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Stephen M. Dodge

Stephen M. Dodge, 53, of South Hamilton and longtime of Ipswich, died Monday March 14, 2011 in the Beverly Hospital following his long illness.

Born in Westfield June 26, 1957, he was the son of the Charlotte L. (Perry) Dodge of East Street, Ipswich and the late Charles W. Dodge. Stephen attended Ipswich elementary school and as a freshman, the Ipswich High School where he was a member of the band and the  freshman football team. He went on to attend the Whittier-Vocational Technical School when it opened, graduating with the Class of 1976. Here he enjoyed being a member of the wrestling team and learning masonry skills. A confirmed member of the Ascension Memorial Church, he served as an acolyte, was a member of the Teen Group and was an active member of the church sponsored Boy Scout Troop #101.

 A member of the area Young Life Youth Organization for a number of years, he participated with groups from across the country in outreach activities and enjoyed travel to Pike’s Peak, Saranac Lake and many other adventures.

He found his calling as an EMT with the Peter Poor Ambulance Company where his sensitive, compassionate nature eased the pain and distress of those in his care. The smiling friendly “gentle giant” was loved by all who were fortunate enough to know him.

In addition to his mother Charlotte he is survived by a sister Cathryn Sylvester and her husband Robert of Thornton, NH; a brother, Charles E. Dodge of Ipswich; nieces Lauren Delano and husband Todd of Ipswich, Jennifer Bresnahan of Campton, NH; a nephew David Bresnahan and wife Carrie of Phoenix, AZ; grand-niece Christina Waterson of Campton, NH, grand-nephew Bryan Bresnahan of Campton, NH and Colby Delano of Ipswich; his loving Godfather and uncle Ralph M. Perry of Gloucester; uncle Kenneth E. Perry of Gloucester; many cousins, and great aunt Doris Laubenstein and her husband Charles of Gloucester.

 In addition to his father he was predeceased by grandparents Madeline Perry-Larson and  Raymond Perry of Gloucester, Addie and Clifton Dodge of Ipswich; uncle Herbert Dodge and his wife Rose of South Hampton, NH, Barbara Perry and aunts MaryAnn (Roberts) Perry both of Gloucester.

He will be greatly missed by his devoted friends James Stansfield and Dexter Stone both of Ipswich,  Jeffrey Jones of Lumberton, MS and  his house mates and friends at Deveaux House of South Hamilton.

A special thank you to the many nurses, doctors and staff of Ledgewood Rehabilitation Center and  Beverly Hospital for their months of care and encouragement..

His funeral  service will be held Thursday March 17, 11 am in the Ascension Memorial Church, 31 County Street, Ipswich, followed by interment in the New Highland Cemetery, Ipswich. Family and friends are respectfully welcomed. Visiting hours are Wednesday 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 Ipswich Humane Group, P.O. Box 873, Ipswich, MA 01938.

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