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Terry E. Spencer

Terry E. Spencer

Monday, October 12th, 2020
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Obituary

Boxborough, MA

Terry Spencer, of Boxborough, MA, died peacefully at home surrounded by his family on October 12, 2020, after a long and courageous battle with cancer. He was 71 years old. Terry was born in 1948 in Omaha, Nebraska. After graduating from Central High School, he moved to Boston in 1968 to attend MIT, where he earned a BA in Mathematics. Upon graduation, he began working in the computer industry. He co-founded a small consulting firm where he worked for several years. He then became an independent software consultant, with his main client being Digital Equipment Corporation. He continued to consult with Digital, which later became Hewlett-Packard, and remained with them for the next 35 years, until he retired in 2017.

Terry was predeceased by his parents Ferne (Gardner) and Harlan Spencer, along with his sister Lois, brothers James and Norman, and Norman’s wife Claudia. Terry is survived by his devoted wife Susan (Blumenthal), and their two loving sons, Andrew and Jeffrey, all of Boxborough. He is also survived by his mother-in-law, Joan Blumenthal of Acton, his sister and brother-in-law Jill and Mousa Shaya, and nephews Toby and Corey, all of Acton. Also, nephew Brian Spencer of Omaha, Nebraska, and niece Dalene DeGeest of Pleasant Hill, Iowa. He also leaves behind his Canine pal, Ollie, and many friends.

Terry was a brilliant student, and enjoyed recalling stories of his antics and unappreciated sense of humor in school, which often resulted in trips to the principal’s office. He started taking golf lessons with a group of friends from Digital, and continued to play most Sunday mornings with the same group of buddies over the next 30 plus years. He enjoyed running, biking, reading, and working in his yard. Terry’s family was the center of his life, and he will be forever missed by them. Terry was a kind, gentle, and generous human being who was loved by all who had the pleasure of knowing him.

Terry’s wish was to be cremated. His family will hold a private ceremony for him. A celebration of his life will take place when it is safe to gather together.

As an expression of sympathy, memorial contributions may be sent to: Lahey Hospital and Medical Center-Oncology, c/o Philanthropy. 41 Mall Road, Burlington, MA 01805. You may also donate online at support.laheyhealth.org/LHMCgive. Alternately, contributions may be sent to:Care Dimensions Hospice. 75 Sylvan St., Suite B-102. Danvers, MA 01923, or online at www.CareDimensions.org.

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    Terry’s wish was to be cremated. His family will hold a private ceremony for him. A celebration of his life will take place when it is safe to gather together. As an expression of sympathy, memorial contributions may be sent to: Lahey Hospital and Medical Center-Oncology, c/o Philanthropy. 41 Mall Road, Burlington, MA 01805. You may also donate online at support.laheyhealth.org/LHMCgive. Alternately, contributions may be sent to:Care Dimensions Hospice. 75 Sylvan St., Suite B-102. Danvers, MA 01923, or online at www.CareDimensions.org.

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Patricia Sullivan

Posted at 03:16pm
I am so sad that Terry is not with us anymore. What a good man. I met Terry in the late 80s when we were both working at Digital. I was in the cubicle next to him. He was immediately friendly and invited us to the various activities that he was always doing. He made his friends his family, that’s how he made us feel. I will miss his off-color jokes, his warm and friendly greetings, his fun, uplifting self. Sue, Andy, Jeffrey, I am so sorry that you had to lose him. Wishing you peace, sending you love.
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Jill, Mousa, Toby & Corey

Posted at 10:49pm
We have so many great memories of Terry, especially around the dinner table. We loved hearing his many growing-up stories & antics, talking about favorite books & movies, and our impromptu trivia games. We’ll miss our brother-in-law, friend & uncle dearly and will forever cherish his warmth & abounding humor.
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Mousa Shaya

Posted at 08:43pm
Terry was an incredible brother in law. He was the kindest and gentlest human being. We spend much time together with our families especially during the holidays. He tended the fireplace and it surrounded us with warmth comfort and love. I learned much watching football with him and watching football will never be the same again. I wouldn’t know who to root for and what happened in that game Terry why was a foul called or how do they figure out if they got ten yards when it was so close. I will miss you dear brother!! Rest In Peace Terry
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