Walter L. Taft
Walter L. Taft, 79, died of pneumonia June 24, 2013 at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla. following successful abdominal surgery.
Walter graduated from Framingham High School, Framingham, Mass. in 1952 and Bates College, Lewiston in 1956. He had retired in 1989 after working for Western Electric/AT&T for 33 years, developing high speed telephone switch circuits and microwave applications to be used countrywide. Walter also worked several years on the SAGE and ABM defense missile systems located around the country. He also was heavily involved in negotiating defense government projects.
Throughout his life, he was an active member in his local church and community, and was a 50-year member of the Masonic Temple. After retiring to Maine in 1994, Wally enjoyed serving on the board of SCORE, volunteering as a tax preparer for the elderly, as well as hosting several AARP bus trips. He, along with his wife Henrietta, owned/operated The Deck House Bed and Breakfast. He enjoyed spending time with family, friends, and relatives and his two golden retrievers. His interests included spending time at Lake Thompson, NASCAR, the Boston Bruins, and the Patriots.
Walter was the son of Leonard and Elizabeth (Gibbs) Taft of Framingham Mass. He is survived by his beloved wife of 57 years, Henrietta (Swain) Taft; four beloved children, Philip and his wife Aimee, of Hampstead, N.H., Janice Silva and husband Jeffery of Derry, N.H., Martha Mazza and husband Clarke of Jacksonville, Fla. and Cheryl Greany and husband Michael of Amherst, N.H.; and eight beloved grandchildren, Kathryn Taft, Nathan Taft, Jennifer Silva, Kimberly Silva, Cristina Mazza, Nicholas Mazza, Mitchell Greany, and Matthew Greany. Walter is also survived by his sister, Jeanne Otenti and husband Michael, of Framingham, Mass. and brother, Donald Taft of Brookfield, Mass. along with several nieces and nephews.
A Memorial Service will be held at the First Congregational Church, 17 East Main Street, South Paris on Saturday, August 17, 2013, at 10 a.m. Light refreshments will be served at a reception following the ceremony. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to the First Congregational Church, 17 East Main Street, South Paris, Maine, 04281. Arrangements are under the care of Oxford Hills Funeral Services, 1037 Main Street, Oxford.