Obituaries


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 ...

The Rev. Mr. Raymond Shoup

5/22/2016
The Rev. Raymond L. Shoup, 83, who served churches in Connecticut and Indiana before retiring to Massachusetts, died peacefully on May 22, 2016. The Rev. Shoup was Pastor Emeritus at Center Congregational Church in Torrington, Connecticut, where he had served as pastor from 1970 to 1999. From 1962 to 1970, he served first as assistant pastor and then senior pastor of the First Congregational Church in Stamford, Connecticut.   “Ray Shoup had a significant influence on so many young people in the...

The Rev. Dr. Peter H. Meek

3/12/2016
The Rev. Dr. Peter Hunt Meek, who served the Hancock United Church of Christ in Lexington for 27 years, died unexpectedly on March 12, 2016 in Cambridge. He was 72. Dr. Meek was born in Bangor, Maine, and grew up in Brookline, Massachusetts. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Amherst College in 1965, having developed a particular love for the writings of TS Eliot.  He graduated with a Bachelor of Divinity degree from Union Seminary in 1968, and was awarded a Doctor of ...

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