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).