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

The Rev. Dr. Charles N. Gross

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. Ms. Barbara C. Paulson

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

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...

The Rev. Mr. John T. Leamon

The Rev. Mr. John Thomas Leamon died on May 31, 2019 at Soldier's Home in Holyoke, MA.  Tom is survived by his wife, children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews, grand-nieces and nephews, great-grand nieces, and a similarly sizeable group from his second marriage. They are scattered throughout the United States and in Istanbul, Turkey. Born in 1925 in Salem, MA, he attended public schools in Melrose and Cambridge, receiving a regional award for his drawings. He was drafted into WWII immediately...

The Rev. Ms. Denise A. Karuth

The Rev. Ms. Denise Anne Karuth died peacefully on Easter Sunday, April 21, 2019.   Denise is survived by her mother Betty, her sister Linda and brother-in-law Harry Startup of Scottsville, New York, her brother Edward in Rochester, her lifelong companion Fred Pelka in Easthampton, her faithful dog guide Fendi, and her very many other family, friends and admirers. Denise was a champion for the rights of people with disabilities, and an internationally recognized figure in the struggle for ...

The Rev. Mr. Edward A. Walker

The Rev. Mr. Edward A. Walker, died on Monday, March 11, 2019 at his home in Dennis, MA with his caregivers and friends by his side.  He was predeceased by his wife Barbara P. (Wynot) Walker, and is survived by his sister Ethel Leonard of Peabody; several nieces and nephews and many, many friends and colleagues. He graduated from Gordon College and Andover Newton Theological School and was ordained in 1947.  In 1948, he served as Minister of Christian Education at South Congregational Church in...

The Rev. Mr. Warren Johnson

The Rev. Mr. Warren Johnson passed away on February 12, 2019.   More details will be posted when they are available.

The Rev. Dr. William T. Scott, Jr

This obituary was submitted by The Rev. Susan C. Scott. The Rev. Dr. William T. Scott, Jr. died suddenly at his home in Avondale, PA. on Sunday, January 27th. He was just a month and a day shy of turning 75, and died on he and his wife's 29th wedding anniversary.    Bill was a 1967 graduate of Olivet College in Economics. He went directly to Andover Newton Theological Seminary, completing his Bachelor of Divinity in 1970. Bill’s first pastorate was at Christ Reformed Church in Alexandria, PA ...

The Rev. Mr. Charles P. Blakney

The Rev. Charles Philip Blakney died at home on December 18, 2018.  He is survived by his wife, the former Dorrie Alderman, sons Robert in Warrenton, VA., Richard in Weymouth, MA., daughters, Catherine Ann Kavassalis in Oakville, Ontario, Canada, and Carol Blakney-Alves in Muncie, IN, and step-son, Jonathan Wilhelmby.  Rev. Blakney was Minister Emeritus of the First Congregational Church of South Hadley, where he served as pastor from 1970 until his formal retirement in 1993. Retiring with him ...

The Rev. Mr. Mark I. Hamilton

The Rev. Mr. Mark I. Hamilton, 70, died of acute myeloid leukemia at the Maine Medical Center in Portland, ME on Nov. 26, 2018.  Mark is survived by his wife, Sally, and his two sons, Justin Hamilton and Nathaniel Hamilton.    Mark was ordained in 1985.  He served the Storrs Congregational Church in Storrs, CT, Trinity Congregational Church in Gloucester, MA, the First Congregational Church in Methuen, MA, First Congregational Church in Rochester, NH, and the Community Congregational Church UCC ...

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