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David Woodruff Savage

David Woodruff Savage, age 89, of Ipswich, passed away on Monday, August 6, 2012, following a period of declining health. He was the loving husband of Elizabeth (Dillingham) Savage.

Born in Canton, Connecticut, he was the son of the late Percival R. and Hazel (Woodruff) Savage. He spent his earliest years in Collinsville, Connecticut, where he watched with great fascination the enormous freight trains that frequented that company town. Doc later recreated many model railroad setups based on this, his earliest passion for things mechanical.  Growing up in Woodbury, Connecticut, he graduated from Woodbury High School. He attended the University of Connecticut until joining the U. S. Navy during World War II, serving aboard the U.S.S. Fechteler. After the war, he finished his education at Yale, graduating in 1948 with a degree in mechanical engineering. He remained in the U. S. Naval Reserve until 1954, when he was honorably discharged as Lieutenant (junior grade).

Doc worked at the United Shoe Machinery Corp. (later Emhart and still later Black & Decker) in Beverly until his retirement in 1983 and was a member of the Quarter Century Club.  He was ham radio operator W1WNK and enjoyed the company of fellow hams in the T-9 Club for many years. An accomplished woodworker, Doc was very proud of the blue ribbons and eventually a Best of Show award that he garnered at the Topsfield Fair, where he was also a volunteer and a member of the Essex Agricultural Society.

Doc was a member of the John T. Heard Masonic Lodge in Ipswich. He was an Eagle Scout and later became an assistant troop leader in Ipswich and was a council member of the Yankee Clipper Boy Scouts of America. He always had a sense of adventure and fondly remembered his trip circling America camping in yards, National Parks, and fields in a 1929 Nash sedan with his friends Al and Dinnie and a schoolteacher in 1939,.

In addition to his wife with whom he shared sixty four years of marriage, he is survived by his son Richard and his wife Lynne of Grosse Ile, Michigan, his daughter Ann Savage and her husband Paul McDade of Ipswich, five grandchildren, Christina (Costanza) Brown of Nottingham, NH, Michael Costanza of Topsfield, Richard and Christopher Savage of Grosse Ile, and Kimberly (Savage) Eberly of Jacksonville, FL., and a sister, Norma Bennett of Southbury, CT. He was also the brother of the late Paul Savage of Woodbury, CT.

His funeral service will be held Wednesday August 8 at 4 pm in the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home, 6 High Street, Ipswich. Family and friends respectfully welcomed. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made in Davidís memory to Hospice of the North Shore, 75 Sylvan Street, Danvers, MA 01923.

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