MARSTONS MILLS--Reverend Seth W. Newton, a retired Congregational minister, passed with peace and grace on November 4, 2014, following a period of declining health. He was 84. Born in Brookline, MA, he was the son of the late Dr. Harlan F. and Barbara W. Hedges Newton.
He was educated at Noble and Greenough School graduating with the class of 1949, and from Yale University, graduating with a B.A. in 1953. Following his life’s calling, he traveled to New College, University of Edinburgh, Scotland to pursue graduate study in theology. There he met and married his loving wife of 58 years, Helen Rosemary Paterson. Soon after, he returned to the U.S. to continue his studies at Union Theological Seminary, and graduated with a Bachelor of Divinity in 1957. Rev. Newton was ordained in the United Church of Christ in 1957. Over the course of his 50 years in ministry, he served in Hollis, NH; Florence, MA; Springfield, MA; Centerville, MA; and W. Dennis, MA. Always the warm and conversational minister, he brought his experience to Interim Ministry in Somerset, Wareham, and Dartmouth, MA churches. He also served for many years as the Resident Minister at the Grace Memorial Chapel in Menauhant, E. Falmouth, where he grew up as a summer resident.
In addition to serving as pastor to his congregation, Rev. Newton served on the Board of Directors for the Massachusetts Conference of the United Church of Christ. He was the moderator for both the Hampshire Association and the Barnstable Association for Massachusetts Conference of the UCC. For nine years, he was the Chairperson of the Church and Ministry Committee of the Barnstable Association of the UCC, in addition to being the Association treasurer for six years. He held Chaplaincy at the 25th reunion of the Yale Class of 1953, the Osterville Rotary Club, and the International Order of St. Luke the Physician.
As a pastor, Reverend Newton held a special place for the children of his congregation and carried this into service as a Christian Education Associate for the Massachusetts Conference.
In his retirement, he took an active role in the formation of the Mashpee Congregational Church as a charter member and was also a member of their choir.
Rev. Newton enjoyed a rich personal life with many interests. As an avid gardener, he always took pride in his garden, particularly his beautiful Dahlias. He also found great joy in woodworking and made many treasured items of use for family and loved ones. His love of working with his hands was passed on to his children and brought balance to his spiritual life. He also found a great sense of peace through many hours sailing the South Cape waters
Seth was pre-deceased by two sisters, Mary Fay Jones and Judith Harvey. He will be sadly missed by his wife Helen, as well as their five children: son, Seth H. Newton and wife Elizabeth of Franklin, MA; son, Roger W. Newton and fiancée Tracey Weaver of Dallas, TX; daughter, Barbara P. Manchester and husband Thomas of Sandwich, MA; son, Andrew D. Newton and wife Sherri of Bluffton, SC and son, Tyler F. Newton and wife Karen of Fredericksburg, VA. He also leaves many nieces and nephews, eight grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren who knew him affectionately as “Pop.”
Calling hours are Friday November 21, 2014 from 3-6PM at the John-Lawrence Funeral Home at 3778 Falmouth Rd. (Rt. 28) Marstons Mills, MA. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, November 22, 2014 at 2PM at the Mashpee Congregational Church at 259 Shore Dr., Mashpee, MA.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Seth’s name may be made to the Mashpee Congregational Church, PO Box 1796, Mashpee, MA 02649.