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Rodger H. Stone

Died: 2016-03-09
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Rodger "Brick" H. Stone, 82, passed away on March 9, 2016 surrounded by his four children. For 61 years he was the beloved husband of Martha K. Stone. Born in West Hartford, and growing up in Elmwood, Connecticut, Brick was the son of the late Chauncey "Pierre" and Lina P. Stone. Brick and Martha raised their family in Topsfield before moving to Byfield, MA, then spent their retirement years thoroughly enjoying their home on Bow Lake in Stafford, NH.

After graduating from Cal Poly SLO, CA, Brick served as Captain in the Army and Army Reserve from 1956 to 1963. His entire professional career was with GE-Turbines in Lynn, MA. He loved his 35 years with GE and travelled internationally, making many lifelong friends from all over the world, welcoming many of them into his home. He continued to consult for GE long after his retirement.

Brick was a devoted husband to the end. His wife, Martha has spent most of the last 3 years at Sanctuary Care, a memory care home in Rye, NH. Every day, he made the long trip to visit her and bring her something sweet, knowing that she loved her chocolate. He was often the only person who could get her to smile. Through a series of miraculous events, Brick's grand piano coincidentally ended up at Sanctuary, and he often played not only for her, but also for the other residents.

Brick was always known for being active and handy, puttering around his workshop, building clocks, furniture, second story additions, kitchens, model cars - you name it - and fixing anything in the house that needed it. Brick was very active in sports in the area - whether it be coaching, playing, or umpiring local softball games (much to the dismay of his children on the team). While living on Bow Lake he and his family enjoyed sailing, canoeing, waterskiing and happy hour on the dock.

In addition to Martha, he is survived by four loving children: Karen Fillinger and her husband David of Scarborough Maine, Pamela Johnson of Beverly, MA, Amy Stone of Wakefield, MA and Dan Stone and his wife Joanne of Stratham, NH; his grandchildren, Sam Fillinger, Christian, Maddie and Mia Stone. He is predeceased by his older brother Bill.

Memorial Service will be held at the Mackey Funeral Home, 128 S. Main Street, Middleton, MA on Monday, March 14 from 4:00 - 7:00pm. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Breast Cancer Foundation (www.abcf.org) or the Alzheimer's Association (www.alz.org).

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Dear Stone family, My name is Cindy. My husband and I move to Kooaukee Island 3 years ago....3 houses before your dad's place. Miss Marty use to walk down and visit us many times during the day before moving to Portsmouth. I did not know your dad very well except that I would try to bring him homemade meals .He accepted a few but then let me know that he really didn't need anymore as he could cook for himself. I would see him go by the house everyday on route to see his Marty. He was a devoted man and I would often say a little prayer for him as he passed by as I am sure that it was not easy for him. I am sorry I did not get to meet him earlier and I am sorry for your loss. I hope that your Memorial service helps to soothe your hearts as you collectively honor his life. Sincerely , Cindy Lavigne
Brick was the nicest, kindest man I know. He was my boss at GE for many years. He always treated me with the utmost respect. My husband and I became close with Brick and Martha over our years together both personally and business wise. When we retired, we kept the friendship going, meeting for dinners or lunches or just a telephone call to say hello. I have many fond memories of Brick and am deeply saddened by this loss. My heart goes out to his family at this time and pray they find strength in each other. Rest in peace, Brick. I'll miss you. With love, Jeanie Young
Karen, Pam, Amy and Dan, Our family migrated through Masconomet with yours (I graduated with Amy) and I can remember how nice all of you were which isn't surprising reading about your Dad and Mom. We have now lost both of our parents as well and can understand the heartache that can bring; although, the memories shared will last forever. Please know they are watching over you and are now back to being happy and healthy with each other. My sympathies to all of you, Sandi (Robertson) York
I met Brick while working at Sanctuary Care. He would visit Martha everyday, bring her a treat and call her his "precious stone". Her face would light up when she saw him every single time.Their love and devotion for each other brought tears to my eyes. Brick would sit with Martha in the sunniest room after lunch so she could have her "cat nap", holding her hand and saying sweet things to her. It was true love. I had some wonderful conversations with Brick about his life with Martha, the music he loved so much and Bow Lake. I truly admired him. I will miss Brick. My sincere condolences to his loved ones. Laureen Magee-Baldi
My heartfelt sympathies to family and friends. Growing up as your neighbor in Topsfield we all had some special times. Sending my love, thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. God Bless Kelly LaRocca
To the Stone Family, My name is Stephen Phillips & I worked for Brick on several foreign assignments from 1981-1986, the most important time in my career. He was the greatest inspiration in my 38 years @ GE. From the time he first invited me to his home until his retirement, he always treated me as an equal. A figure that I will never forget. My sincere condolences to his entire family.

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