Ernest F. “Spike”
Brockelbank, 75, of High Street, Ipswich, husband of Janice M.
(Gilman) Brockelbank, died December 1, 2011 in his home following
his long illness.
A lifelong resident of
Ipswich, he was born April 1, 1936, the son of the late Chester
and Florence (Davey) Brockelbank. He was a 1954 graduate of Ipswich
High School where he met his wife Janice, the love of his life.
A Navy Veteran, he served
four years as an Aviation Electrician and was a graduate of Lowell
Technical School and Salem State College. He was a school teacher
for five years in Rowley and Beverly before he started his career in
computer programming and systems analysis during the early days of
mainframe computing. His career in systems analysis and engineering
continued for many years until his retirement in 2003. During that
time he worked for such companies as Honeywell, Control Data,
American Mutual, Amdahl, and most recently Fujitsu Corporation.
As a beloved town fixture,
you would find Spike at Marty’s on Sunday mornings or at the
softball games at Don Bosco. He gave back to his community through
his four year tenure on the Ipswich School Committee and his
participation on the Shellfish Board, Ipswich Outboard Club, and the
Mosquito Control Board.
An avid golfer, he enjoyed
opportunities to play at some of the finest courses here in New
England, as well as around the country. Never one to sit still,
Spike enjoyed clamming, traveling, photography, working in his yard
and garden, and spending time with his family and friends. He was
always quick with a story and a joke, and was always eager to lend
his hand or his heart to someone in need.
In addition to his wife
Janice of fifty-four years, he is survived by a daughter, Denise M.
Commons and her husband Geoffrey of Northfield, VT; three sons,
David A. Brockelbank of Apex, NC, Douglas E. Brockelbank and his
wife Suzanne of Raymond, ME, and Darrin M. Brockelbank and his wife
Elizabeth of Stratham, NH; twelve grandchildren, Capt. Austin
Commons, US Army Ft. Hood, TX, Annie Commons Wood of VT, Alexander
Commons of UT, Jacob, Joseph and Jordan Brockelbank all of NC, Abbi
and Sam Brockelbank both of ME, Jack Brockelbank of ME, and Grayson,
Maxwell and Kathryn Brockelbank all of NH; a brother, George
Brockelbank and his wife Nancy of FL; a sister, Florence “Teddy”
Marshall of Ipswich and many nephews and nieces. He was the brother
of the late Chester, Norman, Robert and Lawrence Brockelbank and the
late Helen “Honey” Brockelbank.
His funeral will be held 9
am Monday, December 5, 2011 from the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home,
6 High Street, Ipswich, followed by the celebration of a Funeral
Mass 10 am in Our Lady of Hope Church. Family and friends are
respectfully welcomed. Visiting hours are Sunday 4 to 8 pm.
Interment with Naval Honors will be in the Cowles Memorial Cemetery,
Ipswich. Memorial contributions in his name may be made to the St.
Vincent daPaul Society at Our Lady of Hope Church, 1 Pineswamp Road,
Ipswich, MA 01938.