David Ford II
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12 September 1934 - 8 January 2013
David Ford was born in Syracuse, New York the son of Maynard and Jane (Parks) Ford in 1934. He moved to Fitchburg, Massachusetts at age three where he grew up and attended local schools. He attended Deerfield Academy and Williams College, class of 1956, majoring in English.
After graduation he worked on a weekly newspaper in Wilmington, Massachusetts. He joined the Army Reserve. He founded a weekly newspaper in Milo, Maine in 1958.
He worked for the Allyn & Bacon publishing company in Boston from 1959-1960 and then joined Harvard University Press where he worked for 14 years, becoming senior graphic designer. In 1974 he started David Ford Graphic Design, in Lincoln, Massachusetts, working out of his home. He enjoyed long association with the Society of Printers in Boston, the Book Builders of Boston, the American Association of University Presses, and the American Institute of Graphic Arts in New York City. He received several awards for excellence in book design.
In 1988 he assumed responsibility for a family business, the Parks Cramer Company, a textile equipment manufacturing company then evolving into a real estate holding company known as South Boulevard Properties in Charlotte, North Carolina. This company enjoyed success in rehabilitating and renting commercial space. A sale of this property occurred in 2006.
He married Mary Ann Gillingham in 1960. They lived in Lincoln Massachusetts and Woodstock, Vermont.
Mr Ford chaired the Board for the Trustees of the Lincoln (Massachusetts) Public Library. He enjoyed vegetable gardening, beekeeping, maple sugaring, and cross country skiing. An enthusiastic musicianplaying the guitar, mandolin and banjo. Listening to music was his special joy. He also enjoyed reading, fly fishing and was a member of the Lakota Club.
He is survived by a wife, Mary Ann Gillingham Ford, of Woodstock, Vermont; a son, David Fairbanks Ford of White River Junction, Vermont; a son and daughter-in- law, Warren Hopkins Ford and Denise Lisio of Newton Corner, Massachusetts, and numerous nieces and nephews, all of Vermont.
FORD -- In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: The Museum of Printing, 800 Massachusetts Avenue, North Andover, Massachusetts 01845. The Fitchburg Historical Society, 50 Grove Street, Fitchburg, Massachusetts, 01420, or, The Hartland Nature Club, PO Box 349, Hartland, Vermont 05048.
Published in Sentinel & Enterprise on Jan. 23, 2013