William F. Northrop
William F. Northrop, 91, of Hopedale died Monday, Nov. 26, 2012 in Countryside Healthcare of
Milford. He was the husband for 66 years of Helen B. (Duggan) Northrop.
Bill was born April 30, 1921 in Milford, a son of the late William F. Northrop, Sr. and Florence S.
(Scott) Northrop. He resided in Hopedale for most of his life and attended Hopedale schools and
graduated from Tabor Academy and Nichols College. He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during
WWII; where he was stationed in Europe for 4 years.
After returning from his military service, he continued in the tradition and interest in loom building as
had his father, William, Sr., his grandfather Jonas and great uncle James Northrop, who invented the
first automated loom; they had all worked for the former Draper Corp. When Draper Corp. closed, Bill
partnered with other former Draper employees and formed DREX Co. in Hopkinton, retiring in 1990.
Bill enjoyed boating, waterskiing and just being near the water. As a teenager, he built a kayak which
he could and did, paddle in Hopedale Pond. He continued his love of building throughout his lifetime.
His sons, Toby and Dick, helped him build a home on Cape Cod, which the family continues to enjoy.
Bill also enjoyed traveling with his wife and took many trips in this country, where he drove his
beloved Buick, and outside the continental U.S.A.
In addition to his wife Helen, he is survived by two sons, William F. Toby Northrop III and his wife
Carol of Ponte Vedra, FL and Richard D. Northrop and his wife Ronnie of Marblehead; a daughter
Pamela Northrop of Hopedale; 3 grandchildren, Shawn Northrop of Portland, OR, Jennifer Northrop
of Marblehead and David Guiliano and his wife Heidi of Sherborn; 2 great-grandchildren, Hayden
Guiliano and Benjamin Guiliano; a sister Mary Newell of Greenville, SC and many nieces and
A memorial service will be held Saturday, December 1, 2012 at 11 AM in the Buma-Sargeant Funeral
Home, 42 Congress St., Milford. Burial will be at a later date in Hopedale Village Cemetery,
Hopedale. There are no public calling hours.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Milford Regional Medical Center, c/o Dev.
Office, 14 Prospect St., Milford, MA 01757 or to a charity of ones choice. www.bumafuneralhome.com
Milford Daily News, November 28, 201
Helen (Duggan) Northrop
Hopedale and Milford. She attended Milford schools, graduated from Wheaton College, and took
many advanced educational courses at surrounding colleges and taught for many years as a
reading specialist, teacher, and school principal.
Helen enjoyed traveling and took many trips with her daughter and husband over the years. She
volunteered her time at Harvard's Fogg Museum, as well as, 25 years serving as an administration
secretary for the Brigham & Women's Auxiliary Board in Boston, and many years at Milford Regional
Med. Ctr. Auxiliary.
Helen was the daughter of the late Joseph and Helen (Brown) Duggan and was the wife of the late
William F. Northrop Jr. She is survived by two sons William F. "Toby" Northrop III and his wife Carol of
Ponte Verde, FL and Richard D. and his wife Ronnie Northrop of Marblehead; one daughter, Pamela
Northrop of Hopedale; 3 grandchildren Shawn Northrop of Portland, OR, Jennifer Northrop of
Marblehead, and David and his wife Heidi Guiliano of Sherborn; and 2 great-grandchildren Hayden
A memorial service will be held Sat. Jan. 17, 2015 at 11 AM in the Hopedale Unitarian Parish, 65
Hopedale Street, Hopedale. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Milford
Regional Medical Ctr., c/o Dev. Office, 14 Prospect St., Milford, MA 01757. Milford Daily News on Jan.
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