Obituaries


The Rev. Dr. Harold C. Smith

3/21/2017
The Rev. Dr. Harold C. Smith The Rev. Dr. Harold C. Smith, who served as the voluntary senior pastor of the Unity Hill United Church of Christ in Trumbull, Conn. from 1958 to 2000, died in hospice on March 21. Also beginning in 1958, The Rev. Smith he worked with the YMCA Retirement Fund. He rose through the ranks of the organization to become president, CEO, and chief investment officer in 1983. According to an obituary published by the Fund, during his 17 years as president "the fund ...

The Rev. Dr. Evans F. Sealand Jr.

12/29/2016
The Reverend Dr. Evans F. Sealand, Jr., Pastor of the First Congregational Church of Canton Center Church for 35 years, died on Thursday, Dec. 29, at the age of 87.  The Rev. Sealand, of Simsbury, passed away peacefully at the John Dempsey Hospital in Farmington. The Canton Center church was his first and only full-time pastorate. He was ordained there into the United Church of Christ in 1959, and served until his retirement in 1994 when he was designated as Pastor Emeritus. During his ...

The Rev. Dr. Robert B. L. Singer, Jr.

11/25/2016
The Rev. Dr. Robert B. L. Singer Jr. died peacefully at home on November 25, 2016 at the age of 85.  He was surrounded by his family. He is survived by his two daughters, Mariam Elizabeth Singer Mroz of Fairhaven MA, and Deborah L. Singer Brewer of Hanover, MA; a sister, Marian H. Prescott of Exeter, NH; one sister-in-law, Barbara Singer of Avon, CT; two step-sons, John F. Goddard of Orlando, FL, and Stephen H. Goddard of Halifax, MA; a step-daughter, Carol G. Cameron of Mattapoisett, MA; plus ...

The Rev. Robert B. Fichter

11/25/2016
The Rev. Robert B. Fichter, age 95, of Hampton, Connecticut, died Nov. 25, 2016, during his sleep. He served several churches in the Connecticut Conference as pastor: from 1972 to 1976 in South Killingly,from 1976 to 1983 in Burlington, and from 1983 to 1994 in Scotland. He also served as a Pastoral Visitor in Columbia from 1994 - 2010. The Rev. Fichter was the husband of Angela H. Fichter,   He was born April 6, 1921 in Hamilton, Ohio, son of Joseph Fichter and Orveda (Beckett) Fichter.  He ...

The Rev. Dr. Donald H. Westerberg

11/3/2016
The Reverend Dr. Donald Howard Westerberg, of Roxbury, CT, passed away on Tuesday November 1, 2016 with his family by his side. Don was born on March 1, 1948 in Omaha, Nebraska, son of the late Howard A. and Edith C. Westerberg. Donald graduated from Omaha North High School and Hastings College. He received masters degrees from Yale University Divinity School and Iona College. He received a PhD from Union Institute & University. Donald married his high school sweetheart Bonnie Nelson on May 27,...

The Rev. Dr. Harold Field Worthley

10/21/2016
The Rev. Dr. Harold Worthley, 87, of Norton, MA and Cape Porpoise, ME, passed away on Friday, October 21st, at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital in Milton following a few weeks of failing health. Dr. Worthley was director of the Congregational Library in Boston for nearly three decades, and a highly respected authority on the long history of this important American religious tradition. He was also a historian specializing in colonial New England church records. His degrees included BA and MA ...

The Rev. Mr. Newell Hill Curtis, Jr

10/1/2016
This obituary was provided by the Curtis family. The Rev. Newell Hill Curtis, Jr., 88, Pastor Emeritus at Center Congregational Church in Manchester, Connecticut, died October 1, 2016 surrounded by his loving wife Jane and their family. He was born March 21, 1928 in Montpelier, Vermont, the oldest of five children to Newell Hill Curtis, Sr. and Alice Pine Curtis. A beloved husband, father and grandfather, Newell was married for 65 years to Jane (Cook), who survives him. He also leaves behind ...

The Rev. Aubrey L. Murphy

8/30/2016
The Rev. Aubrey L. Murphy The Rev. Aubrey L. Murphy,  Associate Minister Emeritus of the First Congregational Church of Bristol, died on Aug. 30, 2016. He was 97. The Rev. Murphy was the beloved husband of the late Adah (Spears) Murphy. He died at home in East Granby surrounded by his family. Born in Nova Scotia, Canada, son of William and Lydia (Spinney) Murphy, he was raised there and served in the Royal Canadian Air Force during World War II. The Rev. Murphy received his Bachelor of ...

The Rev. Robert Chase Lane

8/15/2016
Rev. Robert Chase Lane The Rev. Robert Chase Lane, a long-time pastor of the Enfield Congregational Church, UCC, died peacefully in his sleep on Aug. 15, 2016. He was 90 years old. Bob was married to Fidelia Lane, who died in March. Both were well known throughout the Connecticut Conference. Born to G. Homer Lane and Susan Chase Lane on November 23, 1925  in Milford, New Hampshire, Bob grew up in Torrington, Connecticut, as a minister's son with his four siblings (Charlotte, Cynthia, George ...

Margery P. Weed

7/15/2016
Margery P. Weed, known affectionately as "Ma Weed" by a generation of Silver Lake Conference Center alumni, died peacefully on Tuesday, July 12. She was 95. Ms. Weed spent much of her life in service to the United Church of Christ. In the 1950s, she was on the committee that purchased the former boys camp that is now the Silver Lake Conference Center, and she was instrumental in the formation of the union that resulted in the UCC. She served as camp nurse and counselor at Silver Lake for 17 ...

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