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William Hudspeth, 90, of Norwell, died peacefully at home with his loving family at his side on June 30, 2014.

Hudspeth attended Bishop College in Texas and Northeastern University in Massachusetts. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, serving in World War II. A 58-year resident of Norwell, Mr. Hudspeth was active in Norwell organizations, including St. Helen Church and the Norwell Democratic Town Committee where he served as Chairman.

He was a delegate to many Massachusetts Democratic Conventions and along with his wife, Florence, was named CO-OP 8 Outstanding Democrats of the Year in 1999.

His career included working as a mechanical design engineer at Polaroid Corporation where his inventions resulted in several patents. He enjoyed photography, with his wife being one of his favorite subjects. Mr. Hudspeth was also a summer resident of Hyannis and was involved in the Hyannis Chapter of the NAACP.

Hudspeth was a beloved husband of 67 years to (the late) Florence (Powell) Hudspeth and devoted father of William and his wife Brenda of Kailua, HI; Anne Simons and her husband Lane of Atlanta, GA; Patryce Hudspeth of Spencer, MA; Amy Hudspeth and her husband Donald Cabell of Norwell; Pamela Shorter and her husband James of El Sobrante, CA; and Jillian Hudspeth and her husband Daniel Blackburn of Burlington, NJ.

A Funeral Mass was celebrated on Thursday, July 3, 2014 at St. Helen Church, 383 Washington St. (Rt. 53), Norwell, MA with private internment with military honors on Washington Street Cemetery, Norwell.