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. Lucy Alexander

Rev. Lucy Alexander died on April 29, 2009 after a recurrence of breast cancer. Lucy was a vibrant and wonderful person and her death is a hard one to comprehend. We mourn the loss of her vibrant spirit and energetic witness to ministry. She was an Andover Newton graduate, ordained at Hancock Church in Lexington, and was Associate Minister at First ParishCongregational Church in East Derry, NH since 2003. A memorial service celebrating her life will be held on Sunday, May 24 at 3:00 p.m. at the ...

The Rev. Dr. Paul W. Zeckhausen, Jr.

The Rev. Dr. Paul W. Zeckhausen, Jr. (1932 - 2009) 77, died unexpectedly at Baystate Medical Center, Springfield, MA, on Wednesday, February 25, 2009. Dr Zeckhausen had a long and distinguished career in ministry, serving for thirty years as senior minister of the Wilbraham United Church in Wilbraham, MA, from April 1967 until February, 1997. For eighteen years he served as the August minister at Union Chapel in Hyannisport, MA. After his retirement, he served as interim minister at several area...

Mr. Paul Henry Chaddock

Paul Chaddock, a Commissioned Minister through the Essex Association, died on February 19 in Fountain Hills, AZ. He moved there about six years ago after many years as an active member of The Congregational Church of Topsfield. Paul worked extensively with churches throughout the Essex Association, as well as the Caleb Foundation in Swampscott and the Salem Mission. In the words of one MACUCC pastor, "A finer human being and Christian servant you could not find." An obituary from the Arizona ...

The Rev. Harold R. Fray, Jr.

The Rev. Harold Robert ("Hal") Fray Jr. died on Wednesday, February 11, in Green Valley, Arizona at the age of 84. Hal was the senior pastor at the Eliot Church of Newton from 1962-1972. He was pastor there through the years of the Civil Rights movement and the Vietnam War protests, and was very active in both. Harold died of a cancer that had metastasized to his brain, but he was in hospice care, at home and in full use of his faculties up to the very end. He very purposefully traveled around ...

The Rev. Ms. Marjorie A. Scott

Dear Friends, With great sadness for the loss to us, and gratitude for her life and grace, I share the sad news that Marjorie Scott passed away last night (January 29, 2009). We give thanks for her resilient spirit and strong body which fought multiple ailments over many years. We especially give thanks for the community of dear friends, church members and care providers who have journeyed so far with her. We ask that God’s grace would be close around all of us as we mourn. Marjorie had been ...

The Rev. Dr. Arthur Bowler, Sr.

The Reverend Dr. Arthur Bowler, Sr., retired pastor of First Congregational Church, Randolph died Christmas morning after an extended illness. Arthur and his wife Ruth Anna served First Congregational for forty years as pastor and organist/ choir director. Arthur’s first and only other church over a fifty year ministry was at South Congregational Church of Peabody, where he served for 10 years. Arthur’s ministry included not only increasing the membership and improving the building at First ...

The Rev. Nancy Bush

The Rev. Nancy Bush died at 9:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 3 in Worcester, MA. A retired pastor, she received her ordination in 1950 and served for 67 years. She was a member of First Congregational Church of Rutland at the time of her death. She was known for her warm smile and her ability to bring people together. In the words for former Associate Conference Minister Dick Sparrow, she was "a healer." A funeral service will be held at First Congregational Church of Rutland at 11:00 AM on July 10, ...

The Rev. Joseph Williamson

The Rev. Joseph Williamson was well-known and admired as a former senior pastor at the federated Church of the Covenant in Boston, Dean of Religious Life at Princeton University and a tireless activist for social justice. He died on Saturday, June 7 in Baltimore, MD. Services for Joe will be held on August 9 at 2:00 PM at Church of the Covenant. The following obituary comes from Princeton University: Rev. Dr. Joseph Williamson, activist pastor and scholar, dies at 75 Joseph C. Williamson, the ...

The Rev. Richard Anderson

Dear Friends, Our brother in Christ, Reverend Richard Anderson died on May 19th, in Ashevlle, North Carolina.  Dick was a son of Hough's Neck Congregational Church, Quincy, ordained in the Pilgrim Association in 1978, serving churches in all three Associations of the Southeast Region of the Massachusetts Conference:  Plympton Congregational Church 1975-1981, while he was in seminary at Andover Newton Theological School Swansea, First Christian Congregational Church, 1996-2002 Interim at North ...

The Rev. Delwyn Rayson

From the Honolulu Advertiser: A champion of social justice in Hawai'i, the Rev. Delwyn "Del" Rayson of Church of the Crossroads died April 22 in Minnesota. Rayson's son, David, remembers when his handsome, charismatic father began serving as pastor at Church of the Crossroads in the tumultuous 1960s, "one liberal member worried that he would be too conservative." That may have been the last time anyone said that about Rayson, who made headlines throughout his 8 1/2-year tenure for controversies ...

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