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Alvin P. “Bud” Whipple

Alvin P. “Bud” Whipple, 84, husband of Elaine M. (Moad) Whipple and lifelong Hamilton resident, died Tuesday October 14, 2014 in the Beverly Hospital surrounded by his loving  family.

Born in Beverly May 13, 1930, he was the son of the late Raymond A. and Ruth (Perley) Whipple. He was educated in local public schools, and graduated from Hamilton High School in 1948, the President of his senior class. He enlisted in the US Navy and served during the Korean War on the USS Ft. Mandan LSD-21 as a radioman. Following his honorable discharge in 1954 he continued his education at the Boston Radio Communications College. Married in 1956, the Whipples made their home and raised their family on Pleasant Street. He was a longtime employee of New England Telephone and Telegraph, and retired in 1990 as a manager with Verizon.

A lifelong and dedicated member of the First United Methodist Church of Hamilton, he served on many committees including the building committee in 1962, and spent countless hours volunteering his time for the church. He was a member of the Hamilton Personnel Board for several years in the 1990s, was a Past Master Councilor of Beverly DeMolay where he was awarded the Degree of Chevalier, a longtime member of the John T. Heard Masonic Lodge AF&AM of Ipswich and the Aleppo Shrine of Wilmington where he was a member of the Arab Patrol Uniformed Unit. He enjoyed many community projects in town and puttering about at his home, church and  his cottage in Naples, ME. A proud father and grandfather, he cherished the time he spent with his family. He will be remembered for his dry wit and sense of humor.

In addition to his wife of fifty-eight years, he is survived by his daughters, Karen Varney and her husband Robert of Bow, NH, Laurel Knight and her husband Stephen of Amesbury and  his grandchildren Hannah and Ryan Varney of Bow and Matthew and Kristen Knight of Amesbury. He is also survived by his brother, Raymond Whipple, Jr and his wife Donna of Hamilton and his sister, Shirley Adams and her husband George of Lancaster, NH.

His funeral service will be held 11 am Saturday, October 18 in the First United Methodist Church of Hamilton. Family and friends are respectfully welcomed. Visiting hours are Friday 4 to 8 pm in the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home, 6 High Street, Ipswich, with a Masonic Service at 6 pm. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the First United Methodist Church of Hamilton, 391 Bay Road, S. Hamilton, MA 01982.

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