Amesbury, MA — Brad Ford passed away peacefully at his home in the company of his family, after courageously living with esophageal cancer for more than five years. Brad is survived by his wife of 36 years Mary "Lee" Ford, his daughter Elissa Ford, son Brian Ford, daughter-in-law Elizabeth McComiskey, and "surrogate" daughter Kim and husband, Chris Moore. He also leaves a very large "extended family".
He was born in Nashua, N.H., the only son of Joseph C. and Jean Ford. He was predeceased by both his parents. He was raised in Halifax, Mass., and spent years boating and swimming in nearby Silver Lake.
Brad graduated in 1965 from Silver Lake High School. By unloading boxcars for Proctor & Gamble, he was able to put himself through Salem State College where he obtained a degree in business. He worked as a retail manager for Stop & Shop, MediMart Drugstores, and CVS Pharmacy. Brad and Lee realized a life-long dream when they purchased Boyle Drug in 1990, allowing them to both to continue their chosen career paths while interacting with the community they loved.
Brad found other ways to serve the community as well. He was an Amesbury Auxiliary Police Officer for more than 14 years and served as chairman for the Amesbury Middle School Building Committee starting in 1997. He served as a Cub/Boy Scout leader for Troop 7, successfully bringing a Boy Scout Jamboree which drew over 10,000 people to Woodsom Farm in 1991. Brad was part of the Amesbury Chamber of Commerce, during which he and Laurie Knapp co-chaired the Woodsom Fall Festival for several years. He was a Precinct Representative and was consistently involved in local politics. He was a member of the Amesbury Rotary Club for more than two decades, and he and wife Lee were co-recipients of the Amesbury Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year Award in 1996.
Brad later worked as the attendance officer for Amesbury Public Schools, which led to increasing responsibility and an ever-growing collection of job titles. When he left the school system due to illness, he was the director of operations, encompassing nearly everything but curriculum.
To Brad, family was his most important job. He spent all of his free time attending his daughters dance recitals, cheering her on at field hockey games, coaching his son in baseball and soccer, and the numerous other activities in which his family was involved. He truly believed in the Rotary motto of "Service above Self", and felt it was an honor and a privilege to work and serve in the community in which he lived.
In addition to his immediate family, as well as his Rotary, School, and Community families, Brad leaves his mother-in-law, Elizabeth Rahmberg; sisters-in-law, Diane Putnam, Jean Jones and husband Jon, Beth Walsh and husband, James; brothers-in-law, Rick Rahmberg and wife, Marie, Ray Rahmberg and wife, Linda, Joe Rahmberg and wife, Cindy, and many nieces, nephews, and great nieces and nephews.
ARRANGEMENTS: Funeral services for Brad will take place on Tuesday May 14 at 11 a.m. at the Main St. Congregational Church, 127 Main St., Amesbury. Private burial will be held at a later date. Calling hours at the E.V. Jutras & Sons Funeral Home, 118 Friend St., Amesbury are Monday, May 13, from 3 to 7 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in his name may be made to the Amesbury Educational Foundation, the Amesbury Rotary Club, Box 554, Amesbury, MA, 01913; or to Merrimack Valley Hospice.