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PostHeaderIcon JUDITH W. BURROWS of PELHAM, MASS, August 24, 1938 – June 5, 2014

Pelham – Judith W. Burrows of Pelham passed away peacefully, with her family by her side on Thursday June 5, 2014

   She was born on August 24, 1938 in Northampton to Charles and Evelyn (Crutch) Drake. She was raised and educated in Amherst, and graduated from Amherst High School, and later from Franklin County Public Hospital School of Nursing.    After graduating, Judy went to work at Cooley Dickinson Hospital, in Northampton, where she retired from after a 42 year career. During that time she touched many lives.   Judy loved her gardens and the many Birds that would come to the house and feed, knitting, and especially her Husband  Richard, whom  she married July 21, 1962. They  spent 51 glorious and loving years together, and enjoyed their many trips to Maine.   Besides her husband Richard, she also leaves behind two sons, James of Bedford, Texas; Glenn and his wife Megan of Belchertown; two loving grandchildren, Brooke and Tyler, also of Belchertown; two Brothers Charles Jr. (Red) and Robert Drake and his Wife Mary Jane, both of Amherst; and many Nieces, Nephews and extended family and friends; especially her life long friend of 65 years, Paula Burrows and her husband Maurice.   Calling Hours will be at the Douglass Funeral Home in Amherst on Tuesday June 10th from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m.   At the request of the Family, the Funeral will be private.  The Family would like to thank the staff of both The Elaine Center of Hadley and the Cooley Dickinson Hospital for their aide, kindness and support.   Memorial Donations can be made in Judith Burrows’ name to the VNA/Hospice of Cooley Dickinson Hospital, 168 Industrial Drive, Northampton, Ma. 01060. Obituary and memorial register at www.douglassfuneral.com

 

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PostHeaderIcon HOWARD “BUTCH” THORNTON, JR of AMHERST, MASS, November 3, 1935 – May 30, 2014

AMHERST, Howard E. {Butch} Thornton Jr., of Amherst, passed away Friday May 30th, 2014 at home. He was born in Northampton, MA November 3rd, 1935 to the late Howard E. Sr. and Julia {Strange} Thornton. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Gloria A. {Brown} Thornton and their five children, Kathy Cortright and husband Robert, Rusty Thornton and wife Judy, P.J. Thornton, Todd Thornton and wife Patti, Carson Thornton and wife Kate. Butch is also survived by four grandchildren, Tanya, Christine, Ben and Mike, two great-grandchildren Noah and Evan and two sisters, Judith Johnson and husband David and Sharon. He was a veteran of the 7th infantry Army and served in Germany. After his discharge he began his career as a lifelong welder, retiring from Deerfield Valley Re-Fab and Crane, in South Deerfield. Butch was a lifetime member of the Norwottuck Fish and Game Club and the VFW Post 754, of Amherst. He had a love for hunting, fishing, golf, bowling and playing cards. All services will be private. Memorial donations may be made to VNA Hospice of Cooley Dickinson Hospital. Obituary and memorial register at www.douglassfuneral.com

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PostHeaderIcon JUDY YOUNG of AMHERST, MA, September 15, 1952 – May 23, 2014

Amherst, Judy Young, University of Massachusetts Astronomy Professor and longtime resident of Amherst, passed away in the early morning on Friday, May 23rd. She is mourned by her daughter, Laura Little; her mother, Vera Rubin; her three brothers, David, Karl, and Allan Rubin; and a remarkable network of family, dear friends, and lifelong learners around the world.

Judy was born on September 15th, 1952 to Bob and Vera Rubin, the latter a noted astronomer whose teachings on black holes inspired Judy to become an astronomer as well. Judy earned a bachelor’s degree with honors from Radcliffe/Harvard University in 1974 and a doctorate in physics from the University of Minnesota in 1979.

Judy served as Professor of Astronomy at UMass from 1993-2013. Her work on star formation in galaxies earned international recognition and many awards throughout her distinguished career. She was a tireless support and friend to the many students she mentored, who remember her for her dedication, passion, humor, and warmth. She dreamed up and built the UMass Sunwheel, a stone circle whose 8-10ft. standing stones line up with the rising and setting sun during solstices and equinoxes. Judy led seasonal sunrise and sunset gatherings at the Sunwheel, making the connections between sky and earth real for over 8,000 visitors.

Judy enthusiastically shared not only her knowledge and passion for science with those around her, but also her deep love of living. She cultivated a profound connection with nature, and enjoyed backpacking, biking, hiking, and simply being outside. Her garden is a Certified Wildlife Habitat and has been featured in the Amherst Garden Tour. Above all, Judy loved her daughter Laura, with whom she shared a bond of warmth, support, silliness, song, and love.

In 2006 Judy was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, the cancer that later claimed the life of her father. Even as her health challenges increased, Judy continued for many years to dedicate herself to teaching and sharing her insights. The blog she created, Living Joyfully With What Is, shares a beautiful series of thoughts on her journey and her unflinching determination to enjoy what life has to offer in spite (and because) of its brevity. Her spirit and her independent, courageous, joyful approach to living were an inspiration to the many lives she touched.

Two services will be held to celebrate Judy’s life and honor her memory: one outdoors on Wednesday June 4th, 7 pm at the UMass Sunwheel, rain or shine; and one indoors on Thursday June 5th, at the Jewish Community of Amherst. Both will be open to the public. All are encouraged to wear vibrant colors, in celebration of life. If you are so moved, please consider a donation to The Nature Conservancy. Obituary and memorial register at www.douglassfuneral.com.

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PostHeaderIcon PAUL HARDY CAMPBELL, JR. of PELHAM, MA, July 4, 1921 – May 18, 2014

PELHAM, Paul Hardy Campbell, Jr. of 141 Amherst Road, Pelham passed away on Sunday, May 18th at the Cooley Dickinson Hospital. He was born in Pelham at the Hamilton Nursing/Maternity Home on Harkness Road on July 4, 1921, the son of Paul Hardy Campbell, Sr. and Helen Ward Campbell.

He attended Pelham schools and graduated from Amherst High School in 1940. He married the former Althea E. Spear in 1943. Following a short residence in Amherst, they moved to Shutesbury in 1948 and remained there until 1980. Campbell served in the U.S. Army 842nd Quartermaster Gasoline Supply Company from August 1941 to November 1945. His military service took him into Germany, France, Holland and Belgium. He was employed at the Prophylactic Brush Company for twenty years and in 1971 assumed the position of maintenance supervisor at Hampshire College…retiring in 1988. Accompanying his wife, he was active in the Shutesbury Community Church. He was a member of the Swift River Valley Historical Society and the Pelham Historical Society. His knowledge of early local history is documented within the Town of Pelham’s archives. He was a knowledgeable antique bottle and furniture collector and a tried and true fan of national hockey and baseball, most especially the Boston teams. For many years he served as a coach for Little League baseball in Amherst. For reflection and contemplation, he often spent quiet hours fishing the Pelham brooks.

He leaves two children, Bryan Paul Campbell and wife Elizabeth and Linda Campbell Hanscom of Belchertown, six grandchildren, eleven great grandchildren, two great-great grandchildren and two brothers, Norman H. Campbell and Roland A. Campbell. He was predeceased by his daughter Elaine M. Weaver.

Calling hours will be held on Friday, May 23, from 4-7 p.m. at the Douglass Funeral Service, Amherst. The funeral will be held at the Shutesbury Community Church on Saturday, May 24, at 10:00 a.m. Burial will be in West Cemetery, Shutesbury, followed by a luncheon at the church.

Memorial contributions can be made to the following – Amherst Baseball, Inc., P.O. Box 3501, No. Amherst, MA 01004 or Shutesbury Community Church Table/Chair Fund, P.O. Box 79, Shutesbury, MA 01072. Obituary and memorial register at www.douglassfuneral.com.

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PostHeaderIcon PAUL HARDY CAMPBELL, JR. of PELHAM, MA, July 4, 1921 – May 1, 2014

PELHAM, Paul Hardy Campbell, Jr. of 141 Amherst Road, Pelham passed away on Sunday, May 18th at the Cooley Dickinson Hospital. He was born in Pelham at the Hamilton Nursing/Maternity Home on Harkness Road on July 4, 1921, the son of Paul Hardy Campbell, Sr. and Helen Ward Campbell.

He attended Pelham schools and graduated from Amherst High School in 1940. He married the former Althea E. Spear in 1943. Following a short residence in Amherst, they moved to Shutesbury in 1948 and remained there until 1980. Campbell served in the U.S. Army 842nd Quartermaster Gasoline Supply Company from August 1941 to November 1945. His military service took him into Germany, France, Holland and Belgium. He was employed at the Prophylactic Brush Company for twenty years and in 1971 assumed the position of maintenance supervisor at Hampshire College…retiring in 1988. Accompanying his wife, he was active in the Shutesbury Community Church. He was a member of the Swift River Valley Historical Society and the Pelham Historical Society. His knowledge of early local history is documented within the Town of Pelham’s archives. He was a knowledgeable antique bottle and furniture collector and a tried and true fan of national hockey and baseball, most especially the Boston teams. For many years he served as a coach for Little League baseball in Amherst. For reflection and contemplation, he often spent quiet hours fishing the Pelham brooks.

He leaves two children, Bryan Paul Campbell and wife Elizabeth and Linda Campbell Hanscom of Belchertown, six grandchildren, eleven great grandchildren, two great-great grandchildren and two brothers, Norman H. Campbell and Roland A. Campbell. He was predeceased by his daughter Elaine M. Weaver.

Calling hours will be held on Friday, May 23, from 4-7 p.m. at the Douglass Funeral Service, Amherst. The funeral will be held at the Shutesbury Community Church on Saturday, May 24, at 10:00 a.m. Burial will be in West Cemetery, Shutesbury, followed by a luncheon at the church.

Memorial contributions can be made to the following – Amherst Baseball, Inc., P.O. Box 3501, No. Amherst, MA 01004 or Shutesbury Community Church Table/Chair Fund, P.O. Box 79, Shutesbury, MA 01072. Obituary and memorial register at www.douglassfuneral.com.

 

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PostHeaderIcon EDWARD R. PIERCE of AMHERST, MA, June 15, 1922 – May 7, 2014

Amherst, Edward Robert Pierce, 91, passed away Wednesday morning May 7, 2014 at the Baystate Hospital in Springfield following a brief illness. He was married on June 4, 1949 to his beloved wife of 65 years, Virginia Louise (Julian) Pierce. He was born June 15, 1922 in St. Stephen, New Brunswick, Canada, to the late Coleman E. and Nona G. (Porter) Pierce and would have celebrated his 92nd birthday this year.

He graduated from the St Stephen High School, and joined the Royal Canadian Air Force serving overseas until the end of WWII. He graduated from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst in 1950 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. He worked as a quality control officer in the aviation industry in the US, and Canada, until his retirement.

Edward was an avid skydiver for many years with the Sky Knights, and a member of the Auxiliary Police Force in Enfield, Connecticut.

Edward is survived, and will be deeply missed by his wife, Virginia. He was predeceased by his two children Robert Pierce and Marilyn (Pierce) Costantino, his brother Coleman V. Pierce and his brother-in-law Raymond Cornish. He is survived by his grandson Paul Costantino, and his wife Melissa, two great grandsons Michael and Joseph of Long Island, NY, his sister Christina Cornish of Littleton, MA, his sister-in-law, Marion Pierce of St. Stephen, his sister-in-law Barbara Carpenter and her husband Allan of Amherst, and several cousins, nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be Thursday, May 15, at 11:00 a.m. at the Douglass Funeral Service, Amherst. Burial will be private. Obituary and memorial register at www.douglassfuneral.com.

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PostHeaderIcon HUBBARD M. SMITH of AMHERST, MA, November 21, 1935 – May 8, 2014

AMHERST, Hubbard Montgomery Smith of Stony Hill Amherst, died at his home Thursday, May 8, 2014.  He was 78 years old.

Born in Mt. Vernon, New York on November 21, 1935, Hub was the son of the late Florence Montgomery Smith and Clarence Harry Smith.  He graduated from Pelham Memorial High School (NY) in 1953 and was an alumnus of Amherst College, Class of 1957.  After serving in the US Army, Hub began a 27- year career at Time Inc in New York, starting in the mailroom and continuing through increasingly responsible positions at Life, Sports Illustrated and Time Magazines.  From 1969-71 he managed the Time Life production office in Paris, France, then returned to the New York office to serve as the Director of Production for Time Magazine worldwide from 1971 – 1984.  In 1985 the Smiths relocated to Amherst when Hub took a position in the Alumni/Development office at Amherst College, where his responsibilities included a stint as Alumni Director.  He retired from the college in 1995.

Hub is survived by his wife of 49 years, Linda Fisher Smith, his daughter Alison Smith Mitchell (Sidney Mitchell) of Orono, Maine, and his son Stephen Montgomery Smith (Lynn Connors Smith) of Pannal England; and his four (perfect) grandchildren, Matthew and Claire Williamson and Meghan and Sarah Smith.  Hub’s other family members include his sister, Susan Smith Parkhurst of Denver, sister-in-law Carole Finn Fisher of Canton, CT, cousin Marjorie Ensign Laxier of San Jose, CA and many nieces, nephews and cousins.  His place to connect with family was the much-loved summer place on Canada Lake in the Adirondacks of New York.

A committed community volunteer, Hub has served on the boards and as an officer of many organizations, including the Board of Education in Pleasantville, NY, the Scarborough Presbyterian Church, Briarcliff Manor, NY; and locally on the boards of the Literacy Project, the Echo Hill South Association, the Amherst Club and Highland Valley Elder Services Money Management Program.  At the time of his death he was president of his college class.  Hub was an active member of First Congregational Church UCC in Amherst, serving as moderator several times, assistant treasurer and on several boards.

Many people drew inspiration from Hub’s courage and commitment to his recovery after a major health incident in 2003 that left him paraplegic and with other medical complications.  His perseverance and positive spirit have inspired many and delighted his family.

Hub will be remembered for his honesty, thoughtful intelligence and written word, innate sense of fairness, his fierce sense of justice and perhaps most of all, his keen and quick sense of humor.  As his friends will attest he had a way of making everyone feel as if they were his oldest friends, no matter the length of the acquaintance.

A memorial service is planned at First Congregational Church in Amherst on Saturday, June 7 at 2 pm.  In lieu of flowers, contributions may be directed to the charity of one’s choice or to any of Hub’s favorite organizations: The Literacy Project, First Congregational Church Project 275, or the VNA Hospice of Hampshire Co.  He will be missed.

Obituary and memorial register at www.douglassfuneral.com.

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PostHeaderIcon MARY LANCASTER of AMHERST, MA, August 5, 1921 – May 3, 2014

AMHERST, Mary Lancaster, 92, died May 3rd at the Center for Extended Care in Amherst.

Born in Fitchburg, Mass., a daughter of Lester E. and Marion C. Parkhurst, the family moved to Old Town, Maine where Mary graduated from Old Town High School. She earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Maine in Orono in 1943. After college she worked for the General Electric Company in Bridgeport, Connecticut.

She married her high school sweetheart and then Air Force pilot, Hartwell Lancaster, in 1946, and lived in many locations until her husband’s retirement in 1963, when they returned to Amherst to settle.

Mary attended South Amherst Congregational Church and was a member of the Amherst Golf Club. She worked for many years at the House of Walsh in Amherst, was an avid cribbage player, and a great friend to many people.

She leaves a son, Dr. Waheguru Singh Khalsa of Los Angeles; and a daughter, Elizabeth P. Lancaster of Southbridge, MA; a brother, Lester E. Parkhurst, Jr. of Sun City Center, FL.

A memorial service will be held at 3:30 pm Friday, May 9, 2014 in the South Congregational Church, a burial will be private in the South Amherst Cemetery.

A memorial reception will be at Applewood on Saturday, May 10, 2014 at 3:00 pm. Obituary and memorial register at www.douglassfuneral.com.

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PostHeaderIcon MARGARET B. ANDERSON of AMHERST, MA, June 16, 1922 – May 3, 2014

AMHERST, Margaret B. Anderson, 91, of Amherst, passed away Saturday, May 3, 2014 at the Center for Extended Care at Amherst.

Born June 16, 1922, in Pelham, MA, she was one of six daughters, born to Martin and Katherine Boguslawski. She was predeceased by her sisters; Anna, Helen, Irene, Catherine and Elizabeth.

On April 9, 1948, she married Lewis Anderson. They were married for 55 years. Lewis predeceased her in 2003.

Margaret was a retired Federal Government employee, having worked in several Federal Agencies.

She enjoyed cooking, collecting recipes, jig-saw puzzles and working in her flower garden.

She is survived by her two sons, James of Huntsville, AL and Jeffrey of Amherst.

A graveside service will be held on Thursday, May 8, at 10:00 a.m. in Wildwood Cemetery. Calling hours will be Wednesday, May 7, from 6-8 p.m. at the Douglass Funeral Service, Amherst. Obituary and memorial register at www.douglassfuneral.com.

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PostHeaderIcon Allan R. “Big Al” McKinnon of Amherst, MA, August 8, 1928 – April 22, 2014

AMHERST, Allan R. McKinnon died April 22, 2014 in Amherst MA. He was born in Holyoke, MA on August 8, 1928 to Allan and Gertrude Engel McKinnon.

Allan “Big Al” graduated from the University of Massachusetts, class of 1952 and was a lifetime member of the Alumni Association.  He was a Registered Professional Engineer, first serving in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.  He was chosen Soldier of the Cycle after basic training at Aberdeen Proving Grounds and taught Guided Missile Guidance Components at Fort Monmouth, NJ.   He returned to Holyoke to own and manage J.& W. Jolly, Inc., a fabrication and machine tool business.  In the early 1990’s he began working for the University of Massachusetts Athletic Department as an Administrative Assistant and Transportation coordinator, retiring in 2003.

He played golf throughout his lifetime, taking annual trips to Pine Needles, in Southern Pines, NC, but regardless of where he traveled always managed to find a golf course. Al also loved to ski and served as president of the Mt. Tom Ski Club. He was a fan of all UMass sports, holding season tickets for football, hockey and basketball.  He was a fan of the Red Sox, Patriots and Bruins, but if his favorites weren’t on TV, most any game would do.

He served his community as a Life Member of the Mt. Tom Masonic Lodge, Holyoke;  Honorary Life Member of Rotary Club; Past President, Holyoke YMCA and United Way.  He also served as Chairman for the United Way Fund Drive (2 years); Member, Trustee and Corporater for People Bank; member of the Board of Directors of the Holyoke Chamber of Commerce and of the Forestdale Cemetery.  Allan also served others by being a life-long blood donor.

Allan was predeceased by his parents, sister and brother-in-law Gertrude and James Creighton; nephew James Creighton; stepdaughter, Cheryl Ann (Nagy) Burger and grandson Sgt. Kenneth J. Iwasinski.

He is survived by his wife, Peggy (Torma) McKinnon; children, Linda (Thomas) McGrath;  Jeffrey (Allison Blackfield) McKinnon; Laurie McKinnon (John Cotton); grandchildren Bryan and Heather McGrath;  Jeffrey, Clarke and  Kiley McKinnon;  Holly Huebner and Mcallan Craig.  Stepfamily Mark and Kim Nagy, Tracy (Nagy) Taylor and grandchildren Amber, Nathan, Rebecca Erskine, Emily and Samuel Burger; Luke and Jake Nagy; Amanda Taylor and great grandchildren Kirsten and Jillian Erskine.

Douglass Funeral Service, Amherst, MA is in charge of arrangements.  Interment will be at the convenience of the family. A Celebration of Al’s Life will be Wednesday, May 14, from 5-7 p.m. at the Amherst Golf Club, 365 South Pleasant St., Amherst, MA.

The family wishes to thank the staff and volunteers of the Fisher Home for the loving care and kind guidance they provided to Allan and his family during the last leg of our journey together.  In lieu of flowers, please consider contributing to The Fisher Home; 1165 North Pleasant Street, Amherst, MA 01002 or a charity of your choice. Obituary and memorial register at www.douglassfuneral.com.

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