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Preston L. Neff


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Preston L. Neff Obituary
Preston LaVerne Neff, of Waltham, passed away Thursday January 3rd, 2019 at the Newton - Wellesley Hospital at the age of 85. Born on December 18, 1933 in Buffalo, New York; son of the late LaVerne and Dorothy M. (Yahn) Neff. Preston was raised in Cheektowaga, New York and moved to Belmont, Massachusetts after his marriage then to Waltham 57 years ago. A graduate of Amherst High School in New York, Preston joined the United States Navy and served proudly during the Korean War. After returning from service to our country while working at Sylvania he went to school nights at Northeastern University. He was employed as an Engineer with Litton Industries for many years. Preston was an active & devoted member of the Norumbega Fraternity Lodge (successor by merger to Norumbega Brookline Lodge). He served as Master of the Lodge in 1996-1997. He was the District Deputy Grand Master of the Brighton 5th Masonic District, He also belonged to the Masters Lodge and Moses Michael Hayes Lodge. He was a member of Newton Royal Arch Chapter, Cryptic Council, Boston Commandery #2, and Gethsemane-DeMolay Commandery #7. He was honored as a Knight of the York Cross of Honor and belonged to its Massachusetts Priory #52. He was a member of the Valley of Boston, Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite, a 32nd degree Mason, and was a cast member in the dramas of the Rose Croix and he was a member of Shriners Aleppo Temple. Preston had a passion for golf and was a Past President of the Bear Hill Golf Club in Stoneham. In his spare time he was a huge Boston sports fan who loved Naval history, traveling, eating well and having a great drink of scotch. He is survived by his beloved wife of 63 years Natalie C. (Mazzeo) Neff, his loving children David Neff of Los Angeles, CA, Donald Neff and his loving companion Mary Corsaro of Quincy, Karen Neff of Waltham, and Maryellen Walsh and her husband Mark of Marshfield, his cherished grandsons Matthew and Jay Neff, his dear brother (Ret.) Col. Donald Neff U.S.A.F. and his wife Margaret of Frisco, TX and his nieces Jennifer and Kristen. Relatives & Friends are respectfully invited to attend a Memorial Mass of Christian Burial in celebration of Prestons Life at Our Lady Comforter of the Afflicted Church, 920 Trapelo Road, WALTHAM on Saturday morning Jan. 12th at 10:00 a.m. Burial with United States Navy Military Honors will be held at the V.A. Massachusetts Veterans National Cemetery in Bourne at a later date. In lieu of flowers expressions of sympathy may be made in Jacks memory to the - Boston, Development Office, 51 Blossom St., Boston,MA 02114 or donate.lovetothe rescue.org.
Published in Waltham News Tribune from Jan. 10 to Jan. 17, 2019
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