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PostHeaderIcon RYAN CHRISTOPHER GAMBLE of HOLYOKE, MA, January 21, 1982 – November 24, 2013

AMHERST, Ryan Christopher Gamble, age 31, passed away on Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013 of an asthma attack.  Born in Northampton, MA on Jan. 21, 1982 he was the son of Mary Lou Madigan and Henry Gamble.  Originally from Amherst he attended Amherst Public Schools at a young age and then graduated with his High School Diploma from BelchertownHigh School. 

Ryan leaves behind two children, Madison Pearl Gamble and DaSean Donovan Gamble.  Ryan also leaves behind 15 brothers and sisters Todd Palmisano and his wife Ansley Palmisano of Belchertown, Brandi Gamble-Lucas and her husband Sonny Lucas of Springfield, Brandon Gamble, Adam Gamble, Danny Rodriguez and Mandi Hawkins of Belchertown, Valerie Gamble, Daryl Gamble, Keith Gamble, and Kim Gamble  of Holyoke, Kevin Gamble and his wife Linda Gamble of Colorodo, Ava Ward and her husband Jim Ward of Springfield, Shelda Lavalle and her husband Carl Lavalle of Holyoke, Kim Burell of Pennsylvania and Sherri Oconnor and her husband.

He leaves behind a very special niece and nephew Sierra Gamble and Tawreak Gamble Eddington, as well as several other nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews, cousins and friends that he loved.

Ryan was employed at the Spokes in Amherst as a bouncer and he also worked construction on the side.  Ryan was also certified as a Welder.  He enjoyed being around his two beautiful children and loved them with everything he had.  Ryan had been a volunteer at the ROCA program in Springfield where he mentored young youth.

A graveside service will be held on Monday, Dec. 2, at 10:00 a.m. in St. Brigid’s Cemetery, Hadley. Calling hours will be Sunday, Dec. 1, from 3 – 6 p.m. at the Douglass Funeral Service, Amherst. Obituary and memorial register at www.douglassfuneral.com.

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PostHeaderIcon DAVID THOMAS PORTER of AMHERST, MA, September 15, 1928 – November 16, 2013

AMHERST, Emeritus Professor of English David T. Porter passed away early on November 16 after cardiac arrest following a brief stay at Cooley Dickinson Hospital.  He was 85 years old.

Born to Roy Avery Porter and Bertha Thomas Porter on a farm in Elba, one of the tiniest rural communities (pop. 500) in western New York state, David distinguished himself in sports and scholarship at Elba Central High School and Hamilton College before traveling as a young man to teach as Head of English Department in the Lycee at Robert College in Istanbul, Turkey and later making a career of international prominence as a distinguished academic in Arts and Letters.  He was known worldwide as a leading scholar of Emily Dickinson, joining the faculty at the University of Massachusetts, where he taught literature courses to generations of students.

For decades David Porter was closely involved with the Dickinson Homestead, and he organized the first Emily Dickinson International Symposium in 1980, leading to the establishment of the Emily Dickinson International Society that thrives today.  He also organized the “legendary” 1986 Centennial Celebration of Dickinson and delivered the keynote speech, at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, DC.

In 1957, David married Rosalie Pedalino of Orange, NJ.  They lived in Istanbul, then moved to the US where he earned his Ph.D. at the University of Rochester before locating in Amherst in 1962, where they raised their three sons.  Porter joined the English Department faculty where he served until retirement. He published three very highly regarded scholarly works: “The Art of Emily Dickinson’s Early Poetry” (1966), “Emerson and Literary Change” (1978) and “Dickinson: The Modern Idiom” (1981), all published by Harvard University Press, as well as many articles of literary criticism.  US Poet Laureate and Amherst College professor Richard Wilbur stated that Porter’s writing “will force a reconsideration of Emily Dickinson, and it is so well argued and so full of brilliant analysis as to be largely incontrovertible.”

With Amherst as a home base, the Porters have also maintained residences in Nantucket Island, MA and Singer Island, FL for many years.  David Porter’s scholarship afforded opportunities to lecture widely outside the US under the auspices of the US State Department. He was awarded Fulbright Lectureships (twice), a Guggenheim Fellowship, a residency as Senior Research Fellow at the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC, and was a Resident Scholar at the Rockefeller Research Institute at Bellagio, Italy.  During his career, Porter taught at the University of Catania (Sicily), Keele University and the University of Kent (both England).  He received the Faculty Award for Distinguished Research and Scholarship at UMass in 1986, and an Honorary Doctorate at Hamilton College, his alma mater, where he delivered the 1992 commencement address.

Dickinson scholar and longtime friend Polly Longsworth said of David, “But for you, I would not know Dickinson… without your books I couldn’t begin to understand her mind.”  Although he traveled the world as a lover of arts – opera, museums and galleries – he dearly loved the town of Amherst, which he called “the Center of Wisdom.” One of David’s happy accomplishments was to welcome the US Postmaster General to Amherst on August 28, 1971 for a ceremony at Amherst College’s Johnson Chapel to commemorate the first day issue of a new Emily Dickinson 8-cent stamp.  Porter spoke before the Postmaster, noting that Emily had referred in her poetry to 17 instances of a letter being sent, but only 6 times to a letter being successfully delivered or received.

Notwithstanding his crash-landing a small aircraft on the family farm at age 15, Porter served in the Naval Air Corps in PensacolaFL and later in the Army 101st Airborne Division “Screaming Eagles” at Fort Jackson, SC. 

In Professor Porter’s efforts to invigorate the minds of others, he never neglected to touch their hearts.  David loved most to do things with and for his family, and to encourage them to their fullest potential in their productive and creative pursuits.  He was a dedicated and loving husband, a caring, supportive father and a devoted, inspiring grandfather.  He is survived by his sister Margery Porter Philipp of Amelia Island, FL.  Along with his devoted wife of 56 years Rosalie Pedalino Porter, Ed.D., he leaves his children and their partners Thomas (Lisa Perlbinder), David (Sally Cooney) and Stephen (Edward Lee), and grandchildren David Gamliel, Carley Porter, Addison Gamliel, Emily Porter and Finn Cooney Porter.

A memorial service is planned for 4:00pm, Saturday December 7 at the South Congregational Church in South Amherst.  Donations in David Thomas Porter’s memory and in honor of his work may be made to the Emily Dickinson Museum, 280 Main Street, Amherst, MA01002. Obituary and memorial register at www.douglassfuneral.com.

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PostHeaderIcon CLARENCE R. “CHUCK” BABB of HADLEY, MA, October 14, 1934 – November 11, 2013

HADLEY, Clarence R. “Chuck” Babb, 79, died Nov. 11, 2013 at Cooley Dickinson Hospital.  He was born in Hadley, Oct. 14, 1934, son of the late Walter R. and Gladys E. {Murray} Babb.  Chuck was a 1953 graduate of Hopkins Academy; he served in the United States Army in Germany and served on the Amherst Fire call force.  He joined the Amherst Police Department in 1956, and served the force until 1988, when he retired as a Lieutenant.  Chuck took great pride in the fact that he served his country and his local community.  Chuck was a Master Mason at the Pacific Lodge of Masons in Amherst, a lifetime member of Amherst VFW Post 754, and a member of the Hadley Young Men’s Club.  He was also an avid sports fan; dedicated to all of the local teams. He is survived by two sons; Raymond, and his wife Melanie of Hadley, and Richard and his wife Connie of Louisiana, and their mother Marjorie Babb.  His true passion was the love and pride he had for his four grandchildren, Marisa, Mackenzie, Richard and Andrew.  His “sister”, Eleanor Davis Wolff predeceased him. The family would like to offer a special thanks to Dr. Mohamed Kamel for his many years of excellent care and personal attention. Funeral Services will be held Monday, Nov. 18, at 10:00 AM at The Douglass Funeral Home in Amherst, followed by burial in Plainville Cemetery in Hadley. Calling hours at the funeral home will be Sunday, Nov., 17, from 3:00 – 6:00pm.  In lieu of flowers memorial gifts may be made to either The Jimmy Fund, the Shriners Hospital in Springfield, or The Amherst Police Relief Association, c/o APD, 111 Main St. Amherst, MA 01002.  Obituary and memorial register at www.douglassfuneral.com.

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PostHeaderIcon NANCY CLOSE GIBSON of AMHERST, MA, August 13, 1920 – November 4, 2013

AMHERST, Nancy Close Gibson, 93, died peacefully on Nov. 4 at Applewood in Amherst. She had been a full or part time resident of Amherst since 1946. After a childhood divided between Long Island and her mother’s natal home in Woodstock, New Brunswick, Nancy graduated from Skidmore College. During the war she studied art in Albany, and in years following she produced many fine paintings that her children cherish. She was an energetic and creative person in many directions, who sewed costumes for Kirby Theater at Amherst College, collected and refinished furniture, studied sculpture, created flower gardens, played the viola and the piano, and wrote and illustrated a book about American idioms for Japanese children. She was married for 67 years to William Walker Gibson, a professor at Amherst College and later at the University of Massachusetts. She loved the Connecticut River Valley and its bounty of summer vegetables and in her late eighties still called her children to say how beautiful the snow was. She is survived by four children, eight grandchildren, and one great grandchild. Obituary and memorial register at www.douglassfuneral.com.

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PostHeaderIcon NANCY CLOSE GIBSON of AMHERST, MA, November 30, 1999 – November 4, 2013

AMHERST, Nancy Close Gibson, 93, died peacefully on Nov. 4 at Applewood in Amherst. She had been a full or part time resident of Amherst since 1946. After a childhood divided between Long Island and her mother’s natal home in Woodstock, New Brunswick, Nancy graduated from Skidmore College. During the war she studied art in Albany, and in years following she produced many fine paintings that her children cherish. She was an energetic and creative person in many directions, who sewed costumes for Kirby Theater at Amherst College, collected and refinished furniture, studied sculpture, created flower gardens, played the viola and the piano, and wrote and illustrated a book about American idioms for Japanese children. She was married for 67 years to William Walker Gibson, a professor at Amherst College and later at the University of Massachusetts. She loved the Connecticut River Valley and its bounty of summer vegetables and in her late eighties still called her children to say how beautiful the snow was. She is survived by four children, eight grandchildren, and one great grandchild. Obituary and memorial register at www.douglassfuneral.com.

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PostHeaderIcon LYLE A. BACHAND of BELCHERTOWN, MA, May 6, 1993 – November 1, 2013

BELCHERTOWN, Lyle A. Bachand, 20, of Belchertown passed away at home unexpectedly in peace Friday, November 1st, 2013. Born in Springfield, he was the son of the late Mark and Lorraine (Bronner) Bachand. He was raised in Belchertown and graduated from Pathfinder Regional Vocational Technical High School in 2013. He worked for his Uncle Paul at Westover Auto Salvage.

He will be truly missed by his family and friends. Lyle leaves behind his mother, Lorraine, his brother Mark, sister Kandis, her husband Chris and their children Hannah and Chris Jr., as well as his sister Robin, her husband Vinny and their children Michael and Isabella. He was predeceased by his father, Mark Sr. in 2012.

A graveside service will be held on Friday, Nov. 8, at 10:00 a.m. in Quabbin Park Cemetery. Calling hours will be Thursday, Nov. 7, from 6-8 p.m. Obituary and memorial register at www.douglassfuneral.com.

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PostHeaderIcon CHARLOTTE K. SPIVACK of AMHERST, MA, July 23, 1926 – November 1, 2013

AMHERST, Long time Amherst resident, Dr. Charlotte K. Spivack passed away on November 1 after a lengthy illness.  She was 87.  Dr. Spivack was a Professor of English at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst from 1964 to 2006, where she taught courses on Shakespeare, Renaissance Drama and Modern Fantasy Literature and received the University’s Distinguished Teaching Award.  A renowned scholar, Spivack wrote nine books and numerous articles about Renaissance and early modern and fantasy literature and mentored generations of graduate and undergraduate students.  She is survived by her son and daughter and six grandchildren. Funeral services will be held tomorrow, Tuesday, Nov. 5, at 10:00 a.m. at the Douglass Funeral Service, Amherst, with burial following in North Amherst Cemetery. Obituary and memorial register at www.douglassfuneral.com.

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PostHeaderIcon ANTHONY MICHAEL GAWIENOWSKI of AMHERST, MA, October 30, 1924 – November 1, 2013

AMHERST – Anthony M. Gawienowski died peacefully on the morning of November 1, 2013 at the Center for Extended Care in Amherst, two days after his 89th birthday.  The son of Polish immigrants Witold and Tekla Gawienowski, Tony was born in Newark, NJ on Oct. 30, 1924.

He was a professor emeritus in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, where he focused on endocrinology research. 

Tony was a man of strong convictions who had a powerful drive to get things done.  He always wanted to figure out the best way of doing things better, faster and smarter.  He had a curiosity about how the human body worked and what could be done to improve its functioning.

Tony grew up in Irvington N.J. where he graduated from high school. Tony attended Seton Hall University and transferred to Villanova University to enlist in a Navy V-12 training program and play football, and was commissioned in the U.S. Navy.  He served as an Assistant Navigation Officer on the U.S.S. General O.H. Ernst (AP 133) and was awarded American, Asiatic Pacific and European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medals and the Victory Ribbon, and retired a Lieutenant (junior grade).  After World War II, he graduated from Villanova in 1948, and then worked in the pharmaceutical industry until he enrolled in the University of Missouri, Columbia in 1952.  He earned his master’s and doctoral degrees in Agricultural Chemistry (endocrinology.) While in Columbia, he met Clotilda Brewington and they married July 30, 1955. They were married 57 years.  Following postdoctoral work at the University of Texas at Austin, he joined the faculty of Kansas State University’s Department of Chemistry.  In 1963, he became a member of the faculty at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, initially with the Chemistry Department and assisted in the creation of the Department of Biochemistry, now the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.  His research included the metabolism of diethylstilbestrol (DES) and he started raising alarms involving its use in 1958, the action of a cannabinoid agonist on retinas (marijuana and eyes), and also researched hormone synthesis, olfaction and animal behavior (using odors to build a better rat trap).  He retired in 1992. 

Tony was active in the Knights of Columbus, the Human Life Foundation, Massachusetts Citizens for Life, Natural Family Planning, the Board of Overseers for the UMass Newman Catholic Center, the UMass Faculty Senate, and the Amherst Republican Committee and hosted “Republicans in Action” on ACTV.  His professional associations included the American Association for University Professors, Sigma Xi, The Endocrine Society, the Society for the Study of Reproduction, the American Chemical Society, Gamma Alpha, and Phi Lambda Upsilon. His other interests included the origins of creativity, the Catholic Charismatic movement, mentoring students in the Golden Key Society, being an advisor for UMass R.O.T.C., the unionization of the UMASS faculty and coaching nursing students through their biochemistry course requirement.

He leaves behind his brother, John of Sunnyvale, CA, and five children, the Rev. John Gawienowski of Amherst; Tony Gawienowski of St, Charles, MO; Dr. Margaret Briskin and husband Donald Briskin, of Champaign, IL; Dr. Mary Frances Gawienowski of Barrington, IL; and Peter Gawienowski and his wife the Rev. Michelle of Shoreview, MN. He leaves two grandchildren, Clotilda Briskin and Luke Gawienowski.  His wife Clo passed away in February.  He was preceded by his sister Helen and brother Steven.  His family would like to extend their thanks and gratitude to the staff of the Center for Extended Care.

Funeral services will be Thursday, Nov. 7, at 9:00 a.m. from the Douglass Funeral Service, Amherst, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 a.m. in the Our Lady Seat of Wisdom Chapel at the Newman Catholic Center, Amherst, with burial following in North Amherst Cemetery. Calling hours will be Wednesday, Nov. 6, from 6-8 p.m. at the Douglass Funeral Service.  Donations in his memory may be made to the Newman Catholic Center, 472 N. Pleasant Street, Amherst, MA 01002. Obituary and memorial register at www.douglassfuneral.com.

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PostHeaderIcon HOWARD E. JEROME of PELHAM, MA, August 10, 1926 – October 31, 2013

Pelham-   Howard E. Jerome, 87, formerly of Daniel Shays Highway in Pelham, died Thursday, October 31st at the Center for Extended Care in Amherst after of a period of declining health.  He was born in Hardwick Vermont in 1926, the son of the late Harry and Winona Jerome.  He was educated at HardwickAcademy, serving as his class President in his graduation year.  Following his graduation in 1944 he enlisted in the U.S. Army and served in the Western Pacific Theater of operations until his discharge in November of 1946.  Howard was awarded the Expert Infantry Badge, Army of Occupation Medal, Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal, Good Conduct medal and WWII victory medal for his service in the war.

He relocated to western Massachusetts and married his childhood companion, Blanche M. Brochu, in June of 1956.  They settled in Amherst and later in Pelham.  He was employed by the U.S. Postal Service for many years and later worked for Kaiser Permanente of Amherst.  Howard was a lifelong lover of the outdoors, loved hunting and golfing and was an avid Red Sox Fan from a very young age.  He had dreamed of his beloved Red Sox winning the World Series on their home turf, and he left this world very shortly after this event. 

Howard was well known in the community and will be sadly missed by the family and friends that he leaves behind.  He is survived by his seven children Sue Jerome and her husband Mark Weisman of Windham Maine, James Jerome of Pelham , Michael Jerome and his wife Becky of Shutesbury, William Jerome of Miller Falls, John Jerome of Pelham, Thomas Jerome of Pelham, and Carol Breen and her husband Andy of Whately.  He is also survived by five grandchildren and two great granddaughters; William Jerome Jr. and his wife Alison of Wrentham, and their daughter Violet, Cassandra Jerome of South Deerfield and her daughter Angelina Egland, Cade Jerome of Southampton, Ben Weisman of Boulder CO, and Cameron Jerome of Amherst.  He also leaves behind his beloved sister Muriel Houghton and her children LeRoy and his wife Sylvia, and her son Richard, all of St. Johnsbury VT, as well as his brother Bernard’s children; Kathy, Kelly and Kerry and his sister Helen’s daughter, Linda.

Howard is predeceased by his loving wife of 49 years, Blanche Jerome, who passed away in May of 2005.  The family will be holding a private funeral service and burial.  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Howard’s name to the Dakin Humane Society, P.O. Box 6307, SpringfieldMass., 01101. The family invites friends to visit www.douglassfuneral.com to sign the memorial guestbook or share memories of Howard.

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PostHeaderIcon JANICE SCOTT of HADLEY, MA, May 8, 1921 – October 29, 2013

Janice E. Scott

HADLEY – Janice E. Scott, 92, of Mt. Warner Road died October 29 at home with her family.

Born May 8, 1921 in Fairfield, Connecticut, Janice was the daughter of the late Wilson and Elva Schwartz.

She was a graduate of the New HavenTeachers College in Connecticut.  She lived for many years in Monroe, Connecticut and taught public school in neighboring Trumbull for over 20 years.          

Janice was the wife of Lewis H. Scott, who preceded her in death in 2002.  She will be deeply missed by her two sons, Russell Scott, and his wife Regina, of Williamsburg and David Scott of Hadley; a daughter Elizabeth Montgomery, and her husband Timothy, of Belchertown and her grandchildren Ryan, Caitlin and Lauren.

A celebration of her life will take place at the North Hadley Congregational Church, today, Saturday, November 2, 2013 at 11:00 A.M. Obituary and memorial register at www.douglassfuneral.com.

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