Calvin Reid Council, 68, of Lynnfield, MA died suddenly Monday, Feb. 10, 2014, while vacationing in Kauai, Hawaii.
Cal was born in Durham, NC, a son of the late John C. and Juanita (Deal) Council. He joined the Navy after high school and served his country honorably as a submariner during the Vietnam War. Cal married Amy (Blackburn) Council in 1985 and after living in California for a short time, the couple moved to Massachusetts to be near family. In 1998, they settled in Lynnfield where they raised their beloved daughter, Alison. He was an active member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Lynnfield where he served as an usher and with the church vestry.
Cal earned his bachelor’s degree from California State University at Northridge and had worked as a Certified Public Accountant, finance executive, and software consultant. He retired from Babcock Power of Worcester in 2011. He was an adventurer at heart and one who loved a challenge. He was a skilled pilot, an accomplished diver, and he enjoyed playing golf and going to the movies. Cal was also an artist; his paintings and other works adorn his home and the homes of his extended family. Cal was a proud father and he loved his family and friends. He had a huge heart and would do anything to help someone in his or her time of need. Cal will be deeply and sadly missed by all who knew and loved him.
Survivors include his wife Amy and daughter Alison of Lynnfield; his son Scott Council of NY and CA, and his daughter Stephanie Council of Los Angeles; his sisters-in-law, Lynne Clough and her husband, James, of Chocorua, NH, and JoAnn Remick and her husband, Paul, of Hampton, NH; his brother-in-law, William Blackburn and his wife, Sheryl, of Los Angeles, CA; his mother-in-law, Lorraine Blackburn, of Rye, NH, as well as his nieces, nephews and cousins.
In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his brother, Larry Council.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 17, 2014 at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 125 Summer St., Lynnfield, MA. Family and friends are respectfully invited. Burial will be private. If desired, donations may be made in Cal’s name to St. Luke's-San Lucas Episcopal Church Food Pantry, 201 Washington Ave., Chelsea, MA 02150 or to the US Submarine Veteran’s Foundation, 3100 Bucklin Hill Rd., PO Box 3870, Silverdale, WA 98383. Please visit www.RemickGendron.com to view Cal’s memorial website, sign the tribute wall or for directions.