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. 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 ...

The Rev. Ray Gibbons

Ray Gibbons; minister sought social redress By Claire Noland Los Angeles Times, May 1, 2008 LOS ANGELES -The Rev. Ray Gibbons, a minister who helped Protestant churches in the United States address major social and political issues as director of the Council for Christian Social Action from 1944 to 1968, died of natural causes March 18 at Pilgrim Place retirement home in Claremont, Calif., his son David said. He was 105. The council was an agency of the Congregational Christian Churches of ...

The Rev. Gordon Tate

The Rev. Gordon Tate of Petersham, MA died on March 17, 2008. In 1943, he became the Pastor of the Lakeview Congregational Church in Waltham. While there, he was the chaplain at the Walter E. Fernald School in Waltham and Templeton for 31 years. In 1970, he became pastor of the Petersham Orthodox Congregational Church, where he was Pastor for 16 years, retiring in 1986. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, March 22, at 11am, in the Petersham Orthodox Congregational Church. Calling hours ...

The Rev. Dr. Donald Simpson

The Rev. Dr. Donald Simpson died on February 27. Don was Pastor Emeritus of East Church (Springfield) and a man who truly knew what ministry was all about. He was a product of Second Congregational Church of Holyoke (now Holyoke United) as was his late wife, Betty. Before coming to East Church in 1989, Don was Pastor at East Church from 1947 to 1962 at which time he resigned to become Central Area Minister where he served until the mid 1980's. Don was an expert on how to keep in touch with ...

The Rev. John Mack

John Mack died peacefully at 9:30 AM on Tuesday, January 15, 2008. Amazing Grace was playing in the background as his family sang along. John was most recently living in Washington, DC, but earlier had been very active in extra-parochial ministry in the Metropolitan Boston Association and was a long-time member at the Church of the Covenant. The Memorial Service will be at Peoples Congregational United Church of Christ, 4704 13th St. NW, Washington, DC 20011 at 2:00 PM on Saturday, January 26. ...

The Rev. Bill Blair

The Rev. Bill Blair died in the spring of 2008 (exact date unknown). Bill survived the Battle of the Bulge, was a graduate of Andover Newton Theological School and served churches in New Hampshire and Massachusetts. He continued his association with Andover Newton supervising interns. He is described by Chris Dowell as, "a strong and faithful character, a true friend..." Bill is survived by his wife, Kitts. A memorial service for Bill will be held at the West Tisbury Congregational Church on ...

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