Edwin S. Whitford ’71

Edwin S. Whitford ’71 died on April 28, 2017, in Westerly, Rhode Island.

(The following appeared online at buckler-johnston.com, April 2017:)

WESTERLY – Ned Whitford, 67, passed away April 28, 2017, embraced by the love of his family and friends after a very brief battle with lung cancer.

Ned was born in Providence, RI on April 13, 1950, to Ruth (Nagle) and the late Theodore “Ted” Whitford. Ned graduated from Moses Brown School in 1968 where his father taught for many years and later received a B.A. in French from Bowdoin College in 1971. He was the owner of Euro-Car Service, a steadfast business staple in the town of Bradford and then Westerly for 37 years. He was trusted and adored by his loyal customers.

Ned was a true gentle man. He worked hard, lived an honest life, and cared deeply about his family and friends. His kind, quiet manner touched and inspired those who knew him and he was always ready and willing to lend a hand to anyone who needed it. He loved cooking, problem-solving, the night sky, summer vacations and, above all, his family. Ned married Barbara (Champlin) Whitford in 1975. They enjoyed many wonderful trips abroad and summer vacations in Rangeley, Maine. They devoted much of their time to cooking and volunteering for the Chorus of Westerly and Christ Church. His love for his family was unparalleled; he was immensely proud of his daughters and cherished his grandchildren.

Ned was predeceased by his father, Ted. He is survived by his mother, Ruth, wife, Barbara, daughter and son-in-law, Sarah and Sean Sweeney, and daughter and son-in-law, Lucy and Michael Freitas. He is missed by his four grandchildren, Ethan and Abigail Sweeney and Rebecca and Cecilia Freitas. He is also survived by his father-in-law, Frank “June” Champlin, Jr., aunt Bette (Nagle) Selle, cousins Terry Selle, Rebecca (Selle) Johansen, Peter Selle, Stephen and Faith (Beam) Benson, niece Cheryl Newman and her family, nephew John Newman and his family, brother-in-law Frank “Butch” Champlin, III and his family, and sister-in-law Deborah (Champlin) Olive and her family.

1 Comment Edwin S. Whitford ’71

  1. Tom Mandel

    Ned was, indeed a great guy. I learned a lot from him, as a dorm mate, and he took me to double date at his lady’s senior prom. He was deeply into Bob Dylan, before it was common to be so.
    Ned, I know you’re in Good Hands, and it’s great to read here that you life kept on blossoming after college. Know that you have my love and respect, now and always.


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