curtis-Osmer of Ayer, and Hans Peter Kahn Curtis of Acton.  She was predeceased by her son Christopher Michael Curtis, II.  Devoted stepmother of Scott , Steven, Peter and Andrew, her sister Nancy Martinson of IN, her adored grandchildren, great-granddaughter, niece and nephew. Born in...

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