Dean Paul Amidon, Sr.
1924-2013 MONTEREY Dean Paul Amidon, Sr., died on Wednesday, October 9, 2013, age 89, in Great Barrington. He was born in Worcester, on June 6, 1924 to Stanley Barnard Amidon and Harriet Thompson Amidon. He attended public schools in Worcester and started going to Worcester Polytechnic Institute in 1942, but left college to join the Navy in 1943. He married Frances Robertson (on leave during the war) on June 18, 1945. After World War II he returned to Worcester Polytechnic Institute, where he was quarterback for the college football team, graduating in 1949 with a BS in Civil Engineering. Mr. Amidon had a long and distinguished career with the Massachusetts Department of Public Works from 1949-1986, including attaining the position of Commissioner of the Pubic Works for all of Massachusetts from 1979 - 1981. He was honored for his work with several professional awards, including, Engineer of the Year (Berkshire Chapter of Massachusetts Society of Professional Engineers in 1975, and Public Works Leader of the Year (one of 10 in US and Canada) in 1980. Mr. Amidon moved his growing family to their current home in Monterey in 1953 where, over the next 60 years, he became deeply involved in the life of the community. He was a co-founder and coach of the Monterey Little League, a volunteer in the Monterey Fire Department, Moderator for Town Meetings, served on the Monterey Planning Board, was active in the Town Republican Committee, served on the Zoning Board of Appeals. He was Lake Garfield's Harbormaster, was a regular member of the Monterey Coffee Club, and was Founder and Chair of the Monterey Veterans Memorial Committee. Outside of Monterey, he was a Moderator of Gt. Barrington's First Congregational Church, and served both on Fairview Hospital's Board of Trustees and the Medical Ethics Committee. He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Frances Robertson Amidon; his four sons and their wives, Skip and Blakely Ann, Peter and Mary Alice, Phillip and Jami, and Jay and Faye; 13 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren. He was pre-deceased by his two younger brothers, Stanley (Buddy) and David Amidon. FUNERAL NOTICE: A funeral for Dean Amidon will be held on Tuesday, October 15, at 2 p.m. at the First Congregational Church, 251 Main St., Gt. Barrington, conducted by Rev. Charles Van Ausdall, pastor. There will be a burial with Military Honors immediately following the service in the Corashire Cemetery on Blue Hill Road in Monterey. The family will receive friends on Monday, October 14, from 6 to 8 p.m. at FINNERTY and STEVENS FUNERAL HOME, 426 Main St., Gt. Barrington. Donations in memory of Dean P. Amidon can be made to "Monterey Veterans Memorial Committee" through FINNERTY & STEVENS FUNERAL HOME, 426 Main St., Gt. Barrington, MA 01230. Remembrances may be sent to the family through www.finnertyandstevens.com
Published in The Berkshire Eagle from Oct. 11 to Oct. 12, 2013