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Roger Brockelbank

Roger Brockelbank, 80, of Amesbury, husband of Jacqueline (Hawley) Brockelbank, died Sunday August 29, 2010, peacefully at home surrounded by his family.

Born in Ipswich August 9, 1930, he was the son of the late Mabel H. and Frederick I. Sturtevant. He was raised in Ipswich where he attended public schools and for more than ten years worked as an auto mechanic. Enlisting  in the US Marine Corps he  served  as an equipment mechanic during the Korean War. For the next twenty-seven years he was employed as a caretaker for the Sisters of Notre Dame in Wenham and later for twelve years on an estate in Manchester.

He was an avid animal lover and donated to many animal charities. One of his many talents included woodworking, having built much of the furniture in his home. He loved music, especially jazz. He had a great passion for auto shows and antique cars and was a sports enthusiast. He and his wife spent many happy days at their home in North Conway. A jack of all trades and a friend to many, he was most fond of the time he spent with his loving family. The Sisters of Notre Dame were a very important part of his life and he will be fondly remembered by the order.

In addition to his wife of fifty-nine years, he is survived by daughters Cherylanne Harkin and her husband Michael of South Weymouth and Brenda Fraser and her husband David of Salisbury; a son, Roger Scott Brockelbank and his wife Colleen of Beverly; and grandchildren Adam Fraser and his wife Ashley, Christopher Fraser, Savannah Harkin and Jamie Harkin.

His funeral Service will be held Saturday September 4 at 10 am in the Ascension Memorial Church, 31 County Street, Ipswich, followed by interment with Military Honors in the Iron Rail Cemetery, Rubbley Road, Wenham. Family and friends are respectfully welcomed. Visiting hours are Friday 4 to 8 pm in the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home, 6 High Street, Ipswich.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in his name may be made to the Hospice of the North Shore, 75 Sylvan Street, Suite B-102, Danvers, MA 01923, or to the animal shelter of your choice.

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