Edwin Allyn West, Jr., 85, of Fremont, NH passed away surrounded by family, Tuesday morning August 10, 2021. He was born October 28, 1935, in Holyoke, MA, the son of Edwin A. West and Adah E. Dunham.
Allyn graduated from Williston Academy, Easthampton, MA in 1953 and received a BS in Electrical Engineering from Northeastern University, Boston, MA in 1958. He met the love of his life, Joan (“Joanne”) Davis in Boston. They were married 64 years ago in Meriden, CT on July 20, 1957.
Allyn had a long career in the aerospace industry in the Washington DC area. He was very active at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Arlington, VA during that time. For many years he was on the Vestry, served as Junior Warden, Acolyte Advisor, Thurifer and Master of Ceremonies for many festival services. He and Jo retired to Sharon, VT in 1984 to enjoy their special place on 26 acres in the country, where Allyn designed and built a home. There he enjoyed a very large vegetable and fruit garden, logging to provide wood heat for their home, and making his own maple syrup. He was also an accomplished wood crafter making many pieces of furniture and gifts for the family. He worked during these years as an assistant to the Board of Selectmen and served as President of the Sharon, VT Historical Society. In 2004, Allyn and Jo moved to the Sugar Hill Retirement Community where he served as Resident Director to the Board of Directors and chaired the Conservation Committee.
He is survived by his wife Jo and 4 children; Theodore and his wife Susan of Round Rock, TX; Elizabeth of East Hampstead, NH; Christopher and his wife Karen of Londonderry, NH; and Judith of East Hampstead, NH. Eight grandchildren; Tricia and her husband David, Sylvia, Zebulon, Noah, Lauren, Kayla, Madison, and Jacie. And two great grandchildren; Conner and Ryker. He also leaves many nieces and nephews.
Allyn was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers Charles A. West of Pittsburg, PA and Paul D. West of Athens, PA.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, please give to a charity of your choice.