David Ford II died Jan. 8, 2013.
David Ford was born Sept. 12, 1934 in Syracuse, New York, the son of Maynard and Jane (Parks) Ford.
He moved to Fitchburg, Mass. at age three where he grew up and attended local schools. He attended Deerfield Academy and Williams College, class of 1956, majoring in English.
After graduation he worked on a weekly newspaper in Wilmington, Mass. He joined the Army Reserve. He founded a weekly newspaper in Milo, Maine in 1958.
He worked for the Allyn and Bacon publishing company in Boston from 1959-60 and then joined Harvard University Press where he worked for 14 years, becoming senior graphic designer. In 1974 he started David Ford Graphic Design, in Lincoln, Mass., working out of his home. He enjoyed long association with the Society of Printers in Boston, the Book Builders of Boston, the American Association of University Presses, and the American Institute of Graphic Arts in New York City. He received several awards for excellence in book design.
In 1988 he assumed responsibility for a family business, the Parks Cramer Company, a textile equipment manufacturing company then evolving into a real estate holding company known as South Boulevard Properties in Charlotte, N.C. This company enjoyed success in rehabilitating and renting commercial space. A sale of this property occurred in 2006.
He married Mary Ann Gillingham in 1960. They lived in Lincoln Mass. and Woodstock.
Mr. Ford enjoyed vegetable gardening, beekeeping, maple sugaring, and cross country skiing. An enthusiastic musician—playing the guitar, mandolin and banjo. Listening to music was his special joy. He also enjoyed reading, fly-fishing and was a member of the Lakota Club.
He is survived by a wife, Mary Ann Gillingham Ford, of Woodstock, Vermont; a son, David Fairbanks Ford of White River Junction, Vermont; a son and daughter in law, Warren Hopkins Ford and Denise Lisio of Newton Corner, Mass., and numerous nieces and nephews, all of Vermont.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: The Museum of Printing, 800 Massachusetts Avenue, North Andover, Massachusetts 01845, The Fitchburg Historical Society, 50 Grove Street, Fitchburg, Massachusetts, 01420, or The Hartland Nature Club, PO Box 349, Hartland, 05048.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Cabot Funeral Home in Woodstock.
This obituary first appeared in the January 24, 2013 print edition of the Vermont Standard.
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