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Alden W. Jefts, 87.

WESTBOROUGH Alden W. Jefts, 87, of Westborough, son of Herbert Edward Jefts and Mary Emily Shedd Jefts, born in Worcester on May 7, 1923 died on Sunday, August 1, 2010 in Westborough. Alden was predeceased by his wife of 60 years, Evelyn W. (Buffington) Jefts in January 2007. He is survived by his daughters, Carolyn Dianne Jefts Roe of Poinciana, Florida and her husband, Vidian Roe, III and Sandra Lee Gillis of Westborough and her husband, John L. Gillis. Mr. Jefts is also survived by a grandson, Jason Masciarelli and his wife, Suman, of Singapore, a granddaughter, Kristina Gillis of Westborough and two great grandsons, Marcus and Arjun Masciarelli.

Mr. Jefts attended Worcester schools graduating from South High School in June of 1941. He was employed by the American Steel and Wire Division of US Steel and attended Northeastern University until he was called to serve in the United States Army where he was a Tank Commander in the 8th Armored Division. He was accepted into the Army Specialized Training Program and attended Texas A & M and Indiana University, from which he was transferred to the 172nd Combat Engineer Battalion which was sent to the European Theatre and landed at Utah beachhead in France. His Company was part of the forces taking the city of Aachen, Germany and later served in the Battle of the Hurtgen Forest where he was awarded the Soldiers' Medal for Bravery in saving the lives of seven crew members of a friendly plane which crashed in the middle of an Ammunition Dump, without regard for his own safety. He was discharged in January of 1946 and returned to employment with US Steel where he served in Sales and Sales Management positions until he took an early retirement in October of 1983.

Alden was a Past Master of the Simon W. Robinson Lodge A.F & A.M. in Lexington. Upon his relocation to Westborough, he affiliated with Siloam Lodge of Masons and served as their Chaplain as well as on other committees. Alden was a member of Rotary in Lexington and Worcester and a founding member of the Westborough Rotary Club. In 1988 he was elected president. Later, he was elected District Governor of District 7910 for the year 1990 - 1991. He served as selectman in Westborough from 1973 to 1976 and again from 1993 to 1996. Alden also served on the Planning Board, Recreation Committee, Business & Industrial Committee, Westborough United Fund, Worcester Area Chamber of Commerce, Montachusett Council of Girl Scouts, Westborough Council on Aging. He served as the Grants Coordinator for the Westborough Treatment Plant Board and then took the same position for the Town of Westborough DPW. In 1996, he was appointed as Interim Town Coordinator in Westborough, then he served as Interim Town Manager in Northbridge and as Town Administrator for the towns of Mendon and Millville for several years retiring in 2002.

Alden was a dedicated member of the First United Methodist Church and has been a resident of Westborough since 1965.

His funeral service will be held on Thursday, August 5, at 10:00 A.M. in the First United Methodist Church, 120 West Main St., Westborough. Burial, with military honors, will follow in Pine Grove Cemetery.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend calling hours at the Rand-Harper-Pickering Westborough Funeral Home, 62 West Main St., Westborough, on Wednesday, August 4, from 5 to 8 P.M.

Members of Siloam Lodge will conduct a Masonic Service at 7:45 P.M. at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to the First United Methodist Church Memorial Fund, 120 West Main St., Westborough, MA 01581 or to the Alden and Evelyn Jefts Memorial Fund, c/o the Friends of the Westborough Senior Center, PO Box 1072, Westborough, MA 01581.

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Publication:Telegram & Gazette (Worcester, MA)
Date:Aug 2, 2010
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