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Stanley R. Mackay

Stanley R. Mackay, 80, of Euclid Avenue, Marblehead, husband of Joanne C. (McKay) Mackay, died Sunday March 16, 2008 in the Salem Hospital following his sudden illness.

Born in Boston August 18, 1927, son of the late Stanley R. and Margaret J. (Farrar) Mackay, he was raised in Arlington and Newton, graduating from Newton High School with the Class of 1945. Following graduation he enlisted in the Navy and entered Tufts University. With a degree in chemistry from Tufts, he entered Officer Candidate School in Newport, RI. He continued active service as an Ensign and served in the Naval Reserves for the next thirty years, retiring in 1987 as a Commander. Married in 1952 in the Tuft’s Chapel, the Mackays made their home in Norfolk, VA. They later lived in Topsfield, Exeter, NH and Longmeadow. They have been Marblehead residents for the past twenty-eight years.

He was employed as an engineer with Sylvania in Ipswich for ten years and at Scott Paper Company in Longmeadow for ten years. Returning to the North Shore, he worked at the Danvers and Salem Sylvania plants until his retirement in 1993. In his retirement he was employed in retail sales at Tedford & Martin Lumber in Ipswich.  

While at Tufts he was a member of their ski team, a sport he enjoyed with family and friends throughout his life. He was a longtime member of the Episcopal Church of St. Andrew and the Lions Club. An avid golfer, he was a member of Tedesco Country Club in Marblehead. He also enjoyed woodworking in his home workshop.

In addition to his wife of fifty-six years, he is survived by two daughters, Jane P. Mackay of Springfield and Anne C. Mackay of Elliot, ME; three grandchildren, Elizabeth A. Feinstein of Springfield and Ryan M. Sullivan and Emily A. Sullivan both of Elliot, ME.;  two brothers, Peter D. Mackay of Framingham and Samuel Robinson of Stratham, NH and many nephews and nieces. He was the father of the late S. Rae Mackay formerly of Seattle, WA and grandfather of the late Matthew A. Feinstein formerly of Springfield.

His funeral service will be held Friday March 28, 2008 at 11 am in the Church of St. Andrew, 135 Lafayette St., Marblehead. Family and friends are respectfully welcomed. Arrangements are under the direction of the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home of Ipswich. Memorial contributions may be made to the US Naval Sea Cadet Corps., Massachusetts Bay Division, 72A Crystal Cove Ave., Winthrop, MA 02152


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