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Bernard Allan Huntley

Bernard Allan Huntley, 82, of Ipswich, husband of the late Rita Winn Huntley, died Thursday, August 21, 2008 following a brief illness.

Born in Lowell, Aug. 22, 1925, he was a graduate of Lowell High School.He served as an infantryman in the 26th (Yankee) Division from 1943 to 1946. He saw action in the Battle of the Bulge and was awarded the Purple Heart. He attended Boston University on the GI bill, where he got his BA and Masters in Education.

He met the love of his life, Rita (Winn) Huntley and they married in 1949, and she became his partner in adventure until her death in 2005.

After teaching in Reading, he joined the US Army Schools in Germany in 1953 as a principal. He returned to the US in 1964 to attend Harvard University, where he earned an Ed. D. in 1969. From 1965 to 1980, he served as Superintendent of Schools in Lynnfield. He later served as interim superintendent in several Massachusetts towns including Lynnfield. A renaissance man, Huntley was insatiably curious, a voracious reader, and loved to play music. For the past 15 years, he played piano at the Chelsea Soldiers Home.

He is survived by his daughters, Betsy Huntley and her husband Edward Perlman of Wayland, and JoEllen Cody and her husband Brian of Ipswich; his son Allan Huntley and his wife Marla of Middleton; his grandchildren, Nathan Croner of Minneapolis, Jared Stiff and Winn Cody of Seattle, Huntley Rainville and her husband Bradford of Ipswich, and Jessica Huntley and Rachel Huntley of Middleton; his step grandchildren, Michael Perlman and his wife, Annie Oh of Boston, and Susan and Scott Wiadro of Boston; his sister Irene Burke of Mesa, AZ, and his brother Robert Huntley and wife Virginia of Ipswich. He was the brother of the late James Huntley of Cheshire, CT.

A wake will be held on August 24, 2008 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home, 6 High Street, Ipswich. A graveside service will be held on August 25 at 10 a.m. at Edson Cemetery at 1375 Gorham Street, Lowell. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Chelsea Soldiers Home, c/o Recreation Department, 91 Crest Ave., Chelsea, MA 02150.

 

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