Winslow Spofford ’52

Winslow SpoffordWinslow M. Spofford, 80, passed away on Tuesday, November 4, 2014 at UMass Memorial Medical Center, Worcester.

He was born May 26, 1934 in Holden and was a life-long resident. He attended Holden High School and graduated from Williston Academy in Easthampton. He earned a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute. While at WPI, he was an enthusiastic member of the Phi Sigma Kappa fraternity. He regularly attended high school and college reunions and greatly enjoyed reconnecting with his friends during these times.

Win received his commission in the U.S. Army at WPI Commencement. He served as First Lieutenant in the U.S. Army Signal Corps in the Electronic Warfare Company stationed at Fort Huachuca, Arizona. His fond memories of this time were reflected in the stories he frequently told.

Win met his wife, Dorothy while he was working as an engineer at the Crompton and Knowles Company in Worcester. He ultimately founded Spofford Engineering, working for himself as a land surveyor and mechanical engineer. The nature of his work allowed him to be outside often, which he greatly enjoyed.

Win’s love of the outdoors and of his friends culminated each year in a hunting trip to Vermont. He looked forward to this time all year long. Bringing home meat was a secondary achievement compared to the time spent with friends.

Winslow leaves his wife of 47 years, Dorothy (Savino) Spofford; his daughter, Kimberley (Spofford) Beattie and son-in-law David Beattie of Natick and their children, Ursula, Althea, Miles and Remy; his son, Steven Spofford and fiancee, Jaclyn Lavallee and their children, Alexa, Zoey and Simon. He was predeceased by his parents, Leslie H. Spofford and Helen A. (Nims) Spofford; his brother, Leslie H. Spofford Jr.; and grandson, Kameren Spofford.

2 thoughts on “Winslow Spofford ’52”

  1. I am so sorry to hear of Win’s passing. He and I were classmates at Holden High and entered Williston together for our senior year as part of the Class of 1952. He lived just down the first floor hall from me at Ford Hall and we often shared time together in that year. I last saw him at a HHS reunion in ’89. A good guy and friend at Williston

  2. He obviously was a good man. I’m reminded of the film titled “Waking Ned Devine”, where the point is made that we ought not wait until a friend has passed to celebrate his life. A First Lieutenant, land surveyor, mechanical engineer, married 47 years, and he loved the outdoors. And, deer hunting in Vermont. (I do too!)

    Winslow Spofford appears one step above me on page 37 of the 1952 Log. We called him “Spof” back then. We are all proud of him.

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