Christopher Durfee Shattuck, formerly of Newton, MA, a historian, collector and antique restorations, died suddenly at age 65 on August 27, 2017, at his home in Acworth, NH.
Born in Boston on October 22, 1951, he was a twelfth generation New Englander and received his B.A. in history from the University of Massachusetts, class of 1975. He attended Cornell College in Iowa and graduated from Control Data Institute. During his development years he attended Underwood Elementary, Dexter School ‘65, Belmont Hill School and graduated from Newton North High School ’70.
He established Heritage Stamps Ltd., & developed and marketed the Heritage Commemorative Album composing historical data documenting each commemorative issue as a mail order business. He worked for City of Waltham and Algonquin Gas Company as a programmer, Thomas Johnson-cabinetmaker & antique restoration, The Music Box in Wellesley, MA, and Cambridge Soundworks Custom Installation Division for high end audio and stereo equipment, at the same time managing rented apartment buildings in Newton & Gloucester, MA.
He was a man of many interests which he pursued with passion. As an avid reader he was knowledgeable about American history, Military History, historical biographies, antique collections & restoration of furniture, preservation of old homes, period interior design, antique cars, genealogy and other subjects all the while he collected and developed a large library of books on these subjects.
In Massachusetts he was a member of the Neighborhood Antique Home Asso. and The Society for the Preservation of New England (SPNEA), he was involved with Hammond Castle Museum, Magnolia, Ma., Old Mansions Co. Architectural Antiques, and was a friend of the Jackson Homestead Museum,
After completely restoring the interior of his family’s 1872 Victorian home in Newton, Mass., in 2001 he purchased a 1790 hip roof colonial in Acworth, N.H. where he started the process of its restoration. While living in and enjoying the Acworth community, he served as Trustee of the United Church of Acworth and was the interim chairman of the Restoration Committee for the church’s steeple project.
He leaves his loving wife of 37 years, Scottie Ryder Shattuck; two loving daughters, Leslie Christina Shattuck and Jillian Alicia Shattuck.
He was preceded in death by his father, Benjamin F. Shattuck, his mother Mary Ellen Durfee Shattuck, and his brother Peter Shattuck.
A memorial service will be held Sunday, September 17th, at 2 p.m. at the United Church of Acworth, 16 Town Hall Rd., in Acworth, NH, with a reception following. On Monday, September 18th at 1:30 pm the family will receive friends at the Chapel of the Newton Cemetery, 791 Walnut St., Newton Centre, MA, prior to the burial.
In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made in his name to the Hope for Depression Research Foundation, NY, firstname.lastname@example.org or to a non-profit organization of your choice.
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