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Birt, David - BOXBOROUGH  
David Leslie Dave Birt, 79, of Boxborough and formerly of Greenfield, died peacefully Friday, August 21, 2015 at the Emerson Hospital in Concord. He was the beloved husband of Barbara (Page) Birt, to whom he was married for 58 years. Born in San Diego, he was one of three children of the late Frank P. and Agnes M. (Wiggins) Birt. A graduate of Greenfield High School, Class of 1954, Mr. Birt was committed to public service from an early age. While still in high school he enlisted in the National Guard, then upon graduation served on active duty with the US Army Airborne from 1954 to 1957 followed by another year with the National Guard. In 1958 he began his career with IBM, taking on many tasks with increasing responsibility. At the time of his retirement in 1987 he was the assistant facilities manager at the Waltham office. Mr. Birt enjoyed golf and reading, and being active in the community was his passion. He served the Town of Boxborough in several positions through the years, including terms as Selectmen from 1987-1990 and 2000-2003, Election Warden, Constable from 1996-until the present, and was a member of the Town of Boxborough Personnel Board, Council on Aging, and the Steele Farm Advisory Committee. A certified EMT Instructor Trainer, for 10 years Mr. Birt was a firefighter/EMT and later Lieutenant and EMT Training Officer for the Boxborough Fire Department. He was also a longtime member of the Harvard Sportsmens Club, longtime member and past captain of the Boxborough District Minutemen, and member and past president of the Rotary Club of Acton-Boxborough. Additionally, he served as a trustee of the Harvard Ridge Condominium for several years. In addition to his wife, he is survived by two daughters, Lea Anne Blake and her husband Stephen of Keene, NH, and Leslie Birt and her husband Sean Daniels of Hillsboro, NH; a granddaughter, Maggie Faid of Hillsboro, NH; and a sister, Frances Princy Stotz of Greenfield, MA. He was the brother of the late Sarah Mae Boe. Family and friends are invited to visiting hours on Tuesday, August 25th from 5:00-8:00 pm at the Acton Funeral Home, 470 Massachusetts Ave (Rte 111) Acton. Graveside services with military honors will be held on Wednesday, August 26th at 1:00pm in South Cemetery, Burroughs Road, Boxborough with Rev. Katrina Wuensch officiating. A public memorial service will be held In September at the United Church of Christ-Boxborough with Rev. Cindy Worthington-Berry officiating, with the date and time to be announced. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Rotary International, online at www.rotary.org Memorial page www.actonfuneralhome.com
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Published in The Boxborough Beacon from Aug. 25 to Sept. 3, 2015
Curtis, David - Lexington  
Dr. David Arnold Curtis passed away on Monday August 17, 2015 at Southeast Georgia Health Services in Brunswick, GA at the age of 76. He was born in Lincoln England on June 17, 1939. He was educated at Durham University where he received his Doctorate in Physics. His career was focused both on research and consultation to manufacturing companies internationally, the majority of the time with Arthur D Little, Booze Allen Hamilton, and Curtis Consulting. David came to the United States in 1968, where he resided in Lexington MA, Boxborough MA, and Marstons Mills MA, before moving to Saint Simons Island, GA. He is survived by his wife of 27 years, Leah Curtis, daughter Helen (Jay) Quinn and sons Stephen Curtis, Jake Nazarian, and Josh (Jaclyn Altman) Nazarian. He is blessed in life, and after, by eight grandchildren; Emily Curtis, Rachel Curtis, Elizabeth Quinn, Sarah Quinn, Catherine Quinn, Jacob Nazarian, Sam Nazarian and Brooke Nazarian. He found great joy in watching his children and grandchildren grow and prosper. David loved to travel and enjoyed capturing his adventures by camera. He also gave back to the community and was actively involved with The American Red Cross. David was always an avid gardener. He was thrilled to join the Family Gardening Club of Saint Simons Island. Over time he expanded to two lots and shared his bounty with friends all over the island. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Family Gardening Club, Saint Simons Island; 607 Sixth Avenue, St. Simons Island, GA 31522. In respecting his final wishes, a celebration of his life was held Sunday, August 23rd from 1pm-4pm at Duckett Funeral Home, 656 Boston Post Road, Sudbury, MA 01776.
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Published in The Boxborough Beacon from Aug. 20 to Sept. 3, 2015
Johnson, Janet D. - Acton  
Janet D. (Foster) Johnson, of Acton, passed away on August 23, 2015 at the age of 84. Janet was born in Melrose, MA on June 9, 1931 to Harry A. and Dorothea B. (Norwood) Foster. Janet graduated from Wakefield High School in the class of 1949 and from the Chandler School for Women, Boston, MA in 1951. She worked for several years for the Boston & Maine Railroad in Boston and after moving to Maine in 1956 with her husband. She also worked for the Hathaway Shirt Company in Maine before becoming a full time homemaker. Janet devoted her life to her husband and raising their children whom she loved dearly. She especially enjoyed being Mrs. Santa Claus at Christmas. She served on many committees and loved her involvement with the Altar Guild at the Church of the Good Shepherd in Acton. Janet is survived by her husband of 62 years, Harry Johnson, whom she met in the first grade of grammar school in Wakefield, MA; a son Paul E. Johnson and his wife Kathryn of Sebago, ME; a daughter, Lisa J. Johnson of Gorham, ME and a daughter, Beth A. Johnson of Lynnfield, MA. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Christopher Johnson and his wife Margaret of Princeton, NJ and Heidi Johnson and her husband Corey Sullivan of Marlboro, MA; and great granddaughter, Eleanor Johnson of Princeton, NJ. Also survived by several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, August 29th at 11:00AM at the Church of the Good Shepherd,164 Newtown Rd., Acton. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Memorial Fund of the Church of the Good Shepherd. For directions or to leave a condolence visit www.actonfuneralhome.com
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Published in The Boxborough Beacon from Aug. 26 to Sept. 7, 2015
Joslin, Nancy H. - Harvard  
Ms. Nancy Hayes Joslin, 82, of Concord, Massachusetts passed away peacefully after a long illness on Saturday, July 8, 2015 at Life Care of Acton. Ms. Joslin was born on November 25, 1933 to Margaret Roper Joslin and Frank Richardson Joslin and was preceded in death by her parents; her sister, Judy Joslin, and her brother, Robert Joslin. Ms. Joslin was a graduate of Lexington High School and Mount Holyoke College. She graduated with her Masters in Elementary Education from Boston University in 1955 and was a Fulbright Scholar in London, England from 1963 to 1964. Ms. Joslin taught in Cohasset, before she began teaching fourth and fifth grades at the Douglas and the Merriam Elementary Schools in Acton, Massachusetts. She is survived by and will be greatly missed by her sisters, Patricia J. Heggie (Gerald) of Lexington, Massachusetts and Joanne J. Lowry (Kieran) of Harvard, Massachusetts and her brother, Frank Richardson Joslin Jr. of Tiverton, Rhode Island. She leaves nine nieces and nephews: Frank Richardson Joslin III of Tiverton, Rhode Island, Alice Joslin Letteri (Joseph) of Wellington, New Zealand, Suzanne Heggie Werner (Robert) of Hillsdale, NY, Charles Jenkins (Susan) of North Andover, MA, Gerald A. Heggie Jr. (Gail) of Hingham, MA, Robert Jenkins (Kelly) of Newbury, MA, Heather Heggie Green (Robert) of Chelmsford, MA, Kieran Lowry IV (Heather) of Raleigh, NC, and Justin Lowry of Portland, OR and 17 great nieces and nephews. Ms. Joslin was an avid Shaker scholar and antique expert, and spent her busy retirement continuing her activities in both areas. She greatly enriched the lives of her family with her sense of fun, her keen intellect, her endless creativity, and her warm thoughtfulness. Aunt Nanny will be missed at all times of year, but especially at Christmas, because of her cherished cookies, and, on May Day, when she surprised her family with traditional May baskets left on their doorsteps. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Contributions may be made in her memory to Mount Holyoke College, c/o Cappie Glica, 50 College Street, South Hadley, MA 01075.
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Published in The Boxborough Beacon from Aug. 18 to Aug. 27, 2015
MacKenzie, Thomas - Deland  
Thomas Edward MacKenzie, 79, of DeLand, FL and formerly of Acton, MA, passed away August 12, 2015. He was born in Weymouth, MA on March 10, 1936 and graduated from Northeastern University with a Masters in Physics. Thomas was an electrical engineer and manager at GenRad in Concord, MA for over 30 years and was also the organist and choir director at South Acton Congregational Church in Acton MA for many years. In addition, he was a pianist and author. Thomas leaves behind his wife of 60 years Cynthia (Cyndy), who was the love of his life, six children, twelve grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. The family will receive friends on Sunday, 8/16 from 1-3pm at Allen-Summerhill Funeral Home in DeLand. A funeral service will be held on Monday, 8/17 at 10am at Allen-Summerhill Memorial Chapel in DeLand. Online condolences may be made at www.allensummerhillfuneralhome.com . In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Halifax Health Hospice of Volusia/Flagler, 3800 Woodbriar Trail, Port Orange, FL 32119. The family is planning a Memorial Service in New England at a later date.
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Published in The Boxborough Beacon from Aug. 15 to Aug. 27, 2015
McGavick Jr., Gerald J. - Acton  
Gerald Gerry J. McGavick, Jr., died peacefully on Wednesday, August 12, 2015 at the Life Care Center of Acton. Born in Jackson Heights, NY on November 16, 1932, he was 82. He was the beloved husband of 53 years to the late Marie Mitzi (Spisso) McGavick. A graduate of St. Johns University, Gerry met his future wife during the 1950s at the Jersey Shore and they were married in 1960 in New Jersey. During the 1960s the couple lived in South Plainfield and Scotch Pines, NJ. In 1972 they settled in Sudbury, MA where they lived for 24 years before moving to Acton, MA in 1996. He retired from the television industry in 1984 where he was director of sales of WCVB-TV, Channel 5. Prior to joining WCVB, he was VP/Director of Sales at Metromedia Television Sales in New York and began his career in the page program for the Tonight Show at NBC in New York. He was diehard Yankees, NY Rangers and Patriots fan, an avid golfer, and a longtime member at Nashawtuc Country Club. He and Mitzi spent their winters in Boca Raton, FL. He is survived by two sons, Scott McGavick & his wife Bonnie of Sudbury and Gerald McGavick, III & his wife Donna of Acton; his five grandchildren, Amanda, Matthew & Molly McGavick and Sean & Patrick McGavick. He was predeceased by his wife Marie, his son Michael McGavick and his sister Marguerite McGavick. Visiting hours were Sunday, August 16th from 5-8pm at the Acton Funeral Home, 470 Massachusetts Ave. (Rte 111) Acton. His funeral Mass was celebrated Monday, August 17th at 9am in St. Bridgets Church, 1 Percival St., Maynard, with burial following in St. Bridgets Cemetery, Great Rd. (Rte 117) Maynard. For obituary, directions or to leave an online condolence visit www.actonfuneralhome. com.
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Published in The Boxborough Beacon from Aug. 15 to Aug. 27, 2015
Nelson, Cynthia A. - Acton  
Cynthia A. (Nelson) Nelson, 74, of Acton, died Sun. Aug. 16, 2015 at the Lahey Clinic Medical Center in Burlington. She was the beloved wife of the late Stanley E. Nelson, Sr., who died in February, 2014. Born in Concord and raised in Acton, she was one of 5 children of the late Emry Daniel and Margaret (Christofferson) Nelson. A licensed practical nurse, Mrs. Nelson was a graduate of Acton High School and Shepard-Hill School of Practical Nursing. She was employed for many years as a receptionist at the dental practice of Dr. Albanese in Concord. An Acton resident for most of her life, Mrs. Nelson and her husband also resided in Hernando, FL for 18 years after Mr. Nelsons retirement before moving back to Acton to be close to family. Mrs. Nelson enjoyed travel with her husband, and most important to her was time spent with her family. She is survived by 3 children, Stanley Nelson, Jr. and wife Heidi of Shirley, Gail Meyers and husband, Bruce, Jr. of Edmonds, WA, and Lisa Friedrichs and husband Eric of Acton; 5 grandchildren, Daniel, Courtney and Nicole Nelson, and Ryan and Hans Friedrichs; a brother Allen Nelson of Acton; 2 sisters, Sonja Sheldon of Millsfield, NH, and Faith Nekitopoulos of W. Springfield, and a large extended family. She was the sister of the late Robert Nelson. Visiting hours are Fri. Aug. 21st from 6-8pm at the Acton Funeral Home, 470 Massachusetts Ave (Rte 111) Acton. Funeral services will be Sat. Aug. 22nd at 10am in The Church of the Good Shepherd, 164 Newtown Rd, Acton, with burial following in Woodlawn Cemetery, Concord Rd., Acton Center. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to the Alzheimers Association, 480 Pleasant Street, Watertown, MA 02472. Memorial page www.acton funeralhome.com .
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Published in The Boxborough Beacon from Aug. 18 to Aug. 27, 2015
Pinsky, Bernard - Acton  
ACTON Bernard (Bernie) Pinsky, 89, a long time Acton resident, passed away August 27th in Kansas. Bernie was raised in Forest Hills, New York, enlisted in the Navy at age 17 and served in WWII after which he studied electrical engineering at CCNY. Bernie found employment at RCA, Laser Graphics and Raytheon working on Air Force One and the Apollo lunar module. In his later years he was a docent at The House of Refuge, Jupiter light house, FL. Bernie married Katherine Collins (now deceased) in 1945 and had five cherished children. In 1966 he married his beloved second wife Constance Desrosier Pinsky (now deceased). Bernie was a loving father to Lawrence and his wife Brenda of TX, Michael and his wife Janis of PA, Gordon and his wife Mary Ann of KS, A. Susan Feeney and her husband Brian of NH, and David and his wife Susan of Acton. Bernie is also survived by 16 grandchildren and their spouses: Joe and Crystal Pinsky, Matt and Melissa Pinsky, Brett and Lisa Pinsky, Adam Pinsky and Joel Clayton, Katherine and Kevin Ruprecht, Jeff and Tara Pinsky, Joshua Pinsky, Jackie and Derek Zepp, Daniel Pinsky, Stephanie and Levi Marcus, Jill Pinsky, Allison and Brian Boulet, Kaitlin Feeney, Esther Pinsky, Hannah and Robert Eisenberg, and Leah Pinsky. Bernie is also survived by 14 great grandchildren -and counting. Services will be held at Congregation Beth Elohim, 133 Prospect St Acton MA at 11:00 AM Friday Sept 4th, interment to follow at Woodlawn Cemetery Acton. The family will be sitting Shiva and receiving visitors Friday Sept 4th 17 Milldam Rd Acton, 3:00 PM-7:30 PM. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Alzheimers Association or The Nature Conservancy. www.actonfuneralhome.com . |
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Published in The Boxborough Beacon from Aug. 31 to Sept. 7, 2015
Studer, John - Acton  
John R. Studer, 88, of Acton, died August 23, 2015. Son of the late William and Agnes Studer, he was a graduate of Boston University and retired from the banking industry where he worked in computer operations. John served honorably in the U.S. Navy during WWII. He is survived by his wife of 67 years Margaret (Fabrizi); their children, Stephen of CT, John Jr. of Acton, Richard of FL, Karen Wilson of Westford, David of ME; his sister Janet Kelly of OH; 12 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. He was predeceased by his son Michael, his brother Paul and his sister Sr. Jacqueline RSM. Visiting hours are Fri. Aug. 28th 4-8pm at the Acton Funeral Home, 470 Massachusetts Ave (Rte 111) Acton. The funeral Mass will be celebrated on Sat. Aug. 29th at 10am in St. Elizabeth of Hungary Church, 89 Arlington St., Acton. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to the Deaconess LTC Resident's Fund, 80 Deaconess Rd, Concord, MA 01742. For directions or to leave an online condolence visit www.actonfuneralhome.com
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Published in The Boxborough Beacon from Aug. 26 to Sept. 7, 2015
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