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Ernest A. Gilford

GROVELAND: Ernest A. Gilford, 86, passed away on January 25, 2014 at Amesbury Village. Mr. Gilford was the husband of Ruth L. (Saulnier) Gilford.

Born on October 15, 1927in Lincoln, NE, Mr. Gilford was the son of the late William and Minnie S. (Currier) Gilford.

Educated in Topsfield, he attended Topsfield High School, and Mass Radio School. Mr. Gilford joined the U. S. Army, and participated in the Occupation of Japan following World War 11 in 1946. He served in Korea in 1947 and then was discharged. Shortly after his discharge he was recalled to served with the 36th Infantry Division and participated in the Inchon Invasion. When he was honorably discharged in 1951 his many awards include the Army of Occupation Medal – Japan and Korean Service Medal with Bronze Service Star. Mr. Gilford worked for CBS Hytron and Kentron Electron Products before joining Western Electric where he worked twenty-five years as a tester before retiring in 1987. During this time he also repaired radios and TV's as a side job. He was a HAM radio operator with the call sign KB1BGW, enjoyed repairing antique radios, and for years enjoyed attending races at Pines Speedway and Star Speedway.

Besides his wife of sixty-three years he is survived by his children, Joan Parah and husband James of Haverhill, Mark Gilford and wife Connie of Bradford, Jane E. O'Hara and husband Thomas of Seabrook, Alan C. Gilford of Haverhill, Tracy A. Gilford of Groveland and Daniel V. Gilford of Plaistow; several grandchildren, one great grandson; brother, Elbridge Gilford of Topsfield. He was the brother of the late Bernice Frost and William Gilford.

Relatives and friends are invited to the funeral on Thursday, January 30, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. at the Groveland Congregational Church, Groveland. Calling hours Wednesday from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Dole, Childs & Shaw Funeral Home, 148 Main Street, Haverhill. Internment in Riverview Cemetery. Donations in his memory may be made to Groveland Congregational Church, 4 King Street, Groveland, MA 01834, or The Alzheimer's Association, 480 Pleasant Street, Watertown, MA 02472

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