BEVERLY - Eldon Tufts, a longtime resident of Beverly, and veteran of the U.S. Army died on February 15, 2018, after 74 years of life.
Born in Easton, Mass., he was the beloved son of G. Eldon and Martha Tufts. He is survived by his brothers, Richard Tufts, of Easthampton, Mass., and Alan Tufts, of California; with numerous nieces and nephews scattered throughout the world.
Eldon was the husband to Mary Tufts, sharing nearly 50 years of marriage, and a lifetime of memories. He is survived by his two sons, their spouses, and three grandchildren, Tyrone and Cheryl Tufts, with grandson, Kyle, of Methuen, Mass.; Zachary and Linda Tufts, with grandson, Xander, and granddaughter, Cordelia, of West Newbury, Mass.
Eldon worked at GE for nearly 15 years. After his lay off, he turned his love of woodworking and furniture restoration into a small business, Furniture Medic. After many successful years with Furniture Medic, he decided to team up with his wife and form M&E Woodcrafters. His talent and love produced exceptional wood artisan crafts made of unique and exotic woods which he generously gifted to family and friends and showcased at local artisan fairs. He could always be found in his shop, country music blaring, wood stove raging, and always accompanied by one of the many dogs he rescued, and loved, in his life. He was a poet and singer in the loosest terms, scribing rhymes for family members on special occasions, and livening up a room with a rendition of a song accompanied by a dance or perhaps more of an Eldon shuffle. He brightened up a room with his goofy smile and told some remarkable elaborate tales, which we laugh about still today. He thoroughly enjoyed his camping adventures and passed down that love to his family. We can still hear the rattle of the Yahtzee dice and the laughter of the grandkids as they listened to Grandpa's campfire stories. He continued those adventures through travels with his family to the Bahamas and Costa Rica. Christmas always brought a smile to everyone's face when he caroled "Grandma got run over by a reindeer" and "I want a Hippopotamus for Christmas." He will be missed greatly but remembered fondly.
ARRANGEMENTS: A private ceremony will be held by the family. Arrangements by the Campbell Funeral Home, 525 Cabot Street, Beverly. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his memory to the Northeast Animal Shelter, 347 Highland Ave., Salem, MA 01970. Online condolences at www.campbellfuneral.com.
Published on February 20, 2018