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Hanford Thurber

Hanford Thurber, 88, of Ipswich, beloved husband of Helen E. (Parsons) Thurber, passed away peacefully Sunday, May 26, 2013 at the Kaplan Family  Hospice House in Danvers .  Born in Waltham on August 26, 1924 he was the son of the late  Angus and Louisa Grant Thurber, who were formerly from Nova Scotia .  Hanford attended Waltham High School , and completed his education at Wentworth Institute.  Entering the U.S. Navy in 1942   he  served  aboard the USS Monongahela, USS Davis, and USS Oglethorpe,  honorably discharged in 1948.  In 1950 he was called back to serve in the Navy  during the Korean War, honorably discharged in 1952.  Throughout the years he was employed  at Corliss Brothers Nursery and Tedford & Martin’s both in Ipswich and most recently at Bostik Chemical Company in Middleton from which he retired in 1986. 

“Buddy” was a devoted family man.  He was an avid reader and  a frequent patron at several local libraries. 
In addition to his wife of 62 years, he is survived by two sons, David Thurber of Manchester, NH, Bruce Thurber and his wife Nancy of Middleton; two daughters, Jean Thurber Coble and her husband Robert of Rota, Spain (USN), Carol Thurber Bolduc and her husband John of Ipswich;  seven grandchildren, Kevin Sheehan of Newton, NH, Carrie Thurber of Urbana, IL, Jennifer Thurber of Greenville, NC, Kathryn Shepherd of St. Augustine, FL, Lauren Coble of Baltimore, MD, Joseph Coble of Orlando, FL, Richard Sotiropoulos of Ipswich; two great-grandchildren  Kevin Sheehan and Emma Sheehan of Newton, NH and  several extended family members and many friends. 
He was predeceased by his daughter Joyce Thurber Sotiropoulos on April 28, 2013.
Private funeral arrangements are the direction of the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home of Ipswich.

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