James Douglas Whitney 83, died at home June 10, 2014 with Nancy, his wife of 59 years, at his side. He is survived by their sons, Douglas Carter Whitney, Keith John Whitney and James Apel Whitney; their wives, Jeanne Benda Whitney, Jeanne Aulgur Whitney and Laura Scheerer Whitney and five grandchildren, Eva Aulgur Whitney, Sophie Jane Whitney, August William Whitney, Christopher Douglas Whitney and Conrad George Whitney. He is also survived by his younger brother, Dr. Peter Julius Whitney and his wife, Sally Wheeler Whitney. His unique sense of humor and magnanimous disposition will be missed by all who knew him. He was a loving and devoted husband, a caring father, and doting grandfather. He leaves behind a lifetime of happy memories and a caring spirit that he passed on to those who loved him. He was born June 30, 1930 and attended Bucknell University where he met his wife Nancy. He served briefly in the Army and married shortly thereafter. He attended the University of Buffalo Law School and passed both the Arizona and New York State bar. He moved to Arizona where he worked in the Cochise County Attorneys’ Office in Bisbee, Arizona and private practice before joining the United States Attorneys’ Office in Tucson, where he did the work that he loved the most. Although he left the United States Attorneys’ Office for a few years, he was able to return and finish his career there. In the course of his legal career, he presented oral arguments before the United States Supreme Court and the other Federal Appellate Courts. He loved reading, the occasional round of golf, practicing his trombone, and enjoying the beauty of his ranch in Southern Arizona. He will be deeply missed.
Raymond L. (Larry) Mason Jr., 87, died peacefully on Thursday, September 22, 2016, at the Blaire House Nursing Home in Milford, after a long illness. He is survived by his son, Scott R. Mason and daughter- in-law Margaret Mason of Trenton NJ, daughter Lisa Maxfield of Raleigh NC, grandson Greg Mason of Ewing NJ, granddaughter Allison Carmichael of Queens NY, cousins Thomas and Steven Gilbert and longtime companion Patricia Broderick of Medway. He was born in Boston on October 31, 1928 and was the son of the late Raymond L Mason Sr. and Dorothy Harris, longtime residents of Randolph, both very active in civic and community affairs. He grew up on Union St. and had been a member of the First Congregational Church of Randolph. He attended the old Stetson High School 1943-1946 and remained actively connected to its alumni associations and helped restore the roof back in the 1990’s. After Stetson High, he attended Williston Academy in Northampton before entering The University of Maine. His time there was interrupted by the Korean War where he served in army intelligence. Upon completion of his service he returned to Maine and graduated in 1956 with a BS in Business Administration. He then began his career in the New York financial district as a stock banker. He raised his family in New Jersey and after many years he went to work for the NJ Department of Banking. He retired in 1999 and moved back to his beloved Massachusetts, settling in Carver.
George A.Goodridge, of 115 Elm St., Hatfield, passed away peacefully Friday, Jan. 22, 2016, at Genesis Elaine Center at Hadley.
He was born Jan. 19, 1928, in Topsfield, the son of Col. George L. Goodridge and Charlotte Mae (Hutchinson) Goodridge. A graduate of Topsfield High School he attended Norwich University and served in the U.S. Army Signal Corps in World War II. George graduated in 1952, from the University of Massachusetts with a bachelor’s degree in business administration.
He was devoted to his family and always ready to help anyone in need. He loved sailing ever since learning as a child on the Cape. He became an avid reader and skilled woodworker during his later years.
George worked for Johns Manville Sales Corp. in the pipe division representing products related to water supply, waste water systems and drainage. He was a member of New England Water Works Association, American Water Works Association, New England and American Waste Water Associations as well as several state and local public works associations. He retired from Johns Manville as district sales manager for Southeast Florida and Bahamas.
He had been a member of UCC, The Washington Masonic #61 Lodge of Manchester, New Hampshire, the Barrington Yacht Club, Rhode Island, and the Boca West Country Club. He was also a member of the former South Deerfield Rotary Club. When living in Whately in the 1970’s he served on the town planning board.
He leaves his wife Joan (Rich) Goodridge; a son George L. Goodridge, II (Class of 1970) of Whately; a daughter Pamela Franklin of Etna, New Hampshire; eight grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and a sister Margaret Matthews of Stuart, Florida.
He was born in East Orange, NJ, on May 14, 1930, the son of George Thomson Moore and Esther Haynes Lane Moore. He attended Williston Academy for two years before he graduated from Tryon High School in 1949 and from North Carolina State University in 1953. He served as a First Lieutenant in the U. S. Army in Korea.
He is survived by his daughter Caroline (Austin) Chapman, his grandson Thomson Flynn Moore Chapman, and his sister Priscilla Tapley. He is also survived by his step children Pamela McDougald, Scott (Brenda) McDougald, Dorothy (Rick) Maynard, Janet Howell, Marguerite Kerhulas; numerous step grandchildren and step great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his wife Mary Flynn Moore, his son Brian Thomson Moore and his second wife Sylvia Smith Dodge.
She was the daughter of the late John and Mary (Sheridan) Cahill of Brockton.
She had a long career as a financial officer at several Boston area establishments, including Harvard Business School, The Children’s Museum and King’s Chapel.
She was the loving sister of Patricia Barnett of Philadelphia, Carol Walsh and and her husband Frank of Weymouth, John Cahill of Pocasset and the late Robert Cahill. Dear sister-in-law of the late Edwin Barnett. She was the proud aunt of 11 nieces and nephews and enjoyed many happy times at the family home at New Silver Beach on the Cape.
Frank E. Schwelb, a onetime Justice Department civil rights lawyer who became a D.C. judge for more than three decades, known for his sometimes floridly written judicial decisions, died Aug. 13, 2015 at a Washington hospital. He was 82. He had Parkinson’s disease and complications from cardiopulmonary ailments, said his wife, Taffy Schwelb.
After fleeing his native Czechoslovakia with his family on the eve of World War II, Judge Schwelb grew up in England before coming to the United States in his teens. He served as an attorney with the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division from 1962 to 1979, when he was appointed to the D.C. Superior Court. Judge Schwelb quickly became known for his lengthy and sometimes verbally inventive writings from the bench. He turned to Shakespeare to brighten a decision on juvenile justice, John Keats in a case about trash collecting and composers Gilbert and Sullivan in a landlord tenant dispute. Quoting from the operetta “The Mikado,” Judge Schwelb wrote, “My object all sublime / I shall achieve in time / To let the punishment fit the crime / The punishment fit the crime.”
He was a resident of La Puebla, NM since 1981. He was born in Pittsfield, MA in 1931 to parents, Harwood and Lauretta Moore, now deceased. He lived in Williamstown, MA until he moved to New Mexico. He graduated from Williston Academy, Easthampton, MA in 1949. He attended Nichols Junior College in Dudley, MA until he joined the 103rd Fighter Wing of the Ct. Air National Guard at Bradley Field in 1951.
He became disabled while in the service and was discharged in 1952. He returned to Williamstown, MA and started his own excavating company and later added heating oil delivery to it.
Active, vibrant, and expressing everyday appreciations to her family even on her last evening, Sylvia was full of life. People remember her as beautiful, self-deprecating, entertaining, a wonderful listener, graceful, and always elegantly dressed in clothes she made for herself. She was a source of positive energy that drew people to her.
Sally was born in Erie on November 8, 1930, the daughter of the late Melvin and Marian Zurn. She enjoyed a childhood of sailing, sports and a wonderful circle of friends. She graduated from The Masters School, class of 1948, and attended Northampton School for Girls. Sally then attended Denison University, and left to be courted by her future husband, James M. Mead. Jim and Sally wed in August of 1953. They enjoyed fifty-one years together, until Jim’s death in 2005.
Sally made many beautiful homes for her family in Charlottesville, Va., Philadelphia, Pa., Princeton, N.J., Washington, D.C., and Albuquerque, N.M. Sally was an accomplished athlete, and particularly enjoyed tennis and golf, becoming tennis champion at the Philadelphia Cricket Club, and golf champion at Springdale Golf Course in Princeton. Sally spent many happy years in her manager position at the Junior League Shop of Washington, D.C.