The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, March 9, 2007


Irvin M. Puffer

Avid craftsman and inventor

Irvin M. "Puff" Puffer, 86, of Bellows Hill Road, died on Sunday, March 4, in Acton following a short period of failing health.

Mr. Pufffer was born in Concord on May 29, 1920, and was the son of the late Irvin M. and Myrtle (Clark) Puffer. He was raised in Carlisle, and his childhood home was the Clark Farm on Concord Street.

He lived most of his life in Carlisle except for a number of years when he lived in Bedford. He was a graduate of Concord High School, and following his graduation, he began working as a machinist at Electro Product Co. of Waltham. In September 1942, he enlisted in the Navy and served until January of 1946. He was stationed in Newport, Rhode Island, and Bermuda and was honorably discharged with a rank of Aviation Chief Machinist's Mate. On February 7, 1946, Mr. Puffer was married to June O'Brien. The couple met at Tony's Restaurant in Bedford while he was in the service and she was working as a nurse at the VA Hospital in Bedford. They lived in Chelmsford and many other homes in the area before he built their home on Bellows Hill Road. in 1961. The couple celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on February 10, 2006.

After his discharge from the service, he returned to work at Electro Product and was there for many years. He was also employed at Lincoln Laboratory and Mitre Corp. and ended his career as a metallurgist at MIT in the mid-1980s. He was involved with research on superconductivity in the Metallurgy Department. He often described working with the staff at MIT as "the most wonderful time of my life."

Mr. Puffer was a member of the Southboro Rod and Gun Club and had enjoyed hunting since he was young and living on the farm. He was also passionate about flying and in the early years of his retirement had two planes that he kept at Hanscom Field. He enjoyed traveling with his wife to Florida, Ireland, and on many occasions they flew to New Jersey, Cape Cod, Newfoundland and Nova Scotia where they had a farm. An avid craftsman and inventor, he was very skilled at making bamboo fly rods for family and friends. He also enjoyed gardening and raising turkeys.

Mr. Puffer is survived by his wife, June (O'Brien) Puffer, his daughter, Carol Casselman and her husband Fred of Framingham, one sister, Norma Japp and her husband Dr. John Japp of Carlisle, two grandchildren, Dr. Amy Harley and her husband Edward of Princeton, Massachusetts, and Dr. Aaron Casselman and his wife Megan of Highlands Ranch, Colorado, and his great grandson, Owen Patrick Casselman. He was the nephew of Dorothy Clark and the late Guy Clark of Concord Street, and the brother of the late Barbara Meredith.

A funeral service will be held at the Bedford Funeral Home, 167 Great Road, Bedford, today at 11 a.m. Interment will be in Green Cemetery in Carlisle. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Carlisle Historical Society, P.O. Box 703, Carlisle, MA 01741.

Arrangements were made by the Bedford Funeral Home in Bedford.

Puffer Letter
A letter from Irvin Puffer's first-grade teacher.

An oral history interview with Irvin Puffer can be seen on the Mosquito Web site archives, Novermber 30, 2001.

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· Christina F. Cornish of Russell Street was named to the Honor Roll at the Brooks School in North Andover for the fall semester. Cornish is a sophomore at the school.

· Pliny Jewell IVof Curve Street was recently electedto serve a three-year termas a Corporator of Emerson Hospital.Jewell is a contractor and serves on the board of the Carlisle Youth Commission.He also serves on the Board of Directors of Concord-Carlisle Youth Baseball and Cord Meyer Development Company."Emerson Hospital relies on its Corporators to be informed ambassadors for the hospital and to assist in Emerson's financial development and community relations efforts," said John M. Lowe, III, chairman of the Emerson Hospital Board of Directors.

· Kaytie Innamorati of East Riding Drive, a CCHS freshman, was selected for Northeast Massachusetts Junior District Music Festival. Innamorati plays the trumpet.

· Jill McElligott of Tophet Road was recently named to the Dean's List at the University of Delaware. McElligott, who is a biology major, is a member of the University of Delaware's Class of 2010.

2007 The Carlisle Mosquito