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,.
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.