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Obituaries and memorials of interest to our community can be submitted to ava@decconnection.org

 

In Memoriam:  Kenneth H. Olsen

20 Feb 1926 - 6 Feb 2011

A public memorial service was held at Gordon College on May 14, 2011, and Digital_Man/Digital_World,  a PBS documentary about Ken Olsen, is available. Friends and former colleagues are encouraged to leave a memory about Olsen on www.gordon.edu/kenolsen.

Link to our KO Memorial Messages page on our website

 

*************************** November 12, 2014 ********************************

 

Jack Burness sent in the sad news that George Wendel Berry, 69, died unexpectedly after suffering cardiac arrest.  Jack said: George Berry was a Dec-ie from 1969 until the 80s. As well as being a really nice guy, he had a very interesting life. A lot of people knew him.  Born in Dayton OH, George enjoyed an idyllic and full childhood that included the nurturing of early interests in classical music and chess. George was a member of the Dartmouth College class of 1966, where he majored in Mathematics under the tutelage of Dr. John Kemeny (co-creator of BASIC). Following graduation and service in the United States Army, George began a lifelong relationship with computers, working for Digital Equipment Corporation as a Consulting Engineer until he retired in 1986 and began devoting his life to other interests and pursuits.  Link to full obituary here.

 

*************************** November 10, 2014 ********************************

Jeanne Dietel sent in the sad news that Bob (Robert F.) Trocchi, 81, of Sudbury MA has passed away after a courageous battle with cancer.  Bob led the Education Computer Systems Product/Industry Group for many years.  Bob joined Digital in 1972. One of his major accomplishments during his 22 years at Digital was initiating Digital's entry into China, where an office was opened and scores of universities were exposed to Digital's products. He also initiated a grant program in the U.S. that implemented computer networking on 12 college campuses. Bob stayed in touch with a large number of colleagues from the EDU group. Early in the 2000's he was the primary organizer of a reunion that brought a large group of them from wide and afar for a revival of old friendships and happy memories.

 Complete obituary and funeral service information (Nov 13-14) are at this link.

 

*************************** October 15, 2014 ********************************

 

The Colorado Springs group reports that Marsha Bates passed away after a 3-year battle with ovarian cancer. Marsha was a long time DEC employee (4 digit badge number), starting in the field offices in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, then moving to the Phoenix office, and finally moving up to Colorado Springs with me where she worked at DEC for many years before retiring. Condolences may be emailed to husband Ken Bates, at macbates@me.com Memorial donations welcome to the Cure Alzheimer's Fund in Wellesley Hills, MA or the Ovarian Cancer Fund in New York, NY.

 

*************************** September 30, 2014 ********************************

The Colorado Springs group reports that Stuart Glenn Tramell, 70, a DECcie for 30 years, has passed away after a long illness.  Our condolences to his family and friends. Link to full obituary here.

 

**************************** September 30, 2014 ********************************

We are saddened to learn of the death of Frank W. Bowden (18 Oct 1936 - 30 Sep 2014).   Frank joined DEC in 1973 and was a Sales Unit Manager in NJ, a District Manager in Charlotte, and Vice President of the South Central Area (Dallas) when he left DEC in 1994. I had the good fortune of working with Frank as his HR Manager when I transferred to Dallas in 1991, and being his friend since then. I will miss him.  Posted on LinkedIn in Digital Sales Alumni group by Richard Stahli.

Link to full obituary here.

 

**************************** September 28, 2014 ********************************

 We are saddened to report the death of James D. (Jim) Pitts, III,  72, Amherst MA. In 1964, Jim embarked on a 29-year career with the Digital Equipment Corporation of Maynard, working his way up from programmer to senior sales manager, retiring in 1993.   Link to full obituary here.   Jim Hughes wrote:  Jim Pitts had a number of roles, but I think one of his most influential was when he ran the Boston Metro Sales District. When I first joined Digital, my brother told me about the District Managers on his team in the Northeast Region. He described Jim as the one that had the most compassion for the people and that Bob could count on him to make sure everyone understood the impact of their decisions on the people in the Northeast. He was a great guy, and we lost him way too soon.

 

****************************September 6, 2014 ********************************

 

Marilyn Goodrich wrote in with the sad news that Sarah M. Martel, age 81, Sudbury MA, died of lung cancer on September 6. Her funeral is on Sept. 9, at Duckett - J. S. Waterman & Sons Home of Memorial Tribute. Sudbury. Sarah worked at Digital for 20 years until her retirement in 1992.   Link to full obituary here.

 

**************************** August 31, 2014 ********************************

 

From Ed Jaferian via Joanne Jacobs: We are greatly saddened to report the death of Ted Johnson (Theodore G.), 82, on August 31. Ted had been ill for 2 weeks after having gone into respiratory failure as a result of aspirating fluid into his lungs. He was sent to Martha's Vineyard hospital and then moved to Providence where his condition did not really improve and could not swallow. Based on the prognosis they made the decision to return him home. He went home on Friday and passed peacefully yesterday, Sunday.

 

Ted Johnson was an electrical engineer from Cal Tech with an MBA from Harvard. He spent most of his 25 years with Digital as the Sr. VP of Sales and Service worldwide, starting the company as the 10th employee and first sales engineer.     Click here for full obituary. 

 

A Celebration of Life has been announced by the Johnson family for Sunday, May 17, 2015 at the DeCordova Museum in Lincoln, MA.  Daughter Tina and son Eric are planning a Classical music Trio to play late in the afternoon, followed by cocktails and dinner.  For info: Joanne (Haddad) Jacobs, capediva@gmail.com, Ed Jaferian ejaferian@gmail.com, or Millie Leone milagro-stow@comcast.net.

 

 

**************************** August 22, 2014 ********************************

We are greatly saddened to report the death of John B. Loether, 69, of Berlin, MA on August 22, 2014.  John was one of the top sales professionals at Digital and a popular sales trainer during his 20-year DEC career, followed by Compaq and HP until 2005.   Our deepest condolences to his wife Judy and their family and friends; Judy can be reached at judyloether@charter.net. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America.

   Link to full obituary here.

 

****************************August 18, 2014 ********************************

We are greatly saddened to report the passing of My-Quan Tran, 64, Boca Raton FL, on August 18, following a courageous battle with cancer.  My-Quan worked at Digital for many years in Massachusetts and Florida (Deerfield Beach).  He was an active participant in the SE Florida DEC Connection reunion chapter in recent years, and we will miss him very much.  Our condolences go to his wife, My-Hang Nyugen, and his son Vinh and daughter Vivi.

In lieu of flowers, per My-Quan's wish, we ask that you make memorial donations to: St. Andre Dung Lac, 425 North M St., Lake Worth, FL 33460. On the memo, please write "In Memory of Mr. My-Quan Tran". All donations will be distributed to charities in the US and Vietnam.  Link to full obituary here.

 

****************************August 8, 2014 ********************************

Michael Bujnowski wrote in with the sad news that Linda D. Brooks, 65, of Merrimack NH, passed away on August 8th after a long and courageous battle with cancer.  Linda worked at Digital, Compaq and HP with 25 years of service. 

Link to full obituary here with memorial service info.

 

****************************July 25, 2014 ********************************

 

Michael Bujnowski wrote in with the sad news that Mike (Myron E.) Sanderson, 83, Nashua NH, passed away on July 25th.  Mike worked at Digital which he retired from in 1986 after 15 years of service.  Link to full obituary here.

 

****************************July 15, 2014 ********************************

 

The Colorado Springs group reported the sad news that Fred Bell of Port Charlotte FL, a Digital retiree, passed away on July 15th.

 

****************************July 5, 2014 ********************************

The Digital community, and the computer industry at large, is greatly saddened by the loss of Engineering star Steve Teicher, 70, of Titusville FL, following a long bout with Parkinson's Disease. Steve was instrumental in the creation of the PDP-12, PDP-11 and PDP-11/05, and LSI-11 and MicroVAX at Digital and went on to lead efforts at Kubota, Apple, and other companies before retiring to a lecturing career at UCF in Orlando.

 

Sincere condolences to his wife Del Thorndike, also Digital, and their family.

 

****************************June 29, 2014 ********************************

Mike Blake wrote in with sad news of Ron (Ronald E.) Josephson's death on 29 June as a result of a boating accident. Ron worked at Raytheon and Digital Equipment Corp before starting his own businesses as a manufacturers rep. for power supplies, and the design and importation of power supplies.  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made payable to: QCC Foundation in Memory of Ronald Josephson and mailed to: Quinsigamond Community College, Attn: QCC Foundation, 670 W. Boylston Street, Worcester, MA 01606.   Link to full obituary here.

 

****************************June 21, 2014 ********************************

 

Peter MacDonald wrote in with the sad news that his dad, DEC Connection member George L. MacDonald, 90, of Chelmsford, MA, who was an employee in the Facilities group for many years, has passed away.  Peter said that George really enjoyed our newsletter and still proudly kept his DEC retirement badge clipped to the bulletin board in the kitchen. Peter's work email is Leominster.ED@sunriseseniorliving.com Link to full obituary here.

 

****************************June 17, 2014 ********************************

Marcia Russell reports: Sadly Kevin C. Melia, 67, of Acton MA died this past week. (Kevin was a Corp VP at Digital in Supply Chain Mgt from 1973-1989). His family came in from Ireland to the wake in Acton. Bill Hanson came up from the Cape and Pete Soto was there also.  Our condolences to Kevin's family and friends.  Link to full obituary here.

 

***************************June 1, 2014 ********************************

 

Bob Schaumann sent in a note that Lou Leggero, 70, of Franklin, MA, passed away June 1st, after a lengthy illness. He is survived by his wife of 31 years, Kathleen, also a former DEC employee and Finance manager, and a son Jamie. Lou was a District Sales Manager in the Boston area for several years.  Link to full obituary here.

 

*****************************May 31, 2014 ********************************

 

George Hovey wrote in with the sad news that John Lyons, 64, of Dracut MA has passed away.  John was a systems analyst at Digital and Compaq for 25 years.  Our condolences to his family and friends.  Link to obituary here.

 

*****************************May 18, 2014 ********************************

Our condolences to ex-Digital sales pro and brother Jim Hughes and his family, and friends and co-workers of Bob Hughes (9/11/40-5/18/14), Manchester-by-the-Sea MA, who passed away on May 18, 2014. Bob was a well-respected sales and marketing leader at Digital during the 1980-1990s, leading and mentoring the salesforce and later starting the Industry Marketing focus for the Financial Services industries, among other assignments.

Link to Obituary from Jim Hughes. Memorial contributions can be made in the name of Robert C. Hughes to the Alzheimer's Association. or to Bob's favorite charity, The Home for Little Wanderers.

 

******************************April 12, 2014 ********************************

Our condolences to friends of William L. Burns, 76, of Chelmsford, on April 12, 2014. William was a graduate of Matignon High School and Boston College. He was employed by Digital Equipment Corporation for 30+ years and served in the US Air Force National Guard. Link to full obituary here.

 

******************************* April 10, 2014 ********************************

Our condolences to wife Bonnie Sontag and friends of John Geesink, 76, of Newburyport .  Born in Groenlo, The Netherlands, on June 19, 1937, John came to the US when he was 21. After graduating from Gordon College, he studied and taught at Boston University, Harvard University and the Episcopal Theological School in Cambridge, MA. John earned a doctoral degree in applied behavioral sciences from UMass. He was a language instructor and course developer until he started his 20 year management and consulting career for Digital Equipment Corporation, based in Geneva, Switzerland, and then his own consultancy practice. John became a US citizen in 1974.  Link to full obituary here.

 

******************************* March 28, 2014 ********************************

Our condolences to friends and family of Doug Carpenter (April 21, 1945 - March 28, 2014) of Habbardston, MA and formerly of Phoenix, AZ.  He worked in corporate information management for many years at Digital Equipment Corporation and recently worked for Geist Global. Doug was an avid golfer and water skier.  Link to full obituary here.

 

******************************* February 28, 2014 ********************************

Our condolences to Colorado Springs friends of Wanda Lea Russell.  Wanda worked for many years as an electronics technician for Hewitt Packard, Kaman Sciences and Digital. She was employee #7 when Digital first opened in Colorado Springs.  Link to full obituary here.

 

******************************* February 10, 2014 ********************************

 

Our condolences to friends of Dick (Richard M.) Farrahar, 70, Bourne MA, formerly of Andover MA, who passed away on February 10, 2014 from an apparent heart attack and automobile accident while vacationing in Hilton Head Island with his wife, Kathy.  Obituary link.

 

******************************* February 7, 2014 ********************************

Our condolences to wife Linda Arthur, and friends of Donald (Don) F. Arthur, 70, of Upton MA, who passed away on February 7 from complications of a stroke he had the 27th of September last year.  Click for obituary.

 

******************************* January 14, 2014 ********************************

Our condolences to wife Mary and family and friends of DEC Connection member John R. Trubiano, 71, of Sudbury MA, who passed away on January 14th. John was a 30-year Digital veteran.  He focused on Quality Assurance Engineering and Management Systems and, after retiring from Digital, he was a Quality Assurance Management Consultant for 20 years. He was an American Society for Quality Fellow and co-authored the book Demystifying ISO 9001:2000. - See more at this link.  Donations may be made in John's memory to Compassionate Care ALS, Inc., P.O. Box 1052, West Falmouth, MA 02574. For additional information, tributes and guest book, please visit www.duckett-waterman.com.

 

******************************* January 5, 2014 ********************************

Our condolences to family and friends of Jon Reardon, Doylestown, PA, who died unexpectedly on January 5th.

After 25 years of service, Jon retired as a Global Program Manager from Digital Equipment Corporation. Jon worked out of the New Jersey and New York offices.  He was eternally young at heart and lived his life to the fullest. Jon was a car enthusiast, he enjoyed listening to Bob Dylan and The Rolling Stones, going to his office at the Sands Casino, gardening, and being a member of the ski club. He most especially loved spending time with his family and friends.  Submitted by his sister-in-law, Fran Spevak, email reds0655@hotmail.com, who also worked for Digital in Princeton NJ from 1975-1980.

 

**************************** January 4, 2014 ********************************

We are sad to learn of the death earlier this year of Roger A. Hocking, 60, of Feeding Hills area of Agawam MA.   Roger was a former DEC product manager and financial analyst. He worked for DEC in Westfield, Phoenix, Colorado Springs and Merrimack, NH, Westfield, Colorado Springs, Phoenix, and Merrimack NH for 21 years. Followed by 14 years at Compaq and HP for a combined 35 years with his DEC badge number. He retired in 2012.  Thanks to his co-worker friend Cynthia Wilbur for the information.  Link to full obituary here.

 

******************************* December 29, 2013 ********************************

Our condolences to friends and family of Scott Scudamore, 63, who succumbed on 29 December to injuries sustained on a mountain-biking accident on 22 September. Scott was a retired Air Force captain who later worked for Digital and HP in support of the Govt. Systems Group.  Click here for Memorial website.

 

******************************* December 23, 2013 ********************************

Our condolences to friends and family of Gene Owens of Greensboro GA and formerly of Colorado Springs CXO.

He proudly served his country in the United States Army for thirteen years, where he served tours of duty in Korea, Germany and Vietnam where he was awarded the Bronze Star, the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal for his "more than twenty five aerial missions over hostile territory" during a 20 day period in January, 1969. Cancer, which took his life at the age of 71, has been attributed by the VA to his exposure to Agent Orange during this tour of duty in Vietnam. Gene was an Engineer for Digital Equipment Corp. and later Quantum Corp. retiring from Seagate Corp. in 2010. - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/gazette/obituary.aspx?n=harry-eugene-owens-gene&pid=168758216&fhid=5366#sthash.W83PtgDb.dpuf

 

******************************* November 1, 2013 ********************************

Our condolences to friends of David C. Knoll, 77, of Berkeley CA, who passed away on November 1 after a brief struggle with cancer.  Dave was a 25-year early Digital employee in Maynard during his career. 

Click here for full obituary.

******************************* October 16, 2013 ********************************

  

Our condolences to Colorado Springs friends of Laurie C. Reilly, 58, who worked for many years in CX03, and recently passed away after a courageous battle with ALS.  Condolences can be sent to her husband and daughter at: Jonathan and Paige Reilly, 810 Mira Drive, Colorado Springs, CO 80906.

 

******************************* September 19, 2013 ********************************

  

We are deeply saddened to report the passing of Theresa A. (Hanlon) Buckley, 84, of Maynard, one of Ken's go-to assistants for over 30 years.  At Digital, Theresa's unmatched work ethic and her indomitable spirit and uncanny business sense enabled her to rise quickly from the pool of countless secretaries to receive her Masters in business at the Worcester Polytechnic Institute alongside many of Digital's top engineers and to ultimately support Ken Olsen and his senior staff as their Human Resources Manager, a formidable feat for a woman who had a very humble start in life as she grew up in Somerville, MA as one of eight children in a large Italian/Irish family. During her life and her career, Theresa always spoke her mind with brutal honesty and with plain, unambiguous language that was tempered with a humble and devout countenance; suffice it to say that you always knew exactly how she felt regarding any person or any matter she commented on.  Thanks to Marcia Russell for sending in the full obituary.  Click here.

 

******************************* September 14, 2013 ********************************

  

Our condolences to the CXO friends of Leo T. Bennett, 81, who passed away while on a vacation in Hawaii.  Leo had a long and successful career in the computer industry. When he took early retirement in 1992, he was the Director of Information Technology for Digital Equipment Corporation's disk drive manufacturing plant in Colorado Springs. After retiring, Leo continued to use his management and leadership skills in various capacities. - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/gazette/obituary.aspx?n=leo-t-bennett&pid=167160376#fbLoggedOut

 

******************************* August 31, 2013 ********************************

  

Our condolences to friends and family of Craig Dean Zamzow, 70, New Hampton NH. Craig hired into Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC) in Maynard, Massachusetts, where he served for twenty years as a sales engineer, corporate manager of sales training, and product line manager of Logic Products, a $25 million PC board business. His achievements led to his being named in 1983 the Corporate Manager, Marketing Programs, directing the efforts of over 5000 employees. Along the way, Craig earned an MBA in marketing and human resource management from Rivier College in Nashua, NH.  Here is the link to full obituary.

 

******************************* August 28, 2013 ********************************

  

Our condolences to the CXO friends of Emil F. Kobylecki, Jr., October 18, 1944 - August 28, 2013, who worked at Digital during the 1980s at the DEC customer support center. He went on to have a successful career as an English teacher at Palmer High School in Colorado Springs. He suffered a massive stroke. He will be missed.

 

******************************* July 30, 2013 ********************************

Our condolences to the CXO friends of Dan Schlagel, 49, who passed away after a long battle with cancer.  His memorial service will be held on August 6th at 2:30 PM at the Calvary Church, 2101 Gay St., Longmont CO.

 

******************************* July 8, 2013 ********************************

 

Our sincere condolences to DEC Connection member Marilyn Davison on the tragic and sudden loss of her husband Michael Rogosin in early July.   Mike was Business/Commercial Sales Group Manager in Landover, MD (Washington, DC) for a number of years in the '80s. Mike succumbed to a very aggressive cancer only two weeks after his initial diagnosis.  Marilyn and Mike lived near Nice, France.  Here is a tribute page to Mike from his friends at work for Marilyn - add your own message online http://www.soligencorp.com/?page_id=125

Thank you to Jerry Bernath and Bill Taylor for sending in the sad news; Marilyn would like to hear from DEC friends; please contact her at davisonmarilyn@gmail.com

 

******************************* May 31, 2013 ********************************

 

Our condolences to friends of Robert L. Hough, 78, of Marana AZ.  Bob had worked at Digital in Colorado Springs  as a computer engineer, instructor and technical writer.

Link to obituary: 

http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/gazette/obituary.aspx?n=robert-laurence-hough&pid=165498269

 

******************************* May 26, 2013 ********************************

Our condolences to husband and ex-DECcie Dick Miller, and the Colorado Springs friends of Ellen Miller, 59, on her recent passing.  Sent in by Judy Kilgore:  I worked with both Ellen and Dick Miller in the Engineering department at CXO. She and I had kept in touch the last several years via email. I will miss her sense of humor in her emails. Dick, you are in our thoughts and prayers.  Link to obituary: 

http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/gazette/obituary.aspx?n=ellen-g-hobart-miller&pid=165069993&fhid=6109

 

******************************* May 22, 2013 ********************************

  Our member Bill Seaver reported the sad news of the passing of Philip G. Tays, 77, of Chelmsford MA in May.  Phil ran Engineering Services in Maynard and then worked in training.

 

Link to obituary:  http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/lowellsun/obituary.aspx?pid=164940493#fbLoggedOut

 

******************************* May 15, 2013 ********************************

Marcia Russell reports the sad news that Vinnie Bartolomeo died: "He was a Concord native who worked for many years in IEG Internal Equipment Group at Digital. I remember Vinnie as a kind and warm person. He was always willing to help and always had a solution for the tough or difficult issues. Vinnie always greeted everyone with a welcoming smile and always had a Concord tale to tell." 

BARTOLOMEO, Vincent J. Of Concord, MA and Old Orchard Beach, ME, unexpectedly, May 15. Husband of Jeanne Bartolomeo of Old Orchard Beach, ME. Father of Kristen A. Bartolomeo of Shrewsbury, MA. Brother of Robert Bartolomeo and his wife Deborah and their son Joseph of Hopedale, MA.  In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to Concord Rod and Gun Club, 74 Strawberry Hill Road, Concord, MA 01742 or to Ducks Unlimited, Inc., One Waterfowl Way, Memphis, TN 38120 (www.ducks.org) or to Maine Dep't. of Fisheries and Wildlife, (www.mefishwildlife.com). For obituary, or to share a remembrance in his online guest book please visit www.deefuneralhome.com. Dee Funeral Home of Concord.

******************************* April 11, 2013 ********************************

Judith Ann Straub, affectionately known as "Judy," died Thursday, April 11, 2013 at the Athol Memorial Hospital. Born in Berwyn, Illinois, she was the daughter of the late Edward W. and Virginia (Lopez) Straub, and sister of the late Kenneth Straub. Judy moved with her family to Acton, MA in 1968, and was an Athol resident for the past 28 years. She worked many years at Digital Equipment Corporation in Maynard and Westminster, MA where played on company softball teams for many of those years. Later in life she made some wonderful friends while working at the Wal-Mart in Orange, MA, and her Athol neighbors, Laurie, Gerry and their two girls, Sara and Katie, were like family. Judy loved horses, cats and dogs, and loved giving gifts to family members. She also enjoyed writing poetry and cooking, and was a fan of the Boston Red Sox and Sarah Brightman.  Those who wish may make memorial contributions in Judy's name to the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 11454, Alexandria, VA 22312, also on-line at www.diabetes.org

******************************* March 28, 2013 ********************************

RIP our friend Dave Gretton.  Dave worked in DEC Mfg in Massachusetts starting in 1976, Phoenix and Singapore and after 1998 moved to work for Compaq in Houston until his retirement in 2003.  Dave was a member of The DEC Connection.  Thanks to Chris de Hek (cdehek @comcast.net) for informing us of the sad news.

David Gretton passed away on March 28th 2013 at his home in Houston TX, at the age of 77. He was the beloved husband and father who loved to travel and enjoyed his life to the fullest. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Jean and his three daughters Peri, Zoe and Nina. David wished to be cremated so a short service will be held at 5:30pm on March 31st 2013 st St Mary's Episcopal church on the corner of N Eldrige Parkway and Louetta. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the church or the American Heart Association .  Online obituary and guest book are at

http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/houstonchronicle/obituary.aspx?n=david-gretton&pid=163914549#fbLoggedOut

******************************* March 12, 2013 ********************************

 

Jack Richardson has reported the death of Ron Smart of Australia/USA, who was a thought leader in the Digital community for many years. 

 

Eulogies from Ron’s Memorial Service in New Hampshire are at this link.
Saturday, June 8, 2013 at The Community Church of Francestown NH
Jack Richardson - jrichardson@visionnewengland.org


Here is the obituary from the Sydney Morning Herald on March 16, 2013:
Dr Ronald George SMART (1927 - 2013) - Born Sydney 85 years ago to Hubert & Florence, died peacefully Upland California 10 Mar 2013. Pioneer of the Australian computer industry, friend and mentor to many, a kind and gentle man remembered fondly by all whose lives he touched. Survived by beloved wife Dorothy, sister Florence, first wife Catherine, their sons Michael and Robert, Dorothy's children Mark, Doug, Jenni, Wendy, and all their families.

 

******************************* March 4, 2013 ********************************

 

Harry Goforth of Colorado Springs area passed away on March 4th, 2013 due to lung disease complications.  Reported by Bonnie Beard of CXO group, bonnie.beard@comcast.net, who can connect with family.

 

******************************* February 27, 2013 ********************************

Jane Marie Tibur, 83, of Woburn MA, was a marketing representative at Digital and retired in 1992. 

Link to complete online obituary here.

 

******************************* February 26, 2013 ********************************

Our condolences to the CXO friends of Peter Meis, 16 June 1943-26 Feb 2013, who lived in Germany.

 

******************************* February 2, 2013 ********************************

   

Our condolences to the CXO friends of Dave Hungerford, 64, who passed away following a brave battle with bone cancer since mid-December.  He was still in Operations working for NetApp in Wichita.  Reported by Stan Manzanares, forwarded by Rob Stubblefield, who added:  I've known and worked with Dave since my early days in Co. Springs with the ATDB business. It was a small world when we ran into each other again in Wichita when we both worked for LSI. I'm glad he was able to go the way he lived.
Below is the link to the obituary on the funeral home website where you can send flowers, gifts or sign a guest book.
http://www.heritageofandover.com/fh/obituaries/obituary.cfm?o_id=1943542&fh_id=10488

 

******************************* January 27, 2013 ********************************

Bruce Robert Anderson, 72, an avid sailor who was in the first wave of high-tech executives, died on Jan. 27 at his home in Harvard surrounded by his family. The cause was pulmonary fibrosis. Bruce was a manufacturing and operations manager for more than 20 years at Digital Equipment Corporation in Maynard. In 1987, he and Dodie moved to Geneva, Switzerland, after he was asked to play a key role in setting up manufacturing plants for DEC in Switzerland, England and Germany. They returned from Switzerland in 1991.  Bruce left DEC in 1994 and joined various high-tech companies in Massachusetts and California, where he and Dodie resided for 14 years. He ended his career as senior vice president of operations at Remick Corporation in San Diego.

 

Sent in by Marcia Russell: I saw this notice while perusing through the Vineyard Gazette. I warmly remember having conversations with Bruce in both my mfg mill days and when I supported Geneva. He was in a key person in manufacturing world. He was the most charming and gracious man to talk to.

Link to full obituary in the Vineyard Gazette:

http://www.mvgazette.com/obituaries/2013/02/07/bruce-anderson-was-boat-builder-and-sailor

 

********************************January 25, 2013 ********************************

Our member Bob Carlin sent in this sad news about the sudden passing of his friend Christine, whose husband Michael is also a DECcie.

Christine M. (Knaup) Raspuzzi, 52 years old, of Leominster MA died unexpectedly in her home on Friday, January 25, 2013.  She is survived by her husband of 23 years Michael D. Raspuzzi, Sr., son Michael D. Raspuzzi, Jr. and daughter Nicole M. Raspuzzi all of Leominster, her parents Ferdi and Hilde (Boehm) Knaup of Rotterdam, NY, brother Michael Knaup and his wife Carolyn of Raleigh, NC, and 4 nephews. Christine was born May 9, 1960 in Schenectady, NY and had lived in Leominster since 1988. She graduated from Mohonasen High School in Rotterdam, NY and from Syracuse University with a degree in Computer Science and Psychology. She was a Software Engineer at Digital Equipment Corp for 21 years, before retiring from Hewlett Packard in 2003. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Our Lady of the Lake Church Memorial Fund, 1400 Main Street, Leominster, MA 01453 or to a charity of the donor’s choice.

 

********************************January 3, 2013 ********************************

  

Member Galen Davis sent in the obituary for his friend Pete Stith: 

Stith, Nathan Earl "Pete" 75, of Phoenix, Arizona, peacefully entered into everlasting life on January 2, 2013 after fighting the past ten years from the affects of lung cancer. Pete was born on January 20, 1937 to Joe Nathan and Minnie Odell Stith in Wakefield, Virginia and is preceded in death by his parents and sister Shirley Denson. Nathan is survived by Linda Schwab, his constant companion of 25 years, his children Nina (Gene) McGee, sons Earl (Sabrina) Stith and Lenox (Lupe) Sims, eleven grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren. He is also survived by two brothers, Raymond (Viola) Stith and Donald Stith, sister Diane Peartree as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins. After graduation from high school in Newport News, VA, Nathan joined the United States Air Force from where he retired after 20 years as Avionic Inertial & Radar Navigational Systems Technician. Within three days of retirement, Nathan was hired by Digital Equipment Corp. where he spent the next 17 years as electronics supervisor and earned his college degree during that period of time. Nathan was an avid lover of golf and football, baseball and basketball. He enjoyed his weekly golf outings with his good friends, Dan, Galen, Gary and his son Earl. Years after his retirement from Digital, former employees would stop him wherever he might be, remembering him with respect and good memories. Donations may be made in Pete's memory to one of his favorite charities, The American Cancer Society of Phoenix, AZ, the American Lung Association or the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States.

 

********************************November 18, 2012 ********************************

 

The Digital community has lost another strong leader with the passing of Bill Heffner, Vice President  in Engineering until his retirement from Digital.  Our sincerest condolences to his family and many friends in the Digital community.  Jack Mileski sent in the sad news with this comment: "I was on the team with Larry Portner that recruited Bill into DEC and then he was my boss for quite a while. Bill was an outstanding person, great ethics, and a real credit to the unselfish culture of Digital. He will be missed!"
 

Click here for link to complete obituary from the Boston Globe.  Expressions of sympathy may be made in Bill's memory to the Hospice of the North Shore and Greater Boston, 75 Sylvan St., Danvers, MA 01923 or to the Brooksby Village Benevolent Care Fund, 200 Brooksby Village Dr., Attn: Beth McNelis Peabody, MA 01960. To share a memory or offer a condolence, please visit www.odonnellfuneralservice.com

 

********************************November 16, 2012 ********************************

 

We are saddened to share the news, sent in by our member Glenn Boston, of the sudden passing of Mike Mensh.  Mike was a 20 year DEC veteran.  He suddenly passed away on November 16th in Tucson AZ. Mike had a series of great assignments including a very successful stint  as the Canadian CSS Manager. Mike was the quintessential renaissance man.....golfer, tennis player, classical guitar player and an avid student of the Spanish language.  The obituary link will be posted here when available.

 

********************************November 9, 2012 ********************************

We are saddened to report the recent passing of our member, Hank (Henri) Vezina, 67, of Brookline NH, formerly of Fitchburg MA.  Our sincere condolences to his wife, Sue, also a former Digital employee, and to their family.  Hank was a leader and mentor in the Human Resources community at Digital for 17 years as an employee and then as a consultant, and most recently had his own business for sourcing employees. - Susan.Vezina@gpj.com

Click here for full obituary link.

 

********************************November 6, 2012 ********************************

Barry Stone, 51, who was a DEC/Compaq employee in Stow from 1983 to 1995, and a finance manager at Compaq in Littleton from 1995 to 2000.  He died in an automobile accident on Rte. 2.  At the time of his death he was employed by Fitchburg State University's IT department.  Click here for full obituary link.

 

********************************September 14, 2012 ********************************

 

Our member Andy Puchrik announces with sadness the passing of his wife Deborah Puchrik, who was also a career Digital employee.  Deb died in her sleep on September 14th, 2012. She worked in Terminals Engineering at the Mill in Maynard and also as a Technical Sales Consultant out of the Waltham field office.  Andy can be reached at andy.puchrik@comcast.net to express condolences.

 

Here is the full obituary:  Deborah Engber Puchrik, age 62, of Concord MA passed away on Friday, September 14, 2012 at her residence. She was the beloved wife of Andrew S. Puchrik and loving mother of Alexander S. Puchrik.
 

Born in South Bend, Indiana on June 6, 1950 she was the daughter of the late Michael J. and Evelyn J. Barthelmas Engber. Raised and educated in Indiana, Deborah attended Indiana University in Bloomington earning a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Social Service. She later graduated from Indiana University with a Masters Degree in Adult Education. Deborah married and settled in Concord where for many years she worked as a Computer Engineer for Digital Equipment Corporation. Together with her husband Andy, they took great love, devotion and pride raising their only child Alex. Deborah enjoyed watching and supporting all of his sporting events including soccer and baseball. During her spare time she enjoyed swimming, photography, reading, and music.During her extended illness Deborah was always kind, positive and most of all appreciative of all the love and support her family and friends offered during these most recent and difficult years. Besides her husband and son she is survived by her brothers Daniel Engber and Michael Engber both of Indiana and her sister Deanna Engber of Texas as well as many friends and former colleagues.
 

Gifts in her memory may be made to: American Parkinson Disease Association, 72 East Concord St., C3, Boston, MA 02118. You can also sign the guest book at  http://www.concordfuneral.com/

 

********************************September 20, 2012 ********************************

 

Jack Richardson sent this announcement about the passing of Ken and Aulikki's daughter, Ava Memmen.

 

Ava-Lisa Memmen, 60, of Zionsville died on September 19, 2012 at home with her family by her side. She was born February 1, 1952 in Boston, MA to Aulikki and Kenneth Olsen. She graduated with a B.A from Seattle Pacific University and an M.A. from the University of Chicago. Ava was married to Edward Memmen on June 23, 1973. She is survived by her husband Ed, three daughters and two grandchildren.  Ava was a long-time board member with several educational and non-profit institutions as well as the Heartland Film Festival, which she co-founded. She served as an elder at her church and enjoyed volunteering her time. She especially enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren.  Ava was very instrumental, and a strong leader, in the project that became the Ken Olsen Science Center at Gordon College.

In lieu of flowers, Ava has requested that memorial contributions be sent to the Heartland Film Festival. Donations may be sent to Heartland Truly Moving Pictures, 1043 Virginia Ave, Suite 2, Indianapolis, IN 46203 or at http://www.trulymovingpictures.org/give-now.  You are invited to go to the Flanner and Buchanan Funeral Home Guest Book page to pass along your personal message or tell a story.

 

********************************August 9, 2012 ********************************

Our condolences to the friends and family of JJ (Leslie Edward) Goodman Jr. - 61 yrs, of Richfield CO passed away August 9, 2012.  JJ worked in CXO in the 1970s in Human Resources for several years.  Reported by KC Cabral via Rob Stubblefield of the CXO group.

 

********************************July 29, 2012 ********************************

 

DEC Connection member Bob Moore sent the sad news of the passing of his friend and co-worker, Frank Duffy. Frank Duffy worked in IT for several years at the Digital Virginia Road, Concord facility. Frank's son, also named Frank Duffy, wrote:  I want to let you all know that my father passed away last night at Cape Cod Hospital from a ruptured aortic artery aneurysm. The surgeons were able to repair the rupture, but he was not able to recover.  Condolences may be sent to son Frank at fduffy76@comcast.net.

 

********************************July 27, 2012 ********************************

DEC Connection member Galen Davis and Norm Gallant reported the passing of Bob Reed, 73, on July 27  Bob was DEC badge #11.

YORK BEACH, Maine: Robert "Bob" J. Reed, 73, formerly of Framingham, Mass., died Friday, July 27, 2012, after a brief illness. He was born March 7, 1939, the son of Margaret "Peg" K. (Gavin) Reed and the late William E. Reed. He graduated from Framingham High School in 1956 and Wentworth Institute of Technology in 1958. He had worked for Digital Equipment Corporation for more than 40 years.

He was an active amateur radio operator for 45 years and loved talking with people all over the world. He was a captain in the Army National Guard.  He loved his family, working around the yard, golf and keeping up with his grandsons. He will be greatly missed.  Memorial contributions may be made to Hyder Family Hospice House, 285 County Farm Road, Dover, NH 03820.

 

********************************June 17, 2012 ********************************

DEC Connection member Sue Lawrence-Longo reported the death of a former colleague, Evan Raine, 66, of Milford MA on June 17, 2012. 

Here is a link to the complete obituary.

 

********************************June 4, 2012 ********************************

We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of DEC Connection member Joe (Jozsef) Bukkhegyi of Groton MA on June 4, 2012, reported by his wife Beverly Bukkhegyi.  She wrote:  Joe started at the Mill in 1969 as supervisor of the board shop.  He was proud of his badge number of 8152. He held many different positions at the Mill over the years. He also worked in Acton and Westminster. He also traveled to Puerto Rico during the height of the activity there. He always enjoyed running into other DEC people and regarded his years at DEC as the happiest of his life.  Joe is pictured at left a few years before his retirement from Digital in 1993. 

Here is a link to the full obituary for Joe.    You can email Beverly at CWhorses@aol.com to express condolences; in lieu of flowers please make donations to the Christian Union Church, West Groton.

 

Beverly also sent a special photo of Joe in the early years with Ken and Gloria Parrazzo and another gentleman, at right.

 

********************************May 15, 2012 ********************************

Reported by her daughter, Jill Wadsworth: Mabel Anna RetallickSpahr, 78, passed away on on May 15, 2012 in Colorado Springs at the Springs Village Center. She was originally from New Danbury CT, but spent the last 24 years of her life in Colorado Springs, enjoying gardening and her family.  Mabel had worked at Digital on the electronics assembly line in CXO.  Daughter Jill, who also worked at Digital, can be reached to express condolences at  jleona2001@msn.com or (719) 205-4330.

 

*******************************April 16, 2012 ********************************

 

Reported by DEC Connection member Greg Hoffman:  Rick Laidlaw, 59, died at his home in Cincinnati, Ohio on April 16, 2012.  For several years Richard and his wife Suzanne owned and operated the Cross Keys Inn Bed and Breakfast in Monument, Colorado. Prior to that he was a personnel manager with the Digital Equipment Corporation working at DEC sites in Arizona, New Hampshire, and Colorado.

 

Here is a link to the full obituary: http://www.tuftsschildmeyer.com/obituary/Richard-Manning-Laidlaw/Cincinnati/1066077

 

******************************* April 5, 2012 ********************************

We were contacted in June 2013 by Cyril, son of Jerry Kelly, concerning his father's passing at age 56 a year ago:  Hello, I am the son of Jerry Kelly who worked with with DEC for most of his life. He started in Galway the Netherlands (where I was born) made his way to the States where he worked (from Memory) in Westminster and Nashua. Dad past away over a year ago now. DEC was such a big part of his life, so when I came across this site, I thought I would spread the word to those who had not yet received word. I have no question that Dad would have wanted those who walked the halls of DEC to hear of his passing if they have not already. He met my mother while working in assembly in Mervue and had both of my sibling in Galway. I was born when he expat'd to Europe and we all made Massachusetts our home for many years. I still remember the family days at Canobie Lake Park and the occasion we were given access to the company suite in Fenway Park to watch the Red Sox fall to the Blue Jays (my first professional sports event.)

He got a great deal done with his short time on this earth.   

Link to Jerry's obituary. http://w.callahanfay.com/fh/obituaries/obituary.cfm?o_id=1443075&fh_id=11638

I appreciate everyone who is hosting this site. It is so often forgotten the investment people make trying make a difference during their lives, even if it is a giant organization." Cyril.Kelly@yahoo.com  (508) 414-5791 Cell

 

********************************March 15, 2012 ********************************

Reported by  CXO Group:  Shirley Ann Spaid passed away peacefully on March 15, 2012. Shirley was born in Limon, Colorado to Huey and Alnore (Knutson) Bandy and graduated from Limon High School. She married her high school sweetheart, (Albert) Ted Spaid, on September 7, 1963. They moved to Colorado Springs in 1964 where Ted began his career as an elementary teacher in District 11. Shirley was employed for many years at Digital Equipment Corporation and also for several years as a teacher's aide. Shirley loved to crochet and sew, especially for family members and charities. She also enjoyed bowling and was a league bowler for over 40 years. Ted and Shirley traveled to all 50 states, Canada, and Mexico, taking great pleasure in car and train trips. She is survived by her husband of 48 years, Ted; her son, Ted III (Cathy); her daughter, Lynnette Contreras (Gene); and five grandchildren: Dominic, Derric, David, Kylie and Danielle. In lieu of flowers, donations to the American Stroke Association at www.heart.org are preferred. Online condolences: shrineofremembrance.com

 

****************************March 11, 2012 ********************************

 

Reported by Patti Mierzwa in 2014: Jacquelin M. Shalhoub, 62, of Mahwah, NJ died on March 11, 2012 losing her valiant battle against cancer. Patti said of Jackie:  She was the Facility Manager for the Saddlebrook/Piscataway/Princeton area back in 1987. I just recently found out about her passing. I was in shock. She passed in 2012 at age 62. She was a phenomenal manager and individual and had a tremendous impact on my career path. Link to full obituary here.

 

********************************March 7, 2012 ********************************

 

Reported by Donald.McFadden@hp.com: Keith R. Norman of Colorado Springs: Keith Norman, a good friend of mine and former DEC-ie, has passed away here in Colorado Springs. Keith came to Colorado Springs around 1983 from the Central Region Support office in Rolling Meadows, IL to join the U.S. Area LCG Support Group under Gerry Abdella at the Chestnut St. facility. Later he moved over to the Storage CSSE group at CXO1 and went on to hold a management position in the engineering team that developed the Genesis call management system, among other service delivery products. Keith left HP in the early 2000s to take a consulting position with PwC and has been retired for several years now.

 

********************************February 15, 2012 ********************************

Harry (Henry A.) Schroeder III of Colorado Springs

Henry A. Schroeder was a man of great fortitude, a man who instilled great knowledge and wisdom in everyone around him. A man whose smile was one of the warmest and most inviting things a person could see. A man who was unafraid to tell you what you were afraid to hear. A man who was loved by his children, his family and his co-workers. A man who left the world on February 15th, 2012, and far too soon.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to two organizations about which Harry was passionate: Genny's Hope Foundation and Patrick Henry Elementary in Colorado Springs.

 

********************************February 2, 2012 ********************************

Former DECcie Barbara Bulleit, now of NC, reported the unexpected death of her former husband, Roger L. Towne, 78, of Acton, who had a wonderful career in Digital Educational Services:  I would like DECconnect members to know that Roger L. Towne passed away on February 2, 2012. Roger worked his entire career, 26 years, at DEC in Educational Services, starting as the 5th US and 12th world-wide Ed Services employee. Roger was renowned for his knowledge of DEC's education business and his acumen in managing that business. He will be missed.  Roger's son, Roger J. Towne, can be reached at roger_towne@yahoo.com; Barbara Bulleit can be reached at bjbulleit@gmail.com to express condolences.

 

Link to full obituary.

 

********************************February 1, 2012 ********************************

Barry Nestor has reported the February 1 death of Jeff Maxwell, 58, who worked for Digital in the Northeast.  Jeff worked in logistics for DEC and most recently was part of HP's Material Escalations Group in Andover.     Link to full obituary.

 

********************************January 23, 2012 ********************************

 

We are saddened to learn of the death of DEC Connection member and Digital retiree Tony (Angelo L.) Crugnola, a technical writer at Digital in Marlboro in the 1970s-1980s.  Our condolences to Tony's family and friends.

Link to online obituary.

 

********************************January 6, 2012 ********************************

(LeRoy F.) Lee Kearns, 66, passed away unexpectedly on January 6.  Lee lived in Amherst NH and worked at Digital in Littleton MA for over 20 years.  Condolences to Geri Kearns (Florida) and their sons Ethan and Seth. You can email Geri at geri@gerikearns.com.

Link to online obituary.

********************************December 21, 2011 ********************************

 

We are saddened to learn from Marcia Russell of the passing of long-time Digital Engineering manager Carlton Davenport.  Our condolences to his wife June, their family and friends.  Here is a link to his obituary from the WorcesterTelegram.

 

There will be a memorial service at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Worcester on February 4th at 1:00 p.m.  Donations may be made in lieu of flowers in Carlton’s honor to Old Sturbridge Village (www.osv.org), Jacobs Pillow (www.jacobspillow.org) or to a local public broadcasting station.

 

********************************October 12, 2011 ********************************

We are saddened to learn of the passing of Boston-area philanthropist and DEC Connection member Mort Ruderman, 75, on 12 October 2011.  Mort was the first Digital salesperson to the medical market, and went on to co-found MEDITECH, the successful hospital information systems company.  He did very well and became a venture capitalist and mentor to young business persons.  Mort established the Ruderman Family Foundation to donate to charitable causes including medical research.

 

Mort's son Jay Ruderman did a short interview with Mort which is posted on YouTube.  In the first 10 seconds, Mort credits his early professional success to Ken Olsen "who just let him run".

 

Link to obituary written by Jay Ruderman.  Donations in Mort's memory may be made to the Alpha-1 Association and Gateways – Access to Jewish Education.

********************************October 7, 2011********************************

 

Member Mark Silverberg sent in this sad news about Billy Larson: William J. "Billy" Larson, 67, of Leominster, died Friday, October 7, in Health Alliance Leominster Hospital, after an illness. He was born June 28, 1944, in Concord, son of the late William and Doris (LeSage) Larson. He graduated from Maynard High School in 1962.

Mr. Larson worked for Digital Equipment Corporation for over 24 years as an event and trade show manager. He served in the United States Air Force Reserves, and was a former member of the Maynard Lodge of Elks Lodge 1568. Billy was a dedicated family man, who enjoyed every moment he spent with his children and grandchildren. He loved the beach, especially York Beach, and was an avid sports fan, with much enthusiasm for the Red Sox. He leaves his wife of 37 years, Cynthia J. (Belliveau) Larson; his son, Matthew Larson of Leominster; his daughter, Amy Beth Rose and her husband, Michael of Gardner.  Memorial donations may be made to the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital , 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

 

********************************October 2, 2011********************************

 

Our member Bill Seaver reported the death of his neighbor, Winifred "Wini" Sadler Ferguson, on October 2, 2011 in Concord, MA.  Wini was a Corporate Librarian in Marlborough and other locations for many years.

 

Donations in her memory may be made to the Concord Land Conservation Trust, P.O. Box 141, Concord, MA 01742.

Link to full obituary.

 

********************************September  2, 2011********************************

 

We are deeply saddened to learn that our member and friend, Alexandra (Sandy) Zimany Day, passed away on Friday, 2 Sept. following complications from an aneurysm and subsequent strokes.  Sandy was a 29-year Digital retiree who contributed in several organizations, including Software Services, Laboratory Data Products, and Pharmaceutical Industry Marketing.  Sandy and her husband, Art Day, lived in Stow MA and in NH.  Here is a link to the complete obituary.

Memorial contributions may be made to The Stow Fire Department at 16 Crescent Dr. Stow, MA 01775, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, where the staff put forth a huge and exceptional effort to help her get well, Development Office, One Medical Center Dr. Lebanon, NH 03756 or to Yankee Golden Retriever Rescue, 110 Chapin Road, Hudson MA.

 

********************************August  27, 2011********************************

A kind young man who corresponded in cyberspace with Pat Villani about  the FreeDOS project sent in his obituary.

 

Pasquale “Pat” Villani, 57, of Freehold Township, NJ, passed away Saturday, August 27, 2011, at home. Mr. Villani was born in Nocera Inferiore, Naples and had lived in Woodhaven, NY, before moving to Freehold Twp in 1990. He was an Electrical Engineer for Vonage in Holmdel. Pat earned his master’s degree from the Polytechnic Institute. He was a Parishioner for St. Robert Bellarmine Catholic Church and a former member of the M.A.R.S., He was a member of A.R.R.L. and also I.E.E.E. Mr. Villani was the author of two books including “FreeDOS Kernel,” and the holder of numerous patents. He also wrote several articles on Computer and Electrical Engineering Designs.

Pat joined Digital in 1995 and contributed to project areas such as the kernel license manager, installation cloning and various areas of
installation for Tru64 UNIX.   Link to full obituary.    Link to speaker bio at a 2000 NY Unix conference.

 

********************************August  19, 2011********************************

 

Neal Hittner, Quality Assurance Engineer at CX02 (Colorado Springs) died of an apparent heart attack in his home in Florida. A memorial service was conducted in his home town of Madison, Nebraska.

 

*******************************August  12, 2011********************************

 

Charles W. (Bill) Newell, age 79, of Acton passed away peacefully on Friday, August 12, 2011 at his residence.  Born in Arlington on November 22, 1931 he was the son of the late Joseph S. and Maria (Dwelley) Newell. He was the husband of Janet Haynes Newell. Mr. Newell was raised in Lincoln and graduated from Weston High School in 1950. He attended Boston University before enlisting in the United States Navy where he was stationed in Iceland before returning home in 1953. In 1956 Bill and Janet married and settled in Acton where he owned and operated Newell and Avery Real Estate for several years. Bill later began a long and distinguished career with Digital Equipment Corporation as a Field Service Manager throughout Europe. He was responsible for opening and cultivating numerous office locations until his retirement in 1985.  During his spare time he enjoyed carpentry work, classical music, his 1914 model T Ford, ballooning and flying his piper cub airplane. Besides his wife he is survived by his sister, Naomi Newell of Acton. He was also the brother of the late Joseph and Frederick Newell. Gifts in his name may be made to: Handel and Haydn Society, 300 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston, MA 02115.

 

********************************August  6, 2011********************************

 

Robert C. "Uncle Bob" Carney, of Galena CO, Saturday, August 6, 2011 at St. Ann's Hospital. Born December 16th, 1937 in Erie, PA to Charles and Minerva Carney. Graduated from Mt. Vernon High School of Alexandria, VA and Pikes Peak Community College of Colorado Springs with a degree in electrical engineering. He received his masters degree in electrical engineering in Erie, PA. Worked at Digital Equipment in Colorado Springs until his retirement. Moved to Galena in 2001. Uncle Bob loved cooking, gardening, his computer, his John Deere tractors and anything electronic. who worked on PC Design Team in Colorado Springs.  Friends, if they wish, may contribute to the American Cancer Society in Uncle Bob's memory.

 

********************************July 12, 2011********************************

 

We are saddened to learn that our member, Stephanie Tedesco, 84, passed away on July 12, 2011.  Steph was a lifelong resident of Groton MA, and worked at Digital for many years before retiring in 1993.  Steph's daughter, Carol O'Sullivan, sent an obituary with the sad news.   Carol can be contacted with messages of condolence at carolosccod@comcast.net.

 

Here is a link to Stephanie's obituary, with a (somewhat grainy) photo.

 

********************************June 9, 2011********************************

 

Mike Zaremba: Mike was a 56 year old resident of Colorado Springs, originally from Brooklyn, NY. He suffered a brain aneurysm and passed away Thursday June 9th in California, while away on business.  At the time of his death, he was Vice President of Technology Operations and Support Services at Blackhawk Network. Earlier in his career he had worked at DEC in the CXO Colorado Springs facility.  Donations in Mike's memory may be made to the Jane Goodall Foundation, www.janegoodall.org, or contribute to your local zoo's gorilla exhibit. That was one of the causes he supported in life. Click here for full obituary.

 

********************************May 29, 2011********************************

 

Sent in by our member Joanne Andrews, who was Sharon's best friend:  Our sincere condolences to the family and friends of Sharon Kapenas.  A DEC/Compaq employee for more than 17 years ( ’81 – ’98), Sharon passed away at her home in West Townsend, MA, on Sunday, May 29, 2011.  Donations in her memory may be sent to the American Diabetes Association.

 

********************************April 18, 2011********************************

Our condolences to the Johnson family, many of whom worked at Digital, on the death of Dane Lamont Johnson.  Dane was born May 29, 1959 in Chicago, Illinois. After moving to Hudson, MA in 1975, Dane attended Hudson High School (Class of 1977) where he played football and was a shot putter for the track team. He began working for Digital Equipment Corporation in 1979 and through many corporate changes, he remained loyal and worked his way up to become Third Party Logistics Manager at the Intel Corporation in Massachusetts. Dane departed life on April 18, 2011, after a brief illness.  Dane is survived by his parents, Tyrone Johnson of Albuquerque, NM (tjoh727570@cs.com) and Willia Dean Johnson of Goodyear, AZ; his fiancé Heidemarie Riendeau, his son David Cardona of Framingham, MA; his sister Lela Johnson and her husband Ronald Harper of Lisle, IL, and his former wife, Margarita Johnson of Clinton, MA.  Link to complete obituary.

 

********************************April 11, 2011********************************

Our member Joe Beaumont requested to inform former friends and co-workers of the passing of his wife, Sarah E. Whittemore, 51, of Hollis NH (formerly lived in Lunenburg, MA and Ayer, MA) in April 2011 following a brief and courageous battle with cancer.  Sarah had badge # 98521, and was an Executive Administrator when she left on 12/19/99, which was exactly 20 years from her hire date of 12/19/79. She had worked in various Finance groups as well as in Harvey Weiss' organization. Link to complete obituary.

 

Joe can be reached at  jbeaumont40@aol.com to express condolences.  Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider a memorial donation to one of Sarah's favorite charities which included: The Shriner's Hospital for Children, The Susan G. Komen Foundation, and St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

 

*********************************March 22, 2011********************************

 

From our member Nancy Kilty: Our condolences to friends and family of Dick Dyer, who passed away from a massive heart attack.

 

*********************************March 22, 2011********************************

 

From our members Marcia Russell and Jack Mileski:  I am saddened to inform you that Peter Briggs. 66. of Stow MA has died suddenly of a heart attack on Tuesday March 22, 2011.  Peter Briggs was an Information Technology systems consultant who began his employed at Digital in 1973 working in Corporate Manufacturing. He was responsible for the generation and creation of critical applications databases that managed and controlled the product information throughout worldwide Digital.   Our condolences go out to Peter's wife, Sandy Briggs, their family, and to his many Digital friends.

 

**********************************January 17, 2011********************************

Our condolences to the family and friends of Charles R. (Chuck) Blasi of Bedford MA, 72, a Digital retiree. Beloved husband of Jane (Kelly) Blasi; devoted father of Suzanne Bombardieri of Westford, Daniel Blasi of Boston, and Eileen Blasi of CA and their spouses. Retired from Digital Equipment Corp. Served in U.S. Army.    Link to Boston Globe obituary: 

http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/bostonglobe/obituary.aspx?n=charles-r-blasi&pid=147917386

**********************************January 7, 2011********************************

sent in by Maureen Cicione Burness - Mary LaSalle worked for DEC for a number of years. Sad news. She will be missed.
 

Our condolences to the family and friends of Mary LaSalle, 70, of Colorado Springs. Mary has been a Colorado Springs resident since 1972. She was employed in human resources with several companies in the community. Mary loved Colorado and considered herself to be a native. She was a sensitive and loving soul. Link to  obituary in the Gazette. 

**********************************January 6, 2011********************************

sent in by Rick Shick -  Allan (Al) Clarkson Greist, 70, passed away on January 6th. Allan grew up in North Haven, Connecticut, an Eagle Scout and a graduate of Yale University and moved to Colorado Springs in 1965 as an officer in the U.S. Air Force. After retirement, he worked in the computer field at Traffic Data Systems, Safetran, Digital Equipment Corporation and Skyline Products until he retired in 2004.  Link to  obituary in the Gazette. 

**********************************December 16, 2010********************************

Submitted by Dwight McShane.  William (Bill) Holdway, 66, of Greeley CO, passed away.  He was born June 5, 1944 in Baltimore, Maryland. He entered the U.S. Navy after graduation, serving from 1962 to 1969. He received his technical training through the Navy. On Oct. 18, 1969, he married Linda Michaud. After they married, they moved to Morrisville, Pa., where he started his 30-year career with Digital Equipment Corp and raised their family. They lived in Annapolis, Md., for five years, then in 1978 moved to Colorado Springs. Click for full obituary: http://obits.dignitymemorial.com/dignity-memorial/obituary.aspx?n=William-Holdway&lc=4184&pid=147323008&mid=4481821&locale=en_US

 

**********************************December 15, 2010********************************

David J. Bouffard of Westford, MA, passed away on December 15, 2010 after a year-long battle with cancer.  Click here for entire obituary.

Contacts: Jane Bouffard - jb@stettner.com (cell: 978-303-7788), Mary Beth (DiRico) Russo - russo.marybeth@gmail.com, or Chick Ciccarelli - John.Ciccarelli@umb.edu

 

**********************************November 29, 2010********************************

Sir Maurice Wilkes with the Witch computer at the National Museum of Computing, Bletchley Park, in 2009. (Photograph: John Robertson in The Guardian)

Submitted by Sam Fuller: Notice from the Computer Laboratory of Cambridge University

 

"It is with sadness that we announce the death of Sir Maurice Wilkes on November 29th, 2010. Sir Maurice, 97, one of the pioneers of British Computing, was Head of Department from 1946 until 1980. His contributions have been immense and long lasting, and he will be sorely missed."

 

Following Maurice Wilkes' retirement as Director of the Computer Lab. At Cambridge University, Gordon Bell invited him to come to DEC and for much of the 1980's Maurice was an employee of DEC and a valued colleague to many of us.  He is certainly one of the true pioneers of computing and it was one of the unique pleasures of working at DEC that many of us got to meet and know Maurice Wilkes.                  Click here for article about Sir Maurice Wilkes from The Guardian.

 

**********************************November 24, 2010********************************

Member Laura Burke reported the passing of Duane R. Dickhut from pancreatic cancer.  Duane was a VP  within Digital's Semiconductor and Personal Computer Business Unit. He was born Jan. 5, 1946, in Milwaukee. He retired and moved to Las Vegas in April 2004, where he and his wife started ComputerPros, LLC. Duane was an avid photographer who had a passion for photographing sunsets as well as being an audiophile for all genres of music. Duane is survived by his loving wife, of 41 years, Cynthia A. Dickhut; son, Chris D. (Ann) Dickhut of Milford, Mass; daughter, Jennifer (Ian) Saiki of Portland, Ore.; and two grandchildren, Becca and Cameron. In lieu of flowers, donations are suggested to The Hirshberg Foundation for PancreaticCancer Research.

 

**********************************November, 2010********************************

Our condolences to friends and family of Jack Del Brocco who worked in Phoenix AZ in the 1970s+.  Jack passed away during November 2010.  He had been battling leukemia for some time time.  Jack is shown here at a recent AZ Reunion. Sent in by Galen Davis and Dave Gretton.

**********************************November 2, 2010********************************

Our condolences to friends of Richard Duke from Colorado Springs, where he had worked as a Mechanical Design Engineer.  Here is a link to the obituary: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/gazette/obituary.aspx?n=richard-kay-duke&pid=146443292

 

****************October 11, 2010*********************************

 

DEC Connection member Laura Harrington wrote to tell us of the passing of her husband Thomas Q. Harrington, 62, of Townsend MA.  Thomas worked as a manufacturing engineer in the Westminster facility and retired after 25 years from Digital prior to the Compaq merger.  See full obituary at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/bennington/obituary.aspx?pid=145981738#fbLoggedOut

 

You can email Laura at harringtola4@live.com to express condolences.  Memorial contributions may be made to Mass Lions Eye Research, C/O PDG William T. Murphy, PO Box 6050, New Bedford MA 02742-6050.

 

**********************************October 2, 2010********************************

Our condolences to friends of Dick Rifflemacher from Colorado Springs.  Here is a link to the obituary:

http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/gazette/obituary.aspx?n=richard-edward-riffelmacher&pid=145811704

 

**********************************September 30, 2010********************************

Sent in by Maria Schustak: Steven Douglas Schustak, devoted husband and father and long-time New Jersey resident, passed away in Maitland, Florida on Thursday, September 30, 2010. He was 53 years old. Steve graduated from West Orange High School, Class of 1975, and from Fairleigh Dickinson University with Highest Honors. He married his high school sweetheart, Maria, with whom he had two children that he doted on throughout his life. His easy going manner, wry sense of humor, and appreciation of simple pleasures gave Steve an endearing charm, and he will be truly missed. He is survived by his wife Maria, children Joshua and Jessica, father Robert Schustak, brother Martin Schustak, and sisters Karen Nolletti and Barbara East.

 

Photo from Steven's LinkedIn page: 14 years at Digital in Sales in NJ from 1983 to 1997, then at Compaq until 2001.

**********************************September 27, 2010********************************

Pat Molloy sadly shared the news of the unexpected death of friend Ron Bunker, and provided this Digital background: Ron was employed by DEC from 1971 – 1998. He started in Canada, and I know he was in sales and sales management there. He came to the US as North American Sales Programs Manager for A&SG, and took on ever increasing responsibilities with A&SG, including starting the entire DECDirect phone and catalog business, the first one in the industry. He was a District Sales Manager for the Target Sales Force, responsible for the Northeast. He then went to GIA where he held a number of positions, including Product Marketing and Managing Director of Sales & Marketing for the South Pacific Region (SPR). He moved back from Sydney to become VP of Worldwide Sales Operations, and then returned to Sydney as Managing Director of SPR, a position he held until he went to Citibank as Managing Director in 1998.

(left: Ron and wife Misty) Ron was a mentor to so many people he worked with, as well as a wonderful and loyal friend. I was fortunate to be his friend for 34 years. The world is a smaller place with him not in it.    

Link to obituary with memorial information.

UPDATE: Eulogy 1 from memorial service in Australia on Friday Oct. 15 - Mary Smith

         Eulogy 2 from memorial service in Australia on Friday Oct. 15 - Roy Gori, CEO Citibank

 

******************************September 24, 2010**********************************

 

Eileen White, now of Attleboro MA and wife of DEC Connection Member and Digital retiree Bob White of Framingham MA, wrote to tell us this sad news:

 

I just wanted to let you and all the DEC Retirees that my husband Robert B. White passed away on September 24, 2010 of renal failure. He worked as an Electronic Technician in Hudson, MA.    Memorial donations may be made to the Crohn’s Disease Foundation.  Here is a link to his obituary.

 

***************September 15, 2010**********************************

The family of Susan F. (Pelton) Appel of Hudson MA, a DEC Connection member, sent her obituary notice only days after the Mill Reunion.  At DEC, Sue was marketing professional.  Sue succumbed to ovarian cancer after a year-long battle.  Here is the link to the obituary from the Worcester Telegram.  Donations in Memory of Sue may be made to: Boston Ronald McDonald House, 229 Kent Street, Brookline, MA 02446.  Her family invites you to feel free to leave messages on Sue's blog at www.nanasuemom.blogspot.com

 

***************September 12, 2010**********************************

Submitted by a DECconnection member friend: "Sadly, Kent St.Vrain died on September 12, 2010, after battling cancer. I don’t know exactly how long Kent was at DEC, but I think it was about 16-18 years. He held a number of senior sales and marketing communications positions, including VP of the ADP Account. He was a dear friend to many of us, funny, irreverent, passionate in his beliefs, and an inspiration to all who knew him."   Here is a link to the obituary.
 

***************July 16, 2010*********************************

Suzanne Skinner and David Gretton sadly report the recent death of David B. Cotton.  Dave had a long Digital career in Engineering Product Management, including Terminals Engineering for LA3x family printers and VIPS (Video, Imaging and Printing Systems). He was a very kind person who will be remembered fondly by friends and associates, many of whom he mentored during their careers at Digital. Click for obituary.

 

***************July 2, 2010*********************************

Friends of John P. Shanklin, who worked in Colorado Springs, report that he has passed away. John worked in the Engineering Operations Group for many years at Digital. He is survived by his wife "Cookie" and two daughters.  The family suggests that donations be made to Pikes Peak Hospice and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Link to obituary.

 

***************June 25, 2010*********************************

Dave Price reported the sad news that Roy Shiderly, who was a marketing manager for Ultrix in the Systems Software Base Product Marketing Group (SSGBPM), has died.  Link to the obituary.

 

***************June 11, 2010*********************************

Friends of Elizabeth Ridder, who worked in Colorado Springs, report that she passed away from cancer on June 11. She is survived by her husband Hans Ridder and 2 girls, Isabelle and Margaret. To extend your condolences to the Ridder family their address is 7906 172nd Place N.E., Redmond, WA 98052  -- Tammy Sandefur

 

***************May 21, 2010*********************************

Jacqueline Jackson, former Occupational Nurse at the Woburn facility in the 80’s died after a long illness on 5/21. She was a dear friend and will be missed.  -- Barbara Coleman Menefee

 

***************May 18, 2010*********************************

Friends of Bertha Williams, who worked on the RL line in Colorado Springs, report that she has passed away.

 

***************April 24, 2010*********************************

Reported by Ron Slayton: Nan(nette) Andrews Amish passed away on April 24, at the age of 58, after contracting pneumonia. Nan was born in Rochester NY and lived in El Granada CA for 11 years before moving to Half Moon Bay CA. She is survived by her sister, Roberta Guild and nephews, David and Daniel Guild. She will be missed by many friends on both coasts. Nan was a graduate of Brighton High School, Michigan State (BA) and The University of Michigan (MBA). She was a business speaker, teacher and consultant for over twenty years, and was past president of a chapter of the American Marketing Association, founder of the Nandrews Group, and active in the National Speakers Association. She taught at the University of San Francisco, Boston University and for the US military. In lieu of flowers, Nan requested that people send donations in her name to Northeast Animal Shelter, 347 Highland Ave, Salem MA 01970. 

****************April 23, 2010*********************************

Vic Valente and Dave Gretton report the passing of their friend, Steve Anderson (Stephen Gary Anderson), on April 23 after battling with stomach cancer.  Steve used to work in Jim Melvin’s group supporting the Far East manufacturing folks.  Link to obituary.

 

****************April 21, 2010*********************************

Sam Duncan sent in an obituary of his friend John H. Hackenburg.  John was an electrical engineer who worked for Digital for 25 years. 

Link to obituary.

 

****************April 7, 2010*********************************

Bill Barrows of Colorado Springs has passed away.  He was in Security/Locksmith. Our condolences to his family and many friends friends from CXO.

His obituary can be viewed at http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/gazette/obituary.aspx?n=william-barrows&pid=141426435

 

****************February 7, 2010*********************************

John Francis Mucci, of Bolton and Stow MA, and of LDP and GSG while at Digital, passed away on February 7, 2010 at the age of 68. John was a charismatic, energetic, and brilliant man who will be missed by his two sons, Philip and David, Evelyn Neuberger (his partner since 2001), sister Germaine Dietz, brother Robert, and many friends and extended family.  He was predeceased by his wife Patricia in 2000.  Please see full obituary for memorial donation suggestions.  Link to full obituary from the Stow Independent.

Career Summary: John graduated from Penn State and earned a PhD in high-energy physics from Carnegie Mellon.  Shortly after he did post-doctoral work at Brookhaven National Lab. He joined DEC in 1967 as an engineer and moved to marketing in Laboratory Data Products and managing the Government Systems Group. Following his Digital career, in 1986, John joined the startup Thinking Machines in Cambridge MA and served as VP of Sales, Marketing and Technical Research.  He left in 1993 to form a new company, Continuum Software, serving the high-end technical computing market in business and web analytics.  He then co-founded SiCortex, the first green supercomputer company.

 

****************January 23, 2010*********************************

Carol Hymes wrote to tell us of the passing of her husband Bob Hymes.  Robert E. Hymes, 66 of Venice, FL and Acton, MA died January 23, 2010.  He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Carol Hymes; a daughter, Diane Matuzak and her husband John; a son, David Hymes and his wife Jennifer; a brother, James Hymes; and three loving granddaughters.  Bob worked in sales at ATG. He enjoyed his job and cared for those with whom he worked. He wanted to be remembered as a good father, good grandfather, and a good friend. He loved to cook and spend time with friends and family. He was loved deeply and will be missed dearly.  Memorials: In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests that donations be made to the American Heart Association.

 

****************November 13, 2009**************************************

Jim Higgins wrote to tell us of the passing of DECconnection member and friend, David W. Starratt.  Dave Starratt was a business unit manager at DEC, where he worked for 23 years (1969-1992). In 1995 he formed and directed Spatris Communications. Dave passed away from leukemia in MA in the fall of 2009. His quick wit and wry sense of humor will be missed. He had requested no obituary and no memorial service.

 

**************** November 10, 2009 ***********************************

Mark Lawrence and Rob Stubblefield of the CXO community reported the untimely passing of Phil Precord, as a result of injuries sustained in a tragic motorcycle accident.  Phil was a member of the GSC Storage ProActive team at HP's Rio Rancho Temporary site in Albuquerque. He leaves behind his wife Sherry, who is also employed at HP, as well as a son and a daughter. We offer our deepest condolences to Sherry and her family, and to Phil's CXO and Albuquerque HP friends, during this difficult time.

 

***********************October 11, 2009*********************************

OSSIPEE -- Dieter Vogelsang, 65, died Oct. 11, 2009, at his home after a brief illness with his family at his side. He was born in Platendorf, Germany, Jan. 30, 1944, to Martin and Ellen (Teffel) Vogelsang. As a young man, he moved to United States and settled in Hudson for many years before retiring to Ossipee. He owned and operated New Hampshire Precision in Nashua until pursuing his career in engineering at Digital Equipment Corporation, where he worked for 25 years.He enjoyed hunting, woodworking and spending time at home with his family, friends and pets. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather, who was cherished by his family.Members of his family, in addition to his mother of Westford, Mass., include his beloved wife of 39 years, Michelle (Beaulieu) Vogelsang of Ossipee; a son, Keith Vogelsang of Derry; a daughter, Christina Vogelsang of Ossipee; a granddaughter; a brother, George Vogelsang of Westford, Mass.; and several nieces and nephews.

 

************* September 17, 2009 *************************************

Jim McCarthy reports that John Forde of Sudbury, former MicroVAX and Storage Systems Product Manager, passed away on September 17, 2009 at home surrounded by his family. Survived by his devoted wife of 30 years, Sharon of Sudbury and his son Christopher of Jacksonville, Fla. Naval Air Base. John was a graduate of Boston College and was a Navy helicopter combat Search and Rescue pilot in Squadron HC-7 in Vietnam. He worked for Digital Equipment for 23 years. Donations in memory of John may be made to Dana Farber Cancer Prostate Research, 10 Brookline Place West, Brookline, MA 02445.   Link to obituary in Boston Globe.

 

************* September 14, 2009 *************************************

Sharon Saegesser wrote to tell us about the passing of her husband, Mickey, member of the original Digital Retirees Association.

Mickey L. Saegesser, 67, passed away on Monday evening, September 14, 2009, at Renaissance Rehabilitation Center in Muncie. He was born December 7, 1941 in Shumway IL, the son of Charles and Lillian (Beals) Saegesser. Mickey married Sharon (Shepard) Saegesser, on June 20, 1965, in Christopher, IL. Mr. Saegesser was a veteran of the United States Navy serving his country from 1959-1962 and worked for a NASA contractor at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas during the Apollo moon missions. He took an early retirement from Digital Equipment Corporation in 1992 after an eighteen year career and then worked for various computer software companies until taking full retirement in 2001.  After retiring, he and his wife achieved their goal of visiting all 50 states, getting their final state, Alaska, in June of this year. He was a member of Union Chapel and enjoyed volunteering his time for church activities, including printing and preparing bulletins, working with the car repair group, and helping with maintenance and repair projects. He also enjoyed working in his yard and spending time with his grandchildren. Mickey was an avid do-it-yourselfer and was known to be able to fix anything that was broken. Family always said that he could have put Humpty Dumpty back together again had he been given the chance.  Survivors include his wife, Sharon; two sons, Marc (wife Vivian) Saegesser of West Chicago, Illinois and Brad (wife Jodie) Saegesser of Tawas City, Michigan, and one daughter, Susan Allen (husband Paul) of Muncie, Indiana, and grandchildren.  Memorial contributions can be made to the ALS Association of Indiana at 6525 East 82nd Street, Suite 115, Indianapolis, IN 46250 or on-line http://www.alsa.org/donate/.

************* July 24, 2009 *************************************

We are sad to report the death of Andy Knowles, former VP of Digital's Components Group, from complications following heart surgery, on July 24th.  Link to Boston Globe obituary.

 

**************** July 11, 2009 *************************************

Jamie Lianides wrote: My mom, Jennie Lianides, who worked for Digital for a good many years, passed away on July 11, 2009.   Link to Worcester Telegram obituary.  Jennie was a DEC Connection member.  Condolences may be sent to Jamie at jamie.lianides@gmail.com.

 

**************** July 8, 2009 *************************************

Cole C. (ccsquared2@netzero.net) wrote to inform the group of the death of Dick Strait. Dick worked for many years in the Hardware Support group at CXO3 in Colorado Springs.  Funeral was July 9th.

 

**************** May 31, 2009 *************************************

Rob Stubblefield reported the sad news of the sudden death of one of the Colorado Springs alums, Sam Walter, who had just attended the CXO annual reunion on 24 April.  Sam is 2nd from left in this reunion photo.

Samuel R. Walter passed away on Friday, May 29, 2009, after a short illness. He was born to Wayne and Angel Walter in Kearney, NE, on January 21, 1946 and spent most of his formative years in Pueblo, CO. He served 4½ years in the U.S. Air Force before starting his college career at the University of Northern Colorado where he earned a B.S. in mathematics. He then taught high school in Morenci, AZ, for 3 years before returning to Colorado to obtain an M.A. in mathematics from Colorado State University. He spent his professional career working for several companies and retired from Quantum Inc as a senior data base administrator in 2008. Sam is survived by his wife, Anita, his son, Christopher (Renae), his daughter, Lindsey (Shawn), and grandsons. Sam loved spending time at the cabin, riding dirt bikes and teaching others how to ride. At home, he could be found in his shop building everything from entertainment centers to cradles.

 

**************** May 11, 2009 *************************************

After battling pulmonary fibrosis, Al Avery, Equinix co-founder and co-inventor of the neutral Internet exchange, has passed away. Avery passed on peacefully with his family at his side. His work at Equinix helped the Internet grow, and make the data center operating company home to the mission-critical infrastructure of more than 2,300 customers today. Avery retired from Equinix in 2003, and had been diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis and had recently received a lung transplant.

 

Avery and Jay Adelson started Equinix in 1998 while working together as facilities managers at Digital Equipment Corporation, where they developed the idea for a neutral Internet exchange - a physical place for networks to exchange critical information. In the basement of the research and development department, they came up with plans that would later become the Palo Alto Internet Exchange or PAIX. In creating Equinix, Adelson and Avery brought together several guiding principles - equality, neutrality, and "eliminating the middleman." Their business vision was to pair major networks with interconnect content companies in data centers built not just for co-location but for exchanging traffic. Submitted by Maria Lombardo on 5/15/09.

 

**************** May 11, 2009 *************************************

James MIKE Holland died September 3, 2008. He started in Maynard with Al Bissel's group, then went out to Colorado Springs, CXO. He had a passion for Digital that stayed with him even after lay offs. He respected Ken Olson when he was pulling cable with rest of them during a big show in Boston. -- sent in by Mike's wife, Cheryl Holland, swmboo@msn.com, 5/11/09.

 

**************** March 29, 2009 *************************************

Joanne Jacobs and Ed Jaferian sent note about passing of Dennis Burke, who worked in Commercial Business and left Digital in 1980. Dennis Burke: After several years of living with ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease), Dennis died peacefully at home, Sunday night, March 29th, with his family gathered around his bedside, in Ross, CA.  The Burkes (Patty, Peter, Paul, Amy and Jesse). 

 

**************** March 29, 2009 *************************************

Sent by husband Edward Steinfeld: Betty A. Steinfeld, 70, of Westford, Mass., died March 29, 2009 at home, surrounded by her family. A graduate of Morningside College, she spent much of her career editing technical publications for Digital Equipment Corp. and her daughter's publishing company, and was an award-winning indexer. She lived for many years in Westford, Mass. She was born in Whiting, Iowa, to Elsie (Merritt) and Archie Stubblefield. Family members include her husband of 45 years, Edward; daughter, Carol and her spouse Daniel Harper of New Bedford, Mass. Info: Carol Steinfeld, 978-760-0034, or carol@carol-steinfeld.com.

 

**************** March 2, 2009 *************************************

We are saddened to report that Aulikki (Mrs. Ken) Olsen passed away on March 2, 2009. The DEC Connection has sent condolences to the family, from our members.  Link to Mass High Tech obituary report.

 

Eeva-Liisa Aulikki Olsen, 84, the wife of Digital Equipment Corp. co-founder and long-time president Kenneth Olsen, died earlier this week, according to published reports.

Most of the time, Alulikki kept her distance from the business. But that doesn’t mean her behind-the-scenes role was unimportant. For instance, when Olsen sought startup funding from American Research & Development, the nation’s pioneer venture fund, General Doriot, its president, insisted on meeting Olsen’s wife — to take the measure of the couple and ascertain whether she would support an entrepreneur bent on challenging the computer industry.

Aulikki reportedly charmed the general and his key associate, Dorothy Rowe, helping to cement a cordial friendship that lasted another 30 years. And, according to the authors of The Ultimate Entrepreneur, a book which profiled Olsen and Digital at their peak, in the late 1980s, Olsen pursued his future wife, Eeva-Lissa Aulikki Valve, a Finnish exchange student he had first met through a mutual friend, with the same determination he later brought to building the second largest computer company in the world. Despite the brevity of their acquaintance while Aulikki was in the U.S., Olsen put his graduate school work on MIT’s Whirlwind computer aside long enough to fly to Europe and track down and court Aulikki. Olsen had to support himself by working in a Swedish ball bearing factory and then, when the two decided to marry, he had to get special permission from the State Department because of Finland’s ambiguous position in the cosmology of the cold war. They were married on Dec. 12, 1950, with Aulikki’s father, a Lutheran minister, officiating.

The two were married for 59 years had three sons, one of whom predeceased her. According to the obituary In the Indianapolis Star, she was born on Sept. 1, 1924, in Lahti, Finland, the daughter of Juho and Hilja Valve. She was a member of the Lotta Svaard, the women’s auxiliary of the Finnish Army in the 1939 Winter War with the Soviet Union. She later attended Valparaiso University. She died on March 2.

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. March 21 in Zionsville Presbyterian Church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to Project Mercy, 7011 Ardmore Avenue, Fort Wayne, Ind., 46809. Arrangements by Flanner and Buchanan Funeral Center, Zionsville, Ind. Condolences may be sent to: www.flannerbuchanan.com.

 

******************************* January 11, 2009 ********************************

 

Our condolences to friends and family of Michael Hayes, Parker CO since 2002, who passed away on January 11, 2009 from heart disease complications. He received full military honors and is buried at Ft. Logan cemetery in CO.  His wife Diana can be reached at Diana L. Hayes, 22309 Pebble Brook Ln, Parker, CO 80138 and son Michael L. Hayes can be reached at mlhayes83@yahoo.com and www.linkedin.com/pub/michael-hayes/6/302/7ab

 

**************** December 12, 2008 *************************************

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Clarence N. (Nick) Ruse of Cape Canaveral, and formerly of Rye, N.H., died Friday, Dec. 12, 2008. He is survived by his spouse, Sharon (Curtin) Ruse; son Kevin Patrick Ruse and his wife, Jessica; and grandson Connor Nicholas Ruse. The family appreciates the loving support of friends and family. There will be no services at Mr. Ruse's request.

 

**************** December 10, 2008 *************************************

Irwin (Jake) Jacobs:  Irwin "Jake" Jacobs, 71 passed away on the morning of December 10, 2008 at home in Naples with his wife Joanne by his side.  Under the wonderful care of AVOW Hospice, Jake lost his third and final battle with cancer.  Jake was born in Worcester, MA to Matilda (Kraut) and Meyer Jacobs. He is survived by his loving wife, Joanne (Haddad) of Naples, FL and Centerville.

 

Jake graduated from Classical High School in Worcester MA and Worcester Polytech (WPI) Class of '60 where he received his BS/EE. Jake was active within WPI Alumni and a member of the Alden Society. His generosity continued with Dana Farber Society in Boston for their efforts in his first battle with Non-hodgkins lymphoma in 1988.

 

Jake worked for many years with Digital Equipment Corporation and resigned as a Senior Vice President in 1982. He held many positions within the high technology industry and retired as President of DataViews Corporation in 1997. He was invited to join the board of Hologic in 1988 and served for 20 years. HOLX has grown in it's wonderful endeavors for women's healthcare and it is a tribute that Jake was very proud to have shared in.

 

Once Jake retired, his interest turned to music and he decided he would play a "happy instrument" by taking up the banjo at the age of 60. He joined the Marco Island Strummers and the Bonita Village Band and played many wonderful gigs and was instrumental in "marketing" the group while he created another wonderful circle of friends.

 

A Memorial service will be held on Cape Cod early summer of 2009. Donations in Jake's memory may be made to Dana Farber Cancer Institute on line at www.dfci.org - to WPI Alumni foundation at www.wpi.edu - or to AVOW Hospice and the wonderful nurses who helped Jake find his journey home.

 

**************** November 19, 2008 *************************************

Walter (Wally) Easley: Walter Harold Easley, known as "Wally" to many of his friends, was born on April 22, 1945 and died on Wednesday, November 19, 2008, after a short, but brave fight against lung cancer. He has been a resident of Nashua, N.H., for 25 years. He worked at Control Data Institute, followed by Digital, Hewlett-Packard and most recently at SDI. Obituary and photo from the Nashua Telegraph: http://tinyurl.com/5zusmk

 

**************** October 30, 2008 *************************************

Penny Smith: I am sorry to say my mother, Priscilla (Penny) Posk Smith of 89 Summer St, Maynard MA passed away September 7th. Working at DEC for over 30 years was a big part of her life, of which she had many fond memories. -- Monica Baker, Templeton MA

(Webmaster: notes of condolence may be sent to her daughter Monica, mlbaker2068 @ comcast.net.)

 

**************** October 23, 2008 *************************************

Irving Burg: Reported by Jack Richardson and Bob Rennick: I am very sad to have to tell you that Irving Burg passed away yesterday afternoon at Pikes Peak Hospice, after a year-long illness. Irving was the original renting agent and facility manager of The Mill in Maynard when a couple of young engineers came looking for space to start a "digital equipment" company.  When DEC finally bought The Mill, Irving became an employee. He later managed the DEC facility in Geneva, Switzerland, and the Colorado Springs facility until his retirement in 1989, when he was flown to Maynard for his exit interview with Ken Olsen.

 

He is survived by his wife Marcia, who was the Food Editor of the Worcester Telegram & Gazette and a nationally syndicated food columnist for many years before retirement, their sons Elliot and Larry Burg, and grandchildren.  The family has requested that any donations in Irving's memory be directed to Pikes Peak Hospice. Please pass this on to those who worked at DEC with Irving, or who worked alongside him and Marcia at their many volunteer activities, or who participated with them in their many social and recreational activities. Thanks, Bob Rennick   bob5benj@aol.com, 719-633-2663

 

**************** August 27, 2008 *************************************

Al Bertocchi passed away suddenly yesterday morning, August 27.  I have no particulars at this time, but I wanted to pass the word along.  Al resided in The Pinehills master planned community located in the town of Plymouth, MA.  Ironically, The Pinehills, which consists of 3,000 acres of land, was once owned by DEC and was sold to Pinehills LLC in the late 90's.  (Sent in by Mike Babini.)

 

**************** August 18, 2008 *************************************

Sad news reported by Pat Baker about the death of Al LaChance, of Shrewsbury MA from his daughter Melissa:

Dad died late Saturday night very unexpectedly from a massive heart attack. Thanks, Melissa LaChance Bircks

 

**************** June 18, 2008 *************************************

 

The HP Connection printed a Tribute to Jim Derby of Hudson MA in their July 27th e-newsletter.  Jim was the executive driver for Ken Olsen and Board Member Dorothy Rowe and managed the Executive Auto Service program and a fleet with 10 drivers.  He was a very popular guy and will be missed by family and friends.

 

**************** May 31, 2008 *************************************

 

We just learned of the untimely death of DEC Connection member Dave Symmes on May 31, from a heart attack.  Dave had recently celebrated his 40th anniversary of service to DEC/HP. Our condolences to out to his family and many friends.  Click here to read the tribute to Dave in the 26 June 2008 HP New England Initiative e-newsletter.

 

**************** May 30, 2008 *************************************

Dick Soeldner wrote in to the sad news about two former DEC friends: Two of my former co-workers passed away recently - both former DECcies from years ago:
in April, Marge Krause, worked at the Mill back in the late 50's or early 60's, from complications of cancer; in May, Jim Goguen, worked at several different DEC locations in (I believe) the 70-80's, from a brain tumor.
 

**************** May 2, 2008 *************************************

 

Member Paul Coviello wrote in to report the passing of Bill Shively on May 2nd in Concord NH.  Bill had worked in NIO, the Salem NH manufacturing plant, and the old Derry NH plant.

 

**************** April 15, 2008 *************************************

We were saddened to learn that Richard (Dick) Hustvedt, husband of Audrey Reith (another DECcie), passed away recently.  Dick was one of the premier architects on VAX/VMS with Dave Cutler.  He had a very serious automobile accident in 1984 and had been in re-hab and a nursing home ever since. - Reported by our Board Member Jack Mileski, who also worked with Dick at Scientific Data Systems in the 1970s. 

 

Here is the Boston Globe obituary:

 

Richard I. Hustvedt Of Concord, MA, April 15. Beloved husband of Audrey R. Reith. Father of Richard Eric B. Hustvedt of Cambridge & Marc S. Russell Hustvedt of Los Angeles, CA. Brother of David Hustvedt of Boulder, CO. Veteran of the US Army. Mr Hustvedt was a renowned computer software engineer, having been employed by Digital Equipment Corp in Maynard, MA from 1974 onwards. He was one of the original architects & developers of the VAX/VMS Operating System, DEC's flagship product for many years.  In lieu of flowers contributions in his memory may be made to the charity of your choice. For obituary & online guestbook visit www.deefuneralhome.com Dee Funeral Home of Concord 978-369-2030 Family Owned Since 1868. Published in the Boston Globe on 4/20/2008.

http://www.wickedlocal.com/concord/news/obituaries/x544087089/Richard-I-Hustvedt

 

**************** August 24, 2007 *************************************

In Memoriam:     James Cost 

 

James F. Cost, 77, of 18 Gates Lane, Northborough, formerly of Sudbury and Dartmouth, died Monday, August 13, 2007 at the Lahey Clinic in Burlington following an illness. He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Adrienne Cost; a daughter, Cheryl Cost of Grafton; a son, James H. Cost and his wife, Donna, of Lancaster...

Born in South Amboy, N.J., he was the son of the late Fred and Hattie (Drumright) Cost. James was a veteran who served in the Navy during the Korean War. James attended Drexel College in Philadelphia where he received his B.S. in Engineering. He went on to receive his M.B.A. from Lesley College in Cambridge. James was a Professional Engineer and worked for Digital for 13 years before retiring in 1992. He was a recreational pilot and loved to tell jokes and make people laugh. He was a Mason and member of the H. Howland, Jr. Lodge AF & AM located in New Bedford, MA. James was a volunteer at the Northborough Senior Center. He loved his family and will be dearly missed. For condolences sent to his spouse email address ahc0544@charter.net - sent to us by daughter Cheryl at Cheril999@aol.com.

 

**************** June 7, 2007 *************************************

 

It has been some time since I first notified all of you about my father Charlie Newall’s passing back in Sept. 12th, 2006. I wanted to forward an update to all of those DECies who did contribute to the church bell tower project my father was working on at the time of his death, and something his wife Linda felt would be a great way to remember him.

Once again my fellow DECies have come through and shared your fellowship, and I know my father would be so proud of all of you that contributed something in his name. The Star of the Sea Church in Marblehead MA received approximately $4,000 dollars from DECies from around the world, even from those who did not of know my father, but because he was part of a culture that recognized all those who were part of something much bigger.

I know he is smiling down on all of you who cared so much to remember him. For my father and me, I would like to personally thank everyone, and say God Bless you for caring so much. The name Digital Equipment Corporation may no longer exist in the computer world, but the culture, friendships, and comradely that it created will live long into the future. My thanks to all. Scott Newall – Marketing Manager, MLO snewall@verizon.net

 

**************** March 17, 2007 **********************************

 

We sadly report that one of our members, John Duffy of Gettysburg PA, passed away at the age of 64 on March 15th. If you wish to contact his family, son Alec can be reached at alecnathan@yahoo.com.

 

*********************************  November 25, 2006 *********************************

Barbara J. Weinbrenner, age 67, a resident of Colorado Springs since 1978 and formerly of Billerica, Massachusetts, died on November 25, 2006 after a most admirable battle against cancer. She was a retired secretary. She married Harry E. Weinbrenner on October 7, 1967 in Weymouth, Massachusetts. Harry Weinbrenner passed away on September 24, 1996.

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Geri Herreid, Peder's wife, wants to inform former friends and co-workers of his death.  "When my husband passed away four years ago, I wanted to send notification of his passing, but didn't know how.  Peder H. Herreid worked for DEC in various capacities from 1975-1993.  Probably, the most fun time in his career was when he was a manager at the DEC plant in San German, Puerto Rico.  The company sent the entire family (with 5 children) to live there for almost 3 years.  We had such a great time.  The other DECie's were like family. Thanks!

Wisconsin phone:  262-594-3082, Email address:  grherreid@wi.rr.com

 
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We are saddened to report the death on Sept. 12th of Charles Newall, PWB Andover, who worked in Andover. Charlie's son, Scott, also a DECCie, reports that his dad passed away following a heart attack.  Scott writes: "My father, like me, loved working at Digital. When I took home his personal effects from the hospital the other day, his retiree DEC badge was still in his wallet. That's how proud he was. He still has pictures of friends and co-workers from DEC still hanging over his desk. He would often say that the years he spent there working at Digital were the most rewarding of his career.

 

If any of his friends and colleagues would like to remember my father, or would like to make a contribution in his name, he was working diligently to raise money to restore the church bell tower from years of weather damage. So we are trying to continue his hard work by raising funds to finish the repairs. His widow is Linda Newall, 36 Central Street, Marblehead, MA 01945 781-631-6904 His Church is - Our Lady Star of the Sea, Atlantic Ave., Marblehead, MA 01945 (Attention) Father Steel."

Our sincere condolences go out to Scott, Linda, and the rest of Charlie's family. Scott can be reached at snewall@verizon.net.

 

**************************  June 27, 2006  **************************

 

In Memoriam: Richard Harrison of Ayer, DRA Chapter 1776 Member

We are saddened to report the passing of Rich Harrison.  Click on this link to see the obituary.  

 

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In Memoriam:  Alan Kotok, Digital Consulting Engineer for 30 years

 

Alan was a highly respected Corporate Engineer at Digital Equipment Corporation for more than thirty years, and holds several patents. He was the chief hardware architect of the KA-10, a 36-bit time-sharing computer introduced in the late 1960s.  Most recently he was the Associate Director of the World Wide Web consortium, working for Sir Tim Berners-Lee at their M.I.T. headquarters in Cambridge.

 

Alan was a kind and interesting person with diverse recreational interests. He was an expert bridge player; he was fond of early music, and was also an expert on the construction of early pipe organs in various countries.  He had a wide range of technological interests, from steam locomotives to telephone switching systems.

A memorial service was held on  7 June 2007 by his family and colleagues at M.I.T.   Here is a link to the Boston Globe article about Alan's life and contributions to technology.

 

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Ernie Glenn Jan 14, 1937 – April 2, 2006 Ernie Glenn, Jr. 69, passed away April 2, 2006. He leaves to cherish his precious memories, his wife, Annette of 22 years, his son Darryl Glenn and his daughter Kim from Springfield, OH, six grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. Ernie retired from the U.S. Air Force after almost 22 years of service to his country. He then went on to work and retire from Digital Equipment Corporation where equal opportunity employment was one of his most passionate causes. Eric was also an avid community leader who dedicated numerous hours to revitalizing the Elks Club Lodge #473. Ernie and is wife also owned and operated two local clubs, The Shadow Glenn Lounge and the Alumni in Colorado Springs, CO. Ernie also taught history at the Tutmost Academy and District 11 Schools and classes at Peterson Air Force Base. Ernie is known by many throughout the Colorado Springs community as a compassionate and giving person and will be greatly missed.

 

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Sent in by Bob Schaumann in June 2014: Condolences to friends and family of Gerry Felski, who was with the Corporate Sales Training Group in Merrimack, NH (MKO). Gerry was the manager for the SELL (Sales Excellence Learning Laboratory), working for Chet Bowles. I am a bit fuzzy on the dates, but I believe that Gerry worked from 1983 to around 1997, a victim of the corporate downsizing. Gerry passed away in October of 2005 and is survived by his widow, Kathy, and daughter, Karen, and son, Matthew.

 

**************************  September 24, 1996  ****************

 

Harry Weinbrenner of Colorado Springs (CXO) passed away on September 24, 1996.

 

 
 

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