In Memory

Earl Nydam

Earl Nydam

Earl R. Nydam, 74

WHITINSVILLE — Earl R. Nydam, 74, of Whitinsville passed away on Thursday, June 21, 2018 in the Milford Regional Medical Center, Milford. He was the husband of Theresa “Terry” D. (Galas) Nydam.

Mr. Nydam was employed as an Auto Specialist at the General Motors Assembly Plant in Framingham for 29 years before his retirement in 1988. In his retirement he worked for Christy & Thompson and Ron’s Tire in Framingham.

Earl was born June 6, 1944 in Worcester the son of the late Robert E. and Gertrude E. (Baker) Nydam. He was a lifelong resident of Whitinsville and a graduate of Northbridge High School, Class of 1962 and had attended Worcester Junior College.

Earl founded the Whitinsville Five Mile Run on Thanksgiving Day, and had run the New York and Boston Marathons several times. He was a Eucharistic Minister at St. Patrick’s Church, a member of the Baptism Team and a greeter at the church. He was a member of the Mumford Council, Knights of Columbus. Earl was a certified soccer referee and was on the Board of the Sutton Fuller – Hamlets Soccer Club. He earned the “1,000 miles in 24 hours Endurance Motorcycle Ride” award and was a member of the Bee Keepers Association. He loved to race at the former Westboro Speedway.

In addition to his wife Terry, Mr. Nydam is survived by four sons, Timothy E. Nydam and his wife Jody Kaneshiro of Millbury, Ken J. and his wife Rita E. Nydam of Hampton Falls, NH, Earl R. and his wife Susan Nydam of Indianapolis, IN, Thom M. and his wife Yen-Yee T. Nydam of Chatham, NJ, one brother, Robert E. Nydam of Uxbridge, three sisters, Gail H. Visser of Vergens, VT, Beverly R. Tinkenberg of Whitinsville, Roberta E. Peterson of Haig Point, SC and 8 grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Visiting hours will be held on Sunday, June 24, 2018 from 2-5 PM in the BUMA FUNERAL HOME, 480 Church St. Whitinsville.

Funeral services will be held on Monday, June 25, 2018 at 9 AM from the funeral home followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 AM in St. Patrick’s Church, 1 Cross St., Whitinsville.

Burial will follow in St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Providence Rd., (Rt. 122), Northbridge.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Patrick’s Church, c/o John 21 Community Breakfast, 1 Cross St., Whitinsville, 01588.

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06/23/18 12:41 PM #1    

Doris Lightbown (Ducharme)

Another classmate gone way to soon.  I didn't know Earl well, but he was always pleasant to talk to. He will be missed.

06/24/18 09:28 PM #2    

Alice Caton

My sincere condolences to all of Earl s family.


06/25/18 02:59 PM #3    

Howard Devries

My heart goes out to Earl's family. Losing a husband, father and a grandfather brings deep sadness to all. One of my memories of Earl is the day he challanged to race his '57 Chevy against my brother's '57 Chevy. Both cars had "3 on the tree" and the small block 283. However, my brother's car had 4:11 gears and a 283 that had been rebuilt so had a .30 overbore as well as 10.5:1 Corvette heads. Had the shifting linkage on my brothers car been smoothe and worked well, I might have been stupid enough to do it. But I figured that if I ever missed a shift and stripped some gears in his tranny, YIKES, I would have been major toast. (But Earl, just in case you're listening, I would have whipped you good.)

God's blessing to Earl's family. May he keep them in His care.



06/26/18 04:07 PM #4    

George Waters

I was saddened to hear of Earl's passing although I knew he had been ill for some time. We didn't hang out but my early interest in motorcycles and cars brought Earl and I together many times. Each time Earl was helpful and generous with his time and vehicles. He always just seemed to be easy to get along with.

The first time was at lunch in Jr. High we were at the same table and talking motorcycles and Earl offered to sell me an old Harley Davidson 2 cycle that he had been riding on the tracks in Plummers. We agreed on $25, I had only $10 and borrowed the rest from Doug Carr. That evening Earl brought it to the house in an old black pick up and left it in the back yard. I remember my dad saying "what the hell is that?" He was so upset he locked up his tools so I had to work twice as hard cutting grass and caddying to pay Doug back and then buy a set of wrenches at Western Auto.

Later on I saw that Earl had a new Triumph Bonneville motorcycle. At the time that was one of the best bikes available. Once I was giving it a close examination and Earl came over to chat. Earl says "go ahead and ride it". I couldn't believe someone would be so generous to make such an offer. I remember that ride around Lacky Dam more than any of the 20 motorcycles I've had over the years. 

Earl moved across the street from us on Hill street during senior year and he had a new Corvair Monza convertable. White with a red interior and standard shift. It had an awesome sound and when I heard it start in the morning I would hustle out to the curb and Earl would always stop and give me a ride. Any time we had car problems we always knew Earl would be in the repair bay of REN and help us.

06/26/18 04:53 PM #5    

Leonard Benoit

I am also saddened to hear of Earl's passing.  During our years in high school, Earl and I shared two major interests - running track and racing cars.  He was a very talented and natural distance runner and it made me smile to read that he competed in the Boston and NY marathons,  I remember his white Corvair as well and also remember convincing Earl to join me and race it at the NHRA sanctioned drag races at the airport in Orange.I believe that was his first officially sanctioned race.  Earl won his class that day which is more than I can say.  It was an exciting day at the strip for both of us to say the least.  Thank God our fathers never found out about it. I lost touch with Earl after we graduated from high school but was very proud to read about all that he accomplished in his life. My condolences to all of his family and friends. Earl, you are truly missed.


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